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Island of Mallorca - Beautiful setting of Son Marroig in Spain

Updated on September 29, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source

Island of Mallorca Tour

The spectacular setting of Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca in Spain gives one a glimpse into the lifestyle of a person that not only lived there but ultimately made these islands better known to the rest of the world.

This tour of the Island of Mallorca is purposely being broken into different posts for brevity reasons. This article consists of another segment of our tour of the island.

Son Marroig deserves individual mention as it has a rich history.

We had already toured the village of Valldemossa and the Carthusian Monastery where Frederic Chopin and George Sand spent time together and learned a bit about that history when we were next taken to Son Marroig.

Inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source

Son Marroig

The Island of Mallorca offers vistas to satisfy the most discerning of travelers.

Those seeking stunning scenery in which to become inspired can come here for various purposes.

Mallorca Travel: Son Marroig, Coastal Estate of Habsburg Royal

Some visitors may just want to do some of the following:

  • Vacation
  • Rest
  • Relax
  • Meditate
  • Recover (Chopin's intent)

Mallorca Travel: Awesome Coastal View from Son Marroig

Others may become inspired to do some of this:

  • Write
  • Compose
  • Paint
  • Draw
  • Photography
  • Create other art forms

As a matter of fact, we were told by our tour guide that over 2,000 fine art painters live on the Island of Mallorca.

 	 Son Marroig
Son Marroig | Source

This of course does not take into consideration the additional people that live on the island making a living or who are retired or have vacation homes here.

Per Capita income here is the highest in all of Spain according to our tour guide.

People like Michael Douglas live here.

4 kilometers from Son Marroig is the town of Deia...

Son Marroig is located between Valldemossa and Deia.

It is about 3 kilometers to the west of Deia and we had been enjoying seeing some of the wonderful scenery on the island as we were being transported.

A rolling landscape with terraced hillsides, prolific groves of almond and olive trees, stone houses and occasional views of the Mediterranean Ocean and seaports greeted our curious eyes as we traversed the island.

Son Marriog is situated on a steep hillside with a spectacular view of the ocean lying at it's feet some distance below.

Son Marroig
Son Marroig | Source

So why (you might ask) is Son Marroig historic and have importance?

What made this particular mansion worthy of a special visit?

The answer is this: It was once owned by the Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria.

Painting of Archduke Ludwig Salvator in Son Marroig
Painting of Archduke Ludwig Salvator in Son Marroig | Source

He purchased this land and inhabited the residence (Son Marroig) in the late 1800s and lived there for long periods of time totaling over forty years.

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Inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source
Dining room inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Dining room inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source
Back of Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Back of Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source
My hubby inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
My hubby inside Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source

The Archduke not only purchased the land where Son Marroig is situated but other land and residences on the island as well.

These other residences include Son Moragues which is now turned into a restaurant. Miramar which was one of his favorite summer places and S'Estaca, a Moorish Mansion which is now owned by Michael Douglas.

Son Marroig. Deià. Mallorca.
Son Marroig. Deià. Mallorca. | Source

Luis Salvador of Habsburg was considered to be an eccentric person and for much of his life was able to do much of what he pleased.

Among other things the Archduke was known for some of the following:

  • He was a globetrotter
  • A writer, authoring many books
  • An adventurer
  • A lover of nature
  • A seaman
  • He was interested in science
  • And above all, because of these wide and varied interests he was responsible for publicizing the Balearic Islands, and specifically, Mallorca, resulting in other people becoming much more familiar with the Islands.

Statues have been erected on the Island of Mallorca in the Archduke's honor.

Today Son Marroig has been turned into a museum and also a concert hall.

 	 Son Marroig panoramic view
Son Marroig panoramic view | Source

The Ionic temple was built after the Archduke no longer owned Son Marroig. This striking temple certainly adds a focal point to the back part of the mansion as it draws one's eyes towards the sea.

Ionic temple at Son Marroig, Mallorca
Ionic temple at Son Marroig, Mallorca | Source

A spit of land juts out into the sea below Son Marroig and is titled Na Foradada which means the perforated rock. Notice the hole in the rock? It is caused by erosive actions over time.

Na Foradada means the perforated rock - This was down below the Ionic temple and Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca
Na Foradada means the perforated rock - This was down below the Ionic temple and Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca | Source

Those of us on the tour were happy that we got to spend a little time at Son Marroig, both inside the building and also roaming the beautiful grounds. It became understandable to us why Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria claimed this for one of his abodes on the Island of Mallorca, Spain.

Spectacular scenery with the Mediterranean ocean waves crashing below as well as the privacy offered by this location must have greatly pleased his nature loving sensibilities.

Would you have liked the freedom afforded the Archduke and how he was able to live his life while on Mallorca?

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi beingwell,

      The entire island (what we got to see of it) of Mallorca is well worth visiting. Hope that you and your hubby get to vacation there someday. Son Marroig is just one of the beautiful sites. Thanks for the vote up.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Wow! What a place! I sure hope the hubby and I can be tourists here one day. Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      We were so fortunate that my husband won that trip which took us to Spain. Mallorca is a gorgeous island and we enjoyed a city tour and another tour which took us out into the countryside showing us sites like this Son Marroig. Glad to hear that you enjoyed reading about it and seeing our photos, etc. Thanks for your comment + the tweet.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Well, I have always wanted to travel overseas so I must say that I am living through your travels. Beautiful pictures and it looks like a great place to relax and find inspiration!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello getgoingcanada,

      I'm certain that there are numerous islands around the world of which the names would also be new to me. Glad that I could introduce you to Mallorca just off the coast of Spain. Thanks for your comment.

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      getgoingcanada 6 years ago

      I've never heard of this island. Thanks for the excellent info!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Maralexa,

      If the Island of Mallorca is one of your intended destinations...check out the other hubs related to the same subject. We had a fabulous time on the island and would love to return someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Coolmon2007,

      The Island of Mallorca is a spectacular place to visit. The people that call it home are fortunate indeed. Thanks for your comment.

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      Marilyn Alexander 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      This is one of my favourite destinations! Have never been there but would just love to visit. Thanks for sharing your excellent hub and beautiful visuals. It was delightful!

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      I enjoyed your article on the Island of Mallorca very informative and well written. Seems like a nice place to visit. Good Article

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billaustindillon,

      Thanks for visiting Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca via this hub. Yes, it would appear that the Archduke had quite a life! I know what you mean about a travel "wish list" constantly expanding. So many places in this world that would be lovely to see! :-)

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I have Mallorca on my places I want to go list - it keeps building - this is a great document on Son Marroig - what a life that Archduke must have lived.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kiran,

      We were fortunate to have been able to go on this trip. Not exactly an everyday occurance for us! Now I am happily reliving these trips through my hubs.

      Nice to know that you are finding them enjoyable as well. Thanks for your comment.

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      You do lead an interesting life Peggy visiting all those fabulous places :)thanks a lot ...

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Journey,

      Glad you liked this and thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James,

      Happy that I could introduce you to Son Marroig on the Island of Mallorca. If you ever decide to visit your friend there, you will have some idea of what there is to see. Have one final hub regarding that last day tour and our spectacular finale dinner.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Peggy, the photos are great. Thanks for sharing this hub.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Cool! I enjoyed this travelogue, too. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete,

      If you clicked on the link regarding the Archduke you can see an arial photo of the mansion owned now by Michael Douglas. Very impressive. That Archduke Luis Salvador must have had deep pockets to own so many mansions. Son Marroig was certainly impressive.

      Happy that you liked this hub and thanks for the comment.

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      So Michael Douglas owns a Moorish Mansion; that's pretty cool. There is a lot of good information here. Well done.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mardi,

      We were having fun...guess it shows! LOL

      Thanks for the quick comment.

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      Mardi 8 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Another great hub Peggy. You, your family members and husband in your photos make it very authentic plus everyone always looks so happy!