The Balearic archipelago has approximately 15% of its protected land area, but whoever was the second owner of Son Marroig, Archduke Luis Salvador, did what he could and very quickly near the Mallorcan municipality called Deyà: buy a farm of about 68 hectares in which the purest Mallorcan nature would be preserved.
It was about a man who fell in love with the place, calm, full of green and life, and who, yes, would leave his mark on the gardens, but he would do so in a subtle way. This is the history of the Son Marroig farm.
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History of Son Marroig
Its history begins already in the seventeenth century. Towards the year 1685 it went from being the property of Gabriel Masroig de la Foradada, to being a farm for sale for 11 thousand pounds. From then until 1863 it is not known what happened, but in that year it would become the Archduke Luis Salvador, a man who admired the nature of Mallorca, and that, in fact, he considered that the house was situated in the best place. In addition, its domains included (and include) Sa Foradada, a rocky peninsula that is part of the Sierra de Tramuntana and has a characteristic hole, from which the name (foradada is boring in Castilian).
After the death of the Archduke, possession passed to his secretary, Antoni Vives Colom, a native of Deyà. And to this day it still belongs to his descendants, who made a museum dedicated to the Archduke. Although the estate is now used more for weddings, it still preserves the old furniture, in addition to its spectacular gardens.
What are the Son Marroig Gardens like?
They are some that have the best views of the north coast of Mallorca. For this reason, the Archduke had a large pond built with aquatic plants, and a series of windows and arches through which to view it.
There is not a great variety of species, because what he wanted was to somehow protect the native flora of the island; and on this island green is the predominant color of the plants. Olives and wild olive trees, tamarisk, lavenders. We will also see non-native plants, such as a magnolia tree, clivia, or date stamps.
How to get to Son Marroig?
To get there you have to head towards Deyà, the north of the island. The farm is at kilometer 69,5 of the Ma-10 road, and it is a path that can be done by car or bus, but always with great care as it has several curves.
In high season it can also be full of cars, so it is preferable to take public transport (the bus line that takes this route is 210).
So, we hope you enjoy your visit very much.