Historic house and gardens in Mallorca
One of Mallorca's most beautiful 'secrets' is about to go European to help promote it throughout the continent. La Raixa, a magnificent estate with its origins in Mallorca's Islamic period, is dominated by a beautiful house set in wonderful, peaceful landscaped gardens.
It is a joy to behold and well worth a visit to escape the hurly burly of the holiday resorts to contemplate the peace and tranquillity of the place. Run by the Consell de Mallorca, it will hopefully soon join the Network of Historic Gardens of Europe to help promote and exchange ideas with other such gardens in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium and the likes.
Dating back to the Moorish period, the estate began to grow after the Catalan conquest in the 13th century but really flourished from 1660 when it was purchased by Robert Despuig, the Count of Montenegro. He and his descendants, renovated and extended the house, and added the leisure gardens around it, culminating with Cardinal Despuig who filled the house with art and antiquities from his frequent visits to Italy on religious business.
The estate is just off the main road from Palma to Soller near Bunyola and is absolutely free to visit! Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 15 it occasionally closes for various reasons so do check before setting out.
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Photos from the Consell de Mallorca.