Son Marroig is a country house & museum dedicated to the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria (1847-1915). The Archduke's home at Son Marroig, outside Deia, has been turned into a shrine to his memory, with his photographs, paintings and books and a museum devoted to his life in 1928. In the gardens is a white marble rotunda, made from Carrara marble and imported from Italy, where you can sit and gaze at the Na Foradada ('pierced rock') peninsula, jutting out to sea with a gaping 18-m hole at its centre. Ask at the house for permission to walk onto the peninsula. The house plays host to concerts throughout the year.



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Founded: 1928
Category: Museums in Spain


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Pedja (4 months ago)
Nice view and small museum if you are passing nearby it’s worth checking.
Cori Baumann (5 months ago)
Beautiful. The drive was awesome up through the hills and towns. View spectacular. Warm in September, perfect temp.
Jaka Pregelj (6 months ago)
4€ per person to see this. It gets crowded often times but it is worth it. Nice view. You can also go to the toilets there.
Fedor Pankratov (9 months ago)
Beautiful castle, attended a wedding hosted there. Did not visit the museum. Things to improve: Catering staff was quite friendly but very poor English and low attention span. E g I’ve been ordering drinks and several times they prepared a wrong one or wrong amounts. (E g Gin & Tonic instead of Negroni). Not sure if catering staff was arranged by the castle or externally. Also during the wedding ceremony outside we were sitting on chairs; our chair was on an anthill! Ants bite quite a bit :( We were also given paper umbrellas from the sun which helps from the heat BUT you can’t see anything behind the rows of umbrellas (bride/groom/view etc). Great things: THE VIEW. Breath-taking, especially if you go out of the entrance towards a bar about 100 meters to the left, there is a nice panorama. Catering/food Not sure if that was managed by the castle or external catering firm but the food was the best one I’ve ever had on weddings. Other Was taking a Taxi from southern part of the island and Taxi drivers refused to get us there several times cause it quite far, even if we pre-ordered taxi from the hotel, which was quite frustrating.
Jamie Benge (10 months ago)
Beautiful views of the ocean and the mansion was interesting but the, gardens weren't really that spectacular tbh. The masonry was gorgeous and you could tell what it once was but today it was mostly dead plants in containers. Some were even submerged in the murky pond water.
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