It is located among spectacular scenery with extraordinary views to the Mediterranean and the impressive bulk of sa Foradada. The emblematic house of Archduke Luis Salvador of Habsburg-Lorraine, converted into a private house museum in 1927 to preserve and spread his figure and his works.
Archduke Luis Salvador bought the ‘possessió’ of Son Marroig in 1876 after buying the Miramar one, both of which are set within extraordinary landscapes. He had it refurbished but maintained the fortified tower, probably from the 16th century, which protected the area from the frequent pirate raids.
Given his Italianate taste, he had a small Neoclassical temple built at one end of the garden. This temple has eight Ionic columns made of Carrara marble. This lookout provides views over the small peninsula of sa Foradada, the emblem of the estate. The archduke was deeply in love with the island, and authored ‘Die Balearen’. The property was transferred to his secretary, Majorcan Antoni Vives, after the archduke’s death in 1915.
The museum includes personal objects of the archduke, as well as paintings, furniture and pottery from different periods. It is in the Serra de Tramuntana, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. It has many drawings, books and objects that belonged to the archduke, as well as works by Joan Bauçà, Anglada Camarassa, Eliseu Meifrén, Joaquim Mir, Antoni Prats and Erwin Hubert, among others. The collection also includes pottery items (Greek, Roman, Hispanic-Arabic, etc), fabric and traditional Majorcan furniture.
The visit includes a walk through the gardens where the archduke left his mark, the immense cistern, the ‘des Galliner’ lookout and the small Ionic temple. It has been used to hold the Deià International Festival for chamber music since 1978.