An idyllic village of green-shuttered, ochre-coloured houses that has become a millionaires' hideaway in the shadow of the Teix mountain on the west coast of Mallorca.
Son Marroig is one of the residences of "S'Arxiduc", Archduke Ludwig Salvador. An ecologist before it was fashionable, and an eary hippy who wore Mallorcan peasant clothes, he bought up estates along the coast in an effort to save them from development, and devoted himself to studying and recording Mallorcan wildlife and traditions. 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. The place has splendid views and is popular destination for wedding ceremonies.
Valldemossa is one of the prettiest villages in Mallorca. It was famous for one landmark: the Royal Charterhouse of Valldemossa, built at the beginning of the 14th century, when the mystic and philosopher Ramon Llull lived in this area of Majorca. Since the 19th century Valldemossa has been promoted internationally as a place of outstanding beauty, largely as a result of the affection of distinguished traveller and cultural writer, the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator.