A guide to the most beautiful houses and gardens in Majorca

The rusty sandstone pillars of the Miramar Monastery easily make it one of the most beautiful houses and gardens in Majorca

When you think of Majorca, the first things that spring to mind are probably its stunning beaches, turquoise seas and bustling seaside resorts. However, if you venture away from the main tourist hotspots, you’ll find some charming historical sites, not to mention beautiful gardens.

If this sounds like the kind of thing that appeals to you, check out our selection of the best houses and gardens in Majorca to visit during your stay in an all inclusive hotel in Majorca.

Raixa Estate

The Raixa Estate in Bunyola has existed in one form or another since the 13th century, although its present incarnation dates from the 18th century. There’s a distinctly Italian feeling to the architecture, with a series of homes all arranged around a pretty central courtyard.

The gardens that surround the manor house, which has been the home of various noble families on the island, are equally interesting, with various standout features, such as faux ruins, a large pond and a specially designed viewpoint. Much of the planting and design work in the grounds is from the 19th century, showcasing another period in the island’s varied history.

You can visit the Raixa Estate anytime between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays without an appointment, or you can call ahead to arrange a guided tour at other times.

Miramar Monastery

Miramar Monastery is located in the charming town of Valldemossa and it has links to a number of influential historical figures from the island’s past. It was initially founded as a missionary school in the late 13th century by King Jaume II, on the request of philosopher and theologan Ramon Llull. Much later, it became the private residence of the Archduke Ludwig Salvadore of Austria, who purchased the property in the 19th century.

Now, it is owned by the Vives family, who open it to the public from Tuesday to Sunday every week, allowing visitors to appreciate the beautiful architecture and picturesque gardens. Despite the fact that the property has been altered over the years, you can still make out the ancient cloister of the monastery as you wander around.

Inside the house is a small museum displaying exhibitions about Llull and the Archduke, as well as several artworks. Step into the gardens and you’ll be struck by the geometric patterns in the planting – these were set out by Llull himself and still look wonderful to this day.

La Granja

La Granja, in Esporles, is another must if you’re keen to see Majorca’s historical houses during your holiday. The manor here today predominantly dates from the 17th century, although there has been a property on this site since Roman times because of its natural spring.

Stepping inside the house is fascinating and you can go on a tour through its drawing room, private theatre and dungeon – complete with a torture chamber. Outside, you need to leave time to fully explore the grounds, which are home to waterfalls, a botanical garden and even a 1,000-year-old yew tree.

You can also learn a lot about Majorcan handicrafts on a trip here, as the house hosts various workshops and demonstrations throughout the week. Women wearing traditional outfits show visitors skills like lacemaking, spinning and embroidery, while a selection of locally-produced foods and drinks are on offer to taste – sample wine, cheese, fig cake and even Majorcan pizza on a day out here.

The estate is open every day of the year from 10am to 7pm and also has a restaurant, where you can enjoy a delicious meal before you head off on your next adventure.