RAIXA

Raixa estate in Bunyola an example of beutiful architecture




Excursion to the amazing Raixa mansion, a real treat for culture lovers

The amazing mansion of Raixa was declared “place of cultural interest” back in 2002 and purchased by the Balearic government. Moreover, this mansion has been scene of famous Agata Cristie movie, Hercule Poirot.

Raixa is among the most important singular buildings on Mallorca, and a landmark in the beautiful and charming area of Bunyola.

The first count of Montenegro, Ramon Despuig i Rocaberti, purchased Raixa on the 18th of June 1660, and from that time onwards, Raixa became the emblematic family estate. In the 18th century the houses were renovated and extended by the successive counts, as it was customary during the Baroque period. Dating from that time are the leisure gardens “les Llimoneres”, “La Gruta” and “Hort Nou”, already documented in 1740.
The protagonists of the last transformation were the brothers Joan and Antoni Despuig i Dameto. The first (Palma, 1735-1813) was the 4th Count of Montenegro and 7th of Montoro. The second, Antoni, (Palma, 1745 – Lucca, 1813) pursued an ambitious ecclesiastic career which culminated with his appointment as Cardinal by the Pope Pius VII in 1803.

Cardinal Despuig is one of the most important personalities of the Enlightenment in Mallorca. He was distinguished both as a patron and as a collector of art and antiques as a result of his long stays in Italy. He sponsored excavations in the grounds of Ariccia, near Rome, between 1787 and 1796, and with the objects brought to light and some others acquired by him, he created a Museum of classical sculpture that he installed in Raixa. The sculptors Pascual Cortes, Luis Melis and Francesco Lazzarini worked there. Nowadays part of this collection is on display at the Bellver castle

How to get to Raixa

Directions

ABOUT THE AREA

Bunyola is cosy and tranquil mountain town located in a scenic and beautiful green valley in the Tramuntana mountains. Bunyola has a long history of being a prosperous area that used to belong to noble people like counts and emirs. Bunyola offers a fine selection of finca escapes situated on the green mountain slopes of the valley offering magical views and great location when you are of to your daily adventures, or just want to rest by the pool and take in the views and feel the inner peace spread throughout your body. Despite of the modest size, Bunyola is home to several places of interest. Go see one of the most stunning examples of architecture on the island, the Raixa finca, go explore the magical Alfabia gardens, or let yourself be seduced in a 1001 nights adventure at the world-famous Son Amar finca. Bunyola is located about 25 minutes from Palma by car, and is an excellent choice of holiday base for couples and friends travelling without children.

Bunyola local area guide

Other magical destinations in Tramuntana




What else to see in Bunyola?

Visit Jardines de Alfabia between Bunyola and Soller+

Jardins d’Alfabia

Other mansions and buildings to see

Can Prunera exhibition space in Soller Mallorca+

Can Prunera

La Granja museum and attraction in Esporles Mallorca+

La Granja d’Esporles

Son Marroig is an attraction in Deia+

Son Marroig

Art museum of Sa Bassa Blanca in Alcanada+

Sa Bassa Blanca

Finca els Calderers is an ethnological museum and attraction in Sant Joan Mallorca+

Els Calderers

Grand Hotel in Palma an outstanding example of modernist architecture+

Gran Hotel

Casal Solleric is a main attraction in Palma+

Casal Solleric

Almudaina Palace is an attraction in Palma+

Almudaina Palace

Can Casasayas modernist architecture in Palma+

Can Casasayas

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