One of the most beautiful manor houses in Mallorca has to be Raixa, on the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range, in the municipality of Bunyola. The finca was founded by the Moors, then under the name of Araixa, some 1,000 years ago, for its abundant water sources.
In the 17th Century, Raixa was owned by the Despuig family, the Count of Montenegro, and Cardinal Antoni Despuig i Dameto who transformed the old buildings into a residential property of palatial proportions.
Raixa has been used for a number of movie location settings in the past for the beauty of its architecture and the luxuriant gardens.
The estate was meant to be sold in 2002 to a private – foreign – buyer. However, the Consell de Mallorca exerted a higher public interest claim and consequently purchased the property with tax payers’ money.
As a result of the Island Council’s action, the fortunate public – all of us – have since had all access barred, including visiting rights to the gardens.
Shame on you, Consell de Mallorca.
The photos were taken at Raixa, near Bunyola, Mallorca, Spain. The date: March 30th, 2008. The time was 12:44:16 and 12:57:08, respectively.