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The Capella de Son Real


Son Real is a Mallorcan country estate of quite some historical magnitude.

The finca was first documented during the 14th century. One hundred years later, the posesió was owned by the Real Mòger family from which the land then took its name. In 1865, the land extended to some 1,896 cuarteradas. Later, the finca changed into the hands of the Morell Magraner family who sold the finca in the year 2002 to the Govern Balear with a total of 395 hectares. The finca is now in public ownership and can be visited for free. The old mansion building was converted into a museum where access is admitted for an outlay of 5 €. I recommend a visit to both, the houses (including the chapel) as well as the land.

Like many country estates Son Real had and still has its own little chapel (see photo). This historical place of worship probably dates back to the 19th century. The capella is currently being subjected to a facelift.

The countryside makes for some very pleasant walks right down to the seaside. Bicycles are available for hire for free for holders of a Tarjeta Verde, courtesy of the Fundación para el desarrollo sostenible de las Illes Balears.

Son Real is better known also as a place of six rather important prehistoric archaeological sites, including Mallorca’s only Talayotic necropolis, dating from 700 B. C. Admission there is also free; I do recommend a visit.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken near Can Picafort, Mallorca, Spain. The date: September 16th, 2008. The time was 13:34:50.

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