Free cancellation up to 24 hours before.
|Languages||Spanish - English|
|Number of participants||Minimum 1 person - Maximum 100 people|
What the experience includes
You cannot miss the opportunity to visit one of the oldest and most charming Majorcan possessions on the island. A typical Mallorcan manor house, which maintains its charm after the passage of more than 500 years of history, and spectacular gardens, which do not leave anyone indifferent. Make your senses vibrate and enjoy a pleasant walk through Alfabia.
The history of the house and gardens is already documented in times of Arab domination. Initially the houses of Gothic typology, with a marked rural and fortified character, were structured around a closed patio, incorporating a tower in the 16th century. The great reform of the 18th century gave Alfabia its baroque elements, the most defining of its current configuration. This reform involved a substantial expansion of the original houses, giving them a new distribution and decoration but always maintaining the concept of rural house. In the second half of the 19th century there was a new and important intervention that modified part of the previous reforms.
Clear influence of English landscaping, leafy and shady.
The access is made up of a wide avenue, or romanticist "hall walk", with three roads lined with large plane trees that reaches the vicinity of the "clastra" (typical courtyard of Majorcan country houses of a certain size, called "possesions" ).
At the end of an avenue lined with palm trees is the façade that gives access to the most emblematic element of the garden: the pergola with its water features, rebuilt at the beginning of the 18th century. Half of its route is adorned with twenty-four stone hydria.
The numerous jets cross the waters with each other, making the sparkle of the water and its murmur to become a gift for the senses.
As we progress we arrive at a part of the garden remodeled in the middle of the 19th century, with a clear influence of English landscaping, leafy and shady. In this part is located the so-called “Jardinet de la Reina”, since it was made on the occasion of the stay in Alfabia of Queen Isabel II.
The lower garden has a tropical air and a pond with water lilies, with a great variety of palm trees, including garballons (Palmitos), a native species of Mallorca currently protected.
Wisely integrated into its natural environment, the variety of styles has not been an amalgam but rather a harmony that is difficult to achieve. In front of the main façade the palm trees rise solemn and majestic, indifferent to the passage of time.
The house has features and elements of different styles: Arabic, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque ... The main façade is flanked by two "colcadors" or poyos that were used to mount the horsemen. The portal (“portal forà”), of great dimensions whose doors are plated in bronze, has two elliptical windows on both sides called “porthole”, and is framed by two columns and a beautiful baroque frame built in reddish stone from the country. The authorship of this façade can be attributed to Joan d'Aragó, an important architect and altarpiece of the Baroque in Mallorca in the mid-18th century.
The current residence is accessed through the courtyard (“clastra”), paved according to Mallorcan tradition and equipped with a central fountain and an immense banana. Also noteworthy is a Gothic window belonging to the old residence and the marquee arch that tops the hallway, very common in Mallorcan architecture.
In the house, the passage of time has left traces of each era without the set losing its balance. The evolution of the Alfabia house is a model of respect for the past and evolution, of conservation and innovation.
From the interior, the ground floor stands out, where the most furnished rooms are located, among which it is worth mentioning the "Great Room", with a small window representing images of Palma and other towns; the “Sala de l'alcova”, with walls covered in yellow damask and where a rococo portal and a small window with landscape painting stand out; the “Sala de la cadira”, with numerous engravings, musical instruments, neoclassical busts; and the dining room, the result of the 19th century reforms.
Everything you need to know
- The last access must be made a maximum of half an hour before the closing of the facilities at 2:30 p.m.
- GARDENS OF ALFABIA TIMETABLE : from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- In order to access the gardens with entry for residents, you must prove your residence in the Balearic Islands.
- Adults +11 years.
- Children 0-10 years.
Tickets to the House and Gardens of Alfabia.
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Cancellation fee of 100% is charged if cancelled 24 Hours or less before the activity.