History of the Balearic Islands to discover from your villas in Spain

The Balearic Islands have a rich history and it is a great place to stay in our villas in Spain and explore the art, culture and archelogy of these islands. Many peoples have settled over time in the Balearic Islands and left their mark: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians, Byzantines and Moors. The original inhabitants of the Balearic Islands probably migrated from the Iberian Peninsula or what is now the South of France. Archaeological finds indicate a settlement in the islands from 5000 BC. It was the Carthaginians who founded Ibiza City in 654 BC and it became a major trading port. Then the Romans took over the islands and then they were beaten by the Visigoths.

History by our villas in Majorca

Following this invasion, the Moors ruled the islands for 3 centuries until James I of Aragon arrived on the island of Majorca in 1229 and took control from the Moors. By 1349, the rest of the Balearic Islands were under Spanish rule. The islands became booming trading centres but frequently became raided by pirates and the main towns were almost completely destroyed by Turkish armies, which led to their decline and in 1713 the British took over after the Treaty of Utrecht was agreed. Since 1802 the islands have remained Spanish and in 1983, were declared an autonomous community.

Historical Sites in Majorca

If you are staying in villas in Majorca or on one of the other Balearic Islands, there are lots of historical sites to see. In Majorca itself one of the most interesting places to see is the Roman town of Pol Lentia, which was founded in 70 BC and one of the most important archaeological places in the Balearics. The site includes remains of houses, shops and even a threatre. Book villas in Majorca, and visit another historic sit, the Monestir de Lluc, which is a monastery from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Church was revamped in the early 20th century based on plans designed by Gaudi and there is also a museum with fantastic artefacts and art well worth seeing whilst renting holiday lettings Spain.

Discover the traces of Ludwig Salvator from your villas in Spain

On holiday in our villas in Majorca find out more about Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, who was also known as the King of Majorca. Ludwig Salvator was a member of the Habsburg family who was from Tuscany which was under their control before Italian unification. The Habsburgs from Tuscany were known to be quite unconventional and Ludwig was posted back to Prague to work in the administration of Bohemia. Unfortunately he did not enjoy being there and also lost his young wife in an accident, so he headed to the island of Majorca and fell for the blue sea and skies of this Balearic Island, close to our villas in Majorca.

Son Marroig

His most famous property is Son Marroig, which is about two miles west of Deia and when staying in our villas Majorca, it is a great place to visit. San Marroig, now a museum, has great views along the coast, features lots of Ludwig Salvator’s collections of paintings, photographs and books and you can visit the beautiful gardens. The famous actor Michael Douglas has bought much of Ludwig Salvator’s estates including his Moorish palace called S Estaca, which was originally converted from a ruined old manor house. Nearby is the hill town on Valldemossa and one of the most visited places on the island, its ancient monastery, dating from the fourteenth century, which is another great place to visit from villas in Spain.

Ibiza’s Historical Sites

If you are staying in villas in Spain in Ibiza you can walk the whole of the perimeter of the historic protective ramparts and walls in Sa Penya in Ibiza City. These were built in 1585 to withstand heavy artillery and are still a great sight today. In Ibiza you will also find the Necropolis del Puig des Molins which is an ancient burial ground dating from the 7th century BC and Phoenician times. There is a museum displaying items found in the 3000 tombs that are built into the hillside. Book holiday lettings Spain and discover the amazing Balearic islands.