Hotel in the Serra de Tramuntana
The Serra de Tramuntana is a UNSESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful mountain regions in Europe. The mountain range lies directly at the sea and offers a breathtaking nature experience with an ancient history. The first traces of settlement date back to the 4th millennium BC. The prehistoric culture of the Talayot has strongly influenced the landscape with stone towers and terrace walls. Many terrace walls in Son Bleda probably date from the 3rd/4th century BC. Some of the region’s walls date back to the 13th century BC.
History of the Finca Hotel Son Bleda
The foundation walls of the present hotel complex date back to the 11th century. Shortly after the purchase of the house, a scroll from the year 1080 was found in the archives of the house during cleanup work, in which Son Bleda is mentioned. In addition, the book of the administrator from the 17th century was found, which gives an insight into the use of the manor house and manor at that time. During the renovation work a general uniform from the 17th century decorated with orders was also found. For this reason it was also decided to carry out the renovation work as gently as possible in order to preserve as much of the “old” as possible.
Former monastery from the 11th century
Founded as a monastery, the foundations date back to 1080, it had been taken over during the medieval time by a descendant of the Spanish Royal family. A historical register dated 1677, recording transactions and payments, is still kept at Son Bleda.
A gigantic estate belonged to the monastery on which olive, almonds, carob pots and other fruits were harvested. The house boasted its own oil and grain mills of which remnants have been integrated into the hotel. Son Bleda remained empty for 30 years crumbling away. The restorations took 8 years and now run as a hotel since the year 2000. The walls and the hotels atmosphere recount its long history now in a modern setting with high standards.
Region of Soller
At the time, the region of Sóller gained importance due to having the biggest natural harbour on the Island. In 1712 this part of the island belonged to the monarchy of Montpellier in France. Traders had boats and came to trade the popular citrus fruits unavailable anywhere else. They came for the Black Majorcan pigs, already then a delicacy for its tasty ham. A region that has kept its natural charm. The valley of Sóller and the mountain region of Deià are a culinary highlight on Mallorca, with restaurants offering something for everyone’s taste, from the typically hearty Spanish cuisine to high end fine dining. It has retained a typical Mediterranean charm amidst the stunning UNESCO world heritage site.