S’Archiduc is a pretty, romantic village set in the heart of the Valldemossa region in Majorca. It is an historic town that makes for the perfect holiday getaway for anybody wanting to escape the stresses of everyday life. HomeAway has a delightful selection of some of the most beautiful holiday villas in S’Archiduc ideal for a romantic honeymoon or glorious family holiday. Breathtaking views, sweeping gardens, and gorgeous wide open spaces are just some of the things guests might expect from a holiday villa in S’Archiduc.
S’Archiduc is a peaceful and rejuvenating destination, with the perfect amount of charm and allure. Whether you like spending time in the outdoors, shopping, long walks in the beach or exploring historic towns, S’Archiduc has it all.
-Miramar is a stunning monastery that was founded in 1276 by one Ramon Llull – a philosopher. It has had a colourful history and changed hands many times through various monastic orders. In the late 1800’s it was bought and restored by the Archduke of Austria. There is a small library and an intoxicating charm that continues to bring visitors from their holiday cottages in S’Archiduc.
-St Catherine Thomas is the most deeply honoured saint on the island of Majorca. Catherine was born in the town of Valldemossa in 1531 and her birthplace can be visited. After getting her religious calling, she joined the Augustinian convent of Santa Maria Magdalena de Palma in 1553. It is also her final resting place.
-Port de Valldemossa is about a 5 km drive from most holiday homes in S’Archiduc. Perched at the foot of mountains, this quaint little fishing harbour is a charismatic cove with many nooks and crannies to explore. The views over the sparkling bay are worth the trip alone.
-The Palace of King Sancho was built for royal son Sancho by his father – King James II, who was the ruler of Majorca from 1311 to 1324. This beautiful palace has a fascinating history including having been the home of poet Ruben Dario, who used to dress in a monk’s habit to inspire his writings. The architectural genius was way ahead of its time and the palace is home to the medallion of Saint Bruno and the massive sculpture to scale of Ave Maria.
-The Royal Monastery the former home of composer and concert pianist Frederic Chopin as well as the famed French writer – George Sand Winter, was once a monastery that was home to Carthusian monks from the 1300s right up to the mid 1800s. There are some outstanding examples of art and culture here in the museum and is a must see.
S’Archiduc is blessed with sunny days and balmy nights all year long. The warm, sultry weather is a huge part of the undeniable attraction for holiday villas in S’Archiduc. Summer runs from May until September and average expected temperatures reach between 28°C and 35°C, but cool off nicely in the winter to around 20 C, but can drop to single figures such as 8 C or so in the evenings.
There are regular flights from all over the world into the island’s only airport at Palma de Majorca. S’Archiduc holiday villas are around 20 kms from the airport where transfers or hire cars can be easily arranged. You’ll note in Spanish, Archiduc is written as Arxiduc on road signs, but it is main roads all the way from the airport to the village.