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Magic in Mallorca: A Gracious Old-World Garden for a Petite Palazzo

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Magic in Mallorca: A Gracious Old-World Garden for a Petite Palazzo

October 29, 2018

In case you are wondering, the weather on Mallorca can be quite pleasant in October. In November too. Enjoy it vicariously with a visit to the sunny gardens of a 300-year-old palazzo in Felanitx, which has medieval architecture dating to the 1200s (and is a 10-minute drive from Portocolom and one of the area’s loveliest beaches).

We spotted the listing for Carrer de sa Porteria 26 on real estate site Fantastic Frank. Asking price: €1.25 million.

Photography by Lucia López courtesy of Fantastic Frank.

Understated Curb Appeal

From the street, the stone face of the palazzo gives away no hint of the gardens behind the facade
Above: From the street, the stone face of the palazzo gives away no hint of the gardens behind the facade

Before being remodeled 20 years ago, the building housed a wine bar.  Converted into a single-family home, the palazzo has eight rooms on three floors, several courtyard and terrace gardens, and a swimming pool.

The palazzo blends in seamlessly with the other stone facades on the street.
Above: The palazzo blends in seamlessly with the other stone facades on the street.

Courtyard Garden

Sheltered by dry stone walls, a courtyard garden with a swimming pool and sauna. Exuberant pink bougainvillea climbs a wall and a 50-foot palm tree was transported to the space by helicopter.
Above: Sheltered by dry stone walls, a courtyard garden with a swimming pool and sauna. Exuberant pink bougainvillea climbs a wall and a 50-foot palm tree was transported to the space by helicopter.
A tri0 of sculptures, exhibiting the telltale signs of constructivism, &#8\2\20;a particularly austere branch of abstract art.&#8\2\20;
Above: A tri0 of sculptures, exhibiting the telltale signs of constructivism, “a particularly austere branch of abstract art.
Potted plants include sedums, other succulents, and shrubs native to Mediterranean climates.
Above: Potted plants include sedums, other succulents, and shrubs native to Mediterranean climates.

A retractable awning provides shade to a dining and outdoor cooking area.

Balcony Garden

Upstairs, a bedroom window overlooks a sunny view.
Above: Upstairs, a bedroom window overlooks a sunny view.
An upper-floor balcony garden borrows color from the courtyard garden&#8\2\17;s bougainvillea vines.
Above: An upper-floor balcony garden borrows color from the courtyard garden’s bougainvillea vines.

See more at Bougainvillea: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design.

Terrace Garden

A rooftop garden with a view over the town (including the local church spire) is home to potted lemon and olive trees.
Above: A rooftop garden with a view over the town (including the local church spire) is home to potted lemon and olive trees.

If you live in a Mediterranean climate, get more growing and design tips for Olive Trees, Lemon Trees, and  Wild Grape Vines. See more of our favorite Mediterranean-style gardens:

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