Although the exact date has not yet been disclosed, representatives of the Balearic government have stated that the gardens of Marivent Palace will open in 2016. This action is part of the agreement reached in June between the political parties PSOE, Podemos and Més to govern the Balearic islands.
The palace was built in 1923 for the painter Saridakis. In 1966, his widow donated the building to the regional government stating that it had to be a museum. But in 1973 the authorities ceded it to the royal family, who have been spending most of their summers there.
The left-wing party Podemos has claimed that the maintenance of the palace costs 1.3 million euros per year of public funding and that it should therefore be open to the public. The king has already stated his willingness to collaborate.
Comprising over 33,000 square metres of pine tree woods and other Mediterranean species, the wonderful gardens overlook Cala Major and are one of the few natural spaces left in this overcrowded part of the island.