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Visit the villages
More or less close to Palma de Mallorca, you`ll find some nice small, picturesque villages to visit:
I went to Valdemossa on one day. There I visited the cultural centre "Costa Nord" which was founded by actor Michael Douglas :). They show you a short movie about the beauty of Mallorca`s northern coast there. Valdemossa is furthermore known, because composer Chopin and his lover George Sand spent a winter there, which was a scandal in those days since they were not married. Unfortunately the humid and wet climate at the northern coast wasn`t ideal for Chopins pneumonial problems, so he and George Sand did not get too enthusiastic about the place. You can also visit the convent there or just stroll around the village, which has also some nice art shops.
By rented car, we went up the super-winding road from Palma to Sóller on another day. Instead you could go through a tunnel if you prefer it more comfortable. However, the mountain road- despite the numerous curves- was great and scenic. Sóller is connected with Palma by a small train nostalgic train also. Since I missed the train ride, I took the tram from Sóller to Port de Sóller instead, which was a funny trip (EUR 4 one way). Sóller was nice as well, a typical spanish village and it has a nice church to visit.
About 15 minutes by car you`ll find Deia- the village I liked best. It is very picturesque, sitauted in the mountains and has quite a couple of nice restaurants- obviously people go there for dinner in the evening. We went for tapas to the Xelini restaurant, which was tastefully decorated inside, had a nice garden with a stone wall around it and the food was good as well (around EUR 40 for 2 mixed salads, 4 different kind of tapas, olives, bread and drinks) . Deia certainly was the village I liked best!
Train to Soller
A great day out from Palma is a trip to Soller. Trains ( built in 1912) leave several times a day for the one hour journey through the mountains into the pretty town of Soller. From there it is easy to catch a tram to Porto Soller. (will put a few more photos on a traveogue later) Great views of the countryside on the way and a photo stop high over Soller too. Memorable day out.
To save a little money only travel by train one way, buses leave Porto Soller for Palma regularly throughout the day and the cost is much less.
Trip to Soller and Soller Port from Placa Espanyol
A Historical small lovely wooden train takes you from Placa Espanyola to Soller.
On the wat you can see some villages with great views.Also you will pass through tunnels.One of them takes 3 minutes to cross.
From placa espanyola to Soller train leaves at ;
10.10 10.50 12.15 13.30 15.10 19.30 and takes an hour to reach soller.
After Reaching Soller you can also take a traim to the Beautiful Soller Port (Purto Soller)
Traim for Soller leaves every Half an hour
And For Return from Soller to Placa Espanyola train leaves at ;
10.50 12.15 14.00 18.30 19.00
I suggest you not to miss the last train from Soller to Placa Espanyola
The town of Soller is a very pleasant place to while away a couple of hours.
The main point of interest is the Placa Constitucio, a large square in front of the Church and Town Hall. This is also surrounded by lots of restaurants and bars, full largely of tourists killing time before the next train back to Palma.
When we were there the locals were rope swinging out of the Town Hall balcony, much to the consternation of the local police, who seemed to be trying to put a stop to it, without much success it has to be said.
There were various other activites going on, which from what we could make out seemed to be a practice run for an upcoming fiesta
- Arts and Culture
Antique 'Wild West' Train to Soller
Hop on the Wild West Train from Palma Station to Soller in the north of the island.
This little antique train takes you on an hour long trip through stunning mountain scenery. If you get the tourist train (9 am ish), it will stop on route for you to take snaps of some truly lovely views of a picturesque village in the valleys (see pic).
When arriving in Soller, wander around the town for some quality food shopping and then jump on the little tram which takes you on a short trip (5km) through lemon and orange groves to the Port area of Soller. (If you avoid the tourist one, it is cheaper, not that it costs much normally, but the tourist one is emptier too).
The port area has a lovely beach, very shallow water in a picturesque bay for swimming and some cheap & charming hostals to stay in overnight. Although we found the restaurants rather unfriendly and not particularly amazing food wise, I'm sure if you had more time to choose carefully, something good could be found.
We were there end of Oct/early Nov and the weather was perfect for a day on the beach.
The train to Sóller was €7.20 (£4.40) return, single €4.40 (£2.70) in 2005
- Family Travel
Take the old old old tram to Soller from Palma
The tram is still operating since 1912 !! you get to enjoy the scenery, the whole view of the village..
when you reach the port de soller.. go soak under the sun.. and swim in the sea.. float on the tranquil sea... clear your mind..
well!! that's what i did !! and i never felt like this before.. i really enjoy going there alone.. i thought of a lot of things.. and most importantly i learned a lot through the journey too.. it was my first time traveling alone to there.. for a 18 years old chinese girl like me.. i'm proud of myself really..
Easy trip from Palma
The train ride from Palma to Soller is one of the best parts of visiting Soller. It's a relaxing way to see the variety of the Mallorcan landscape. Starting in downtown Palma, you ride through the pastures of olive tree, cut through the mountains, stop to take for a photo shoot of the panoramic view of Deia, and finally arrive in Soller.
In Soller, there are tons of restaurants, and boutiques to spend a whole day in. I would recommend saving time to take the trolley to the Port of Soller. There are more restaurants, shops, and a beach! The beach is not the nicest of all beaches in Mallorca, so I'd save beach time for later. Enjoy the views and food!!
- Food and Dining
Is a small town nestled between enormous montain in heart of the island.The village is very isolated in a spectacular setting.A 1912 wooden train links Palma to Soller rathing through citrus orchards and 13 tunnels
Tram de Soller
The tram runs between Soller and Port de Soller. The trams are old San Franciscan trams and trundle along through the orange groves at a sedate pace.
You can pick the trams up from various places along the way, and only costs a few euros.
Port de Soller
As with most Mallorcan towns, there is an inland part and a seaside part. The Port de Soller is about 5kms from Soller, and the best way to reach it is to take the tram.
Port de Soller is situated around a large bay, which has a beach area, harbour, cafes and restaurants. It is quite touristy but still nice to stroll around and explore.
It is a working port so there is plenty of hustle and bustle on the quayside.
Tren de Soller
The train to Soller runs from Palma about 6 times a day. The journey takes in some dramatic Mallorcan scenery and takes about an hour and a half. As it makes it's way up through the valley you get views back to Palma and the sea, and once you go through the tunnel in the mountains you start your descent on the other side of the island and get your first glimpse of the town of Soller.
It does get crowded on the train so best to get there early to claim a decent seat.
It cost us 11.00 euros for a return ticket.
- Adventure Travel
take the train
have a nice train ride through the majorca countryside to soller about 1 hours ride
get the train from palma station to soller
spend time walking round the village good church and some excellant shops
then take the tram down to port soller and enjoy the harbour with its yatchs
the trams are x san francisco street cars
good resturants here
Go to Soller!
I recomend you to go to this beatifull little town 30km from the city, U;ll not regret it. U can go either by train or bus. Look into my tips or Soller page for more info.
- Hiking and Walking
with the train to soller
very nice trip through the mountains from Palma to Soller a small ex-fishing village , there you can go to the beach , eat in one of the restaurants near the harbour or just walk along the promenade. Good day trip from Palma area. You can go also by rental car then you have to pay toll for the tunnel or you over the mountain on a very small road but its worthwhile.
- Road Trip
Ride with a historical tramway
From Palma to Soller there exists still a historical train. I was told, that when they built it, the distance was not enough long for getting subventions from the state, so the people of Soller decided to make it more longer to the port of the city... So now you have the possibility to take this train only for a short distance and it's funny...
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