If you visit it’s a pity to miss Port de Soller. As many other towns in Mallorca Soller has its twin town next to the sea.
Most tourists go there with the old wooden tram, a slow but also unique way to reach the port. Along the way you will see numerous orange and lemon trees.
Once in the port you will notice a beach where you can swim and the marina with numerous yachts (some of them were really impressive). There are numerous cafeterias and restaurants to choose, we also noticed many hotels, I guess the area must be crowded in summer months, in late may it was just ok.
It wouldn’t be fair for this to be just another transportation tip. The most popular activity for the visitors of Soller is to take the tram down to the port.
Slow and noisy the Orange Express will take you down to a 25’ ride that will take you back in time because it has that old atmosphere and it feels very nostalgic, similar to the trams of San Francisco.
The ride is scenic as the tram goes down passing by the last houses of Soller and then next to numerous orange and lemon trees that give a great smell in the air. At the end it goes along the beach of Soller before you get off in the center of the port.
A seat next to window is very convenient when the tram is packed but some people just like to stand outside on the platforms between the wagons (it’s only for 25’ anyway).
You pay on the tram (5euro for one way ticket) but if you want to save some money you can go down on foot and use the tram to return to Soller.
Tramway, Sóller - Port ( 25 Minutes ) 07:00h / 08:00h / 09:00h / 10:00h / 11:00h / 12:00h / 13:00h / 14:00h / 15:00h / 16:00h / 17:00h / 18:00h / 19:00h / 20:00h
Tramway, Port - Sóller ( 25 Minutes ) 07:30h / 08:30h / 09:30h / 10:30h / 11:005h / 12:30h / 13:30h / 14:30h / 15:30h / 16:30h / 17:30h / 18:30h / 19:30h / 20:25h
I was surprised how peaceful was the town away from Placa Constitucio. In the square visitors and locals gather at the café or taking the tram down to the port but we walked a bit further and we saw some empty streets with only some curious tourists checking around for a good photo shot among the ochre walls of the local houses or some lovely backyards full of flowers, it was a pleasure to walk around.
There’s a also a covered market and numerous houses that date to a period between 16th and 18th century although the most impressive ones are the ones that were built in early 20th century by the wealthy emigrants that returned back in town.
This beautiful church in baroque/neogothic style was high on my list but the front door was locked and couldn’t see the interior :(
At least we enjoyed the impressive façade that was designed in 1904 by Joan Rubio (the catalane architect that designed the Banco de Soller too).
The church was built between 1688-1723 although the original church goes back to early 13th century and it is dedicated to apostle Bartholomeu of course, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus.
Placa Constitucio (pic 1) is the central square of Soller. All visitors will come here sooner or later because its full of street cafes where you can relax watching the old trams passing by.
The square is nice on its own with a fountain and numerous plane trees but we also loved the architecture of the buildings that face the square. Apart from the beautiful Sant Bartolomeu church you can also see the ajuntament(town hall) of Soller (pic 2). The building has an impressive staircase
The most impressive building is on the left of the church, an amazing structure (pic 3) made by Joan Rubio (Gaudi’s student) in 1912 in the typical (for that era) modernism style. It was once Banco de Soller (now Santander Central Hispano) that was founded in 1889 by some rich emigrants that return back to Soller.
Not much to do here except drinking some fresh orange juice, killing time before you take the train back to Palma, the tram down to the port or just visit a near by museum. At the train station (100m uphill from the square) you can visit Sala Picasso and Sala Miro.
All around Soller there are mountains and each of them is full till the top of olive trees. The locals have developed a smart system of terraces to take advantage of all the land. Mallorca is an small island so land is a not cheap resource. I went with two friends up to one of this mountains trough the olives fields. It was great, the road went up and up almost until the top. It was all twisted and full with U turns, because the road must adapt to the geographical accidents and terraces.
Around 4 km from Soller U'll find the Soller port. A beatifull 3km beach with a long boulevard where to enjoy the sun and the sea air. If U go to the left trough the road up to the hill U'll find on the top the lighthouse. Here I found the best spot where to rest and enjoy a beatifull view of the port and it's surrounding mountains. The road is in good shape so U can go in car, bicyle or just walking.
If U think U´ve enough stamina, try a walk or a cicling to the top of the higher mountain on Mallorca, The Puig Major. With 1455 meters high, it watches the nearby Soller, it´s valley and port. Like a guardian that challenge time.
For sure is a wonderfull way to enjoy this place. They have exursions to Fornalutx, Biniaraix and Puig Major, the higher mountain on the island. This picture was taken in Fornalutx, in their way to Torrent de Pareis
One in Soller the best is to wander trough the streets in the center of the town, lose oneself in it's special atomsfere and architecture. In the main square, U can enjoy beatifullcrowded terraces, the modernist facades of the church and the old Soller bank, building of the architect Rubio i Bellver, disciple of Gaudi.
Soller is well known because of it's sweet and delicious oranges. The valley is full of this trees. In the moth of may the valley smells orange blossom every where. I went on this tour on april and there where lot of orange on the trees. They are juicy and very sweet so if U have the chance, try it.
Take your time to walk around and keep your eyes open. There are lot of magnificent houses, some 300 years old and more.
The one U see here was the Soller bank. Until begining of the 20 th century they had their own money, so U can imagine how powerfull the Soller little town use to be, in terms of commerce.
Near the church, about 300m to the right U'll find Tramuntana Tours. They are specialist on excursions trough the Tramuntana Serra on bikes. They have diferent bikes where to choose from and a wide quantity of parts, specialized maps and many other things U'll need if U'll like to do some mountain biking. I took advantage of their bikes rent and rented one for 10 euros for 4 hours and a map with all the paths available for bicicles. It was enough to do a 30km tour trough the nearby mountains and end in the port. It was great ! The owner speaks english fluenly, was a reputed ciclist and as he was born in Soller he knows very well all the surroundings.
U can choose from:
- Walking Excursions: popular guided hikes, or we can tailor make one to suit your requirements.
- Cycling Excursions: either on the road or take the challenge of biking in the mountains. All necessary equipment including guide is provided.
- Rent-a-Bike: the latest 2005, race, mountain and around-town bikes available for hire. All in perfect conditions and they include helmet, bike pump, lock, odometer, spare inner tube and standard flat pedals.
Don't miss to jump on one of these old trams that will bring to the port of Soller. It's rumbling it's way to the sea and is a must!!! Never took such a scenic tram in my live before!!! It's fun too!!!
This stair is leading into the town hall of Soller, another beautiful building on Placa Constitucio... When I have been there two girls were showing their new Beckham posters here and were excited :)))