how to move around
I’ve noticed some people renting bikes but we just walked around. Most of the visitors just gather on placa de la Constitucio, the main square of Soller where most of the important sites/museums are anyway.
From there you can also take the old tram down to the port de Soller which is about 3km away. The old tram is slow and noisy but it’s a unique experience unless you are from San Francisco so you will find it similar :) One way ticket is 5euros (you pay on the tram). If it’s not very hot you can walk down and use the tram to return back 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
A nice alternative is to rent horse and do an excursion out to the nearby villages of Fornalutx or Biniaraix.
how to go there
The most romantic way is to take the old wooden train from plaza Espanya in Palma. The history railway was built back in 1911 with the money of orange and lemon trade, an activity that brought a lot of money those years. Those days was the main connection for the locals to transfer goods but in our days you see only tourists using it.
It goes slowly(more than 70’ for only 27km) up the mountain through several tunnels (13 in total! One of them 3km long) before it finally reaches Soller but along the way you will enjoy the landscape and if you take the touristic route (same route actually) from Palma they also do a short stop for taking panoramic pictures over Soller valley but you pay (5e?) more for this one (the stop is called Mirador Pijol de’n Banya). There are about 7 train per day, maybe more during the summer months.
On your way back you can use a bus, its faster (and cheaper).
Bus is much faster than the train. There are 2 different buses to Soller from Palma, bus #211 goes directly to Soller through a tunnel and bus #210 goes through Valldemosa and Deia, this takes longer but the scenic road is great because of the view. We did this route by car.
We took Ma10 road from Valldemossa along Serra de Tramuntana (great view) but from Palma you can also use Ma11 through the tunnel if you are in a hurry (strange considering you are on holidays plus you pay tolls there)
We noticed 2 parking areas. They operate Monday to Friday 9.00-20.00 and Saturday 9.00-13.00.
For 1h you need 0,60e, 2h 1,20e, 3h 1,80e, 4h 2,40e, 5h 3e, 6h 3,60e, 7h 4,20e, 11h 4,50e
Parking is free for the rest of the day or during Sundays of course.
A 1912 wooden train links Palma to Soller rathing thourgh citrus orchards and 13 tunnels.Fourteen tunnels later,switching back and forth across olive groves hills,they chug past citrus orchards into the town.
The Soller train does't run, it walks. It is meant for U to let yourself be carried slowly across the landscape, to go deep into the nature and enjoy her. It's like a travelling viewpoint, an observatory in motion. Without doubt, the most alternative and gentle to get on one's way.
Since almost a century ago, these wooden wagoons link the island capital with Soller. The train takes an hour to cover the 27 km to Soller, trough valleys full of oranges and olvies. It goes trough the Tramuntana Serra, crossing 13 tunnels, one of them 3 km long.
In summer the train departs each 30 mimnutes. Every other month, every one hour. The 2 wayt ticket cost 11 euros. One way 6 euros. There is a "touristical" one, at 10am and 11am. Toursitical because it makes a 10 minutes stop in a place from where U'll have a magnificent view of Soller.
- Historical Travel
Right when U get down from the Soller train, U'll find the Soller tram. Very well known, as the train. Is a must to every visitor. It keeps it's old atmosfere. It's a open tram, like the one U can find on San Francisco, maybe older. it's like traveling to the past in a ancient commercial town.
It's 2 euros to go to the port and 2 euros back. I advice U to make your way down to the port on foot and then back in the tram.
- Historical Travel
Tram to Port de Soller
You have to take this tram to get to the port, it´s great!!! It costs 1 € each way and it starts right next to the train station in Soller. There are some more stops on its rumbling ride to the port.....
Ferrocarril de Soller
This historical train is a must for all train lovers and for all others who wants to step back in time for an hour....
It starts in Palma, right next to the other station there......In summer there are two panoramic trains that will also stop at the viewing point near Soller. It costs 8,45 € both ways and departs at 10.15h and 12.15h from Palma. Queues at the ticket box can be quite long.... we have been there around one hour before the train left, and there already was a short queue.......well maybe it´s ok to be there at 12 when all others have their tickets.....don´t know really....
Bring your yacht or sailing boat!
Another great way to explore Mallorca is by boat I think. So why not bring your yacht....and take me with you!!!!!!