Category: Soller

Category: Soller

Tranvía de Sóller

The Tranvía de Sóller is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Mallorca. It is a tram nicknamed ‘red lightning’; which connects the beautiful town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.

We’re not sure why the tram is referred to as ‘red lightning’, it is neither red nor very fast. The trams are orange in colour with wooden framed windows, open-sided wagons and wooden benches. The tramline opened in 1913 and some of the railcars and carriages used today date back to this period of time.

The journey from Sóller to the port takes around 15 minutes and passes through Plaza de la Constitución; which is the main square in Sóller and is a very popular meeting place for both locals and tourists. The tram passes cafes and bars with outside seating areas and you are so close to the tables, it is possible to see what people are eating and drinking.

From the square, Tranvía de Sóller passes by numerous orange groves and the old port facilities before reaching its destination.

The history of the Tranvía de Sóller is closely linked to that of the Tren de Sóller (the railway line that has connected Sóller with the island's capital Palma de Mallorca since 1912 with the tramline opening in 1913 as an extension of the route.

From the beginning, the rail cars were powered by electricity and initially, they served the dual function of transporting both people and goods. Freshly caught seafood was transported one way with coal and ammunition being transported in the other direction to resupply the former submarine and naval base at Port de Sóller.

The energy supply was provided by a separate power station located at the Sóller railway station.

Port de Sóller is a very pretty coastal village located in a large and protected horseshoe bay separated from the rest of Mallorca by the Tramuntana mountain range.

For further information about the tram, please visit the official website.

The most scenic driving route in Mallorca

This driving route takes you from Andratx to Port de Sóller via Banyalbufar, Valldemossa & Deià and is the most scenic drive on the island.

This is an incredible drive that begins at Andratx, the largest town in southwest Mallorca and follows the MA-10 north to the very pretty and rustic mountain village of Estellencs. The route to this village is an attraction in its own right with the deep blue Mediterranean sea to the left-hand-side and the dramatic and changing face of the Tramuntana Mountains to your right. The landscape is covered in thick pines at times and sometimes it is arid and sparsely vegetated.

Before you arrive at the laid-back and quiet little village of Estellencs, you will see a restaurant called 'Es Grau' on the left-hand-side of the road; which has the most incredible views from its terrace and is the perfect location for a stop.

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The first thing you will want to do when you come to Estellencs is reach for your camera, the narrow timeworn streets with their flower adorned stone buildings framed by the mountains is picture postcard perfect, no wonder that this beautiful village is a magnet for hikers and cyclists.

From Estellencs, continue north along the MA-10 until you reach the small picturesque and authentic coastal hillside town of Banyalbufar. This quaint, rabbit warren of a town is surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range and boasts many visitors who wish to stroll down the beautiful plant-lined lanes which wind down towards the sea and admire the glorious views and stunning sunsets.

From Banyalbufar, the driving route takes you inland for a few kilometres before resuming its northward trajectory to the eye-catching village of Valldemossa, famous for the Valldemossa Charterhouse, a palace /  monastery where King Sancho of Majorca resided prior to his death in 1324 and the musician Frédéric Chopin and the writer George Sand lived from 1838 to 1839.

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Surrounded by the wooden slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains, the village boasts tree-lined, cobbled lanes, stunning villas and ancient blonde stone houses.

Whilst you are in Valldemossa, we recommend that you try Coco de Patata, a sweet tasting potato pastry; which is sold in every bakery in the village.

From Valldemossa, the driving route continues north to the small mountain-coastal village of Deià, one of the prettiest villages in Mallorca with honey-coloured townhouses, citrus orchards, almond and olive trees all perched on a picturesque hillside and set against the mountain backdrop of the Puig des Teix at 1062m.

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The writer Robert Graves famously lived in the village twice with many of his creative, artistic friends coming to visit and Deià quickly gained a reputation as an artist’s retreat.

From Deià, your journey continues north and then inland into Sóller.

Also known as the Golden Valley, Sóller is famous for its grand merchant houses, orange and lemon groves and the famous tram which connects the small town with the Port de Sóller district.

On your way back to base, we highly recommend that you take the Ma-11 heading towards Palma and visit the Jardines de Alfabia where you will discover an enchanting garden oasis of ornate fountains, atmospheric walkways, and botanical delights. It'll take your holiday snaps to the next level – More information

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Port de Sóller

Port de Sóller is a very pretty coastal village located in a large and protected horseshoe bay separated from the rest of Mallorca by the Tramuntana mountain range.

Before the Sóller tunnel opened in the 1990s, Port de Sóller was a difficult place to get to with cars having to travel via the Coll de Sóller with tight hairpins every 200m or so. This road is now a popular cycling route with little traffic, especially since the tunnel has not been subject to a toll charge since 2018.

The isolated location of Port de Sóller at the foot of the mountains and the use of the area as a training base by the Spanish military resulted in the village coming through the over development of seaside destinations in Mallorca during the 70s and 80s relatively unscathed and it retains its traditional fishing port charm.

The village’s main role historically was to service the main town of Sóller located a few miles inland and to protect its residents from pirates. During the 19th century when the export of oranges and lemons grown in the area became very profitable, the port expanded significantly and just a decade or so ago, millions of euros were poured into sprucing up the port.

In 1561, Sóller’s beach was invaded by fleets of Turkish and Algerian pirates. The town’s residents managed to defeat the pirates using just using wooden swords and hand-held catapults. This epic defence is re-enacted each year in a festival called Es Firó.

The horseshoe bay has a sandy beach and a pedestrianised promenade with many cafes, restaurants and shops in addition to a few hotels, Many of the restaurants serve seafood; however there are more and more high-class eateries opening in the port due mainly to the opening of a 5-star luxury hotel on the hills above the village. See restaurants in Port de Sóller.

Sóller is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. The town is connected to Port de Sóller by a vintage tram, the Tranvía De Sóller; which takes passengers on a lovely journey through citrus and olive groves.

Even if you are only on the island for a short time, the narrow-gauge, Tren de Sóller journey from Palma to Sóller should be close to the top on your things-to-do list. One of the most rewarding excursions on the island, the vintage train to Sóller is a very popular attraction with a journey time of around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Sometimes known as the Orange Express, the wooden train was originally introduced to transport oranges and lemons from the Sóller valley to the capital, replacing a stagecoach service, which crossed the high mountains via the Sóller pass on a steep, narrow dirt track, which was exhausting and tediously slow.

Funded by profits of the citrus fruit trade, the Tren de Sóller has trundled along the winding 27.3km route to Sóller since 1912.

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Plaza de la Constitución

Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square) is the main square in Sóller and is a very popular meeting place for both locals and tourists.

Constitution Square is one of the most scenic main squares in the Balearic islands and is surrounded by modernist buildings and dominated by the Church of Sant Bartomeu, which dates from the 16th Century. The square was built in 1813 and was once used as a bullring with the balconies of the fringing town houses rented out to spectators.

Sant Bartomeu Church was famously renovated in 1904 by a disciple of Antoni Gaudi named Joan Rubió who gave the largely baroque church a beautiful new modernist façade.

Plaza de la Constitución is Sóller’s social hub and is lined with tapas bars, cafes and bars. The Tranvía De Sóller (tram) which travels from Sóller to the port passes directly through the square at regular intervals; which just adds even more charm to this already picturesque main square.

Tourists arriving in Sóller from Palma on the Tren De Sóller (a vintage wooden narrow-gauge train) amass at Plaza de la Constitución to enjoy the atmosphere and partake of refreshments. At times, it can be difficult to find a free seat at one of the many cafes and bars.

Even if you are only on the island for a short time, the narrow-gauge, Tren de Sóller journey from Palma to Sóller should be close to the top on your things-to-do list. One of the most rewarding excursions on the island, the vintage train to Sóller is a very popular attraction with a journey time of around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Sometimes known as the Orange Express, the wooden train was originally introduced to transport oranges and lemons from the Sóller valley to the capital, replacing a stagecoach service, which crossed the high mountains via the Sóller pass on a steep, narrow dirt track, which was exhausting and tediously slow.

Jardí Botànic

Jardí Botànic (Botanic Garden) was opened to the public in 1992 having been founded 7 years previously.

It is a centre for the conservation, study and understanding of Mediterranean flora, specifically the flora of the Balearic Islands.

In addition to conserving the rare and endangered plant species of the Balearic and other Mediterranean islands, the foundation also educates adults and school children about the flora and also has a conservation biology research function.

Jardí Botànic specialises in the management of plant species that are in danger of extinction with the objective of helping these species survive within their own natural habitats.

Sóller Botanic Garden has four collections on show, the seed bank, Herbarium, living plant collection and endangered flora.

You can find Jardí Botànic in a country estate known as “Camp d’En Prohom”, on the outskirts of Sóller.

The gardens are very popular and people interested in botany travel from far and wide to see the collections and learn about the conservation work carried out by the foundation.

Admission prices: €8 for adults & €6 for groups of more than 12 persons.

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 pm / Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 2 pm. (Closed Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Epiphany and Easter Sunday).

Please visit the Jardí Botànic website for further information.

Within the grounds of Jardí Botànic, you will find The Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals (Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences).

After your visit to the Botanical Gardens, we recommend a trip into the town of Sóller it is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. It has a famous tram which connects the small town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.

Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences

The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences (Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals) is dedicated to the education, conservation and exhibition of the natural heritage of the Balearic Islands.

The museum can be found in the grounds of the Jardí Botànic (Botanical Gardens); which is a centre for the conservation, study and understanding of Mediterranean flora, specifically the flora of the Balearic Islands.

This is all located in a country estate known as “Camp d’En Prohom”, on the outskirts of Sóller.

The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences has five exhibition rooms, an audio-visual presentation room, conference room, library, classroom and various other spaces dedicated to storing collections.

The museum has several collections including The Guillem Colom Collection (Micropaleontology), The Juan Bauzá Collection (Fossils) and The William Waldren Collection (also fossils).

The collections includes fossils and artefacts that explain the history of natural sciences in the Balearic islands, such as photographs, specimens, reproductions and documents of the naturalists who have visited or worked here.

Once you have looked around the museum, the Botanical Gardens are worthy of further exploration.

Jardí Botànic specialises in the management of plant species that are in danger of extinction with the objective of helping these species survive within their own natural habitats.

Sóller Botanic Garden has four collections on show, the seed bank, Herbarium, living plant collection and endangered flora.

The gardens are very popular and people interested in botany travel from far and wide to see the collections and learn about the conservation work carried out by the foundation.

For further information about the Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences, please visit their website.

After your visit to the Botanical Gardens, we recommend a trip into the town of Sóller it is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. It has a famous tram which connects the small town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.

Tren de Sóller

Even if you are only on the island for a short time, the narrow-gauge, Tren de Sóller journey from Palma to Sóller should be close to the top on your things-to-do list. One of the most rewarding excursions on the island, the vintage train to Sóller is a very popular attraction with a journey time of around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Sometimes known as the Orange Express, the wooden train was originally introduced to transport oranges and lemons from the Sóller valley to the capital, replacing a stagecoach service, which crossed the high mountains via the Sóller pass on a steep, narrow dirt track, which was exhausting and tediously slow.

Funded by profits of the citrus fruit trade, the Tren de Sóller has trundled along the winding 27.3km route to Sóller since 1912.

Departing from its own station in Palma, Plaça de l’Estació, the train only has one stop at Bunyola before it arrives at its final destination, the quaint Art Deco station in Sóller; which is housed in an early-17th-century mansion.

This is a train trip that will transport you back in time, you will hear a cacophony of hoots, whistles, rattles and hisses as the narrow-gauge train with its mahogany panels and brass fittings initially rolls through the streets of Palma.

Within 20 minutes, you will be enjoying the countryside dotted with olive trees and a view of the mountains in the distance. Just 30 minutes after leaving Palma, you will arrive at Bunyola, a traditional town located on the spurs of the Serra de Tramuntana. The train station at Bunyola is picturesque constructed from blond-stone and combined with traditional green shutters, definitely a chance to take some memorable photos of your trip.

From Bunyola the journey becomes super-scenic as it crosses the 496m high Serra de Alfàbia mountain range via a series of 13 tunnels, bridges and viaducts.

Things to look out for on the journey are the Túnel Major (Main tunnel); which is just short of 3km long and took three years to carve out of the rock and Mirador Pujol de’n Banya, an incredible lookout point with views stretching out over the Sóller valley. These are followed by the “cinc-ponts” viaduct which has five arches with spans 8 metres high and a great many bends and the “cinc-ponts” tunnel with its 180 degree bend.

When you arrive at Sóller and you’ve had a chance to explore, we highly recommend that you take the old tram; which regularly trundles down to Port de Sóller. Combined train and tram tickets can be purchased and this is the best option financially. A combined train and tram ticket for the entire journey from Palma to Port de Sóller and back to Palma is €32.

Please note:

The Tren de Sóller does not leave Palma from Plaça Espanya but rather from its own separate building to the left-hand-side of the main train station. Just look out for a sign that reads ‘Ferrocarril de Sóller’ above the entrance and you will find it easily.

When you purchase your tickets, you must inform them which time you will be taking the return train, so some advance planning about your itinerary for the day is required.

For a great day out which includes a trip on the train, we recommend – Mallorca in One Day Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride and Vintage Train

The website for Ferrocarril de Sóller is very informative and provides a detailed history about the train and its route, you’ll also find a timetable there with a list of up-to-date prices – trendesoller.com