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Tranvia de Soller

Tranvia de Soller

Tranvia de Soller – updated 18 October 2022

The Tranvia de Soller (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. The tramway was built in 1913 and has been in continuous operation since then, making it one of the oldest tramways in the world.

Tranvia Soller

Red Lightning

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.

Picturesque route

The Tranvia de Soller is known for its picturesque route, which passes through the heart of the scenic Serra de Tramuntana mountains. The tramway runs along a 12-kilometer track and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside, including orange groves, olive groves, and the Bay of Soller.

Tranvia Soller

Plaza de la Constitución

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, Tranvia de Soller passes by numerous orange groves and the old port facilities before reaching its destination.


The tramway is also famous for its historic rolling stock, which includes original tramcars from the early 20th century. The tramcars are equipped with wooden seats and overhead fans, giving passengers a glimpse into the past.

The history of the Tranvia de Soller 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.

Tren Sóller - Tranvia de Soller

Dual function

Initially, the rail cars 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.

One of the most unique features of the Tranvia de Soller is its hybrid power system, which allows the tramway to operate both on electricity and on diesel fuel. This system was introduced in the 1980s and allows the tramway to operate even when there is a power outage.

Tourist attraction

In addition to its scenic route and historic rolling stock, the Tranvia de Soller is also popular for its cultural significance. It is a symbol of the town of Soller and its rich history, and it is also a popular tourist attraction, attracting visitors from all over the world.

The Tranvia de Soller is not just a mode of transportation, but it is also an experience. The scenic ride, the historic tramcars, and the unique hybrid power system all contribute to the overall experience of riding the Tranvia de Soller. Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover, or just looking for a unique and memorable experience, the Tranvia de Soller is definitely worth checking out.

Tranvia Soller

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.

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

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Jardi Botanic

Jardi Botanic

Jardi Botanic – updated 04 February 2023.

Jardi Botanic, located in Majorca, Spain, is a botanical garden that showcases the beauty and diversity of the Mediterranean region's flora. Established in 1991, Jardi Botanic covers an area of 30,000 square meters and is home to over 4,000 species of plants from all over the world, particularly the Mediterranean region.

Mediterranean flora

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

Jardi Botanic

Cacti and succulents

One of the unique features of Jardi Botanic is its collection of cacti and succulents, which includes some of the rarest and most interesting species in the world. The garden is also home to several themed areas, including a rock garden, a tropical greenhouse, a palm grove, and a Mediterranean garden. These themed areas are designed to demonstrate the different habitats and ecosystems of the Mediterranean region, and to show how different plant species adapt to these environments.

Jardi Botanic

Relax & enjoy

Visitors to Jardi Botanic can also enjoy a stroll through the many walking paths that crisscross the garden. These paths take visitors past stunning water features, towering trees, and lush vegetation. There are also several picnic areas, where visitors can relax and enjoy a bite to eat amidst the beautiful surroundings.

Educational & cultural activities

In addition to its beautiful gardens, Jardi Botanic also offers a range of educational and cultural activities for visitors. The garden regularly hosts exhibitions, workshops, and talks on topics such as botany, horticulture, and conservation. These events are designed to educate visitors about the importance of preserving the Mediterranean region's unique and diverse flora, and to encourage people to appreciate the beauty and value of the natural world.

Jardi Botanic

Conservation biology

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.


Jardi Botanic 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.

Jardi Botanic

Camp d’En Prohom

You can find Jardi Botanic 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

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).


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

Jardi Botanic is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in botany, horticulture, or simply the beauty of nature. Whether you're a seasoned botanist or just a lover of the great outdoors, you'll find something to admire and appreciate at Jardi Botanic. So why not make a visit to Majorca and explore this beautiful botanical garden today?

Please visit the Jardí Botànic website for further information.


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.

In conclusion, Jardi Botanic in Majorca is a magnificent botanical garden that offers a unique and enriching experience for visitors. Its diverse collection of plants, stunning walking paths, and educational and cultural activities make it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the natural world.

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