Puerto Soller, the traditional port of the inland town of Soller is one of Mallorca's top holiday destinations. The resort just oozes class - a beautiful location on a sweeping horseshoe-shaped bay backed by forested hills, with classy boutique hotels, superb restaurants and surrounded by the fabulous scenery of the Tramuntana Mountains.
You could say that Puerto Soller has the best of both worlds. Overlooked by stunningly beautiful mountains, it is one of those few places in Mallorca that also benefits from both fabulous sea views (the west coast sunsets are to die for!) and magnificent mountain scenery.
It sounds hard to believe, but Puerto Soller was, until fairly recently, one of Mallorca's best kept secrets. All this has changed now, thanks to the opening of the Soller tunnel which has made the resort easily accessible from Palma International Airport.
This has resulted in many people choosing to look for a property for sale in Puerto Soller due to the resort's superb location on the north west coast of the island.
A lot of money has been poured into Puerto Soller making it one of the most sought after places in Mallorca to spend a holiday or to look for a holiday home to purchase.
Puerto Soller, like most coastal resorts in Mallorca, was originally a small fishing village supplying its sister town of Soller a few miles to the interior, and acting as a look out for invaders from the sea.
During the sixteenth century, Puerto Soller was attacked many times by marauding Berber pirates. To this day, you can still see the ancient coastal towers built to guard the resident population.
In the nineteenth century, once Soller's juicy oranges and lemons started to gain a reputation, the port started to expand and prosper with the export trade.
In the twentieth century Puerto Soller began to gain a reputation as an upmarket holiday resort. However, being hemmed in by the surrounding mountains it suffered a little from accessibility problems and therefore wasn't affected by the mass tourism explosion in the latter half of the century.
But once the Soller tunnel was opened in 1997, things quickly changed. Suddenly this rather remote spot became one of the most popular holiday destinations on the island. Since the tunnel opening, Puerto Soller has gone from strength and continues to prosper through tourism. And little wonder: having escaped the excesses of mass tourism, the port has retained its traditional charm and now resonates with sophistication.
The main selling point of Puerto Soller has to be the lovely long horseshoe-shaped bay. Fronted by a pedestrianised promenade, you can take in the town's beauty simply by enjoying a gentle stroll.
Interestingly, Puerto Soller is one of the few places along Mallorca's rugged north west coast that actually has a sandy beach. Two sandy beaches in fact - Es Traves is the biggest and most popular, but don't neglect Playa d'en Repic which is prettier and much more tranquil. The crystal clear waters of the bay are ideal for swimming and you can rent a paddle board, kayak or pedalo to explore the delightful bay area. Or why not take a boat trip to the beautiful little cove of Sa Calobra?
There are plenty excellent restaurants to tempt you in Puerto Soller, many staying close to the port's fishing roots by specialising in delicious seafood, much of it caught locally. If you're around in the second week of may, don't miss the lively festival of Es Firo where locals dress up as Christians and Arabs to commemorate the massacre of invading pirates in 1561.If you fancy a bit of culture whilst on holiday, you could pay a visit to the Soller Marine Museum situated in the lovely little church of Ermita Santa Catalina. Here you can learn all about the history of the original fishing village that traded with many foreign cultures.
There are some lovely places worth a visit near to Puerto Soller. The most obvious choice is the town of Soller. Located just a few miles inland, it can be reached by the delightful vintage tram which rattles through the lemon groves to reach its destination. It's a fabulous traditional Mallorcan town renowned for its architecture and cultural pursuits.
A visit to nearby Fornalutx is particularly recommended as it was recently voted one of the world's most beautiful villages. The gorgeous town of Valledemossa is nearby and well worth a visit, as is the lovely coastal settlement of Deia where you can visit the museum dedicated to the poet Robert Graves who lived there for many years.
Or why not hire a car and explore some of the achingly pretty inland towns such as Alaro, Bunyola, Esporles and Biniaraix?
At Balearic Properties we would be delighted to help you find your dream home for sale in Mallorca. If you would like any information or advice please feel free to contact one of our friendly, helpful property professionals. Or simply give us a call on +34 971 53 22 21
This delightful port hugs a beautiful bay at the end of the so-called “valley of the oranges”. The delightful, old-fashioned tram connects the port to its historic and charming sister town, Sóller. Puerto Sóller is home to many jaw-dropping, frontline villas which command amazing sea views. The yacht club has become a popular port of first call for boats coming over from the mainland.
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