Soller is the essence of what is so special about Mallorca. Thoroughly enjoyable and totally laid back, this north Mallorcan town is a great place to visit and a fabulous place to live. Narrow, pretty lanes, lovely old stone houses, an attractive main square, bustling cafes and restaurants, gorgeous orange groves, all act as a gateway to the spectacular Tramuntana mountain range. What's more, the horse-shoe shaped beach resort of Port de Soller is just a short distance away.
Soller is a delight. In fact this delightful northwestern Mallorcan town is generally regarded as being one of the prettiest on the island. Nestling cosily in the middle of 'the golden valley' awash with orange groves, Soller is on many people's list as a highly desirable place in which to own a property in Mallorca. First time visitors to Soller are enchanted with the place. Many arrive by the famous antique wooden train, the rail journey from Palma being one of Mallorca's most enjoyed tourist attractions.
On arrival in Soller, you are greeted by a minute art gallery featuring works by Picasso and Miro housed in the rather quaint original station master's house. From here, many tourists hop aboard the old wooden tram that rattles down to Puerto Soller, the town's port. But they are missing a trick here as the old town of Soller is breathtakingly beautiful, the essence of the 'real' Mallorca.
Lovely old stone houses, picturesque narrow lanes, a delightful main square, lively cafes and restaurants, modernist archetecture, impressive art galleries and museums...laid back Soller is the gateway to the magnificent Tramuntana mountains; a wonderful place to visit and a great place to buy a holiday property.
It's all about oranges! Soller was for centuries Mallorca's fruit basket; its juicy oranges exported across the world. However, the town was isolated from the capital Palma, so the oranges had to be transported by mules accross the challenging rocky terrain in order to be exported. Fortunately, in the 19th century, Soller's enterprising fruit merchants came up with an idea - build a railway to transport the fruit to the port of Palma! Today, that original train journey is known as one of the most beautiful in Europe.
As in most traditional Mallorcan towns, the bustling life of Soller revolves around the town's pretty central square, Plaza de la Constitucion. Ancient plane trees provide much welcome shade from the hot Mediterranean sun, and it's a lovely place to chill out with an al fresco drink in one of the square's bustling cafes or bars. Whilst the square is dominated by the splendid Gothic church of Sant Bartomeu, a prime example of Soller's modernist architecture is the Banco de Soller, an unusual and ornate builing designed by a student of the renowned architect Gaudi. (The aforementioned tram that connects the town with Puerto Sóller also passes through the central square.)
Near to Soller's main square you'll find the deightful museum, Can Prunera. It's a lovingly restored Art Nouveau building that houses works by such luminaries as Picasso, Kandinsky and Warhol as well as a collection by local artists. Another popular cultural destination is the nearby Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences. Housed in an old merchant's villa, you can view an assortment of ancient fossils and find out more about some of Mallorca's leading botanists from the past.
Outside you can enjoy a gentle stroll through the Botanical Garden which rolls down the hillside and witness many of the varieties of plants found in the Balearic isands. Soller's famous produce. One of the main reasons for visiting Soller is undoubtedly the opportunity to taste some of the area's fabulous local produce. The obvious choice is a glass of sweet, freshly-squeezd orange juice. Or why not try a tipple of Angel d'Or a rich liqueur? But the orange theme goes even further: have you ever tried orange flavoured ice cream? It's delicious! As is the locally made orange jam.
Extra virgin olive oil is also a speciality of the region and other tasty Soller products include various chutneys, preserves, jams, pates and cured meats.
The beautiful horse-shoe shaped beach resort of Puerto Soller is just a short distance away and can be accesed by the vintage tram from Soller town. Here you can take a leisurely stroll along the prom before popping into one of the resorts renowned restaurants for lunch. Nearby, a visit to the village of Fornalutx is recommended, particularly as it has been voted one of the most beautiful villages in the world!
Heading south, make sure to take in the lovely coastal town of Deia where you can visit the museum dedicated to the poet Robert Graves who lived there for many years. The beautiful town of Valldemossa is also highly recommended, particularly the monestery where Chopin and his lover George Sand spent a winter. And if you hire a car you can visit some of the lovely inland towns near to Soller but miles away from the tourist trail. Examples include Alaro, Bunyola, Esporles and Biniaraix.
Just a short distance away from the railway station lies the charming Placa Constitucio, Soller's small, central square. Featuring large, ancient trees bustling bars and cafes, all is dominated by the impressive neo-Gothic St Bartomeu church. A more modernist touch is provided by the Banco de Soller, designed by a follower of Gaudi. Two major museums complete the cultural appeal of this delightful Mallorcan town.
Soller has a range of appealing hotels to choose from. One of the best is the 5-star Gran Hotel Soller (971 638 686). As the name implies, it is a grand building dating back to the 19th century. Attractions include the rooftop swimming pool and breakfast bar, plus the pretty hotel gardens.
The four-star Hotel Ca'l Bisbe (971 631 228) is set in a modern style, renovated bishop's house complete with swimming pool and garden. You enjoy lovely views out to the surrounding mountains.
Eating out in Soller and its nearby port is a genuinely pleasureable experience. There are lots of busy cafes in Soller's main square, and one of its best restaurants here is the long-established Petit Celler Cas Carreter (971 635 133). Set in a converted former wheel-maker's workshop, diners enjoy a pleasant selection of Mallorcan and Spanish dishes.
High up on the hill overlooking Port de Soller is the Restaurant Es Faro (971 633 752). Just perfect for a tasty Menu del Dia whilst taking in the lovely views of the harbour.
Apart from the spectacular train journey from Palma, Soller is easy to reach by car and bus. There is a direct major road from Palma (the Ma-11) which tunnels through the mountains, taking about 20 minutes. There is also a longer, more scenic road via the Ma-11a which hairpins over the mountains in a most attractive manner. Buses run regularly from Palma.
Situated some 3 km. inland from its port, 'Port de Sóller', the town lies in a large, fertile valley. Sóller shares its valley with the village Fornalutx and the hamlet Biniaraix, the combined population is around 12,000, and the valley is famous for its orange groves and terraces of ancient olive trees. The village Deià is just down the coast. Sóller and the port are about 20 mintes drive away from Palma and have good connections through railway, tram and bus services. The valley and its surrounding mountain range, the 'Serra de Tramuntana', is a favourite destination for people from all over the world, especially those who enjoy walking, nature, ecotourism, swimming or simply a peaceful rest away from the hustle and bustle of the better-known tourist traps. Here we offers a great selection of properties for sale, including exclusive country homes, apartments, and all kind of properties carefully selected by our property sales team.
Puerto Sóller has been steadily undergoing improvements to the seafront and, with the opening of a by-pass tunnel, it is virtually traffic free apart from the original, old fashioned tram, which has been running since 1912 connecting Sóller town to the port. The marina has been redesigned, the fishing fleet repositioned and the beach remodelled. The Jumeriah hotel is the pride of the area, it provides 120 luxurious suites with incomparable sea views, hanging over the cliff edge.
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For centuries Soller has been Mallorca's fruit basket; its juicy oranges are exported worldwide. Thankfully, the fruit merchants came up with a brainwave - to build a railway from Soller to Palma! The result of this is one of the most spectacular railway journeys in Europe. This railway route became so famous that the quaint stationmaster's house has been transformed into a miniature art gallery featuring works by Picasso and Miro!
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