When you look at the scenic setting of Port de Sóller it is very obvious why this location is regularly chosen for international film productions. Major scenes of the Hollywood blockbuster, “Cloud Atlas” starring Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, directed by the famous Wachowski sisters and the German film great Tom Tykwer were filmed here and in the Tramuntana mountains. Although Mallorca is accustomed to hosting celebrities, the excitement in town when the crews and giants of the international film genre arrived produced a magical buzz that those who were fortunate to experience it will never forget.
Port de Sóller hugs a stunning bay perfectly shaped like a horse shoe, the scenery with the backdrop of the mighty mountains is simply breath-taking. The port shelters vessels of all sizes and those mega yachts, that are too big to berth in the marina, drop anchor in the protected Bay providing for a spectacular sight during the summer months.
Situated on the west coast, this enchanting resort offers some of the best sunsets to be enjoyed on the island. Before the tunnel opened in the ‘90s, Port de Sóller was quite tricky to get to, so unlike other not so fortunate locations by the sea, it was never over-developed. Its traditional charm remains intact and nowadays it is a very sophisticated destination to spend holidays or to invest in a Mallorca property for sale. The affluent stay in the luxurious clifftop Jumeirah hotel and enjoy being pampered whilst reflecting about the properties viewed during the day.
Apart from the famous sunsets, this port surrounds a lovely sandy beach with a full length promenade which is lined by numerous trendy cafés and restaurants. One of the best restaurants the “Agapanto” sits right on the sea front and guests can marvel the twinkling lights of the port whilst feasting on culinary delights. The restaurant specialises in sea food and is well-known for its selection of excellent local wines For a change of scenery visitors take the vintage tram from the port through a valley laden with olive, lemon and orange groves to Sóller town and enjoy some tapas in one of the bars on the main square. Sports enthusiasts are lost for choice here in the port, scuba-diving centres offer courses for beginners and diving excursions for the experienced. Various companies offer the possibility to charter a boat for the day and explore the stunning coastline. The less sporty can able amble along the promenade and enjoy retail therapy on Mallorca. Although shopping is quite limited as Port de Sóller is a small village, there are a few chic boutiques with the latest fashion and local products such as the famous marmalades, extra virgin olive oil and local charcuterie are offered in charming grocery stores. The weekly market takes place in Sóller town on Saturday mornings.
Chances are that a villa for sale in Port de Sóller will offer amazing panoramic views, especially if it is perched in an elevated position. The views at night over the port and the bay are worthy of the label: fairy-tale! Apartments and houses in Port de Sóller are never far away from one of the 2 lovely beaches or the village centre, most areas are within walking distance and life is not hectic here anyway!
Many pretty country houses for sale are dotted in the valley between the port and the town. Some display the typical style of a traditional Mallorcan stone finca, others are more in a breezy Mediterranean style. Perfectly situated within a few minutes by car from either village, these properties enjoy peace and tranquillity and marvellous views of the mountain range. The world seems to stand still in this beautiful valley, one of the most scenic on the island.
The procession to honour the Mare de Deu del Carmen, the patron of all sea faring people takes place on the 15th of July in Port de Sóller. If you are fortunate to be in town on this day, you will experience a fantastic fiesta day and the procession of boats in the bay. The other fiesta to experience is the re-enactment of the historical battle between the Arab pirates and Christians which takes place on the beach in Port de Sóller in the second May week. The Annual Classical Music Festival in the port attracts many top international performers; concerts take place in the Santa Catalina Monastery in September and October.