Enjoy a taste of traditional Majorca - Soller is a beautiful town in a dramatic setting, with mountains, fruit groves, and the fabulous horse-shoe bay of Puerto de Soller just a tram ride away.
Soller, in western Majorca, is set in a wide bowl-shaped valley surrounded by some of Majorca's most dramatic peaks. The town is about 3km from the coast and the port area, Puerto de Soller.
This is a traditional old Mallorcan town, packed with history, architecture, and culture. Visit Soller and you will find plenty of old buildings: houses, public buildings and monuments, churches and museums to keep you occupied.
The focal point of the town, like so many in Majorca, is a central square, known as the Placa Constitucio, around which are situated a church, a town hall, and plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques.
The whole area is known for its breathtaking scenery and natural beauty. Set in the western footills of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range which covers much of the north and west of the island, Soller is surrounded by lush green countryside, with lemon, orange and olive groves all around the area. Majorca's highest mountain, Puig Mayor, is a dominant feature on the landscape.
Soller itself is a pretty town, packed with interesting buildings and streets. Some houses in the town date back as far as the 14th century. This is a great place for culture-seekers and those interested in Mallorcan history, as there are two museums here and plenty of monuments and historical detail.
Soller is a great base for exploring this whole area, and is popular with walkers and cyclists who use the many trails and pathways around the area to explore the countryside and take in some of the most stunning views on the island. The towns of Valldemossa, Deia and Alaro are all within easy reach by car.
Soller's inland location means there are no beaches in the town itself, however it's just a short and scenic tram ride, the Orange Express, from Soller down to the coastal resort of Puerto de Soller, which has two beaches. The distinctive orange tram carriages travel down the hillside to the beach area, so it's easy to access all of the delights that the port area has to offer, including a working harbour and pretty promenade. The best way to get between the two is undoubtedly this lovely tram journey, as the views are spectacular and the route takes you through fragrant orange groves.
Soller also has an unusual railway line that runs to Palma several times a day. The train is a narrow-gauge train and has antique mahogany and brass carriages. The railway station is based in what was once a 17th century manor house, which gives it a charming, olde-world feel (both Soller and Puerto de Soller have a traditional feel and atmosphere, very welcoming). The journey between Palma and Soller by train takes around 1-1�hours, and passes through a specially-built tunnel in the mountains. As with the Soller tram, the views are breathtaking as you wind your way up through the mountains and lemon groves, an experience not to miss if you're visiting the area.
Other attractions around Soller include a botanical garden, and a working finca Can Det Finca, which has a working traditional olive press. Both are open to the public.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars in Soller, with some lovely traditional Mallorcan cuisine including, of course, fresh fish and seafood dishes. You'll also find more great restaurants down in Puerto de Soller, especially around the harbour area.
Soller is approximately 35km (about miles) from Palma de Mallorca airport, and the transfer journey, if travelling by car, takes around 45 minutes to an hour, via a winding mountain road. The road is very scenic with views stretching for miles around. Depending on the amount of luggage you have with you, and the time of day, the train from Palma could also be an option, giving you the opportunity to relax and take in the amazing views - what a way to arrive!
“A taste of traditional Majorca, Soller is a walkers paradise and a great base for exploring the western part of the island.”