Hailed as the Vall d'Or (the golden valley), the peaceful town of Soller in Western Mallorca lies in a valley surrounded by the majestic Serra de Tramuntana - a majestic range of mountains.
Bursting with lemon and orange groves, some of the finest olive makers in Mallorca and the rugged green landscape of the imposing mountains, Soller is a special place, and visitors are captivated by the pure natural beauty of the region. Soller itself is full of character. Peaceful, cobbled streets wind their way on to the main square where many seem to do little but laze around in cafes and restaurants soaking up the atmosphere while their children play out on the square. Close by is the lovely little village of Port de Soller – a Mallorcan fishing and yachting harbour with fantastic beaches.
So, whether you’re looking for days spent relaxing in historic Soller with its museums, markets and festivals, marvelling at the yachts at Port de Soller, or spending time with your family on the beach you’re in for a real treat.
Why not make the most of staying in or around the delightful town of Soller and unwind in one of the many cafes and restaurants that line the square – Placa Constitucio. It’s the bustling atmosphere amid the pretty stone buildings and the Church of San Bartolome that make this a wonderful place to be.
Once you’re fully relaxed why not try the Museu Modernista – a relatively new museum that’s already building a reputation as one of importance. Boasting works by Picasso, Kandinsky and Cezanne, this really is a marvellous place to indulge your cultural side.
Looking for a more nautical experience? Head on over to Port de Soller, a lovely natural Mallorcan fishing and yachting harbour that’s recently seen a new level of sophistication with the number of luxury hotels opening up. Surrounded by the Tramantuna mountains, you can experience fantastic sea and mountain views from the comfort of your stylish waterfront bar seat.
With two local beaches – Repic and Es Traves, joined by a promenade you can choose to unwind, take a swim in the glorious sea or try your hand at a water sport of your choice. Scuba diving is very popular in Puerto Soller.
For the more nocturnal, there’s little more enjoyable than savouring the local fresh seafood and a jug of sangria at one of the seafront restaurants or hotels overlooking the beautiful horseshoe harbour.
As befitting such a stunning area, the choice of properties to stay in is just as varied and fabulous. With luxury boutique hotels opening, and well-heeled visitors looking for traditional and contemporary choices, you could opt for a traditional hill-top Mallorcan finca, a stylish valley apartment – perfect for enjoying the fresh mountain and sea air - or an elegant townhouse within walking distance of the historic town of Soller. And the area around Port de Soller is just as eclectic with stylish, old merchant’s villas and modern seafront apartments. Sun-hat Villas are on hand to help you make the perfect choice for your holiday.
Some of the beaches in the area are so pretty, and have perfect paddling opportunities for small children. For the more adventurous, there’s boat trips, kayaking, dive centres, bike hire and scuba diving – more than enough to keep the family entertained.
For something slightly different, try the Sa Fabrica de Gelats, an ice-cream factory whose fresh orange and lemon flavours are simply delicious. This one isn’t just for the kids!
Festivals are extremely popular in Mallorca, the biggest for Soller is Moros y Cristianos Fira & Firo – a real spectacle. And, if you want to venture further afield, try Alcudia where you’ll find the HidroPark with water slides, mini golf and a children’s zone.
The Orange Express Tram. A brass and mahogany vintage train, which the whole family will love. Operating since 1912, the line was originally built so farmers could take their oranges and lemons to sell at the market in Palma. The ride only takes 30 minutes from the town to the port, and if you enjoy that, why not travel all the way to Palma – a wonderful day out.