Sóller is a picturesque and buzzing village in Majorca with a great historical and cultural background. It is located in the northwest of the island and surrounded by the Serra de Tramuntana, the impressive mountain range that is on the world heritage list of UNESCO. Less than 10 car minutes from the old town, you will find vibrant Puerto de Soller, an intimate bay with a nice sandy beach, Mediterranean flair and loads of restaurants.
What to do and what to see in Sóller
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One of the main tourist attractions of Sóller is a ride in either the nostalgic wooden train or the antique tram. The history of the old train dates to 1912 when it was originally introduced to transport citrus fruit from the Sóller valley to Palma. Now it is an hour´s ride through a spectacular landscape with bridges, viaducts and 13 tunnels. The old electric tram was inaugurated in 1913 and runs between Sóller and Puerto de Sóller. It was designed for the transport of passengers, but also used to transport goods down to the port. The ride is a unique experience that goes through the many orange and lemon groves in the valley ending at the sea in the “Puerto”(port).
Sóller is one of the most beautiful places in Majorca. A typical Mediterranean old town with cute narrow streets, impressive townhouses with traditional green shutters and the lovely square in the heart of the town with the San Bartomeu Church and the Banco de Sóller, a modernist building designed by a student of Gaudí. Tradition and modernity merge very well in Sóller. Buy an ensaïmada in Forn Ca´n Panxeta, a bakery that exists since 1852, try the typical handmade Majorcan shoes made by Ben Calçats, a small shop with a little factory at the back or taste local products in one of the Gourmet shops or restaurants. Visit the Museum of modern art called Ca´n Prunera or just stroll through the streets and enjoy the typical flair of Sóller.
Located in charming Puerto de Sóller, the picturesque large horseshoe bay is bordered by two sandy beaches: Es Traves and Playa d'en Repic. With its shallow water it is an ideal family destination. Endless shops, bars and restaurants can be found at the pedestrian promenade, all with superb sea views and sometimes beautiful sunsets. There is a large variety of water sports: boat rentals, Stand-Up Paddle and snorkelling are just a few. Puerto de Sóller is an unforgettable Mediterranean gem where mountains meet the sea.
The spectacular Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is nearly 90 km long and is something that you must experience. Discover this beautiful area by foot, bicycle or car and enjoy the incredible views. A historical, environmental and cultural area with green terraces to the sea in Banyulbufar, many breath-taking viewpoints, picturesque villages like Deía, Estellencs, Valldemossa, Sóller, Fornalutx and Pollença, an excellent gastronomic level and dramatic sunsets. A paradise for hikers and cyclists. Especially the “dry stone route” (GR221) is a must for many hikers.
The Municipal Market started in 1952. Local artisan and gastronomic products like fruits, vegetables, fresh fish from the Puerto, cheeses and olives are sold in this old building with its typical arches and many entrances. Open from Monday to Friday in the morning and late afternoon and Saturdays in the morning.
Sóllers weekly market takes place every Saturday morning in and around the main square. The many stalls and local shops sell their goods to the endless number of visitors and locals. Buy fresh orange juice, pressed á la minute, taste sobrasada or the local salsa picante, have a look at the typical Majorcan “lenguas” fabric or just relax on one of the many terraces with a cup of delicious coffee.
One of the most recognized festivals of the whole island is the "Moors and Christians", also called "Es Firó" which is celebrated every second Monday of May. The victory over the Turkish pirates who wanted to invade Sóller in 1516 is commemorated. Another traditional festivity is San Bartomeu which is celebrated in the last week of August. The “Night of Fire” is the main event. Firecrackers, fireworks, drummers, demons and a dragon are bringing fear and drama to Sóller. Every year on July 15th, the fiesta of Mare de Deu del Carmen, the patron saint of all seafarer, takes place in Puerto de Sóller. One weekend in September, the beach in Puerto de Sóller is the stage for The Havaneras Fishermans Music Festival, a festival that is visited by more than 10.000 people.
Don´t leave Sóller before trying some of the typical products, like traditionally made ice-creams, olive oil, Angel d´Or Liqueur, marmalades and honey, pâtés or balsamic vinegar with orange. And of course thr red shrimp of Sóller, an authentic delicacy of the seas.