Sóller is a beautiful village on the northwest coast of Mallorca. The town of Sóller lies in a lush valley famous for its orange groves and terraces of ancient olive trees.
Sóller is located in an area dominated by the Serra de Tramuntana, a chain of rocky mountains stretching the length of the northwest coast, from Andratx to Pollensa. The valley and surrounding mountains are declared World Heritage by UNESCO. The village and area is well-known and popular especially for those who enjoy nature and ecotourism, walking, biking or simply a enjoying a break destination quiet away from the hustle of other tourist destinations.
The town is located about 3 km from its port, Port de Sóller, and the combined population is around 13,000. Port de Sóller is connected by tram and the port still has a thriving fishing fleet and the region’s only large sandy beach which is very popular in the summer months.
The village of Sóller is beautiful with its narrow streets, old French-style mansions and flourishing shaded squares. The main center of the town is the Plaça Constitució which is surrounded by cafés and during the summer period this is a very busy area. Facing the east side of the square is the beautiful church of Sant Bartomeu.
Walking around in the village you will notice the citrus fruits which grow in plenty here. You can enjoy a fresh orange juice in one of the main square’s pavement cafes.
When in Soller it is a must to visit the Botanic Garden which has a surface of not less than 10.000 square meters. It is a garden which has specialized in Mediterranean flora and in Balearic wild plants.
The valley of Sóller and Port de Sóller is half an hour from the airport in Palma de Mallorca and have good connections with railway, tram and bus services. To reach Soller you can go with car and get a quick entry coming from the highway and going via the tunnel which is a toll road or you can take the longer but free road that is circling up the mountains. The mountain road is very popular with cyclists who are not allowed through the tunnel so during the bike seasons it is a must to take notice that the narrow road is to be shared with the cyclists.
The village is also linked with Palma by the historic railway, the Ferrocarril de Sóller. The vintage wooden train is a popular attraction which has operated non-stop wince 1912 from Palma to Sóller. It is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the island by starting from Palma and to go along the 27 km long route taking you through several tunnels through the Sierra de Tramuntana, one of which is 3 kms long. The train will stop at the Mirador Pujol de’n Banya for about 5 minutes for a photo opportunity. The scenery here is breath-taking.
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