Booking.com: best prices
Soller is situated on the island of Majorca (Mallorca) in the Balearic Islands. It is about a half hour drive from Palma de Mallorca airport.
Soller is one of the highlights of Mallorca and Port de Soller three miles down the road is one of the most popular resorts on the island.
Visit Soller, Mallorca
Soller is set in the hills amid orange groves and olive trees.
The main square of Soller, Plaza Constitucion is full of lovely little cafés. Narrow winding lanes surround the square, all full of charm and houses with a rather bourgeois air. These were once the homes of the rich fruit merchants. Most were built in the 18th and 19th centuries.
There are several Modernist buildings in Soller including the Banco Central Hispano and the Ca n Prunera. Visit also the 14th century Sant Bartomeu church and the Sa Capelleta monastery.
Down below is the station and the old fashioned railway. If you can, do the 28 km journey from Palma to Soller on the historic railway line - the Ferrocarril de Soller. Sit in the beautiful vintage carriages decorated in mahogany and brass and enjoy the wonderful scenery during the hour long ride. The Soller Railway trip is a little bit pricey but is very enjoyable and the old-fashioned wooden carriages and the gorgeous views combine to make this a memorable trip. This could be classed as one of Europe's top 10 railway trips.
Inside the train station is a small Modern Art Museum with paintings by Joan Miro.
Soller has an excellent botanic garden on the edge of town filled with Mediterranean plant species. In the garden is a Modernist mansion which is home to Soller's Natural Science Museum.
Soller makes an excellent base if you are interested in walking and cycling. Booking a villa or a finca (rural farmhouse) allows you to enjoy the resort of Soller and enjoy the tranquility of the countryside at the same time.
Port of Soller
To get to the Port of Soller from Soller there is a charming tram linking the two.
The Port of Soller is a thriving resort with a gorgeous bay surrounded by the rocky coastline. It is full of restaurants and bars many of which are on the seafront. Swimming in the bay is good, especially near the pedestrianised area and the beaches are lovely sandy beaches. . Fortunately due to the rocky nature of the coastline here it has not been possible to build too much here and as a result Soller Port has escaped the excesses of mass-tourism.
The Port of Soller has a beautiful curved bay which is one of the nicest spots on the island of Mallorca. It was once easier for trade to pass via the sea to France than through the mountains inland to Palma and so Porto Soller developed close links with France. The French influence can be seen in the architecture, for example the fine frontage of the Hotel Esplenido.
Take a walk around the bay to the lighthouse.
The walk from Puerto Soller to Deia is very beautiful.
Places to visit nearby
Take the fabulous coast road to Deia. Robert Graves moved here in 1929 and died here in 1985. His grave is in the local cemetery.
The mountain range behind the town and port of Soller is the fabulous 'Serra de Tramuntana' range. This has UNESCO World Heritage status for its physical and cultural signigicance.
Don't miss the beautiful mountain village of Lluc, one of the highlights of Majorca.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Balearic Islands guide.