Sóller is an essential stop if you’re thinking of spending a few days in Mallorca. Have you ever thought that after landing on the island, the best option is to pick up your car hire at the Palma de Mallorca Airport to explore it as you prefer?
Here we’ll give you some unmissable places to visit, so you can enjoy the town without missing a single thing.
Its historic centre, its tramline and its oranges make Sóller one of the most beautiful and iconic towns on the island of Mallorca. Located in the so-called Valley of Gold, Sóller is just 30 minutes from the island’s capital city and the fastest way to get there is in your hire car. The easiest route is to go through the Sóller Tunnel, which has been free for a few years now. But if you’d like to enjoy all the sights (and bends), you can drive up the Coll de Sóller, a road with some incredible views of the surrounding landscape.
When you get to Sóller, the best option is to park somewhere along the main road to the town, as once you’re in the town centre there will be significantly less parking options. The town isn’t too big, so you’ll be able to see all the sites from the What to visit in Sóller list on foot.
Sóller is one of the most prosperous towns in the history of Mallorca. Its narrow streets are full of history and dotted with buildings in the architectural style of Joan Rubid, a well-known disciple of Gaudí who designed the neo-Gothic church of San Bartomeu and the Bank of Sóller, palaces with a French influence and current modernist buildings.
The most prominent sight in the town centre is Sa Lluna, the longest street in the town, which owes its name to a moon sculpted from stone on one of the gateways and is one of the essential things to see in Sóller. If you continue wandering down the street, you may be able to peek through some open doors to enjoy the Mallorcan patios, or reach the old public laundry, where the iconic orange orchards of Sóller begin. In fact, you cannot end your visit without trying a refreshing glass of orange juice or buying some organic orange and lemon marmalade, herbal tea or candied orange peel.
Another thing to see in Sóller is its famous tramway, which covers the entire municipality and can take you to both Port de Sóller and the island’s capital. This tramway has become one of the area’s main attractions, as it has been running since 1912 and continues to use the old wooden trams and most of the original parts.
To get to Port de Sóller by tram, you will need to go to the Sóller tram station, then you will pass by palm trees and orange trees to arrive at the only beach at the northeast part of the island.
The port is the perfect place to begin a hiking route or to climb up to the Cabo Gros Lighthouse, where you can enjoy some fantastic views. If you’re looking for options for what to see in Sóller with the kids, at the port you can book maritime excursions to explore the coast, or take a catamaran to Sa Calobra, Torrent de Pareis or Cala Tuent.
The Platja des Traves is a beach that runs along the majority of the natural port of Sóller. It is surrounded by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and, as we already mentioned, has a nice promenade to stroll along. It has soft golden sand and is a perfect beach for relaxing and playing with the kids.
Mallorca is full of beaches and coves that shouldn’t be missed when visiting the island. So, aside from the Port de Sóller Beach, here is a list of some of the other best beaches in the surrounding area, which you can quickly access with your hire car:
Very close to Port de Sóller you will find Platja d’en Repic, a family beach with calm crystal waters. It is surrounded by restaurants and small shops.
This rocky cove is located just 8 kilometres from Sóller. The beach offers some incredible views, as well as a fresh water spring. They say that the mud that has accumulated at the bottom of the spring has therapeutic properties, so you’ll commonly see people smearing it on themselves.
This is one of the destinations you can reach with the catamaran that you can hire from Port de Sóller. It is a sandy pebble beach located just a few metres from the spectacular Torrent de Pareis canyon.