About Port de Sóller
In recent years, the northwestern resort of Port de Sóller has undergone an impressive revamp – and become home to a global hotel brand – blending quaint and contemporary to highly pleasing effect. Discover everything that makes Port de Sóller a wonderful destination on Mallorca for holidays or a second home.
History & Culture
Inextricably tied to the Med, Port de Sóller has historically taken a dynamic seafaring approach to its isolated situation. Separated from the rest of Mallorca by the Tramuntana mountain range, past generations had to take to the water to make trade possible.
Had they lived to bear witness to the modern-day construction of the Sóller tunnel, the area’s residents would have marvelled at the possibility of wagons rolling into their village. Easy road communication, however, would have robbed Sóller of its rich maritime past; the necessity for exploration opening up this humble corner of the island to the world, bringing import and export of goods, most notably citrus fruits, and, less desirably, pirate invasion.
Fleets of Turkish and Algerian pirates landed on Sóller’s beach in 1561. Armed with only wooden swords and small stone catapults, the town’s inhabitants courageously defended their homes from the attack, causing defeat and earning them a place in Mallorca’s hero history book.
Thanks to its remote location, and the use of the area as a training base by the Spanish military, Port de Sóller was protected from overdevelopment when the tourists started arriving, helping preserve its natural charm and beauty.
Improvements in recent years to Port de Sóller and its road network have given this place a new glamour, making it a fitting location for a luxury Jumeirah-branded hotel, introduced in 2012. Set atop a cliff, the hotel overlooks the entire bay with its long, lively promenade, perfect for leisurely strolls.
The San Francisco-style tram shuttling between the town and Port de Sóller – its tracks passing citrus-filled gardens – was originally used to transport oranges, but is now a pleasant way to travel to the attractive horseshoe-shaped port.
As well as a working harbour, this is a seaside resort, with plenty of facilities, hotels, restaurants, bars and shops all geared to the needs of holidaymakers. Yacht charter and holiday rentals – from apartments to luxury villas – are widely available.
Things to do in Port de Sóller
Pleasure boat trips from the port follow the rugged coastline to Sa Calobra, where it’s a short walk to the spectacular Torrent de Pareis. The alternative route to this hidden gorge is the thrilling and incredibly engineered mountain road to Sa Calobra. With 12 hairpin bends and awesome views, it’s not for the faint-hearted!
Hikers and Nordic walking fans are in their element, with the Serra de Tramuntana’s GR221 long-distance path – the Dry Stone Route – passing through the port. Near Cap Gros lighthouse on the western edge of the port, the route passes the Muleta refuge on the way to the country estate of Muleta Gran and beyond. Walking in the opposite direction takes you through the port and town towards Fornalutx and Biniaraix hamlet. To walk with a guide, check out Mallorca Hiking or Tramuntana Tours (who also specialise in bike rental).
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Keen cyclists can tackle the challenge of the Coll de Sóller (the tunnel is closed to cyclists), and mountain bikers have spectacular terrain to tackle.
Octopus Centro de Buceo is a PADI dive centre located in the port; beginner or experienced SCUBA diver, you’ll discover the magical underwater world on this coastline, where the mountains meet the Med.
Housed in a former monastery with a long and colourful history, the port’s Museu de la Mar tells the story of its peoples’ fascinating maritime past. The building itself, constructed in the late thirteenth century, was destroyed and rebuilt several times through the centuries, once experiencing an incarnation as a leper colony and hospital.
Port de Sóller Bay/Beach
There are two beaches in Port de Sóller; one at each end of the bay. The best is the 270 metre-long Platja d’en Repic beach, popular with families for its golden sand.
The Platja des Traves is the closest beach to the port zone, with the tram line passing behind it. Both beaches offer sunlounger and parasol rental, and Platja des Traves offers pedal boat hire.
Restaurants in Port de Sóller
As you’d expect, the port has an abundance of restaurants to suit all culinary tastes and budgets.
Mallorca´s valley of gold is home to a growing number of good restaurants. Read about some of our favourites in Soller, Port de Soller, and close by. […] Restaurants in Sóller and Port de Sóller
For spectacular views down over the port and open sea, there’s Cap Roig at the Jumeirah Port Sóller Hotel & Spa, and Sa Barca Restaurant.
Restaurant Cap Roig at the impressive Jumeirah Port Sóller hotel offers a seafront location, shady pine trees and incredible views and the food is good too. Highly recommended! […] Cap Roig Restaurant in Sóller
Sunset dining at Sa Barca seafront restaurant in Port de Sóller is a real pleasure. This seaside favourite serves wonderfully fresh Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of Asian flavour. […] Sa Barca Restaurant
Gull’s eye views also wait for you on the opposite side of the harbour entrance, where family-run Es Faro (their menu includes the renowned red Sóller prawns) is close to Cap Gros lighthouse.
Romantic restaurant Agapanto offers regular live music and occupies a privileged position at one end of Platja d’en Repic. Sister restaurant Sa Frontera is between the port and town.
Agapanto Restaurant at the beachfront in Port Sóller is the idyllic setting for a romantic dinner by the sea. The loving attention to detail by the owner makes it extra special. […] Agapanto Restaurant Port Sóller
Head to Restaurant Randemar for atmospheric dining on the seafront, where luxurious décor, perfect views and excellent food combine to winning effect. This place is eternally popular, so it’s best to book.
A trendy seafront restaurant in Puerto de Sóller with a large outside dining area as well as multible interior rooms stylishly decorated, offering Mediterranean and seasonal cuisine. […] Randemar Restaurant in Port Sóller
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Hotels in Port de Sóller
The jewel in the area’s accommodation crown is the luxurious Jumeirah Port Sóller Hotel & Spa, boasting 120 spacious well-appointed guest rooms and suites, restaurants, swimming pools, superb Talise Spa – and arguably the best views of any hotel on the island.
Perched above the quaint Port of Sóller, on the enchanting northwest coast of Mallorca, you will find the first hotel of the Jumeirah group in Spain. […] An Oasis of Luxury
Down in the port, the Swedish-owned ‘modern-vintage’ Hotel Espléndido is a cool seafront hotel decorated with original ‘70s Scandinavian art.
Hotel Espléndido in Port de Sóller is one of the most stylish hotels on Mallorca, with a stunning location overlooking the bay, a sandy beach, and a great bistro restaurant. […] Hotel Espléndido in Port de Sóller
A tastefully renovated mansion set in beautiful grounds close to the beach, Hotel Es Port was once an olive and citrus estate, echoing the Port de Sóller of days gone by.
Hotel Es Port in Port de Sóller is located just 150 meters from a sandy beach, offering spa treatments and restaurant. Centrally located to explore Mallorca. […] Hotel Es Port in Port de Sóller
Events in Port de Sóller
While the main beach is wonderfully safe for today’s visiting families with children, it proved to be dangerous for the Moors, whose ill-fated battle with the Christians was famously fought here on the sands. The event is commemorated with a noisy and passionate re-enactment, named Es Firó , during the second week of May’s Festa de Nostra Senyora de la Victòria. Expect gunshot, fireworks, and much good-natured revelling into the small hours.
Autumn brings the annual Classical Music Festival of Port de Sóller. Held in the specially-adapted chapel of the former Santa Catalina monastery, this much-anticipated event promises performances from top-class international artists, in an exclusive and intimate setting.
Less well known than Firó, but just as spectacular, is Sóller´s patron saint´s day, Saint Bartholomew, on 24th August each year. The eve of this important date in the town´s diary brings an impressive fire show by the performance group Esclatabutzes, part of a dramatic and exhilariting Night of Fire.
Living in Port de Sóller
Mountains, sea, and a beautiful fertile valley – no wonder this is one of Mallorca’s most desirable residential areas. This side of the tunnel has a unique feel that sets it apart from the rest of the island.
The nearby town of Sóller has character, charm, a sense of community, and facilities that make it a pleasant place to live year-round. Its proximity to Palma is another feature that attracts people of different nationalities to set up home here.
The improvements made to the port in recent years have added value to real estate in and overlooking Port Sóller. And country dwellers enjoy fine views and tranquillity. Real estate extends from modern apartments to Art Nouveau town houses, to rustic golden-hued stone fincas.
Strict enforcement of building regulations has prevented overdevelopment, and you’re more likely to find an old property to restore – or that’s already been restored – than a plot on which to build your own place.
Casas Mallorca is a real estate agency specialising in the northwest of Mallorca including Sóller, Fornalutx, Biniaraix and the coast from Deià to Valldemossa. […] Casas Mallorca Real Estate Agency Sóller
Surrounding areas of Port de Sóller
While in the Port de Sóller area, visit the picturesque village of Fornalutx. Blessed with plenty of Mediterranean character and charm, the village lies at the top of the Sóller valley and is considered one of the loveliest villages in Spain.
Known as the ‘Prettiest village in Spain’, with narrow, cobbled streets it is certainly worth a visit. Four hotels and a few cafes, it is a quiet spot in the Tramuntana and close to Sóller. […] Fornalutx
Take the coast road south to Deià, and you might argue Fornalutx has some serious competition for the title. A hideaway haven for artists, writers and visiting celebrities seeking peace, Mallorca’s gem of a mountain village offers ravishing views and some very nice cafés and restaurants, ranging from the classy to the refreshingly authentic.
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