The authentic town of Sóller sits in the heart of the ‘valley of oranges’ or ‘valley of gold’ as it is sometimes known, and offers much to visitors and residents. Find out all you need to know about spending time in this Modernist town.
The town of Sóller in the northwest of Mallorca became wealthy because of the valley’s abundant citrus groves. In the 19th century, when the area was isolated from the rest of Mallorca by mountains, the oranges were shipped to France from the nearby west coast Port de Sóller (or Puerto de Sóller). Many locals went to work in France and returned – their fortunes duly made – to build some of the handsome Modernista properties that grace this town today.
History of Sóller
Since the 1990s the Sóller road tunnel (toll payable) has provided an easier route to Palma and the rest of Mallorca, avoiding the snaking mountain pass. The old narrow-gauge wooden train, linking Sóller with Palma’s Plaza de España, opened in 1912 to transport fruit to Palma. The 28 km railway journey – through 13 tunnels and breathtaking scenery – has become one of the island’s best-loved tourist experiences.
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Major attractions in Sóller
The main square – Plaza de la Constitución – is Sóller’s beating heart, lined with numerous bars and cafés, and dominated by the distinctive valley landmark, Sant Bartomeu church. The tram linking town and port clunks its way regularly through this splendid square.
In Sóller, the sympathetically restored Art Nouveau building, Can Prunera, houses a fine permanent collection of art (including Kandinksy, Picasso, Warhol, local artists Miquel Barceló and Francesca Martí), and temporary exhibitions. The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences (Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals) and the Jardí Botànic, a garden featuring many Balearic plant varieties, are a short walk from the centre, on the road towards the port.
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Things to do in Sóller
The market in Sóller is on Saturdays, when shoppers and traders create a real buzz. The town isn’t really a notable shopping centre, but there are a few gems, such as the square’s Plaza 13 Couture, a unique space selling designer fashions, local art and decorative items – including hand-painted furniture.
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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 both the town. To walk with a guide, check out Mallorca Hiking or Tramuntana Tours (also 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.
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Local products from Sóller
No visit is complete without sampling the rich bounty of the Sóller valley, in liquid form: freshly squeezed orange juice, and the delicious liqueur Angel d’Or, invented by local citrus grower Miguel Capó.
Sóller is also famous for delicious ice cream and an array of yummy flavours awaits you at Sa Fabrica de Gelats. The town is also renowned for producing and marketing local gourmet goodies. Between them, specialist food shops Fet-a-Sóller, Ca’n Matarino, and La Luna stock a bounty of local products, including extra virgin olive oil from Olis Sóller or Ca’n Det, local orange balsamic vinegar, chutneys, jams, preserves, pâtés, and charcuterie.
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Restaurants in Sóller
Restaurants in this town include Ca’n Blau at Gran Hotel Sóller and La Vila hotel restaurant. For authentic Spanish food and wine, you’ll find Casa Alvaro in a narrow street just off the main square, Plaza de la Constitución. Slightly further away, the peacefully located Bens d’Avall (off the Sóller-Deià road) offers stunning sea views and accomplished cuisine. If you prefer a charming indoor and alfresco setting of a sympathetically 19th-century building, you have Luna 36.
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Hotels in Sóller
Hotels include the handsome Gran Hotel Sóller, originally built in 1880 as a small residential palace. A number of boutique properties offer an intimate hotel experience in town – including L’Avenida, Ca’l Bisbe (a former bishop’s 19th century residence), Ca’n Isabel, and La Vila, overlooking the main square. Charming rural hotels include Ca’s Xorc (a 200-year-old finca in the mountains) and Ca N’Ai – a finca dating from 1723, with views across the countryside to the town of Sóller. Likewise, 17th century mansion FincaHotel Can Coll boasts ravishing valley views, genuine hospitality, a lovely pool and gourmet restaurant.
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Living in 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. Sóller has character, charm, and 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. 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. Real estate agents specialising in the Sóller area include Casas Mallorca, Sóller Studio, XC Properties, and Calabri Real Estate.
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While in the Sóller area, a visit to Port de Sóller is a must. Take the tram and see the beautiful beach and walk along the promenade. The picturesque village of Fornalutx is very close by and also well worth seeing. If you head south take the coast road to Deià where you can visit the Robert Graves museum. Then stop off at Valldemossa, where Chopin and his lover George Sand famously spent an uncomfortable winter – and see the birthplace of Santa Catalina.
For more information about Sóller see: All about Sóller.
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