Located in a bowl- shaped valley, Soller is another favourite with the tourists. A port city, it is modern and prosperous. The scenic Port de Soller is reached by a tram, and it makes for a nice ride. The tram is the only tramline in the whole of Mallorca.
From Port de Soller, boats leave for the creek of sa Calobra, a beach that is an amazing spectacle of Nature.
Soller is most famous for the “Tren de Soller”. The narrow gauge railway connects Soller with Palma, and has retained its antiquity since 1912. The electric railway passes through a splendidly beautiful landscape through the Tramuntana Range.
The town itself features grand manorial houses, which feature unique architectural designs. The most remarkable is neo-gothic church Parroquia de San Bartolome, and the Convent of Sant Francisco. And there are plenty of green orchards of olive and orange throughout the area.
The International Folklore Festival of Soller, organised by the ‘Aires Sollerics’, has been annually uniting folklore groups from all over the world since 1980. The festival lasts for a week, and while the main events are the public performances of the groups involved, there are also many sessions of cultural interchange between groups, and with the public.
Another important place to visit is the Museum of Natural Sciences. The museum is inside a 20th Century house and was opened in 1992. The museum has an extensive collection of various species flora and fauna found in the Balearics. There is also an exhibition of fossils where you will get to see interesting fossils from the Balearics.
In addition to the exhibits, the museum is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the species. It also carries out research in the fields like biodiversity, vegetable reproduction, geological mapping, and environmental documentation. A lot of educational programmes and tours are also organised by the museum.
The gardens surrounding the museum are the Botanical Gardens where numerous plant species from the Balearic and Canary islands have been planted.
Carretera de Palma-Port de Soller, km- 30.5.
Apartat de Correus 44,
E-30 07100 Soller (Majorca)
Tel. +34 971634064 / Fax +34 971638249
It is also a favourite destination for walking and hiking holidays.