Soak up the sun and enjoy some real Spanish flair with a holiday to Soller. As one of Majorca’s most charming towns, nestled between lush orange groves, soaring mountains and the deep blue Balearic Sea, it has plenty to offer. The town itself is made up of quaint traditional streets teeming with al fresco cafés, local tapas bars and tempting pastry bakeries, while the sandy coastline is uncrowded and boasts gorgeous views of the inland mountains. One thing’s for certain, Soller holidays are heavenly for those who want to sit back, relax and soak up some sunshine. With such a varied landscape on its doorstep, Soller has a fantastic range of accommodation to choose from. Whether you’re after some pampering amidst a peaceful landscape, outdoor action and adventure, or a charming city stay, there’s something to suit your style. Check yourself into a countryside spa hotel, and enjoy the area’s dramatic mountain landscape from the comfort of the Jacuzzi, or enjoy easy access to the beach with a stay in one of the beachfront hotels. Expect gorgeous views and plenty of Spanish charm.
Soller offers a lot more than your standard beach holiday to Majorca. Quieter than most resorts on Majorca, Soller gives you a chance to explore an authentic Majorcan town, as well as the surrounding natural beauty present in the countryside. Mountain bike tours through the Tramuntana mountains, and trips on a sailing boat along the magnificent coastline are only two examples of the many activities on offer here.
With its vivid history, Soller has plenty of cultural attractions on offer. The town is centred around the Placa Constituto – a large and old square surrounded by cafés and shops. It’s also flanked by the town hall, the Sant Bartomeu church, as well as a famous bank building, Banco de Soller, constructed in 1912.
Located in what’s known as 'The Golden Valley', the beauty of the surrounding countryside is what draws most people to Soller. Lemon and orange trees as well as countless olive trees dominate the landscape, while the quaint traditional town fits perfectly into the scene. Walking through this landscape offers visitors a chance to explore a side of Majorca not many tourists get to see.
As with most holiday destinations in Spain, Soller is home to wonderful tapas bars, which serve beer, cocktails, and delicious Spanish food until the early morning hours. Enjoy a number of small dishes accompanied with a couple of glasses of local wine throughout your evening for a truly authentic Spanish dining experience.
If you're looking for the best homemade paella and croquettes served al fresco, then look no further than Furnalutx, or the family-owned Es Turo. For more refined Catalan cuisine in a more sophisticated setting, check out S'Atic, which has elevated vistas and wonderful views over Soller's port area.
Don't forget to try Sobrasada. It’s a local Majorcan speciality made from home-reared pork mixed with paprika and other spices. Hierbas is the local herbal liqueur, and makes an ideal gift for friends and family back home.
Soller is perfectly suited for family holidays. A large number of outdoor-based activities mean plenty of fun in the sun, while a large variety ensure every family member will want to return.
Take your family out for a walk around the botanical gardens, which house a vast array of colourful and exotic plants. This is a great opportunity to learn about plants from all over the world, as well as the history of the garden itself. An old railway, constructed in 1912, connects the capital city of Palma with Soller and is highly popular amongst tourists. Taking you through stunning scenery, this old wood panelled train is a fun experience for the whole family.
A more exciting option would be to rent a sailing boat and explore the wonderful coastline from the sea. Spend the day swimming in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, and soaking up plenty of sunshine.
In addition to this, both Soller and Port de Soller are very child-friendly and extremely safe, meaning parents don't have to worry about the little ones running off.
Action & Adventure
Soller's natural beauty makes it a hotspot for outdoor activities. Mountain biking is a popular option, with many exciting mountain bike trails taking you through the hilly countryside around the valley that Soller is based in.
Sailing boats are available for hire and provide an excellent alternative for some fun in the sun. Explore Majorca's stunning west coast from the sea, and reach places that are inaccessible by land. Also, there's nothing more magical than experiencing a sunset on a sailing boat. The rich waters just off Soller's coast make this an excellent place to go snorkelling and discover what lies hidden beneath the waves.
Those who can't get enough of fitness and fancy a holiday workout can go to Gymnapolis – a large gym for everyone offering a large range of modern exercise equipment, as well as classes including aerobics and Zumba.
Holidays to Soller will include plenty of fun in the sun, and that means time at the beach. Port de Soller is a local seaside resort, conveniently connected to Soller via a bus service, as well as a tram service leaving every 30 minutes. The port of Soller is home to the only sandy beaches on Majorca's west coast. A large horseshoe-shaped bay is home to two separate golden sandy beaches that line the sapphire blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Relax, and take in the magnificent views of the sea and sand, as well as the magnificent Tramuntana mountains just beyond – these are some of the most treasured views on the entire island. Platja den Repic is a beautiful, large sand and pebble beach located 1.4 kilometres from Port de Soller.
Although Soller is a quiet town when compared to most other resorts on Majorca, it still has plenty to offer for those looking for a night out. The nightlife in Spain tends to get lively quite late, only between 1am and 2am, and Soller is no exception. It’s common to enjoy a tapas dinner and some wine before heading out into the dance bars and nightclubs, all of which are located in Port de Soller.
The three main clubs are Saint German, Saint Tropez and Altamar – all of which play a combination of the latest Spanish and international electronic music. The atmosphere is lively during peak season when plenty of people are around, and the clubs stay open until at least 3am. Altamar is Soller's late night venue which usually only gets busy around 3am off-season.
The intriguing sounds of local wildlife, a night sky drenched in stars, and the scent of citrus blossoms in the air make Soller an ideal place for a romantic couples getaway. Whether you choose to stay in the chic port area, where the gentle sound of ocean waves and passers-by can be heard, or the countryside a little further inland – a sense of intimacy and privacy is guaranteed.
The botanical gardens of Soller are also a great option for couples. This stunning landscaped attraction is perfect for a relaxing walk in the warm Spanish sunshine.
The port area boasts a warm and cosy ambience, and is the best place to go for a romantic dinner, as well as a couple of glasses of local wine. Follow this up with a romantic moonlit stroll along the coastline to get a good sense of the magic Soller has to offer.
Despite its small size, Soller is a cultural hotspot on Majorca. The Banco de Soller building located in the main town square is a remarkable Modernista building with impressive iron work, built in 1912 by the famous Catalan architect, Joan Rubio i Bellver – a follower of Gaudi. The large church of Sant Bartomeu dates back to 1236, however a large part of the original structure has been replaced over the centuries. The majority of the interior dates back to the Renaissance age. For more Modernist architecture, be sure to visit the Can Prunera, a beautiful home-turned-museum displaying beautiful spiral staircases, lamps, glass partitioning and woodwork.
To get accustomed to the local culture, try visiting one of the many olive farms in the area to learn about local methods of production, as well as what it means to the locals. Olives have been grown in this area for centuries, and have played a major role in the area's economy during its more agricultural past.
The port of Soller is home to a sculpture park, whose exhibits include fine works by Majorcan artists and other island residents. Soller's train station houses a free museum in which modern art and Picasso ceramics are on display.