Port de Soller

by Kshaunish Jaini

The Balearic Islands in Spain are known all over the world for their benevolent climate and tourist attractions. Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera are the four major islands in the Balearic archipelago, and each one of these has developed a distinctive flavour when it comes to travel and tourism. Mallorca has particularly been a popular destination for travellers since the 1950s, becoming a premier destination for European folk to spend their winters away from home. Mallorca’s mediterranean climate makes it a hospital place all year round, with warm blue waters and long stretches of beaches. Coupled with the major leaps of the hospitality industry to set up some of the best hotels, resorts and restaurants in the vicinity, Mallorca has become a veritable paradise for tourists.

Port de Soller is a small village that is located away from all the major hustle and bustle on the island of Mallorca. Situated only 5 kilometers from the town of Soller, of which it is also the port, Port de Soller has one of the most beautiful horseshoe harbours in all of Europe. On one side it opens up to the balmy mediterranean sea, while on the other it is surrounded by the magnificent Tramuntana mountains.

Port de Soller Mallorca Spain

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How to get to Port de Soller

The historic town of Soller is located in the northwest of Mallorca, only 27 kilometers away from the capital city of Palma de Mallorca. A great way to cover this distance is by the Ferrocarril de Soller - a train built in 1911 in order to transport the oranges, lemons and olives from the orchards in Soller to the main port of the island.

Soller is an inland town of which Port de Soller is a port. This was so that the town would remain safe from the frequent pirate attacks and pillages that occurred in port towns in the 17th and 18th centuries. Connecting the port and the town is the heritage tramway Tranvia de Soller, which was built in 1913. Interestingly, some of the original tram cars are still in use today.

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Beaches at Port de Soller

There are two beaches at Port de Soller - Es Traves and Playa d’en Repic. Es Traves is a 610 meters long and 15 meters wide beach made up of sand and gravel located near the Passieg des Traves. Playa d’en Repic is the smaller of the two beaches - 350 meters long and 30 meters wide, but it is also the one that is more serene and scenic, with friendlier waters. The nearby bay is a popular docking spot for yatchs visiting Port de Soller. Swimming, kayaking, canoeing are some of the most popular activities at the beach.

Port de Soller Mallorca Spain

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Mountain Adventures in Port de Soller

Port de Soller is surrounded by the majestic Tramuntana mountain ranges, which are best accessed by bicycle, and have plenty of hiking and trekking trails. As you go deeper into the mountains, you can find plenty of rock climbing spots where you can spend the day rock climbing and bouldering. Local companies like Mallorca Hiking and Tramuntana tours offer packages and guidelines for further exploring the mountains.

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