We recommend Excursion to Port de Soller
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.
Beachfront Agapanto Restaurant in Port de Sóller is idyllic for a romantic al fresco dinner, made even more special by the owner’s attention to detail. […] 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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