If you are planning a holiday in Soller, Mallorca, the following information may help by giving you an overview on the resort.
Soller is set in a lush valley of orange groves between the mountains and the sea and is very popular with day trippers who arrive on the vintage train from Palma and seem to do no more than sit outside the cafes in Plaça Constitució soaking up the atmosphere. With several tapas bars, a good selection of pastry shops, local ice cream and freshly squeezed orange juice, there is little reason to move on!
Soller grew rich on oranges and the results can be seen in its extravagant modernista architecture. The church of San Bartomeu has a 1912 arched tower suspended above the rose window, with spires like huge needles pointing into the air. The same architect, Gaudis pupil Joan Rubio, designed the Banco Central Hispano located next to the church.
A walk to the cemetery above the station, which is flanked by cypress trees and filled with potted plants, gives a clue to Sollers history. Several of the epitaphs are in French, revealing the significant French community of the town, descendants of those who came to make their fortune by exporting oranges.
Come to Soller on the vintage train rather than by car. The climb over the Coll de Soller with its 57 hairpin bends is the most terrifying drive in Mallorca. There is now a controversial new road tunnel through the mountain, but the train journey from Palma is a delight.
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