Mallorca Travel: The Gorgeous Tramuntana Mountains, Finca Ca’s Sant and Soller
It is also possible at Finca Ca’s Sant to adopt an orange tree. Anyone who adopts an orange tree here will receive 10 kilograms of naturally ripened oranges, 16 glasses of marmalade, 1 jar of orange salt as well as 1 bottle of orange liqueur. In addition, members of the orange tree adoption program have access to various discounts for future stays at Finca Ca’s Sant. Rafael indicated that the program is very popular with his guests, and many of them have become repeat visitors at Finca Ca’s Sant.
I loved the beautiful blue tilework in our bathroom
Now it was late afternoon and it was time to explore the town. We had a shower in our beautiful bathroom and got ready for the 10 minute walk into downtown Sóller. This town of 13,000 people is one of Mallorca’s most popular travel destinations. It is connected with the capital Palma de Mallorca via a historic railway called the Ferrocarril de Sóller and nicknamed “The Red Arrow”. This electric railway was completed in 1911 and has been transporting people back and forth for almost 100 years. Today it is primarily the tourists that take the train and it is one of the town’s main attractions.
The electric tram of Soller
From the train station of Sóller one can try out another vintage transportation method: the electric tram that connects the town of Sóller with Port de Sóller, which lies 4 km away on the coast. Along with various other towns in Mallorca, this is another example of an inland town that has a port town several kilometers away. This originally happened because of the threat of pirates that would frequently attack the coastal settlements; as a result the main towns were located several kilometers inland.
The impressive facade of the Cathedral of Sóller
The narrow streets took us out on to Plaça Constitució, Sóller’s main square, whose architectural highlights include the church of Sant Bartomeu. The original structure of this church dates from the 13th century and most of the current interior is of Baroque style. Next to the church’s neo-gothic façade is another landmark: the Banco de Sóller, designed in Modernista style in 1912 by the famous Catalan architect Joan Rubió i Bellver, a student of Antoni Gaudí.
The Banco de Sóller, a Modernista masterpiece
The city hall of Sóller is located to the right of the cathedral. Numerous cafés and restaurants flank the square, which is an extremely popular gathering spot for locals and tourists. The vintage electric tram passes through every twenty minutes or so. We sat down at one of the cafés and ordered some local food: a seafood and a vegetarian paella which were absolutely delicious.
Delicious seafood paella
After our filling meal we strolled up to the historic train station of Sóller, which is located in a fortified house that dates back to 1606. A museum with works by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró is located inside the train station which is the departure point for the narrow-gauge railway to the capital of Palma as well as for the tram that goes to Port de Sóller.
Tourism award of the Train of Sóller, issued by King Juan Carlos
As the sun started to set, the main square of Sóller started to fill up with people. Families with young children were sitting on the open space surrounding the fountain, a group of musicians was playing Spanish music and walking from table to table, and some Brazilian capoeira dancers were entertaining a growing crowd with their mixture of dance, acrobatics and martial arts.
Great evening atmosphere on the main square of Sóller
We ended our day with an ice cream and a slow stroll back to Finca Ca’s Sant to rest up for another day of discoveries in Mallorca’s Tramuntana Mountains.