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Port de Soller A real paradise
Beautiful Port de Soller is situated in the north west of Mallorca at the foot of the Sierra de Tramuntana, the 90km mountain range that received the UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. Impressive mountains look down on this picturesque fishing village with is perfect horseshoe shape bay. Although Port de Soller became more and more a tourist destination after the opening of the tunnel and is attracting a large amount of property buyers, it has not been overdeveloped and still breathes its traditional, Mediterranean flair. Only 10 minutes with car away from Soller town with all its amenities.
Originally, Port de Soller was a fishing village. It also protected the residents of Soller from aggressive invasions coming from the sea. In the 19th century the role of the Port changed as it was the centre for the export of citrus fruits which were harvested in the Soller valley. Nowadays it still has a fishing fleet. Fishing boats arrive every day with their local catch.
In 1561 Algerian and Turkish pirates landed on the beach of Soller. They marched to the more inland Soller town to take possession of it. However, Soller’s brave women fought the invaders and prevented the Moors from taking over the town. This historical victory is still celebrated in the spectacular, annual “Es Firo” event in May.
Fifty years after this pirate attack the Torre Picada was built as part of an island-wide defense system against (pirate) attacks. The watchtower still exists (privately owned) and it is only a short hike from the Port to enjoy its breathtaking sea views.
Two lighthouses (“faro”) flank the entrance of the bay of Port de Soller. The “Faro de Punta de Sa Creu” was built between 1928 and 1930. It replaced the old “Faro de Bufador”, which was built too close to the water surface. The “Faro de Cabo Gros”, also called Faro de Punta Grossa, was built in 1842. It formed part of a building with a tower with a port light. In 1856 a new tower was built. Although the lighthouses are not open for visitors, it is definitely worth to climb the road to the Cabo Gros lighthouse and enjoy the majestic views from there.
There are two very nice beaches: Platja d´en Repic and Platja des Traves where you can find the frontline properties. Repic beach is nearly 300 meters long and is a mix of golden sand and some small pebbles. Very popular with families. The Traves beach is nearly 700 meters long and ends in the port zone. The attractive old tram passes by at the back. About 10 years ago the sand of the beach was replaced as it was muddy and unattractive. The turquoise water is shallow and calm.
The pedestrian promenade borders both beaches and here an endless number of shops, bars and restaurants stretches out. Ideal for a lazy stroll on a Sunday afternoon. Port de Soller attracts many different people from many different countries: young and old, hikers and cyclists, beach lovers and water addicts.
Santa Catalina is the fishermen´s area of Port de Soller. The oldest houses of the village can be found here. The steep streets will lead to the Santa Catalina viewpoint and the “Museo de la Mar” (The Museum of the Sea). This small museum is housed in an old monastery and tells about the maritime history.
One of the most characteristic features of Port de Soller is the old tram which runs back and forth to Soller. The 5 km long line that drives through lemon and orange groves exists since 4th October 1913 and it was Mallorca´s first electric tram line. In these days the tram was not only used to transport people. Fresh fish was brought from the Port and coal was carried to the military submarine base in the Port. Even torpedoes and mines were transported. Still some of the old cars are used to carry the hundreds of tourists and locals every day.
Besides the tram, Port de Soller can easily be reached with the car and it has very good bus connections with Soller and Palma.
Although Port de Soller is not a shopping destination in itself, there are quite a few lovely boutiques selling traditional arts and crafts like the Soller ceramic or local products like olive oil, sobrasada (typical Mallorcan raw, cured pork sausage made with salt and other spices) or marmalades made from oranges, figs or lemons. On a hot day, one should definitely try the local ice cream made by Fet a Soller.
Every Thursday morning plants, clothing, food and flowers are sold on the weekly market. This is a small market. The big market is every Saturday morning in Soller.
There is an abundance of restaurants and bars in Port de Soller. Great paellas are served in Restaurant Es Canyis. More refined dining can be found in restaurants like Agapanto, No Name, Randemar or Kingfisher. Have a cocktail or an excellent coffee on the terrace of Cappuccino Grand Café overlooking the beautiful bay or experiencing an unforgettable sunset.
As a real beach resort, there are plenty of water sports options in Port de Soller like snorkeling, stand up paddle, kayaking, yacht charters and boat trips. Every day boats are taking tourists to Cala Tuent, Sa Foradada and Sa Calobra, which is known from the Hollywood movie Cloud Atlas. From Sa Calobra it is just a short walk to the impressive Torrent de Pareis. Sunset cruises, fishing trips etc.; the possibilities are endless. For those who want to discover the underwater world there is a PADI dive center.
But Port de Soller is more than a beach destination. Many hikers and cyclists base themselves here and explore the fantastic nature of the Sierra de Tramuntana.
During the year many events take place in Port de Soller. Every year on 15th July the fishermen celebrate Mare de Deu del Carmen. The statue of the “Virgen” is brought to the harbour and on the water is a procession of boats. In September the Havaneras are held. Thousands of people gather on the beach to listen to the Havaneras songs, fishermen songs that originated in Cuba. Fairly recent is the Annual Classical Music Festival which takes place in the monastery of Santa Catalina and where international artists perform.
It is clear that Port de Soller is an ideal destination to live permanently or have a holiday home. Fincas, traditional houses, modern villas and apartments can be found in all price ranges. The real estate market has grown very fast over the past decade, some plots to build are still available and the property market is very active.
Port de Soller is a special, charming place for everyone. Peaceful in winter and vibrant in summer. A place to enjoy!