Between the Tramuntana Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, lies Sóller, on Mallorca's northwest coast. This popular town holds tremendous appeal due to its old-world charm, bountiful orange and olive groves, and cute boutiques. Explore it all via our Sóller vacation rentals.
First inhabited by the Phoenicians, the town suffered numerous pirate attacks in subsequent centuries with its position near the coast. An agricultural mecca, orange, lemon, and olive groves proliferated as trade with France increased in the 17th century. The train to Palma was created in 1912 to boost orange transport to the rest of Mallorca and beyond. Today, Sóller is a town that still thrives on agriculture but tourism is a booming industry. A stay at a Sóller holiday rental will let you explore this charming and unassuming town at your leisure.
Sóller boasts activities and sites aplenty. New visitors invariably first head to the Church of Sant Bartomeu, situated in the the town square. The 13th century house of worship features baroque and modernist architecture. You'll also want to visit the Convento de los Sagrados Corazones, a 18th-century convent with a cloister and Baroque church.
A stroll through the maze-like old town, with its structures from the 14th century on, will eventually find you at La Posada de Can Prohom, La Casa de la Luna, and La Posada de Moncaire, three historic buildings admired by architecture buffs for their Baroque and neoclassic style.
Architecture and history aficionados are not the only ones who find Sóller appealing. Art and nature lovers will surely delight in all the town has to offer. The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences features a collection of fossils and the Botanical Gardens of Sóller offers native flora in abundance. Can Prunera is a can't-miss spot for its works by Picasso and Miro, among others. The Museu del Casal de Cultura, situated in an 18th-century manor home, offers relics from long ago.
Take the Ferrocarril de Sóller, the vintage train, to Palma and back again. It's a great way to see the island, from mountain to valley to blue sea, and better than battling traffic to the coast during the heady days of summer.
Sóller is known for its plentiful, well-marked hiking trails. Mountain bikers seek out these routes as well. Cami del Rost, a three-hour trek from Sóller to Finca S'Heretat shouldn't be missed. The views of Lluc-Alcari will surely be remembered for years to come.
The northwest coast of Mallorca is the perfect base from which to explore the entire island. Andratx offers the largest contemporary art museum on the island. Alcúdia is a medieval town with Roman ruins and a gem of a contemporary art museum. Pollença has several museums as well as cloisters. Palma de Mallorca is just over 35 miles away if you crave nightlife and the crowds that come with it.
You'll not want to miss this part of Spain. Breathe in the mountain air and inhale the scent of ripe oranges as you relax in one of our Sóller vacation rentals.
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