This post doesn’t follow the usual format. Because we stayed in Sóller for three days, it’s difficult to describe the 4th, 5th and 6th day as separate stages. First of all, because we didn’t always leave Sóller, and secondly because we didn’t always follow the marked paths. But we’ve kept ourselves busy of course, so it still might inspire and interest readers.
Sóller is a favourite destination for people traveling to Mallorca, not in the least because of the wooden tram that drives through the city and is featured on a lot of the post cards there. A similar train operates from the capital of Palma to Sóller. The town has its own square, with the obligatory cathedral and fountain. The banco de Sóller was built by one of the pupils of famous architect Gaudí. Apart from that, Sóller is also known for its delicious organe flavoured ice cream. The city centre has a shopping district, but apart from the usual clothing stores and tourist shops, you also have some outdoor ones. We also paid a visit to the small but charming natural history museum with the accompanying botanical garden.
Port de Sóller
The wooden tram that I mentioned above brings the tourists who don’t feel like walking to Port de Sóller, the harbour and residential and touristic area that lies in the bay of Sóller. We preferred to hike, obviously, and took a part of the GR 221 to Deià, our next destination, up until a point where there’s a woman selling her oranges next to a rather big olive tree, where we leave the path and head towards the port. The landscape has the same features and the previous days, with terraces and olive trees, although we don’t climb as much. After a while you spot the blue bay in the distance. Once you reach the refugi, it’s another kilometer towards the beach. Port de Sóller is perhaps not as aesthetically pleasing as other parts of Mallorca (and Sóller), but the location, in the bay, surrounded by the Tramuntana mountains, is definitely 10/10.
Fornalutx is probably my second most favourite village that we visited during our stay in Mallorca (the prettiest will feature in the next post). It combines the typical Mallorcan architecture with the small and steep streets, a beautiful and cosy square and a flower-loving population, decorating the village. On this third day of our stay in Sóller, we first climbed towards Sa Capelleta, a rather peculiar chapel, built in the say modernista-style as the banco de Sóller. It’s definitely worth the detour. From there on, you keep on ascending, until you reach the viewing point of the Mirador de Ses Barques. You’re know relatively high, especially since you climbed quite a bit in a rather short amount of time, but from there on you’ll mostly stick to the same height. About an hour later we reached Fornalutx. After a tasty lunch and some freshly squeezed orange juice, we returned to Sóller via the hamlet of Binibassí.
There are different options when staying in Sóller. You can go to Sa Foradada or walk one of the torrents. You can also go to Deía, but you’d be following the GR 221.