In this article, I want to share with you my tips for where to stay, where to eat & drink and what to do in Soller.
I moved to Soller for a job at a dive center.
One of the great things about moving to a new place is that you get to explore it. Everything you do is a new experience: every street you walk on, every restaurant you go to… Everything is new, to you.
But it’s also a great feeling to, after a while, know what the best places are, where you should and shouldn’t go, etc.
I have been in Soller, on the Spanish island of Mallorca, for over two months now. And I now finally feel I know enough about this town and its surrounding area to write about the things to do in Soller.
About Soller and Its Port, Port de Soller
Soller is an interesting little village…
The town consists of two parts: Soller and Port de Soller (also called Puerto de Soller, meaning port of Soller).
Soller lies near the north west coast of Mallorca, some three kilometers inland from Port de Soller, in a lush valley of orange groves, surrounded by the ‘Serra de Tramuntana’ (Tramuntana mountains), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Well maintained and with its narrow streets, tapas bars, a fine selection of pastry-shops and an impressive church right in the center, Soller really is a lovely, cozy little village.
Port de Soller is more of a coastal resort that lives mainly off tourism. It isn’t overrun by tourists though and therefore even in high season Port de Soller has a relaxed, still quite Spanish atmosphere (compared to many other coastal resorts in Spain). Its beautiful horseshoe bay has a wide selection of restaurant and a great beach.
Both Soller and Port de Soller attract quite a few expats (mainly from other European countries) and historically had strong ties with France, giving the area a nice international feel.
Although it will get quiet in winter, quality of life here is good both for locals, expats, and retirees.
Things to Do in Soller
Of course one of the main things to do in Soller is simply enjoying the beach, the great weather, and the relaxed, Mediterranean vibe.
But, there are a few more active things to do in Soller:
1. Take the Scenic Tram
There is a vintage tram that links Soller to Port de Soller. This tramway is the only working tram on the island and is known locally as the “Orange Express”. Not for the color of the carriages, but due to the fact that its route meanders from the old town through orange groves to terminate at the harbor at Port de Soller.
Hop on the tram in the port and enjoy a beautiful ride that ends in the center of Soller.
If you happen to be in Soller on a Saturday I would recommend taking the tram to Soller on Saturday morning because that is when the weekly market is held in the center of Soller.
2. Book a Boat Trip
You’re on an island and in a coastal town, so of course there are a lot of watersports activities in Soller. I’d recommend booking a boat trip to enjoy Soller from the water.
Mezzo Magic, for example, offers private day charters along the Northwest coast of Mallorca, that include lunch at some of the finest and most exclusive restaurants in the area (including one which is only accessed by boat). Additionally, they have a speed boat and offer water skiing, wakeboarding, fishing trips, dolphin spotting and more.
3. Go Stand Up Paddleboarding
Soller was actually the first place I ever tried stand up paddleboarding. The bay of Port de Soller with its calm water is a great place to learn.
4. Go Scuba Diving
The reason I moved to Soller was to get my divemaster certification, so I have been scuba diving a lot in Soller!
And although it’s not the best scuba diving in the world, there are some good dive sites around Soller with interesting swim-throughs and small caves.
5. Go Hiking
Although most people visit Soller to relax by the beach, there are actually a lot of hiking trails around Soller.
The Tramuntana mountains are beautiful and hikes in this area can take you to stunning bays, cute small town and lookout points with incredible views.
Yes, the beach and the water might be very tempting, but I can highly recommend at least planning one hike while you are here.
Restaurants in Soller
There is a good number of restaurants in Soller and Port de Soller to choose from. These are 3 of my favorites:
1. Casa Alvaro
Casa Alvaro is located in the center of Soller in a quiet street just off the main square. This is the place to go to if you are looking for high quality tapas.
This restaurant is worth a visit mainly because of its amazing views. Set on a cliff in Port de Soller this is one of the best places to watch the sunset.
If you are looking for high quality food in a beautiful, romantic setting you should go to Randemar. This frontline restaurant is set in an old, converted Mallorquin home and definitely worth a visit.
Bars in Soller
If you are looking for great nightlife Soller and Port de Soller aren’t the best places to be.
There is a large number of good restaurants in Soller and the port, but there is only a limited number of good bars and one nightclub that isn’t even worth mentioning.
These are, in my opinion, the two best bars in Port de Soller:
Located in the bay of Port de Soller Cava is a nice lounge bar with a good selection of cocktails and an impressive number of Gins.
2. Bar Chillout La Base
Hidden behind luxury yachts you find this shipping container converted into a bar. And although it might sound a bit weird, it’s considered by most locals and visiting yacht owners to be the best bar in town.
With good music, cocktails and a nice terrace this is the place to go to for a late-night drink. Unfortunately La Base is only open in summer.
Hotels in Soller
Soller and Port de Soller offer a large number of hotels with a wide range of prices. But, if you are happy to splurge a bit, these are four of the best hotels in Soller.
1. Gran Hotel Soller
Gran Hotel Soller is a five-star luxury hotel in the center of Soller. This hotel is located in one of the most characteristic buildings of Soller, a depiction of the architecture of the town in the 19th century. Even if you don’t stay here, go and have a look at the impressive building.
2. Hotel Esplendido
Hotel Esplendido is a modern, chic seaside hotel, located in Port de Soller, just off the beach overlooking the port. Its location is absolutely perfect and the views overlooking the port are impressive day and night.
3. Hotel Es Port
This is one of my favorite hotels in Soller. Hotel Es Port is located in an old mansion fortified in the 17th century in Port de Soller, only a short walk from the harbor and the beach.
Its quiet location surrounded by beautiful gardens makes this a great place for a relaxing stay in Port de Soller.
4. Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa
Jumeirah Port Soller is the most luxurious hotel in Soller. Built on a cliff overlooking Port de Soller it has breathtaking views.
With two restaurants, four bars and lounges, two swimming pools and a beautiful Spa it offers all the luxury you expect from a Jumeirah hotel.
But, these four hotels are definitely the more high end hotels in Soller. If you are looking for more affordable options I’d recommend checking Booking.com for hotel options and special deals. Although unfortunately, especially in high season, hotels in Soller can get quite expensive.
I hope this article helped to give you an idea of what to do in Soller. It really is a lovely town and I hope you will enjoy it!
Are you thinking about visiting Mallorca? Then also read: Mallorca, Is It a Tourist Trap or a Beautiful Island?
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