Why go to Soller?
Like Pollensa, Sóller is really two places. It’s the port and the bay (Puerto Sóller) and the town (Sóller) in the foothills of the Traumuntana. It’s the holiday resort, and the modernista marvel. Unlike Pollensa, it’s perfectly feasible to do this getaway without a car. You can hop aboard the cute wooden train from Palma, Ferrocarril de Sóller , and be in Sóller town within the hour. To get to the port it’s a mere 10 minutes on the connecting tram from the train station. So, the transport link-ups alone make Sóller pretty special.
An upmarket, market town
Sóller was originally built as the capital of oranges. It was here that people came to trade and earn pots of money, self-evident in the rather luscious modernista mansions that dominate the little town. It’s still very well heeled, and you’ll find it a good outlet for shopping and chilling out, though the best sights are what you see from the outside in the form of flamboyant architecture. If you do have a car, the Jardí Botànic de Sóller (www.museucienciesnaturals.org) is worth a look, but there’s no public transport out to it.
Do the seaside in style
When you tire of provincial town life, just hop on the tram (4 euros) and head for the sea. Puerto Sóller is a splendid place to spend the morning strolling along the harbour, across the headland and out to the lighthouse. You can take in the Museu de la Mar Sóller on the C/Santa Caterina d’Alexandria en route, which will bring you up to speed on the town’s skirmishes with pirates, its economic reliance on citrus merchants and its faithful fishermen. Combine with a slap up seafood lunch, a drink in a posh beach lounge, and you can be back in Sóller again for a long siesta. There are two beaches here, the best of which is Platja d’en Repic. They are OK for a dip and building sandcastles, but alas, not a patch on other beaches around the island.
To revel in the orange and almond blossom
Not be missed, both trees are at their most spectacular between the months of January and March, making it a seriously special spring break. See more on When to go to Majorca.