My Mum pegged Soller as one of her favourite places in Mellorca. She spent a season here back in the ‘60s so I expect at lot has changed since but she has made a few visits since. The original idea was to anchor here and visit Palma by train but then we heard that the South/East coasts were generally nicer/safer places to be so we decided to do it the other way around. The weather was also pushing us that way and, well, you can’t argue with the weather can you?
It was a bit of a late start as we had some important boat chores to do, so Simon stuck around to do that while I went and got my hair cut. It was about time 🙂
Then a frantic cab ride to the train station to try and make the 1300 train, which we did just in the nick of time. We ran onboard the quaint little train without buying a ticket as there was no time – but in hindsight there probably was – and we’re not sure if we ended up paying more from the conductor, but we made it and we were glad we did.
The little chain winds it’s way through the orange and olive groves, across the island and past huge mountainous vistas. The views are simply stunning! Before you reach Soller, and without any warning, the train stops off at a viewing point. This doesn’t seem to be advertised and there was no announcement, but slowly, slowly people started to pop their heads out, then a toe and after a while about half the passengers had cautiously picked their way out onto the platform for lots of photo opportunities. Five minutes later the horn toots and everyone hop-footed it back onboard.
From there the train starts its downward descent and picks up speed, next thing you know you’re heading through dark tunnels and waiting apprehensively for a few ghosts to pop out at you. Then as quick as a tick you land in Soller.
Most people raced to get in the long queue for the tram to the port.
We meandered down into town for a spot of lunch. There’s a lovely town square with a lovely church. It’s surrounded by lots of cafes and restaurants catering to the tourist, but as is often our way, we wandered down a lane off the square and found a little cafe where the locals go. They served a ‘various tapas’ menu which was delish!
After a bit more wandering through the back streets and past the little shops we headed back up the hill for the tram stop to the port. By now the queue was much shorter but many trams passed us without letting anyone on which was bizarre, especially considering the timetable said there was a tram due.
Anyway we made it on eventually and tootled down to Soller port. Interestingly some of the carriages for the trams have been shipped over from Lisbon and regauged to fit the smaller tracks.
Soller is beautiful. Lots of boats anchored here in what seems a fairly protected harbour. A lovely beach with lots of bathers, it was hot too so we wished we’d brought our swimmers. Instead we opted for an ice-cream in the shade.
Lots of nice shops here and I managed to bag myself a new bag – well my birthday is coming up (no age jokes please) and my other one is disintegrating – I’m not sure if it’s the salt, the suncream or just overuse.
We dipped our toes in the warm waters and then headed back to the tram for our journey home. The last train was due to set off at 1830 but the previous one was 1400 with nothing in between so we thought we’d better get there early. When we jumped off the tram there was already a crowd of people at the station but we headed down to the square for a drink.
We were quite worried about the train being full and having to pay a cab fair across the entire island so we turned up at the station an hour early to try and get a spot. We were not looking forward to this! Anyway when we arrived there didn’t seem to be the crowds and the the train was already waiting at the platform. It was pretty jam-packed, we jumped on board managed to find a couple of seats and then we were off! At least an hour before the scheduled time. I’m not sure what the go was, maybe they had put on an extra train, but we were sure glad to be on our way back to Palma after an amazing day out in Soller.