Soller is a city, administrative center of the homonymous municipality, located in the Northwest of Mallorca, within the mountain range of the Sierra de Tramuntana (Serra de Tramuntana), 31 km from the historic centre of the capital city of Palma.
The modern economy of city and municipality as a whole is mainly based on tourism and the expenditure of foreign residents, complementary to the agricultural economy based on the cultivation of citrus and olive groves.
Currently, Soller and the surrounding area are popular tourist destinations on the island. Palma de Mallorca, sóller is associated the historic railway Ferrocarril de Soller, and the motorway on which you can get to Soller, as the authentic tourist train, which in itself is one of the island's attractions or on public buses or car.
Sights Of Soller
In the city centre , the Constitution square (Placa Constitucio) where, under the open sky is the tables of many cafes, and in the center is a fountain.
- the main attraction and the most iconic building in Soller - the Church of San Bartomeu or St. Bartholomew (Església parroquial de Sant Bartomeu), built to 1236 and during the history has undergone several modifications.
Currently, the temple has a structure in Baroque style (the work of the 17th-18th centuries), the bell tower in the Gothic revival style and a modernist facade with Gothic revival elements, designed in 1904 by Catalan architect Joana and Rubio Bellver, a disciple of gaudí, with the rose window.
The exterior of the Church you can also see the remains of the portals, of Romanesque Windows and fortifications, including part of the wall of the Fort with battlements, which was used as one of the walls of the Church.
The interior of the Church has a single nave, several side chapels, the main altar and the organ, located above the Central portal;
- city hall of Soller (Ajuntament de Soller), located on the West side of the Church and the main façade overlooking the square of the Constitution;
- the building of the Banco de sóller (Banco de Soller) or Banco Santander (Banco Santander), which is on the East side of the Church and notable modernist facade.
The Bank of Soller was founded in 1899 by Spanish businessmen who are richer in France and Latin America, has returned home. The building, like the Church, was designed by architect Joana Rubio. Construction began in 1909 and was completed in 1912.
Structurally, the building has three floors. The two facades are decorated in the same structural stone as the adjacent Church.
The corner of the building looking at the Church decorated with a balcony with a fluted column and has a typical architectural style of Antoni Gaudi. There is also a remarkable window openings of different sizes and wrought iron frame arched Windows on the ground floor.
In December 1943, the Banco de Soller merged with Banco Hispano Americano. Today the building is used by Banco Santander.
Through the passing Constitution square historic tram without Windows and doors, plying on the route of the sóller - Port de sóller.
The tram has become an integral part of the image Soller and adds flavor as square and throughout the city.
The tram, passing through Constitution square, moving along the street des born (Av. des Born) to another Soller's main square - square of Spain (plaça d'espanya).
A remarkable area of Spain because it has an historical building train station (Ferrocarril de Soller), which arrive and depart the train Palma-Soller.
The station building rebuilt in 1911-1912 from the house of Kan-Mayol, 1606. Commemorative plaque on the building recalls Jeroni Estades, the initiator of the railroad of Soller. In the restored interiors of the station is located the Picasso Museum and the Miro (Sala y Sala Picasso Miro).
Also in the Plaza of Spain are: the war memorial (the work of Gabriel Alomar) perished in the civil war in Spain and the tourist information center located in the train.
The main tourist attractions in Soller are its historical part, which covers the different stages of development of the city over the last hundred years, reflected in low historical buildings and narrow streets.
Some of the best examples of the old town are such streets as: a Vicari Pastor (Carrer de Vicari Pastor), Murta (Carrer de sa Murta), Cristofol Pisa (Carrer Cristofol de Piza), Sant Antoni (Carrer Sant Antoni), Sant Bartolomeu (Carrer de Sant Bartomeu) and other streets and alleys in the city.
The main and the busiest tourist street of Soller is Luna street (Carrer de sa Lluna), also located in the historical center and is considered one of the main arteries of the city.
Along the streets of a historic building on the first floor where there are shops, cafes, restaurants and retail outlets.
- the house of Pruner (can prunera / Can Prunera), also known as Kan Magraner (Can Magraner), which is a mansion with a modernist facade, three floors and a basement. The house was built between 1909 and 1911 Joan Magraner Oliver (nicknamed Joan of Pronera), enriched thanks to the fruitful business in France.
The structure of the building has numerous decorations and details from stone, wood and metal.
Currently, the home is the art Museum of modernism, where, in addition to the permanent exhibition also hosts various changing exhibitions.
The address of the house of Pruner: Carrer de sa Lluna, 86, 90. The website of the Museum (opening hours, admission, exhibitions): canprunera;
- art gallery, located at the address: C / La Luna, 8.
- the Capella de Les Escolapias (Capella de les Escolapies) located at Carrer de Batac, 25;
- Museo de Soller or House of culture Museum (ethnological Museum / Casal de Cultura), which tells about the lifestyle of the local inhabitants, located in a modest house built in 1740, the year.
Address of the Museum: Carrer de Sa Mar, 13. The cost of entry is € 3;
former mansion, now a 5-star Gran Hotel Sollerwhich is one of the examples of the history and development of architecture in Soller from the Baroque to the period of transition to neoclassical;
- Botanical garden (Jardi Botanic de Soller), whose territory contains more than 400 species of plants from the Balearic and other Mediterranean and Canary Islands and the Balearic Museum of natural Sciences (Museu Balear de Ciencies Naturals), located in the former modernistic mansion where there are now several temporary and permanent exhibition halls related to Zoology, botany and Geology of Mallorca.
Garden and Museum located on the Western outskirts of the city;
- the cemetery of sóller (Soller Cementiri) can also represent some interest, since the graves are decorated with statues created by famous artists and now have an artistic value that tells the history of the area.
The cemetery is located on the southern outskirts of the city, behind the railway station;
- Ecofinance (Ecovinyassa) or simply the garden (small farm) where they grow local crops: oranges, lemons, etc.
In addition to excursions at the farm you can taste fresh juice and local snacks.
Visits are possible by prior reservation on the website. Cost: 12 Euro for adults, 6 euros children (from 4 to 12 years). Duration of visit about 2 hours.
Address of ekofarma: Carr. de Fornalutx, Soller 07100. Website ecovery: ecovinyassa;
- municipal market in Soller, the construction of which was designed by architect Francesco Cerda, and was opened in 1952. Also other notable historic buildings, which you can see after a trip to the town of Soller.
The surroundings of Soller the Serra de Tramuntana, numerous well-developed Hiking trails, ideal for Hiking and Cycling.
Beaches and the sea in Soller (Port de Soller)
In the heart of Soller, the sea, the nearby beaches are a resort area and port city of Soller - Port de Soller (Port de Soller), located at a distance of slightly more than 4 kilometres from the centre of Soller.
In Port de Soller are: the promenade, beaches, port, a few sights and lookouts.
To get from Soller to Port de Soller on an authentic tram or public buses No. 210, 211 and 212, in the summer + bus no. 354, 451, 452 and 453. More about Port de Soller...
How to get to Soller
To get to sóller and Port de sóller from Mallorca airport only by taxi or car.
From the center of Palma de Mallorca and other cities and resorts on the island to get to Soller and Port de Soller, you can: on taxi, car or public buses. From Palma can also be reached by rail tourist train.
More information about how to get to Soller and Port de Soller can be found here.
To visit Soller is possible with one of the excursions on the island:
Where to stay in Soller
The choice of accommodation in Sóller and near the city are very diverse, ranging from 5 - star and 4-star hotels to guest houses and apartments located in the historical centre of the city, or more distant from such.
All accommodation in Soller, you can view and book here