02/05/2017

Boarding the train to Soller, Palma de Mallorca



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A trip to Palma is not complete without a journey on the train to Soller and you simply have to do it. If you missed my last post about Palma, you'll find that HERE.

It's a truly magnificent journey through the town, yes I said town, countryside and then up through the Sierra de Alfabia mountain range. 

The train line has been in operation since 1912.

Make sure you get to the station in Palma town early (you can always grab a drink at the little cafe) to get the first train of the day if you can. When I say early, I don't mean early early, as the first train is 10.30am so you certainly have time for a leisurely breakfast, a cafe con leche and a pastry or two! The trains start a little earlier (10am) from April to October but I can't stress how important it is to get there early as people start to congregate on the platform as soon as they get their tickets and there's a bit of a rush as everyone's eager to get a seat (and that was in March!)

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The old vintage train makes it way through the town, stopping a few times, before heading out into the countryside.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. Your adventure will take you through many tunnels, over bridges and the 5 point Soller viaduct.

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The train twists and turns and goes up and up, I think something like 199 metres up and before long you're treated to the most magnificent views. Although, my pictures don't do the views much justice but in my defence it's hard to take a good shot on a rickety wooden train!

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Travel review \ Soller \ Majorca \ Mallorca \ Port de Soller \ Spain \ Priceless Life of Mine \ Over 40 lifestyle blog

Travel review \ Soller \ Majorca \ Mallorca \ Port de Soller \ Spain \ Priceless Life of Mine \ Over 40 lifestyle blog

Travel review \ Soller \ Majorca \ Mallorca \ Port de Soller \ Spain \ Priceless Life of Mine \ Over 40 lifestyle blog

Your magical train ride takes around an hour and all too soon you arrive in Soller. You kind of don't want it to end but on the other hand you want to go explore, and besides you've got the journey back. 

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You can't help but smile as you walk down in to the town, with it's quaint little square filled with cafes, bars and shops overlooked by the mountains and the beautiful church.

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The trams weave their way through the tiny little town on their journey to the port and you won't  believe how close they are to the buildings.

We sat and had a freshly squeezed orange juice before we hopped on a tram and honestly this is how close they came to where we were sitting. Push your chair out too far and you're a gonner!

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Travel review \ Soller \ Majorca \ Mallorca \ Port de Soller \ Spain \ Priceless Life of Mine \ Over 40 lifestyle blog

Sit and people watch, grab a bite to eat, drink and wander around the little town first. Don't take too long though as you MUST jump on a tram and head down to the Port de Soller. Buy your train and tram ticket together at the station in Palma and it'll save you a few euros.

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Travel review \ Soller \ Majorca \ Mallorca \ Port de Soller \ Spain \ Priceless Life of Mine \ Over 40 lifestyle blog
The trams are fun. Either take a seat inside or stand on the back platform to get the fresh air and wafts of orange blossom from all the groves as you trundle down towards the ocean and the port.

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And oh boy what a view when you get there.

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Travel review \ Soller \ Majorca \ Mallorca \ Port de Soller \ Spain \ Priceless Life of Mine \ Over 40 lifestyle blog

As soon as you step off the tram you'll find everything within a short walking distance.

Have a wander around the harbour.

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Have a browse in the shops that are dotted here and there, although shopping is limited to touristy stuff really but you can grab yourself a few knick knacks if you fancy.

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Travel review \ Soller \ Majorca \ Mallorca \ Port de Soller \ Spain \ Priceless Life of Mine \ Over 40 lifestyle blog

And soak up the views.

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There's a lovely beach to relax on with the most crystal clear water, it's shallow and totally calm.

The promenade runs just behind the beach and is lined with bars, restaurants and cafes, in fact you're a bit spoilt for choice, there really is something for everyone.

After a good wander we spent the rest of our time parked at a bar, glass of something fizzy in hand, happily watching people coming and going. Just make sure you don't loose track of time and miss the last tram back, or you'll have a good uphill walk and then probably miss the last train back to Palma!

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Spot the difference!
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Travel review \ Soller \ Majorca \ Mallorca \ Port de Soller \ Spain \ Priceless Life of Mine \ Over 40 lifestyle blog

There are a few decent hotels too, although I'm not sure I'd stay in the port itself, a day trip was perfect for us. I'm sure there's plenty to do though if you did stay there for a few days, sunbathing, eating, drinking, diving, snorkelling, hiking around the mountains (spectacular views apparently), hiring a boat for the day, is that enough?

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Port de Soller is not over developed at all, it's so beautiful and picturesque and I really can't recommend this day trip enough. It's like going on a little adventure and it's so easy to do. The trip cost 30 euros each for the train and the tram (return.) Some may think it's a bit steep but it's well worth it for a full and exciting day out.

Some top tips if you do go to Soller

Get to the station in Palma early (be prepared for a bit of a rush, especially in high season)
If there are cruise liners docked in Palma it may be busier as the passengers often take the trip too
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Buy your train and tram tickets together at the station in Palma to save a few euros
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Time goes quickly so try and get on the first train out and the last but one back. (You have to select your return time when buying your ticket.) I say last but one as that always leave the very, very last train out as a back up plan if you should miss your train, otherwise you'll be getting a rather expensive taxi
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Try and sit on the right hand side going out as the views are a little better but don't worry too much as the train pauses for a few minutes on a viewing platform
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Keep hold of your tickets, the ticket inspector does comes round
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Make sure you take the tram to the port and that's an order!
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Always keep an eye on the time
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Make sure you take any pictures of the train/mountains on the way there, you'll be far too tired on the journey back, in fact the rocking train will have you drifting off in no time! 



Have you visited Soller or stayed in Port de Soller before? 






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6 comments

  1. Steph I LOVE the photos in this post, although my eyes are now green with envy as i want to go. So, just to clarify, when you say the train goes up, are we talking one of those terrifying rides that feels like you are teetering on he edge of a mountain? Is it right on the edge?

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    1. Thanks Kerry, I'm pretty chuffed with them too! Ha ha no the train s not teetering on the edge of the mountain in any way, so you don't have to close you eyes :)

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  2. Love this post Steph. Pictures are amazing and the place sounds and likes wonderful.
    Love your tips!

    Caroline.x
    www.carolineelgeywhite.com

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  3. Looks stunning! Your pics are amazing! Looks like a brilliant say trip! Again I will be referencing your blog if we get to go! I want to go!
    Heather xx
    www.suncreamandsparkles.com

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