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What to see in Sóller and things to do: complete guide

This complete guide with the places to see in Sóller will allow you to get to know in depth one of the most famous towns in Mallorca, if you are planning your holidays.

The name of Sóller comes from the Arabic ‘suliar’ meaning “golden bowl”.A very apt name to describe the flourishing and fertile orange valley which is surrounded by, The oranges that they began exporting in the past to France and which made the trade and economy of of this place beyond the borders of Spain.

The village of Sóller is located in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is a beautiful town, standing out from the rest of the municipalities precisely because of its location, nestled in a valley, at the foot of Puig Major (the highest point of the island) and only a few minutes from the beach.

Plaça de la Constitució in the centre of the town of Sóller
Plaza de la Constitución. Photo: Hola Viajes

Want to know more? Read on or click on the section you are interested in reading in the table of contents! In this guide we give you all the information you need to know about what to see in Sóller.

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How to get to Sóller

The town of Sóller is located in the Serra de Tramuntana, specifically on the northwest coast of Mallorca, and together with the Port of Sóller and the neighbourhoods of L’Horta, Biniaraix, Estiradors, Ses Argiles and S’Alqueria des Comte make up the municipal district of this valley. It borders the villages of Deià, Fornalutx and Bunyola.

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There are several ways to get to Sóller, but we recommend that you do it with your own vehicle or rental car, or on board the famous Sóller train, the most popular excursion in Mallorca.

Sóller is one of the most touristy and essential places to visit in Mallorca and therefore has a public transport service, but frequencies are scarce and limited. In summer they improve, but the reality is that nowadays getting around the island by public transport is still a slow way of getting around.

Getting to Sóller by car

Although Sóller is nestled behind a mountain pass known as the “Coll de Sóller” and for years was isolated from the rest of the island, today it is very easy to reach. In 1997 the drilling of the mountain and the creation of the famous and controversial Sóller tunnel began, connecting the town with Palma de Mallorca. Nowadays, moreover, crossing the tunnel is free of charge.

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To get there, take the Ma-11 in Palma towards Sóller. Once there, you can either cross the 3km tunnel or wind your way up and down the famous “Coll”. You choose your adventure, but we warn you that “Es Coll” is not suitable for people with a fear of heights.

Parking in Sóller

Parking in Sóller is quite complicated, as the centre of the town has regulated and paid parking, and the streets are quite narrow. Still, it is not impossible. Just know that the price of the blue zone is €1.20 per hour.

If you don’t mind walking and want to park for free in Sóller, we recommend that you park on the main road (Carretera de Sóller), in the cemetery car park or next to the railway station.

You can locate all these car parks on the complete map of Sóller that we have drawn up and which you will find below on this page.

Getting to Sóller by public transport

As we said, it is possible to get to Sóller by public transport:

  • From Palma, take bus lines 203 or 204 at the Estación Intermodal (Plaza de España).
  • From the north of the island, from Alcudia or Pollença, taking line 301.
  • From the beautiful village of Fornalutx, with the minibus line 232 that connects both municipalities.
  • From the rest of the cities and towns of Mallorca, you must go to Palma and change to take bus lines 203 or 204.

You can find detailed information on how to get around Mallorca using the public transport network in these two articles:
🚌 Public transport in Mallorca: bus, metro and train in Mallorca: lines, timetables and fares.
🚕 Taxi service in Mallorca: taxi ranks, taxi companies’ telephone numbers and fares.

Sóller Train: the most famous excursion in Mallorca

One of the most beautiful and recommendable ways of getting to Sóller is by traditional train from the capital. From Plaza de España there is an old wooden railway that was inaugurated in 1912 and connects with Palma, giving you the pleasant sensation of travelling back in time.

The route takes about 28km in approximately 1 hour, along which you will enjoy the beautiful views and pure nature crossing the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana. It is undoubtedly one of the best tourist experiences in Mallorca!

You can consult the fares and timetables on the official Sóller train website.

If you want to make the experience even more unique, we recommend that you take a look at the Excursion Train to Sóller and Sa Calobra Cruise from Palma, that includes the journey by wooden train from Palma to Sóller, the tram to the Port of Sóller and a boat trip to the spectacular cove of Sa Calobra, which is located next to the Torrent de Pareis and which together are one of the most spectacular visits that you should not miss during your trip to the island.

What to see in Sóller

To visit all the interesting sights in Sóller that we suggest in this list, we recommend that you invest at least a full day. Ideally, it would be better to be able to dedicate a little more time to it, as Sóller is one of the most complete municipalities with the most to offer in Mallorca.

Here you will find history, art, culture and spectacular natural surroundings. That’s quite something! You will fall in love with its old town, but its surroundings are also perfect to get lost for a few days 💙.

🆓 Do you have limited time to visit Sóller? If so, you can book this free tour and get to know the most important places in the city centre. We recommend that you book in advance, as there is no charge and you may run out of places in high season.

Plaza de la Constitución

The Plaza de la Constitución is the heart of Sóller, where everything happens. In this square you will find the Parish Church of San Bartolomé, the town’s main church, the old Bank of Sóller, Can Bordils and the Town Hall, as well as cafés, bars, shops and restaurants.

In addition, the well-known electric tramway to Port de Sóller also passes through the square, which has remained practically intact since it began operating in 1913.

Plaça de la Constitució with the Church of Sant Bartomeu and the Bank of Sóller in the background
Plaza de la Constitución. Photo: Sóller Train website

Iglesia de Sant Bartomeu

The Church or Parish of Sant Bartomeu (13th century) was founded as a small Gothic temple after the conquest of Mallorca by Jaume I, and today it is one of the must-see sights in Sóller, as it is one of the most beautiful on the island.

Declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, this church underwent a process of enlargement that culminated in the creation of the famous modernist façade (1904) by the architect Joan Rubio i Bellver, a well-known disciple of Gaudí.

Its Art Nouveau aesthetic blends perfectly with its baroque structure and neo-Gothic bell tower, giving rise to an architecture that leaves no one indifferent.

Opening hours:
• Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 1pm
• Saturday at 11:30am: Organ Concert
Admission: free.

Banco de Sóller

On the left of the Church of Sant Bartomeu is the Bank of Sóller, designed in 1898 by the Catalan architect Rubio i Bellver, and which was born with the idea of capturing the capital that emigrants had amassed after their passage through Puerto Rico and France. It is a typically Art Nouveau building, with a double tribune overhang, a semicircular doorway and wrought-iron windows.

Like the parish church, the Banco de Sóller is one of the most emblematic buildings to see in the town, as it represents the town’s years of splendour and prosperity. Today it is owned by Banco Santander.

Banco de Sóller in the Plaza de la Constitución in Sóller
Banco de Sóller. Photo: Viajeros callejeros

Calle de Sa Lluna

After visiting the Plaza de la Constitución and having visited the Town Hall, the Church and the Bank of Sóller, we recommend that you go for a walk to Carrer de Sa Lluna, the most commercial and lively street and another of the essential places to see in Sóller.

This old medieval road that connected Sóller with neighbouring towns such as Biniaraix still preserves some mediaeval buildings such as the Casa de sa Lluna (No. 50), which gives its name to the street, and others in the modernist style, such as Ca la Nena (no. 52), although its main attractions are the Museum Can Prunera and the shops selling local handicrafts and handmade products, highlighting the famous products “Fet a Sóller”.

Just at the end of this street and of the village is the old public washing place, before the endless and beautiful orange groves that reign in this valley.

Can Prunera

Almost at the end of Calle de Sa Lluna is the Modernist Museum Can Prunera, the main museum to see in Sóller. Located in a stately home built at the beginning of the 20th century under the guidelines of French Art Nouveau, it houses all the modernist essence of this town, which is reflected in its artistic and elaborate façade and in its interior collection.

Walking along Carrer de Sa Lluna in Sóller
Carrer (street) de Sa Lluna
Can Prunera Art Nouveau Museum in Sóller
Can Prunera-Museu Modernista

Can Prunera exhibits works by Miró, Tolousse-Lautrec, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger and Maurice Vlaminck; and of many Mallorcan painters or those related to the island such as Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir, Joan Fuster, Eliseu Meifrén, Ritch Miller, Juli Ramis and Miquel Barceló; as well as a sculpture exhibition in the garden.

Opening hours:
From November to February:
• Tuesday to Sunday: 10: 30am – 6pm
From March to October:
• Tuesday to Saturday: 10:.30am – 6pm
Admission: 6€ and free on Mondays following the second Sunday in May and on 24th of August. You can buy your advance ticket to Can Prunera here.

Sóller Botanical Garden and Natural Science Museum

The Jardí botànic de Sóller is the largest centre for data, experience and collection of the biological diversity of flora in the Balearic archipelago. Located in a modernist mansion and fitted out as a science museum, it opened its doors in 1992 as a centre for conserving, researching and transmitting knowledge about the autochthonous Mediterranean flora, as well as housing exhibition rooms related to the zoology, botany and geology of Mallorca.

Opening hours:
• Monday to Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Admission: €8 and free for children under six.

Ecovinyassa

Located in a privileged spot at the foot of the Serra de Alfàbia, in the Sa Vinyassa orchard, is Ecovinyassa, with more than 18,000m² dedicated exclusively to the cultivation of orange trees. The guided tour of this estate will allow you to learn about the history of Sóller’s orange groves while you stroll through the fields and enjoy a freshly squeezed juice, as well as spectacular views that are hard to explain. It is precisely for this reason that we recommend you visit this attraction.

Opening hours:
• Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am – 3pm
Admission: €18 and €14 for children between 4 and 12 years old. Advance booking is essential.

Sala Picasso and Sala Miró

Another of the essential sights to see in Sóller is on the ground floor of the train station, which houses two free permanent exhibitions, the Sala Picasso and the Sala Miró.

The Sala Picasso Ceràmiques contains fifty ceramic sculptures made by Picasso between 1947 and 1971. In the Sala Miró you can contemplate 35 engravings belonging to the “Gaudí” and “Lapidari” series, and related to his time in Sóller and the Serra de Tramuntana.

Opening hours:
• Tuesday to Sunday: 10:30am – 5pm
Admission: free.

Port de Sóller

📝 Here you can consult the complete guide with all the information about Port de Sóller.

Port de Sóller, or Puerto de Sóller, is one of the most popular places in Mallorca and should not be missed during your visit. Its location, in a small bay sheltered by the Serra de Tramuntana just 6km from the centre of Sóller, makes it an idyllic spot, with stunning natural surroundings and a promenade lined with shops, cafés and quality restaurants that are sure to make you fall in love with it.

View of the boats moored in the Port of Sóller
Llaüts in Port de Sóller

Things to do in Sóller

As we mentioned, in addition to the historic centre, the municipality of Sóller has a spectacular natural environment that invites you to discover, as well as a wide range of activities to do.

Sóller market, flea market and shopping

Sóller is a great place to go shopping given the number of establishments in the centre and in the port. You will find gastronomic products, such as those of the famous “Fet a Sóller” brand; traditional Mallorcan knitted embroidery, handmade footwear, wooden handicrafts and ceramics.

In addition to the central market, which is worth a visit for its unique building, Sóller also has an open-air market on Saturdays, where you can buy good fresh local produce.

Tramway from Sóller to Port de Sóller

The Sóller tram links mountain and sea in a half-hour journey from Sóller to Port de Sóller and the beach. This is not only a tourist attraction, but also one of the means of transport used by the local inhabitants.

You can check the fares and timetables on the official Sóller tram website, and remember that the tram ticket is included in the excursion from Palma that we explained earlier.

Boat trip from Sóller to Sa Calobra

Although the cove of Sa Calobra and the Torrent de Pareis belong to the municipality of Escorca they are, without a doubt and together with the Lighthouse of Formentor, the most impressive and imposing sights of Mallorca, and you should include them during your visit to Sóller and its surroundings. Really, there are no words!

If you can’t dedicate a full day and go directly, a very good option is to take a boat excursion departing from Port de Sóller, making the most of your visit.

Beaches in Sóller

As you know, the island has many spectacular beaches and coves. The municipality of Sóller is coastal and therefore has some beaches nearby if you fancy a dip:

  • Platja d’en Repic: when you reach Port de Sóller, on the left, you will find this beautiful beach of white sand and crystalline waters. Next to it is the beginning of the path that leads to the Cap Gros lighthouse, one of the 14 lighthouses on Mallorca.
  • Platja de Es Través: it is a sandy beach with calm waters located on the right-hand side of the port. It has a multitude of services, as well as walkways for people with reduced mobility.
  • Es Canyeret o Platja de Llucalcari: further away, located between Sóller and Deià, is this small rocky beach with a nudist tradition where you can even take mud baths, which are said to be medicinal. It has no services and you will have to park your car in the urbanisation of Llucalcari and walk for about 20 minutes, but it is worth it. It is absolutely beautiful!

Platja de Llucalcari in Escorca
Platja de Es Canyeret or Llucalcari

Popular festivities: Firó de Sóller

Sóller has an extensive calendar of festivities, but its festival par excellence is the Firó de Sóller, which is held on the second Monday in May.

The Firó commemorates the landing of Turkish and Algerian pirates in the port of Sóller on 11th May 1561, recreating the battle that gave victory to the “sollerics”. It is a festival that is characterised by being very noisy, with firecrackers, and where pride is evident and manifest in the neighbours’ passion for remembering the resistance and subsequent triumph in the battle fought centuries ago.

Cycling in Sóller

The roads of the Serra de Tramuntana, and of the Sóller valley in particular, are perfect for cycling enthusiasts.

“Es Coll” in Sóller is a classic, being one of the most famous cycling climbs in Mallorca, as it has hardly any traffic and there are approximately thirty hairpin bends on each side, as well as spectacular views: in the north as far as the sea and in the south the bay of Palma.

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Hiking in Sóller

Less than 2km from the centre of Sóller is Biniaraix, an old Moorish farmhouse and the starting point of one of the most beautiful hiking routes on the island and listed as a Cultural Asset: the Biniaraix Ravine.

This takes place, in the first place, ascending the whole ravine by a stone staircase following the course of a river – and which is one of the best examples of the typical Mallorcan building typology of “pedra en sec” (stone without mortar) – up to the Gorg Blau and Cúber reservoirs.

Puig de l’Ofre is the mountain on the right of the marshes. It has a summit in the shape of a very pronounced triangle with no vegetation, which makes it unmistakable, and it is over 1000 metres high, offering one of the best 360º panoramic views of Mallorca.

Restaurants where to eat in Sóller

In Sóller you will find excellent bars and restaurants where you can savour the rich Mallorcan cuisine, as in addition to its excellent oranges in jams and ice creams (the best is at the Sa Fàbrica de Gelats ice cream parlour), and its exquisite olive oil, the options are endless.

Be sure to try the famous red prawns from Sóller, if you get the chance, or any dish made with rock fish. We assure you they are a delight!

We recommend you:

  • Celler Cas Carreter: a typical Mallorcan celler located in an old carriage house in the centre of town, combining traditional dishes with avant-garde Mediterranean food. As a curiosity, it is the oldest restaurant in the village and has an interesting quality-price ratio.
  • Bar Molino: frequented by locals and with a charming terrace, this is a safe bet if you want to enjoy some of the island’s most traditional recipes, prepared with good produce and at a good price.
  • Restaurante Ca’n Boqueta: If you are a foodie like us, you have to try Ca’n Boqueta, one of the best restaurants in Sóller, which offers Mallorcan cuisine with signature touches. Great and reasonably priced!
  • Restaurante Lluna 36: Located in the central Carrer de Sa Lluna, this seasonal restaurant has been gaining popularity thanks to the excellent quality of its food and its friendly and efficient service. Their ceviche is spectacular!

Map of Sóller

On this map of Sóller you can locate the main monuments, museums and interesting places in the town, as well as the restaurants and car parks that we have recommended. By clicking on each icon you will be able to see which place it is.

Hotels in Sóller where to stay

Finding hotels in Sóller to stay in will not be complicated as this area has a supply that meets the demand. However, bear in mind that accommodation prices here can be a little higher than in other areas of Mallorca.

Do you want to know which are the best hotels in Sóller?

🏨 Here you can consult a detailed article with our selection of our favourite hotels: Top 10 hotels in Sóller.

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As you can see, there is a lot to see in and around Sóller… Are you going to include this visit during your trip to Mallorca? Let us know! And don’t hesitate to comment, too, if you have any questions. We will be happy to read and help you!

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