What better way to experience the island of Mallorca than on its emblematic railway, making for an unforgettable experience immersed in its culture and nature.
One of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca is renowned for its beautiful beaches, charming coves, and quaint mountain villages. Packed with history and architecture, it truly is a gem for locals and tourists alike.
Mallorca is a beacon of calm, while also being the location home of choice for À-List celebrities. With a population of 870,000, the island is booming in great wealth and enjoys the highest per capita level of disposable income in Spain.
The Islands hotels range from renovated historic buildings with every modern-day convenience to charming farmhouses in the countryside, and modern villas throughout the island.
How to See Mallorca
Discover the beauty of Mallorca on a full-day excursion through the western part of the island. Enjoy a drive along the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then along the stunning west coast on a boat trip from La Calobra.
Enjoy some free time in the famous coastal village of Port de Sóller, where you can stroll around and enjoy lunch. Board the local tram to Soller and explore the village with your guide. Finally, you can relax on an old wooden train and enjoy the views over the farmland of the Sóller valley on the way to Son Reus.
The Sóller Train
To make this inexpensive excursion around the island, you must take the Sóller train. It’s a narrow-gauge railway, as its gauge is 914 mm. These measurements are rare nowadays, so it is a railway with a detailed character, with handcrafted maintenance and made of old material.
This train, which links the towns of Palma and Sóller, is famous for its route. The special attraction of this excursion is that the tracks it runs along cross the Sierra de Alfabia mountain range, which is almost 3 kilometres wide and nearly 500 metres high. For this reason, the railway runs along a stretch that overcomes a difference in height of 200 metres, with a slope of 23 millimetres, for seven kilometres.
Along the route, the railway passes through a total of thirteen tunnels. Some of them are longer, reaching almost 3 kilometres in length, and others are shorter and only a few metres long. It also crosses the “Dels Cinc-Ponts” viaduct, with five eight-metre-high arches. And there is no shortage of curves along the entire route.
Where to catch the train
If you decide to explore this area of Mallorca by train, you should know that the Sóller train station is located in the Parc Ses Estacions de Palma, opposite the Plaza de España square. It is from this point that the train will depart to the town of Sóller, in the northern part of Mallorca.
If you are interested in finding out more about timetables and prices, you can consult the official website of the Sóller train. We can guarantee that this is a cheap excursion, with which you can enjoy the spectacular scenery and take a different kind of trip around the island.
The Town of Sóller
Once the train has reached your destination, don’t forget to visit the town of Sóller. This small corner of Mallorca is spectacular. The sea meets the mountains, and this beautiful landscape is completed by the orange groves that flood the valley. It is also worth strolling through its narrow streets to discover the historical heritage of the town and its traditional stone houses.
If you have the opportunity, enter one of the interior courtyards of these houses. Some of them are really beautiful. If you can’t go inside, as they are private properties, you will certainly be able to see some of them through the gates or doors that are open.
In addition to all this, there is also a museum, several temples and convents, mansions built by wealthy emigrants, and so on. Another option is to go down to the port area and stroll along the promenade. When you finish your visit, you can take the train from Sóller back to Palma.
Tour Mallorca – “Vuelta a la Isla”
The “Vuelta Isla” tour in Mallorca is, without a doubt, the most popular, spectacular and incomparable tour of all those that can be done on the island of Mallorca. There are many companies that offer this kind of package, but we recommend this one to be able to discover the essence of Majorca, travelling through the most picturesque landscapes of the Serra de Tramuntana, a World Heritage Site, in the heart of nature.
They have two tours available: the Mallorca tour in the Tramuntana mountains which can be done at any time during the day at your leisure, (the best selling excursion in Mallorca) with free timetables visiting the beautiful Sóller and its most important monuments and the Port of Sóller.
Or you can opt for guided tours where they pick you up at your hotel or nearest meeting point and take you back to the starting point.