Palma to Soller by train

Sue Kirkham on 01 May 2012
I have visited Majorca several times before and always enjoyed exploring the island, but on this visit I decided to take the famous train journey from Palma through the rugged Serra de Tramuntana Mountains to Soller.

First thing in the morning I made my way to the station in the Plaza d'Espanya in central Palma and purchased my ticket to ride the train. It’s a very popular trip and gets busy so it’s a good idea to get there early with plenty of time to spare. The train itself is full of character and comprises antique wooden carriages which are perhaps not the most comfortable way to travel, but the journey time is only a little over an hour and the scenery makes the trip more than worthwhile.

The train set off and I started my journey through Palma itself giving an interesting insight to the backstreets of the city. We then journeyed on out of the city, passing through fields of almond trees, farms and villages. The train began its ascent into the mountains, passed through several tunnels before stopping at the scenic overlook, Mirador del Pujol d'En Banya. Lots of passengers took this opportunity to get off the train here for a quick photo stop and to take in the wonderful scenery. We then boarded the train and continued to the end of the line, Soller station, and strolled into Soller town itself.

The town is very picturesque with historic buildings and a lovely square which is bustling with life. I took a wander through the lovely winding streets and discovered many unusual shops and little places to eat. It would have been easy to have spent a few hours here but I decided to continue my journey by the old tram which runs from Soller station to the seaside town of Puerto de Soller. Now travelling downhill we passed orange and lemon groves and soon arrived in the pretty harbour town. I got off at the first tram stop and walked along the length of the lovely promenade which sweeps around the harbour and is lined with many places to enjoy a nice cool drink or some lunch. The beach here is lovely so I decided to enjoy an hour or so sunbathing before setting off on the journey back to Palma.

What a lovely way to spend a day in Majorca!