The large horseshoe shaped harbour of Port de Sóller is one of the most picturesque of Majorca’s harbours. Surrounded by forested hills atop of which sit hotels and residential areas.
The backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains add to the diverse and rugged landscape. This makes this resort the perfect holiday destination for the adventurous traveler.
Port de Sóller Resort & Beaches
The town of Sóller lies 36 km’s north of the capital Palma de Mallorca and 5 km’s inland. The charming vintage tram offers good transport links to Port de Sóller. Most holidaymakers prefer to be close to the beach and stay in the hotels that surround the bay’s resort area.
The sandy beach, although not very wide, runs the length of the bay. Running alongside the beach is the promenade. Here bathers can enjoy refreshments in one of the bars or restaurants.
Serra de Tramuntana Mountain Range
The mountain rage (Serra de Tramuntana) became a Unesco World Heritage site back in 2011. Forming much of the northwest coast of Mallorca, this range covers an area of 30,745 acres. The highest point is Puig Mayor which stands at 1,445 metres with no pubic access.
This is actually the highest point of the Balearic Islands also. The second highest is Puig de Massanella at 1,364 metres and part of the same range. Due to the mountainous terrain of the northwest of the island, there are few beaches.
Some of the sites to take in if you are heading into the mountains are Lakes Cúber and Gorg Blau which are also reservoirs. The lighthouse at Cap De Formentor is another attraction to take in. This is obviously a top spot for hikers with plenty of trails. You could also take a vehicle or hire a bike to take in the scenery. This part of the island is much wetter and can have unpredictable weather. Caution is advised should you pay a visit and stick to the routes provided.
Harbour & Water Activities
The north end of the bay is home to the busy harbour where it’s possible to book a variety of water activities. These include sailing and scuba diving. You can take a trip on a charter boat and head off to explore the wonderful coastline.
The coastline here boasts many hidden coves that are perfect for snorkelling.. For lovely sunset views, choose one of the harbour bars or restaurants for a drink or meal. These offer a good selection of local and imported drinks and cuisine to suit all tastes.
Map of Port de Sóller
Please click the image below to view a full size interactive Google map of Port de Sóller and surrounding areas.
Markets & Outdoor Activities
A visit to Port de Sóller would not be complete without taking the tram journey inland. You can visit the charming town of Sóller which is a delight to explore. If you are visiting on a Saturday then head to the excellent market and check out the local arts & crafts.
This town also has a marine museum and pretty botanical gardens. If you’re up for a bit of exercise, forget the tram back and take the picturesque hiking trail. This trail leads all the way back to the port and resort area.