The most enjoyable way to travel from Palma to Soller is aboard the “Red Arrow”, an electric narrow-gauge railway line, which opened in 1912. After passing through farmland, the 27-km (17-mile) route winds its way through the steep peaks and valleys of the Serra de Tramuntana. The line is justifiably regarded as one of the most attractive in Europe, and the narrow-gauge rolling stock, musty carriages and clanking engine only add to the experience.
Mirador Pujol d’en Banja
Two special tourist trains, leaving Palma daily at 10:50am and noon, stop briefly at this viewpoint to provide a splendid view of Soller, the surrounding mountains and the coastline.
This is the last stop before passing through the dizzying Serra de Tramuntana mountains. This typical Mallorcan town, towered over by its church, enjoys an idyllic location in a beautiful verdant valley.
Port de Soller
The journey from Soller to Port de Soller takes 15 minutes. The tram route runs along the beach and ends at the harbour. Trams run much more frequently than the train.
After a one-hour ride the train reaches Soller. From here a vintage tram running through the busy town centre takes you to Port de Soller.
A trip aboard this vintage electric train is a real delight. The line was originally built to transport fruit to Palma from Soller at a time when the journey by road took an entire day.
TIPS FOR PASSENGERS
Length: 27 km (17 miles).
Stopping-off points: Soller has many cafés and restaurants.
Information: Placa d’Espanya 2, Palma (971 752 051); C/ Castanyer 7, Soller (971 630 s301); or contact www.trendesoller.com