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You will also pass through thirteen tunnels before finally arriving at the last stop: Sóller.
Since 1912 this train has been making the trip to Soller and back. Called “Red Lightning” the train needs one hour to cover the 27 kilometres to Sóller. Obviously not a fast ride it allows the passengers to appreciate the scenery through which they pass. It travels through some of the most beautiful landscapes of Mallorca, vistas are often framed between orange groves and lemon trees.
The final station is Sóller, where at one time the loading of oranges for transport to Palma was daily since from the turn of the 20th century the benefits of vitamin C were known. Demand for oranges was extremely high and for that reason the Mallorcans eagerly jumped into the orange export business.
On the 16th of April 1912 the train departed for the first time, like then as now, it’s art nouveau station. Since that initial trip it has not changed very much, only now the Red Lightning transports tourists instead of oranges.
Once a day the train makes a special stop for ten minutes at a platform overlooking the Sóller valley giving the passengers time to take pictures of an unforgettable view.
Of the 20,000m2 that are the Almudaina Royal Palace only a small part of it is accesible to the public as it is here that the Military Command of the Balearics is based.
The King Juan Carlos uses the palace as his official residence during his vacations each year in Mallorca.
The valley and the mountains that surround it, the Serra de Tramuntana are a popular destination for those that enjoy sport anhd particularly when combined with natural surroundings. It also suits those that simply wish to chill and relax in the silence that the 13,000 residents of Sóller enjoy everyday.
There is the famous wooden electric train that connects Palma centre with Sóller which dates from 1912 and which today is preserved in its original state and condition.
A walk through the town of Sóller is a fascinating experience. There are houses which originated in the 14th century and numerous old buildings that have been wonderfully reformed. Especially outstanding is the parish church of San Bartolomé on the Plaza de la Constitucion. Also impressive is the bank of Ca’n Prunera on Carrer de sa Lluna and many of the buildings on the Gran Vía are worthy of note.
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