Train to Soller: an unforgettable experience

Find travelling by train boring?  Then you should take a trip on the train that departs from Plaza de España daily heading to Sóller.  During your journey you may enjoy the abundance of flowers and orange groves enroute.

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.

Cap Formentor and viewpoint Es Colomer

At ten kilometres from the Port of Pollensa, we can find the viewpoint “Es Colomer”, which is an essential stop for all those who may visit the north of the island.

From here, the best pictures of the island can be taken. The viewpoint is frequented by tourists and visitors who are in search of spectacular views. The truth is that you are not going to be disappointed. The beauty of the landscape will leave you speechless…

Cap Formentor and viewpoint Es Colomer

Snow in Mallorca

During Mallorca’s white winter you can see from the end of January until the middle of March the beautiful almond blossom.
Always, except for the February, 4th 2012, the day that for sure will enter in the Island´s history: snow on the sea level, the beach is white, snowmen of all kind are being built and the joy is great, although short. Untill now we had on this place a typical video of snow in the Tramuntana Range of Mountains near Lluc; the one you are seeing now is from the beaches of Santa Ponsa and Costa de la Calma… vaya…

Llevant, Mallorca´s East Coast

Llevant is located in the Northeast of the island of Mallorca and has a wonderful mixture of endless beaches and idyllic coves together with towns like Manacor, Capdepera, Son Servera and Sant Llorenç. The region is known for its variety on offer: many hotels are targeted to both families, sports enthusiasts and golfers.

We begin our journey in northern Capdepera, where we find a beautiful landscape, high quality Majorcan golf courses and a great view. From there we go to Sant Llorenc and Son Servera and a few miles away rises the fortress of Canyamel, which, according to some historians, was built during the period of Arab rule over the island.

Slightly further south is the family paradise Cala Millor, which belongs to the municipalities of Sant Llorenç and Son Servera it constitutes a commercial oasis for young adults and families.

One of the most beautiful parts of the region is the tower from the seventeenth century, from which you can see up to Porto Cristo on a clear day.

When talking about Llevant you can not avoid talking about the city of furniture, Manacor. A cultural symbol of this city is the Enagistes Tower, next to the imposing church in the centre of the town, which is a singular example of pre-seventeenth century elegant Mallorcan architecture.

The more we move towards the south, everything becomes calmer and more natural and there are more beaches and bays.

In short, the coast of Llevant shows its visitors a beautiful part of Mallorca, offering multiple ways for a relaxing stay.

Llevant, Mallorca´s East Coast

Alaró Castle

One of the most spectacular excursions that can be made in the beautiful mountainous area of Mallorca is a visit to the castle of Alaró. It can only be reached on foot but during the 20 minute climb up the hill, you can enjoy, (on a bright day) a sensational view of the plain “Es Pla”, the bays of Palma and Alcúdia and the “Serra de Tramuntana” – the Tramuntana mountains –. This is one of the few points from which the whole island can be seen.

The remains of the ancient Castle of the Puig de Alaró (the hill of Alaró) date back to the Muslim age. For eight and a half years from 902, it was a shelter for the resistance against the Arab conquest. Everyone knows the legend of 1285, as well as the fierce resistance put up by Guillem Cabrit and Guillem Bassa, who were loyal to King Jaume II against King Alfonso II of Catalonia and Aragon. After the conquest of the castle they paid for this resistance with their lives, burnt at the stake

Furthermore, the fact that you can spend a romantic or an adventurous evening in this castle is sensational. Spend a night shut in among the walls of this old castle! For only €6 per person you will stay in a kind of cell room with several beds. There are double rooms, as well as rooms with 5, 6, 8 and 10 beds.
To enjoy this adventure you will only need a sleeping bag, sheets and a towel. It is better for you not to carry too much baggage because of the slope of the hill, as you will have to climb it on foot. You can park your car in the flat area of “Es Verger” or a little further at the restaurant. To reach it you have to go across the town of Alaró and then take the road in the direction of Orient until you arrive to the country state “Es Verger”.

Depending on the season, your sleeping bag should be a warm one, as there is no heating between the ancient walls of the castle the only a fireplace in the bar where you can get something to eat In spite of this, in the colder months of the year, you can enjoy absolute peace in a wonderful spot, especially during the week. The small chapel of the castle is also worth seeing.