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Location Guide: Soller – The Jewel in Mallorca’s Crown

February 11th, 2014

 

Nestled between the sea and mountains in a valley of lush orange groves, Soller is a popular tourist destination, but is fast becoming one of the best places to buy luxury property in the Balearics.

Visitors can enter the town on a delightful vintage train and spend endless hours soaking up the sun and the exciting atmosphere as they watch the world go by in the streetside cafes of Placa Constitucid. With an incredible selection of pastry shops, tapas bars, local ice cream and juice squeezed fresh from the fruit of the surrounding orangeries, it can be hard work to drag yourself away from the town’s main square, but when you do, you’ll find plenty to enjoy.

Fiestas and Fairs

Taking place during the second week in May, Soller’s largest festival is the Moros y Cristianos Fira & Firo. It commemorates a 16th century battle between locals and pirates and festivities include concerts, dances and battle re-enactments where people dress as Moors or in traditional Mallorcan garb.

June sees the festival of St Pere and St Joan take place and every two years the town plays host to an international folk dancing festival. August sees the fiesta of St Bartomeu and various events in Biniaraix take place, whilst there’s a classical music festival each year held at Port de Soller in September and October.

What to Do in Soller

There are an endless array of cultural adventures to enjoy in Soller including the dominating St Bartomeu church which dates back to the 13th century. The delightfully Mediterranean old town is mostly residential, although you will find a few boutique shops dotted about. However, there’s plenty to do in Placa Espana, the main square of the old town, especially on Saturdays when a local market creates an exciting buzz.

Soller The Jewel in Mallorcas crown - Medditeranian Town

A cemetery above Soller’s train station gives an interesting insight into the area’s history . Many of the graves belong to French citizens, revealing the large French community who once resided in the town.

Soller’s most notable buildings include 8th century residential palace La Posada de Montcaire, 15th century La Casa de la Luna and La Posada de Ca’n Prohom, an excellent example of Rococo architecture at its finest. If you fancy ogling the homes of Soller’s rich and famous then take a stroll down Cristofol Colom to see Ca’n Nou, one of the world’s most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture, whilst some of the most lavish properties in the area lie along the Gran Via Avenue.

5 Bedroom Villa Santa Magdalena Mallorca The Balearics

You’ll also find three wonderful museums in Soller including The Natural History Museum situated in a stunning Victorian manor house and the Museu del Casal de Cultura which contains hundreds of relics and antiques relating to old Soller. Can Prunera is an exciting art gallery featuring a permanent collection of modern art with works by famous artists such as Magritte, Rusinol, Basquiat, Mattisse and Miro.

With stunning landscapes, amazing architecture and an endless array of things to do, it’s easy to see why Soller is fast becoming one of Spain’s most popular spots for property investment.

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This entry was posted in Lifestyle on February 11th, 2014

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