Puerto de Soller Holidays
Puerto de Soller Holidays – Discover Majorca’s scenic north coast
Puerto de Soller is an attractive and peaceful resort situated on Majorca’s north coast approximately 35km directly north of the capital Palma. Hidden beyond the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range, Puerto de Soller is less well-known than some of the larger resorts in the north east of the island (such as Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia) and as a result attracts a variety of independent travellers keen to experience the relaxed lifestyle of a more traditional Majorca. Ambling through the streets you will discover small shops selling local crafts and delicacies as well as a selection of cafes and restaurants many of which offer superb views over the picturesque horseshoe bay.
The two beaches in Puerto de Soller are ideal for enjoying a relaxing afternoon soaking in the Mediterranean sun or for swimming in the clear, blue waters. For more active days the resort is also ideally situated for walking or cycling in the surrounding mountains, taking in some of Majorca’s most dramatic scenery or visiting one of the nearby mountain villages such as Fornalutx or Biniaraix. The original old town of Soller, just 3km inland from the resort is an added bonus whilst on holiday in Puerto de Soller.
When to go
The best time to visit Puerto de Soller will vary depending on the type of holiday you are looking for. The summer months of June, July and August will be ideal if you are in search of a coastal retreat with good access to sandy beaches and plenty of pavement cafes and restaurant, where you can while away the balmy evenings; the perfect way to make the most of the warm weather and long summer days. Those in search of a more active walking or cycling holiday may be better offer booking Puerto de Soller holidays in the spring or autumn months when the weather is slightly cooler. The ever-changing mountain scenery is also at its most dramatic during these months.
The weather in Puerto de Soller
Puerto de Soller enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate throughout the year with hot, dry summers and cooler winters. Its coastal location ensures that there is often a cooling breeze during the hottest months of the year which tend to be July and August when temperatures peak at around 29-30°C. Sea temperature at this time is usually at least 25°C with the shelter of the large bay often pushing this up even further. Early spring (March to mid-April) and late autumn (mid-October to November) see daytime temperatures ranging between 16-19°C and this heads into the low-20s in both May and September. Rainfall is highest during the autumn months of October and November so do be prepared for some light showers if you are doing any walking or cycling at this time of year.
Getting the best deal
Accommodation in Puerto de Soller can be found in a range of small hotels and private apartments throughout the resort. In general, UK tour operators do not include Puerto de Soller in their package holiday offers meaning that the best way to ensure you are getting a good deal is to do some research on the various options that are available before booking. Hotel accommodation in the resort is generally of a good standard and located close to the bay and/or beaches.
Similarly, private apartments are spread throughout the resort within easy walking distance of local amenities. These latter may be worth considering if you are travelling in a group as sharing the rental price can often be a cost-effective option. In addition, it may be worth considering holiday accommodation in the old town of Soller as its slightly inland location means that accommodation may be less expensive here. Have a browse through our selection of the best deals on offer below to start planning your holiday.
Airport and transport need to know
Flying in to Majorca from the UK, you will land at Palma de Mallorca Airport on the west coast of the island. Flights here operate out of a large number of UK airports and take on average 2.5 hours. Upon arrival at the airport you will find all the facilities and amenities one would expect from a busy international airport albeit in a somewhat compact but modern building.
There are a number of transfer options to Puerto de Soller from Palma de Mallorca Airport. Taxi transfers do not need to be pre-booked as a taxi can simply be picked up from in front of the arrivals hall at the airport. The journey has been greatly improved in recent years with the building of the Ma-11 motorway which passes through the impressive Soller Tunnel and now takes around 40-45 minutes. This should cost around €50 (£40). If you are hiring a car from the airport then you will also benefit from the new road although do be sure to have an up to date map or Satellite Navigation system to hand.
A third and unique transfer option available to those visiting Puerto de Soller is the ‘Tren de Soller’. This splendid train with its vintage mahogany carriages travels between Palma and Puerto de Soller approximately 5 times a day and takes in some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in Majorca. Whilst this is a slightly trickier option involving an initial journey into Palma from the airport, the views will be worth the extra effort for those travelling light.
The best beaches in Puerto de Soller
Majorca’s rugged north coast is a treasure-trove of picturesque bays and hidden coves set against the striking backdrop of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains. We’ve picked put three of the top beaches in the area surrounding Puerto de Soller for you to enjoy whilst on your holiday.
Best beach for lazing on a sun lounger
Playa d’en Repic is the smaller of Puerto de Soller’s two sandy beaches and is consequently also the quieter of the two. Here you can hire both sun loungers and parasols or simply lie back on the soft golden sand. Cafes and restaurants are easily accessed from the beach if you are in need of a refreshing drink or snack.
Best beach for activities
Es Traves beach is the larger of the two beaches in Puerto de Soller at approximately 800m in length and offers a range of activities including pedalo hire and snorkelling. You can also hop on one of several boat trips running from the beach throughout the day providing the ideal opportunity to take in the stunning coastline from an unrivalled vantage point.
Best beach for complete isolation
Playa de Llucalcari is a small, pebbly beach situated approximately 8km west of Puerto de Soller next to the hamlet of Llucalcari. To get to this secluded spot you will need to follow a shady path through the pine forest surrounding the hamlet for around 15 minutes until you reach the rocks that fringe the beach. Your efforts will then be rewarded by the stunning views and tranquil surroundings that are often completely deserted.