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10/02 - Coach and Train Excursion to Sóller and Valdemossa.
Since 1912 the Sóller railway has been running a daily train service along the
27.3 km route between Palma de Mallorca and Sóller, without interruption.
The train starts its journey from behind a fabulous "Art Deco" wrought iron archway
that is the entrance to the terminal. Once inside you are transported back in time
as you approach the polished wooden coaches with sash windows and the rather
"Swiss" mountain style electric engine. You almost expect to see "Hercule Poirot"
standing on the platform waiting for a train.
As the train leaves the terminal it travels
through sidings and past workshops and then miraculously pops out onto
the center of one of Palma's roads. As the train proceeds through the city,
traffic lights stop the cars and buses and you find yourself looking into shop windows
and down onto the stationary cars that have been held back to give priority to the train.
Quite surreal! Next the train trundles through a gap in a farmers field and heads slowly
up the mountains to Sóller .
Magnificent views, fantastic scenery, just magical!
BELOW - El Mirador des Pujol d'en Banya is a must stop for the trains since 1912
and offers passengers superb views of Sóller Valley and the Tramuntana Mountains.
Sóller is is a sleepy little town tucked into the mountains, and has much charm.
You'll find food to tempt even the fussiest taste buds - from tapas to pastries.
The focus of the town of Sóller is the Plaça Constitució which is surrounded by cafés
and has plane trees and a fountain in its centre. The church of Sant Bartomeu is on the Plaça.
Set in a lush valley of orange groves between the mountains and the sea,
Sóller is popular with day trippers who arrive on the vintage train from Palma.
Sóller is also notable for the houses built in the early twentieth century
by wealthy emigrants who returned to the town.
BELOW - Riding through the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is just incredible,
hair pin bends to rival those in Switzerland, monasteries in the mist and villages
clinging to the cliffs, just an incredible place to walk, drive and cycle.
BELOW - Deią is a small coastal village in the Serra de Tramuntana, which forms the northern
ridge of Mallorca. It is located about ten miles north of Valldemossa, and it is known
for its idyllic landscape, orange and olive groves on steep cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean,
It is also famous for its musical and literary residents, notably Frederic Chopin and Goerge Sand.
BELOW - With a population of around 2,000, Valldemossa is a quiet and traditional town
with narrow streets and lanes constructed with blonde stone, as are the houses.
Each doorway and street is lined with beautiful green plants and flowers
making the town one of the most beautiful in Mallorca.
BELOW - Pre-dinner happy hour at our hotel in Sa Coma