04 Sep 2018
Clusters of honey-hued buildings hug the harbour front while sailing boats bob in azure waters, framed by a curve of golden sand. Unmistakably Mallorcan and oozing rustic charm, Port de Sóller is an endlessly charismatic village that invites a slow pace of life. From what to do to where to stay, our guide to Port de Sóller reveals all about this beautiful destination.
Framed by the dramatic Tramuntana mountains, Port de Sóller lies on the north west of Mallorca’s coastline, 30km from Mallorca’s capital, Palma.
When to go:
With blissfully hot summers and mild winters, Mallorca is a joy to visit all year round. If you’re after glorious sunshine, visit Port de Sóller between June and September. Even in peak season, it never gets too crowded. The months either side, April – May and October – November, however, are quieter but with clement temperatures.
What to see:
The star of the show is Port de Sóller’s shimmering marina, where row upon row of traditional sailing boats and yachts float on the water. Take a stroll along the palm-lined promenade and admire the maritime display, looking out for the lighthouse atop the cliffs. You can learn about the village’s history at the Sóller Marine Museum. Pay a visit to the rather splendid churches of Sant Ramon de Penyafort and Santa Caterina. Port de Sóller is blessed with the best sunset views on the island so find a good spot to watch the sun dip beyond the horizon.
What to do:
Port de Sóller has plenty to explore and experience. A must-do is a trip on its traditional wooden tram, the Orange Express, for a scenic journey to the neighbouring village of Sóller a little further inland. Surrounded by the Tramuntana mountains, Port de Sóller has hiking trails galore. The long-distance Dry Stone Route passes through the village. A great way to see Mallorca’s rugged coastline is by hiring a boat from the port and speeding out an island excursion. Set aside some time for a spot of retail therapy and peruse Port de Sóller’s elegant waterfront boutiques for local handicrafts and stylish clothes and accessories.
Where to stay:
Teetering way up on the clifftop with unbeatable panoramas over Port de Sóller’s horseshoe-shaped bay, Jumeriah Port Soller Hotel & Spa is a mesmerising retreat to experience a luxurious slice of Balearic life. The tranquil hotel is perfect for those seeking a wellness-inspired escape, with three heated pools and the sublime Talise Spa featuring a sauna, steam room and hammam.
Where to dine:
Quaint cafes and pretty restaurants are scattered about Port de Sóller making it a great destination for gourmands. You’ll find freshly caught seafood along the marina at sleek eateries and authentic, cosy bistros alike. For tempting Mediterranean flavours and impressive coastal views, Cap Roig makes a sublime sundowner spot for dinner. Dine on delicious Padrón peppers and tender prawns with garlic.
Explore Jumeirah Port Soller Resort and Spa.