Why Port Soller is perfect for luxury holidays – Mallorca, Spain

October 28, 2012 by  

One of the reasons why a holiday in Majorca holidays is so popular is that it combines sun, sand and sea with a real sense of luxury. And if it’s luxury you’re after, one place definitely worth staying in is Port Soller, which you’ll find on the north-west coastline.

Port Soller is not to be confused with the town of Soller, which is situated around 3 km away. Acting as a kind of coastal extension of the town, the port has a reputation for being one of the prettiest harbours on the island.

Port de Soller, Mallorca, Spain Photo: Hanspoldoja on Flickr

Port de Soller, Mallorca, Spain

Views galore and luxurious hotels

One of the biggest draws of Port Soller has to be its amazing views. Now, you’d expect a lot of Majorcan destinations to have pretty decent coastal scenery (it is an island, after all), but there are far fewer spots that offer both this and amazing mountain vistas.

That’s right – if you stay in Port Soller, you can gaze out across the ocean to the horizon or admire the ever-impressive Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range. Plus, there’s a hotel that really lets you make the most of this stunning location.

While it’s actually located on a cliff top above the village, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa is still one of the destination’s best hotels. In fact, in terms of luxury, I doubt you’ll find anywhere that beats it.

A five-star establishment, it’s got several pools and restaurants, as well as a spa where you can really pamper yourself (you can get both modern and traditional treatments here, so you can try something new if you fancy!) In terms of enjoying the view the hotel offers, though, you absolutely have to go to the Sunset Lounge, which is on the top floor of the main building. From here, you can see the port, the sea and the mountains – and have a cocktail while you drink it all in.

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel Photo by Jumeira.com

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel on Mallorca

Discover the north-west’s best beach

Majorca’s got a great reputation for its beaches, but you won’t find too many of them in the north-west of the island. Luckily, Port Soller has one of the few fantastic ones.

While it’s often referred to as a single beach, it is actually two – Playa d’en Repic and Es Traves. The latter is the longest but, generally speaking, the former is usually the one visitors rave about it.

Running along the back of the beach is a pretty promenade, which has a decent number of cafes perfect for a little light refreshment. You’ll also find the local tram service follows the beach front, before heading to the nearby town of Soller – which is our next top attraction of luxury holidays here.

Beach Promenade at Port de Soller, Mallorca Photo: Morten Brekkevold on Flickr

Beach Promenade at Port de Soller, Mallorca

Soller

With its unspoilt scenery and luxury hotels, Port Soller is undoubtedly a brilliant place for a lavish getaway. Since it’s a pretty quiet destination, though, it’s likely you’ll be keen to spend a little while exploring one of the local towns. Fortunately, you can get to Soller quickly and easily on the tram, which is something of an experience in itself!

It’s well worth visiting on a Saturday, when there’s a weekly market, but I think one of the best attractions here is actually the train service that runs between the town and the island’s capital, Palma. I’d forgive you for thinking a train journey doesn’t sound all that appealing, but the Tren de Soller really is wonderful.

Why? Well, for one thing it dates back to 1912, which means it’s a real slice of history – but I think the amazing scenery it takes you through is the ultimate highlight. Crossing the Serra de Alfabia, it runs through 13 tunnels and across a lot of bridges and viaducts, climbing steeply to provide incredible panoramas along the way.

Tren de Soller in Mallorca Photo: Bibigeek on Flickr

Tren de Soller in Mallorca

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Photo Credits: Port de Soller by Hanspoldoja, Jumeira Hotel Port Soller by Jumeira.com, Beach Promenade at Port Soller by Morton Brekkevold , Tren de Soller by Bibigeek

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