Get set back to the early 20th century by embarking the rustic train between Palma de Mallorca and Sóller. You will feel like being the protagonist in an old black and white movie, travelling in an old wooden train with green brass coating, wood benches and old school conductors. The train with its antique, wooden wagons is loved by locals and tourists alike. Especially among Majorcans riding on the train is a common recreation and a much liked day trip during the weekend. The route drives past Majorca’s incredible countryside, the Tramuntana mountain chain, wild flora and fauna and from far the blue sea is always glittering in the sun.
The 27.3 kilometer long route connects the two cities since 1912. For its isolated situation tucked away behind the Tramuntana mountains, Sóller saw the urge for a better traffic connection to the rest of the island. In 1904 the plan for a train connection was presented at the town hall and accepted by Sóller’s population. Construction began in 1907, with the most difficult part being the tunnel excavation at Bunyola, a 2’856 meter long tunnel needed to pass the Coll de Sóller mountain. Then on 16th of April was the official inauguration of the new train route between Palma and Sóller – the same day the Titanic sank at its maiden trip. Straight afterwards, the construction of a connection between Sóller and Puerto de Sóller (port) began. Then, in 1913, the tram between the two towns got added to the train service. In 1929 the railroad got electrified.
The train operates a narrow-gauge railway, which is pretty uncommon nowadays. Along the route, you will pass 13 tunnels, with the longest one stretching over 2’876 meter. You will drive over bridges and even pass the beautiful viaduct ‘Cinc-Ponts’, with five arches which are eight meters in height. The train stops for a photo session at the magnificent viewpoint ‘Mirador Pujol de’n Banya’. From here you have a fantastic view over the mountain range, the green countryside and the deep blue sea merging with the sky in the background. After numerous bends and turns and overcoming an altitude difference of 199 meter, you will arrive Sóller at about one hour later.
The tram connection the port with the main city was mainly used for passenger transportation and still is. Using the tram will be the easiest and way to get from the main center of Sóller to the harbour and the beaches. The tram has various stops in the town, along the route and at the port. You will have an enjoyable ride through orange groves, Majorcan landscape and along the harbour looking out at the sea, observing the fisherman on their boats. The tram wagons are as rustic as the train wagons: dark wood, open windows, wooden benches and the sharp whistle of the train set you back to the early days of train journeys.
The train station in Plama de Mallorca is in the city center, right opposite Plaza España.