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Puerto Soller (or Port de Soller) is a sheltered town on the western coastline of Mallorca Island. Prior the building of the Palma to Soller railway line in 1912, it was an important harbour for the export of Mallorca produce, especially for the fruits cultivated in the local valleys. Today, the resort offers a relaxing vacation away from the brasher towns of Mallorca.

The most popular of Puerto Soller beaches is the 800 foot long Platja d en Repic and along it runs an esplanade lined with many restaurants and bars. The beach has good facilities, such as showers, summer lifeguards, sunbed hire and ramps for the disabled holidaymakers. On the east of the bay is the bigger Es Travis beach made up of shingle and sand.

There are many boat tours available from the yacht marina, including an trip to the beautiful inlet of the Sa Calobra, just up the coastline. Many watersports, like sub aqua, yacht sailing, skiing and windsurfing, can also be tried in Puerto Soller. For more information about all these sports, the tourism information office, located near to the tramway station, is very helpful.

Standing sentry over Puerto Soller is the lighthouse, Faro de Punta Grossa and the stroll up to the lighthouse from the resort is well recommended to see the magnificent views across the clear seas of the bay. A little further up the coast is Punta Soller, another viewpoint but this is a much harder walk. On the opposite side of the bay is yet another lighthouse, near to which is the new Maritime Museum perched high on the cliff top, which looks at the history of Puerto Soller through visual displays and exhibitions using models.

The old sector of Soller, located just over 2 miles inland, is famed for the railway which runs between there and Palma de Mallorca. A journey takes an hour for the train to complete the short 17 mile distance, as it winds through some fantastic mountain scenery. There are also regular buses between Puerto Soller and Soller, but a much more fun way to get there is on the tram which first started operating in 1913.

At the centre of Soller is the Plaza Constitucion square, with its fine old trees and decorative fountains. It is dominated by the Sant Bartolomeu church, from the 13th century but with a later facade designed by Joan Rubio, a pupil of Gaudi. Other local attractions in the resort include the Casa de Cultura, home to a good collection of local artifacts. Another of the Mallorca museums is between Soller and Puerto Soller is an fine 20th century mansion, the Museum of Natural Sciences which displays collections of ancient bones, local fossils and prehistoric relics.
To find out more about Puerto Soller, including visitor information please visit Mallorca Spain.

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