SÓLLER AND PUERTO DE SÓLLER
The town of the orange and olive tree valley. It is one of the towns with the most history on the island and the most isolated until the 1990s, due to the characteristics of the land where it is located. You can’t miss the magical trip aboard the famous historical wooden train. You cannot miss Port de Sóller either, which is connected by road and by tram to the small town of Sóller, at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana, and is the starting point for maritime excursions to coastal places of special interest such as Sa Foradada, Tuent, Sa Calobra and Torrent de Pareis.
Deià is one of Majorca’s most charming towns. The valley it sits on has been inhabited since Prehistoric times and has a great variety of caves along the mountains. These places served as shelter to the first settlers on the island of Majorca. One of the first visitors to fall in love with Deià was famous writer Robert Graves, whose tomb is almost a place of pilgrimage and his house a museum.
The vegetation mantle that surrounds Deià is part of the Tramontana Natural Park, a place declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to the variety and richness of its flora and fauna.
Known as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain and located an hour’s drive from Palma, you will fall in love with its narrow stone streets decorated with flowers of a thousand colors. This small town stands between the Serra de Tramuntana and the Sóller valley and has known how to take care of its monuments and buildings, amongst which the town hall tower (17th century) and its Gothic church, dating from 1639, stand out.
Banyalbufar is a town in Majorca located in the Serra de Tramuntana, to the west of the island, and is about a 40 minutes drive from Palma.
It is a beautiful town embraced by mountains, with a lot of history and tradition, which keeps its Mediterranean and Majorcan essence intact, making it a fantastic option for tourists visiting the area.
One of the main attractions of Banyalbufar are its views. Both the town itself and other smaller towns in the area are beautiful to visit and have impressive views due to its mountainous location. Just touring the region by car is worth it, because its winding roads will allow you to enjoy spectacular landscapes.
The Port of Andratx is one of the best and most spectacular natural ports of the Balearic Islands, surrounded by beautiful coves with transparent waters such as Cala Llamp, Cala Moragues and Cala d’Egos. This modern port town, with an approximate population of 3,300, has gone from being an old fishermen’s refuge to turning into one of the most important and most visited tourist areas in Majorca, thanks to its nautical activity, which boosts a more exclusive residential tourism.
The port is a cosmopolitan and lively place, where different cultures mix and which combines shopping, sun and nightlife. It also offers endless sea-related activities. Nevertheless, it has one of the best-equipped marinas in the Balearic Islands, the Andratx Sailing Club, with some 500 berths occupied by sports and recreational boats.
Andratx’s liveliness concentrates mainly on the promenade and on the pier, where we find the “Lonja” building, a testimony to the validity of the fishing activity where in the afternoon you can buy fresh fish straight from the fishermen. Shops and restaurants with pleasant terraces overlooking the sea fill the promenade that leads to the lighthouse and the Sailing Club, passing through the small es Saluet stream.
It is one of the oldest towns on the island, along with Palma, and a treasure filled with history and culture. Alcúdia is one of the areas in Majorca with a more unique history, geography and social dynamics. It is a city where history is alive: the very important archaeological remains of the Roman city of Pollentia and the two walled enclosures, one medieval and the other Renaissance, make Alcúdia especially attractive due to its historical nature.
Touring its walled enclosure and historic center is a real pleasure and a visit to its Roman amphitheater (the smallest in Spain) is an unmissable event. The Alcúdia market is held around the old Alcudia wall every Tuesday and Sunday morning.
Valldemossa is one of the best-known towns in Majorca, the reason being that it has welcomed and inspired a multitude of artists. Its pleasant streets and squares have been a source of inspiration for great figures in music and literature such as Fréderic Chopin, Miguel de Unamuno, Rubén Darío or Azorín.
Each summer concerts and tributes are held in memory of such great names in culture. Some of them can be enjoyed in the wonderful surroundings of the cloister or in the gardens of the Cartuja.
Few settings can boast of having inspired one of the greatest musicians in history, and Valldemossa achieved it. In this Majorcan stage, musician Chopin and poet George Sand lived their relationship and he composed a large part of his famous Preludes.
And Valldemossa would not be the same without one of its Majorcan delicacies, a true ploy for many of those who want to enjoy a local breakfast or snack, their “cocas de patata”.
PORT DE POLLENÇA
The Port of Pollença, known by locals as ‘Eu moll’ (the dock), is a clear example of how tourism can completely change the economy and the appearance of a place in just a few decades. Thus, in the early 20th century, 85% of the population lived directly off agriculture, a sector that continued to be the majority until the 1960s, when the tables turned until it reached the current situation: tourism makes close to 70% of the economy not only of Pollença but of all of Majorca.
The town of Puerto de Pollensa is located in the north of the island in the Pollensa bay, 60 km away from the capital Palma and a 10 km distance from Alcudia. In its surroundings we find the towns of Pollensa, Alcúdia and Sa Pobla. Around 16,000 people live in Puerto de Pollensa and Pollensa all together.
Puerto de Pollensa is an important tourist centre where its beautiful sandy beach, its marina and its promenade stand out. The weekly market is held every Wednesday at Miquel Capllonch square, a point in the town where we can find the church and lots of bars and restaurants. During the summer months many tourists visit its promenade, where we also find a large number of restaurants with spacious terraces to eat in.