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The Port of Soller in Mallorca by an English local
My guide to The Port de Soller in Mallorca
I am an Englishman, who is now considered a local in The Port of Soller and in Mallorca.
I wrote this guide that is full of hints and tips with a little knowledge I've picked up on the way by living here to make the most out of the area.
If you haven't already done so, you may also like to visit my general page about Soller in Mallorca here: Soller in Mallorca
You'll find loads more tips about visiting Soller, and more detailed information about the square in Soller, it's backstreets, population, climate, food, travel and anything else that I could think of that I thought might be helpful for visitors.
For now, let's continue to the Port.
The Port of Soller - Puerto Soller
Overview of the Port de Soller in Mallorca
The Port of Soller is a horseshoe-shaped bay. It is composed of three sandy beaches, a rocky beach and a harbour, which are all overlooked by the Tramuntana Mountains.
Looking out to the North, this pretty tranquil bay offers everything families and couples could wish for. Littered with great bars and restaurants, hotels to suit all needs, stunning views and great weather, this is the one-holiday destination that people really are trying to keep all to themselves.
Image: by peterb6001, View of Sa Lleta from the port.
The Lighthouse in Soller
The Lighthouse at the Port of Soller / Es Faro
Starting at the top of the bay, high up on the left-hand side you will find the lighthouse, 'Es Faro'.
This has an amazing view of the bay and to open sea. On an extremely clear evening, the lights of Barcelona can be faintly seen from here.
Up here as well is the restaurant 'Es faro', there is also a hostel, where you can pay a couple of Euros for a bed for the night in joint sleeping quarters.
Following the road down from the lighthouse on the left you have 'La Playa Artificial' a rocky section of beach, away from the main beaches, a hot spot for the younger locals to relax and swim of the rocks.
One of the beaches in the Port of Soller, named 'Can Repic'
Carry on down and you will reach 'Can Repic at the bottom of the road from the lighthouse into the port. It is a pedestrianized seafront, with the only road running behind the row of bars hotels and restaurants. This is a lovely stretch of sandy beach called 'Can Repic'.
Here you can relax on the beach, sit and have a drink or meal and watch the sunset.
The only time the beach gets crowded here is in July and August when the Spanish are also on holiday. You should not have any trouble finding a spot to sit and relax though.
The Sea Front in Puerto Soller
Following the bay around the 'Can Repic' beach, you will meet the main road. Running along are the tram tracks. The tram 'Tramvia' runs along, taking it's route from the Port of Soller to the 'Plaza de Soller' or The Square as you would probably call it. This road is pedestrianized and has some bars, restaurants and hotels along it, such as the Hotel Esplendido.
Carry on round staying in the port and you will see the new sandy beach built from imported sand in 2012. This meets the third sandy beach further along which spreads it's way to the harbour.Here on the other side small and larger fishing boats will come and go, you'll also find the boats to 'Sa Colobra' for day trips.
At the far end, there is the disused Military base and another smaller lighthouse, which is unavailable to the public to get close to.
Is it safe to swim in the sea in Soller?
The Mediterranean sea that you and your children will be swimming in here is lovely and warm in summer but be warned, it is cold in the winter.
When swimming in the sea here, always check the flag that the lifeguard has put out. The Mediterranean can change very quickly and believe it or not it can get very, very rough with strong currents.
Be especially careful near the 'Playa Artificial' on the left-hand side of the bay (as mentioned above).
Walking out to sea from the beaches, the bottom is relatively sandy and has no sudden drops so from this aspect it is pretty safe for children and non-swimmers to not get out of their depth.
Image Policia Municipal de Soller on Facebook Rough sea in Soller
Are there Jellyfish in Mallorca?
Yes, there are. They appear in large numbers during the summer months and tend to come in swarms or blooms, lasting for a few days.
They are small and hard to see and the lifeguard will have a warning sign up when they are out. You can always ask him before entering the water to be on the safe side. I know a couple of people that have been stung by Jellyfish, including my son, and they say these ones will leave you with an extremely painful experience.
If you are unlucky enough to be stung by one (I've swum thousands of times and never been stung) the lifeguard will have some cream and spray to put on it.
If you are out of season and there isn't a lifeguard around, one of the things not to do is to pee on the sting. This is a myth I'm afraid, that will induce the unexploded chemicals to explode in the skin. Seawater is the best treatment, followed by a medical visit if needed.
The local pharmacy's sell ointments and sprays to treat the sting aswell.
Are there sharks in Mallorca?
Now I don't want to alarm anybody as nobody has ever been attacked, but yes there are sharks in the Mediterranean and Mallorca. The sharks circle the Island looking for goats and other animals that may have fallen from the cliffs into the water.
In 2013 a 4-meter shark was washed up on the shore in Soller. I have a boat and have been out many times. I have only ever seen a very small tiger sharks and hundreds of dolphins.
Photo: by Policia Municipal de Soller on Facebook 4 meter shark found dead in Port.
Are there Mosquitoes in Mallorca?
Unfortunately yes there are, more so in the summer.
Rather than the smelly repellent spray that you can buy, I prefer to use plug in the wall repellents for sleeping. These great inventions work really well and you can even have the window open.They seem to work really well here.
View from the Port of Soller
A view from Ses Tres Puntas of Sa Lleta, a small rock / island just around from the port on a cloudy day
Image: by peterb6001
Day trips to Sa Colobra from Soller
If you fancy leaving the Port of Soller for a few hours or for the day you can catch a boat to Sa Calobra from the Port of Soller. Tickets are available along the seafront.
The boat to 'Sa Colabra' takes about 45 minutes, taking you through the crystal clear waters. The boat will dock and you will walk through a cool tunnel cut through the mountains, leading you to a small beach. There are only a couple of scattered houses here and a few restaurants.
Although the restaurants are good quality for fresh seafood they are expensive, and drinks are overpriced as they know you cannot get one elsewhere. I'd suggest taking a freezer bag with you to bring your own drinks if you have a thirsty family.
Remember your Sunscreen!
It gets very hot here, especially out in the sea. I've seen so many burnt children and adults. Don't let this put a downer on your holiday, be prepared and protect against skin cancer.
From at least May until September you will need sunscreen, which is cheaper to buy at home than here.
© 2012 Peter Badham