Sóller train route
The Sóller train leaves from the Plaça d’Espanya, in Palma; it is a narrow gauge railway with traditionally-maintained wooden carriages. In operation since 1912, the line crosses the natural barrier of the Serra d’Alfàbia mountains, with an altitude of 496 m, and passes through thirteen tunnels, over several bridges, a viaduct and numerous curves.
The Sóller railway station is a renovated building with Modernist details which houses an exhibition of works by Picasso and Joan Miró on the ground floor. The mark of Modernism and Historicism can be seen in the streets of the town centre, where the large houses that were built or restored by emigrants on their return stand, as well as the church of Sant Bartomeu and the Banco de Sóller, both buildings that preside over the Plaça de la Constitució.
A wooden tram connects the town to its port, and on the trip one can see orchards of orange trees and gardens. Port de Sóller is one of Mallorca’s main ports, and its history has been linked to the citrus fruit commerce since the 14th century, and to emigration from the late 19th century on. The streets still retain the charm of a fishermen’s village. Three lighthouses and the robust Picada tower stand in the bay.