A Vintage Expedition: Riding the Iconic Sóller Train in Mallorca
- By
Olivia Oostmeijer
A Vintage Expedition: Riding the Iconic Sóller Train in Mallorca
Jan 11, 2024
by
Olivia Oostmeijer
A Vintage Expedition: Riding the Iconic Sóller Train in Mallorca
Jan 11, 2024
by
Olivia Oostmeijer
Mallorca has a rich tradition of arts and handicrafts, many of which can be seen and bought at the islands local markets.
A Vintage Expedition: Riding the Iconic Sóller Train in Mallorca
- By
Olivia Oostmeijer
A Vintage Expedition: Riding the Iconic Sóller Train in Mallorca
- By
Olivia Oostmeijer
A Vintage Expedition: Riding the Iconic Sóller Train in Mallorca
- By
Olivia Oostmeijer
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he Sóller Train has become an essential experience on any visit to Mallorca thanks to its history, scenic beauty, and vintage charm. Known locally as "El Tren de Soller," this historic railway has been in operation since 1912 and continues to be a delightful way to see a part of the island.

The Sóller Train is a testament to the elegant design and craftsmanship of traditional railway cars. The wooden train, with open passageways and brass fittings, transports riders back in time and offers an opportunity to imagine Mallorca from generations back.  

The train departs from the centre of Palma de Mallorca, near the Plaza d’Espanya, going for nearly an hour, making several quick stops, ending at the Sóller station, but a 1-way or return train ticket can be made from either endpoint at the ticket office. From Palma, the tren de sóller slowly leaves city life behind, gradually moving towards the mountains of the northwest region, passing through the flatlands of the island towards the mountains. As it reaches Bunyola, the second to last stop, the train carves its way through the mountains in what becomes a very panoramic vista, with orange and lemon groves, ancient olive trees, and quaint stone cottages that are iconic markers of the Tramuntana, letting you know your arrival into Soller is imminent.

In total, the track spans roughly 27 kilometres and features an impressive display of early 20th-century engineering, including tunnels carved into solid rock, numerous bridges, and a series of bends that heighten the anticipation for the exquisite views that lie ahead.

If coming from Palma, the trip culminates in the charming town of Sóller, a destination that retains its historical appeal with stunning Art Nouveau architecture, cobbled streets, independent shops and restaurants. A small wooden tram is available at the same train station to take passengers down to the Port de Sóller, about a 15-minute tram ride. Here you can also find the Museu de la Mar.

This vintage train is more than a journey, it's a fun way to experience the island. It is an ideal way to visit Sóller for the day and not worry about parking, and it will definitely make a great backdrop for memorable family photos.