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Although being a mere 35km north west of the capital
Son Sant Joan International airport,
prior to the recent opening of the Ma-11, and the impressive "Túnel de Sóller", the journey by road from Palma to Puerto Soller
was widely recognised as being one of the longest and most hazardous on the island.
A detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
For those visitors who chose not to drive, there are always plenty of taxis available from the ranks outside of the arrivals hall at the airport, typically charging around 50 euro for the 40 minute journey over to Puerto Soller.
Overlooked by the impressive "Puig Mayor", which at 1,445m above sea level is the highest mountain in Majorca, the resort of Puerto Soller is still to this day a working fishing port, although the traditional fishing boats do now have to share their moorings with an ever increasing number of yachts and other pleasure craft offering excursions to various destinations along the west coast.
Running through the centre of the resort to the original old town of Soller, some 3km inland, you cannot fail to notice the only working tram on the island, which is known locally at the "Orange Express".
The tram gained its name not from the colour of the carriages, but due to the fact that its route meanders through orange groves before terminating close to the converted 17th Century manor house, which is now home to the "Tren de Soller" narrow gauge railway.
From here the train clatters its way down to Palma around 5 times everyday. Both tourists and locals alike, have been making this journey now for the past 90 years in the vintage brass and mahogany carriages that are a trademark of this train, whilst admiring the breathtaking scenery enroute.
Returning if we may to Puerto Soller, the resort is without doubt most popular with middle aged couples, and those interested in walking and scenery, who use the town as a convenient base to escape into the mountains, and to discover the nearby villages such as Fornalutx and Biniaraix, where the last 100 years appear to have completely passed them by, and visitors can still experience the traditional Majorcan way of life.
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