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Public transport between the old town and port is good via the tram system which runs more or less every
1/2 hour. The railway then takes over for the trip down into Palma, or alternatively a fairly frequent bus service
also runs throughout the day. We are often asked for timetable information for Majorca buses. Experience has
shown us that the expression "timetable" may be a little too formal to describe the times that buses run to,
however, for Soller this information can be found at:
Throughout the year the area around Soller does seem to hold more than its fair share of Fiestas. The first of the year is held on January 17th, the night before Saint Anthony's day, and is missed by most, if not all, of the visitors to the area. By tradition, bonfires are lit and the local people cook sausages on the fires, and sing songs dating back to medieval times about Saint Anthony and the devil. The following day animals are then blessed at the parish church in the main square, which is accompanied by a demonstration of horse riding skills.
February sees the Procession and Carnival of Sa Rua and Sa Rueta, and during Holy Week, which may fall in either March or April, religious processions take place throughout the island on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the morning of Easter Sunday.
The big event of the year follows in the second week in May and commemorates the resident's of Soller's victory over the Moorish invaders on May 11th 1561. The celebrations are spread over 4 days, although the preparation for everything takes months beforehand. The celebrations have two very different themes. The first is called the "Fira" which takes place on the Sunday, and is essentially an agricultural show, and the more popular "Firo" is then held the following day. The central event of the "Firo" is a noisy re-enactment of the landing of the Moors, through to the final glorious victory of the Christians.
Bonfires are again lit on 24th of June, but this time it is the traditional way to "welcome in the summer" to the island. Less than a week later on June 29th the Fiesta of St Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, is celebrated in the fisherman's quarter of Puerto de Soller with a number of sporting and cultural events.
The port area of Puerto de Soller is again the central location of the next celebration, which is held during the late afternoon and early evening of 15th of July each year. Here, as part of the Fiesta of Our Lady of Carmen, highly decorated boats form a procession and sail around the bay.
Moving a little out of Soller to the village of Biniaraix, on the 15th of August each year, the 'Mother of God of August' is celebrated with a selection of sporting and cultural events.
The final fiesta of the year is then held on 24th of August, with a week long event known as the Fiesta of Sant Bartomeu. In addition to the usual parades and concerts that you associate with these events, over the past few years a group called "Esclatabutzes" have organised a 'correfoc' or fire show, which is widely regarded as being the most impressive show of its kind on Majorca.
Both villages have reasonable shopping facilities for the everyday essentials. The commercial centre of Puerto de Soller is near to the harbour, and offers range of essentials together with the usual array of souvenir shops. Soller old town does offer more choice, with a full range of small town shops. One establishment certainly worth a visit is actually within the train station building called "Fet a Soller".
A daily produce market is also held on weekday mornings from 9am to 1pm, selling a good selection of local products, which is then supplemented with a more tourist related market on a Saturday morning in Soller town.
Soller is also the home of The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences, and when combined with the
Botanical Gardens, it's certainly worth a visit. The Museum was first opened in 1992 in the former mansion
house 'el Camp d'en Prohom' that dates back to around the turn of the 20th Century. The Botanical Gardens
now occupy what used to be the garden of the mansion. The gardens are open most days, except
Mondays, from 10am and admission is quite reasonable at around £2 each for adults.
Contact details for more information is:
Fundació Jardí Botànic de Sóller
Crta. Palma - Sóller, km. 30,5
Apartat de Correus 44
Telephone: +34 971 634 014
Fax: +34 971 634 781
Web Site: www.jardibotanicdesoller.org
The Museum of the 'Casal de Cultura' is located in the 16th Century manor house ca'n Mo.
You'll find an exhibition hall and library with displays of local archaeological finds and historic artefacts.
The museum opens everyday except Mondays from 11am. Contact details for more information are:
The Museum of the 'Casal de Cultura'
Carrer de sa Mar, 13
Telephone: +34 971 631 465
If you have access to a car during your stay, the Deià Archaeological Museum and Research Centre is
only a short drive away. This small, but nevertheless interesting, museum was founded in Deià in 1962 by
Dr. William H. Waldren. The collection of archaelogical finds are housed in a converted mill, which is
believed to be one of the oldest buildings in the village. The museum is only open 2 hours in the evening from
5pm to 7pm, and then only on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Contact details are:
Deià Archaeological Museum and Research Centre
Telephone: +34 971 639 001
Fax: +34 971 639 152
Based in the town of Soller, La Luna was the first factory in Mallorca to produce Sobrassada, which is a traditional Mallorcan sausage.
Production of the Sobrassada first began in the year 1900, and now well over 100 years later, is still being manufactured in the same
factory, along with a selection of other delicatessen products. In recognition of this heritage, La Luna have recently opened the old side
of the factory as a museum and shop. Beginning in March, visitors to the museum can also undertake factory tours which will demonstrate
how the production process has changed over the last 100 years, followed by an opportunity to taste a selection of La Luna products, along
with other Mallorcan products such as locally produced wines and olives. Contact details for more information are:
Embutidos Aguilo S.L.
Avda Asturias 4-A,
Web Site: www.la-luna.es
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