FERROCARRIL DE SÓLLER
Join a scenic train ride through the versatile landscapes of Mallorca
Mahogany panels, brass fittings, whistling and squeaks, these are just some of the impressions you feel when entering the antique train that takes you between Palma and Sóller.
Get ready for a scenic ride back in time, as the antique train takes you via the old narrow tracks through olive and orange plantations and dramatic mountain scenery.
The train cars are more than 100 years old, and yes, these are the original ones. You have an excellent opportunity to get get of in the scenic area of Bunyola, and visit the herb liquor distillery.
The ride departing from Palma at 10:50 a.m, is known as the “tourist tour”, which means the antique train stops at certain sports to allow for photography.
The opening of the railway between Palma and Sóller back in 1912, was a major breakthrough in Majorca. The year after, Sóller opened a tram going from the center of Sóller to Port de Sóller. I can only advice you to jump on the little antique tram as well, this ride of 15 minutes, is just a scenic and beautiful.
The antique train departs from Placa d’Espanya, in the center of Palma.
How to get to the Antique train
Palma is the capital of Mallorca and seat of the Balearic government. Palma was founded during the occupation of the Roman empire, about 123 BC, and later developed by the Moors and Catalans. Palma has several times been awarded best place in the world to live; it is a city of great diversity, cultural heritage and commercial activity, making it an attractive city to a broad audience. Palma is one of the best places in Spain to go shopping, all the new arrivals from other Mediterranean capitals arrive here before other places in the world, plus, there are hundreds of local specialty boutiques.
The rich history of Palma has left an incredible amount of landmarks and points of interest to discover i.e. the Arabian baths, the cathedral, the Bellver castle, the Almudaina palace etc., as well as hundreds of other unique constructions perfect for sightseeing in the city.
Palma's other main tourist attractions
LA SEU – PALMA CATHEDRAL
Palma’s impressive cathedral stands out from the rest of the buildings in the capital with its imposing dimensions and beautiful architecture that can be seen from far away. La Seu is the main attraction of Palma and the trademark of the island, it is simply made to impress. Famous architects like Gaudí and Guillem Segrera have too been involved in the construction of this beauty, which is considered one of the most impressive and largest in Europe.
PALAU DE L’ALMUDAINA
The Almudaina palace is the most historical building in all of Mallorca. It was originally built as the seat of the governor back in Moorish times and has ever since been a place of royal affairs. The Almudaina palace is an interesting attraction with a lot of history to tell.
CASTELL DE BELLVER
The Bellver castle is the crown of Palma. This unique round shaped fortress overlooks the entire bay of Palma from its hilltop position, which itself makes it attractive to visit. There is a lot of interesting things to this medieval fortress and, the historical museum of Palma is also found here.
Santa Eulàlia is the parish church of Palma and, was actually one of the four first churches established in the city post the Catalan conquest in the 13th century. Enjoy the amazing detailed artwork that adorns the exterior before entering the church where a world of religious arts awaits.
Palma Aquarium is an attraction for the entire family to enjoy. The aquarium houses the largest shark tank in Europe, and you can even swim with the sharks if you have a PADI license, or sail in a little boat on top of the tank. There are many fun and interesting activities to do in Palma Aquarium, along with numerous event throughout the day, making it a dynamic and entertaining visit for all ages.
Visit one of Palma’s most emblematic old mansions and enjoy a dynamic exhibition that combines original furniture to reminiscent the life of the wealthiest people and contemporary arts of established and upcoming artists. Casal Solleric is a free to visit cultural center where you can easily spend an hour browsing the many artworks while adorning the detailed architecture.
REIAL CONVENT DE SANT FRANCESC
Visit one of Palma’s most historical convents, the Sant Francesc located in the old city. Inside, you can enjoy some of the most unique Gothic architecture, a heavenly courtyard surrounded by a beautiful cloister, and, the tomb of one of the most famous Mallorcans, Ramon Llull.