|Puerto de Soller lies at the northeast end of a beautiful bay surrounded by a number of spectacular mountainous sceneries. It is a variety of things, commercial, fishing, military and pleasure. Infact, each morning and evening we'd be entertained by a small section of the Spanish Navy with the raising and lowering of the countries flags to their national anthem....and for some reason quickly followed by a rather loud donkey adding it's voice to proceedings!!!!!|
For the three nights that we were anchored inside of Puerto de Soller we had the same issue on space due to the fact that this was the only real stopover along this 50nm west coast. However, there is no doubt that you get more aggressive about grabbing a space and more tolerant as people get closer to you, but the scenery did make it all worth while.
We were all sleeping now on deck and in the cockpit, partly due to the temperatures which are very warm and also to keep on eye on the boats around Watermark. I would wake on a number of occasions to see boats literally a metre from us requiring a gentle push off to prevent us touching.
Looking north across at the newly enhanced marina and the actual port of Soller.
Looking East from the back of Watermark. An old tram runs up to the main town of Soller in the valley at the centre of the picture. Of course we did take it for a ride.
Looking South West out of the entrance to Peurto de Soller. All deck hatches open in an attempt to get some air running through the boat. Temperatures are up in the thirties and much hotter down below just now.
We spent a little time in the port area which was the usual Spanish promenade with shops and restaurants. A lot of improvements had been done recently but had been well done and the place had an enormous amount of character.
The usual waters edge promenade in Peurto de Soller
Traditional Mallorcan day boats line the first few pontoons in the marina.
The promenade showing the tram lines running west to the main town of Soller some 4 miles inland.
The old tram to Soller
Soller and the port are linked by a very old electric tram. It has been amazingly maintained and adds real character to the port. For only €4 each way you can take the tram to the actual town which follows a route along the road, all but through people's back gardens and it's possible to pick Citrus fruit from the trees as you go past. Yes, it's rickety and noisy but a lot of fun especially if you get the open sided carriages as we did.
So 6 return tickets please and we pilled onto the very busy tram.
The start of the journey in Peurto de Soller
Our tram arrives and moves the engine car from one end of the train to the other.
The Jefferies and Charlie on board and ready for the off.
And of course , the lovely Cathy....
Views along the line on our way to Soller. This part of the island remains very green and unspoilt.
Once at Soller itself we climbed off the tram and spent some time wandering around the centre and the main square. Again, the town had real character and has not been destroyed by tourism as so many parts of the island have been. Again, the west coast is the best of Mallorca that we have seen.
The main central square in Soller
The church in the centre of Soller.
Before too long, it was back to the tram for a late evening journey back down to the port and home to Watermark. As the tram rounded the corner and proceeded along the promenade the sun was setting over the harbour. A lovely view to the end of a great day out.
Sun setting over Puerto de Soller.