Plan a visit to Soller, Mallorca!

Soller is a quaint town situated in the west of Mallorca, the town lies around 5km from the coast and it’s port – Port de Soller. Many people make a beeline for Soller each year, and once you have stood and marvelled at it’s beauty, it is easy to understand why. The town is busy, but not overcrowded, and like many other places in Mallorca, there are lots of friendly faces!

Vintage train from Palma to Soller

Vintage train from Palma to Soller

To plan a perfect day trip to Soller, it is a good idea to start in Palma, and take the train to Soller; this journeys through the countryside and gives you an opportunity to observe areas of Mallorca that you would not otherwise visit. This option is also favoured as it avoids the toll on the Palma Road. If you are more of an activity enthusiast, then there is also the option to cycle through the majestic Tramuntana Mountains – a tough, but rewarding route. From Soller, there is a vintage tram to Port de Soller, which you can take at your leisure after exploring the ins and outs of the town. We won’t give too much detail here – you must discover Mallorca, and Soller, for yourself!

Best place to watch the sunset in Soller!

Best place to watch the sunset in Soller!

 

In Port de Soller, the harbour immediately grasps your attention, with hundreds of boats and yachts docked, and creating a spectacular image that is not easily forgotten. There is a sandy beach with a walkway behind, and bars and restaurants lining the seafront, however, the ‘jewel’ of Soller is the prestigious Jumeirah Hotel on the clifftop. It is here where you should perhaps finish a day of exploring, although, to gain maximum enjoyment, it is best to ensure your arrival before sunset, so as to watch the sun sizzle into the sea in the evening. The best place to watch – Sunset Lounge Bar Jumeirah, with a cool cocktail in hand, finishing another great day of exploring Mallorca and the secrets of the island.

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Plan your visit to Bellver Castle

Looking to discover a bit of Mallorca’s history during your stay in one of our holiday villas in Palma? Get ready to plan your visit to the majestic Bellver Castle.

This stunning Gothic hilltop castle dates back to the 14th century, and is today one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. Once used as a prison, the castle is now the site of the city’s History Museum, and is filled with interesting artefacts representative of Mallorca’s rich and varied history. With a trip to Bellver Castle, you’ll also be rewarded with one of the most incredible feats of architecture, along with fantastic views of the sprawling capital city beneath. If you are renting a holiday villa in Palma and are in want of a fun, family-friendly activity to enjoy, a trip to Bellver Castle is sure not to disappoint.

Enjoy a fun-filled day in Bellver Castle

Construction began on the castle in 1300 under the direction of King Jaume II.

The castle is widely regarded as being unique owing to it’s circular design, and is a must-visit for architectural enthusiasts. Once you drive through the surrounding greenery and arrive at Bellver Castle, there are three main towers to explore, along with the main courtyard. The castle was used as both a royal residence and a prison for many years, holding a number of high-profile prisoners captive. Today, visitors can learn about this period of usage along with more about Mallorca’s history thanks to the on-site museum. There are artefacts that date back to the many different periods of occupation seen by the island, and once at the top courtyard, a magnificent view of Palma Bay awaits. Meaning literally “beautiful view’, Bellver is a stunning, symbolic piece of Mallorcan heritage not to be missed.

Bellver castle

If you are staying in or around Palma in a luxury holiday villa, you can easily access Bellver Castle with a short drive. The castle is a fifteen-minute drive from the centre of town (bus service is also available), and has convenient opening hours so that you can spend a full day discovering this incredibly structure. With our well-appointed holiday villas in Mallorca, you are never too far from incredible attractions such as Bellver Castle. To find out more about planning your visit, give the friendly team at Balearic Villas a call today.

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Thinking of Visiting Monasteries on Mallorca

When planning your family holiday in Mallorca, you may wish to visit one of the many majestic monasteries on Mallorca that can be found throughout the island.

There are over thirty monasteries on Mallorca, many of which can be found in the rural regions or on top of hills in the Tramuntana mountains. From most of these sites, you can enjoy not only a glimpse into the religious history of the island, but also some of the most spectacular scenery. There are a number of prolific monasteries to visit, as well as some lesser-known spots, but you are guaranteed a peaceful and enjoyable visit amongst the beautiful surroundings and historic grounds wherever you choose. Cycling enthusiasts can take part in the “Three Monasteries” route to combine some practice with visits to three of the most famous holy sites on Mallorca, while holidaymakers can otherwise arrive by foot or by car. One monastery that should be on your list is perhaps the island’s best known, Lluc Sanctuary.

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Lluc Sanctuary

The remains of this monastery have been transformed into a popular point of pilgrimage, frequented by those in search of peace as well as tourists all year round. The site can be easily accessed if you are renting a holiday villa in Port de Soller, as well as other nearby areas such as Pollensa. The site dates back to the 13th century, and is a beautiful example of local architecture and landscaping. Once you have made the ascent, you can wonder round the monastery to view ancient relics and statues, and look out over the mountains to take in fantastic views of the surrounding vistas.

San Salvador Monastery

If you are renting one of our holiday villas in Felanitx, you are near to what is often considered the second-most holy site on Mallorca behind Lluc Sanctuary. San Salvador also dates back to the 13th century, and is magnificently positioned overlooking Felanitx. It is quite a step ascent, but those who make the trip to the top can visit the Statue of Christ at the summit (510m above sea level), and look out over most of Southwest Mallorca from the top of the hill.

Monastery Mallorca

Santuari del Puig de Maria

The oldest monastery in Mallorca, the “Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Puig” lies on top of the Puig de Maria hill, just outside of Pollensa. If you are renting one of our luxury holiday villas here, this small yet beautifully preserved monastery is worth a visit. There is a small chapel and again, phenomenal views to be admired, along with a restaurant for some light refreshment. It’s worth noting you can only go so far by car, so this particular monastery is best enjoyed on foot.

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Plan your visit – Puig de Randa

If you plan on taking part in a little hiking or biking during your upcoming holiday in Mallorca, Puig de Randa is a destination not to be missed.

Popular with cyclists especially, Puig de Randa is a hill standing 540m high, located in the municipality of Algaida. The hill is famed for many reasons, such as being the site of the first hermitage on the island, the sensational views from the summit, as well as the enchanting trails that lead you to the top. Today many cyclists choose to train along the winding routes up to the summit, but it is accessible for pedestrians as well as by car. If you are staying in a holiday villa in Llucmajor, you won’t be far from the Puig de Randa (sometimes called Randa Hill), and if you are looking to explore a little of the island’s history whilst enjoying what are often hailed as the best views of Mallorca, a trip to the top is certainly called for.

Make the most of your trip to Puig de Randa

The Santuari de Cura, dating back to 1275, can be found on top of the Puig de Randa.

This small hermitage was founded by Ramon Llul, who founded the sanctuary and consequently spent his remaining years within it, in complete isolation. Today, visitors can explore the remains of the structure, and see some of Llul’s original manuscripts. There is also a small church and museum available for guests to enjoy. If you’re looking to take in some spectacular scenery whilst staying in one of our holiday villas in Mallorca, a hike to the top of this impressive hill is the answer. On a clear day, you can see near enough all of the island, ranging from the capital of Palma to the sprawling Tramuntana mountains and just about everything in between. Many believe that these incredible views are best enjoyed from the café, also found at the top of the island.

Puig de randa

The ascent to the top is nicknamed “Cura” by the cycling community, and can be either an enjoyable or more challenging ride depending on the route you choose. The hill is located between Llucmajor and Algaida, and can be accessed by car from the PM-501, the main road linking the two towns. However you choose to visit, if you are staying in a nearby holiday villa in Mallorca, plan a day out to one of the most sensational examples of natural beauty on the island.

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Plan your visit to Palace de La Almudaina

If you are renting a holiday villa in Palma, it’s easy to plan a trip to the stunning structure that is The La Almudaina Palace.

Originally an Arab fort, the structure underwent a revamp under the supervision of King Jaume II to contain more Gothic elements of architecture, making it a fascinating blend of Gothic and Islamic design. Conveniently located next to Palma Cathedral, it is easy to reach from one of our holiday villas in Palma, and is a worthy point of interest for tourists interested in the colourful past of Mallorca. Visitors can witness the traditional changing of the guard, and explore tapestries and paintings dating back to the 1400s. In addition to the history and the construction, the views are also impressive. Looking out over the capital and the turquoise waters along the shore, you can enjoy one of the best vantage points in the city with a visit to Palace de La Almudaina.

Explore Mallorca’s Muslim past

The Arab occupation of Mallorca has left an imprint on the island, and the style of Palace de La Almudaina is a perfect example of this history.

La Almudaina

Although the revitalisation of the castle under King Juame II has meant a vast reduction in the Muslim architecture left, there is still some to be admired, especially in the main courtyard. The impressive outdoor area dates back to 1309, and is filled with palm trees along with a stunning fountain of a lion (a remnant of the castle’s rule under Arab “Wālis”, or governors). The royal chapel, Capella de Santa Ana, is small but definitely worth a visit. The S’Hort del Rei gardens (“The King’s Gardens”) lies sheltered beneath the impressive castle walls, and it is here that you can discover statues, water features, and many botanical spots of beauty. 

If you are looking for nearby points of interest during a stay in a luxury holiday villa in Palma, Palace de L’Almudaina is an excellent choice. It is easily reached on foot, and the hop-on tourist bus tours stop out front as well. Kids under 5 enter for free, the cost for kids aged 5-16 is €4, while the general entrance fee is €9. Visitors have the option to pay extra for a guided tour, and the palace is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am – 6.30pm. To find out more about this or any of the other tourist attractions near our holiday villas in Mallorca, contact the Balearic Villas booking team today.

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When you choose to stay in our villas in Majorca you will have a whole host of activities available to you within close distance should you decide upon trying them.

With so many award winning beaches located throughout Mallorca, you could easily find yourself not only relaxing in the sun but participating in anything from scuba diving to fishing, the sky really is the limit. Something that Mallorca certainly has in abundance is festivals; fiestas ranging from traditional religious celebrations and sporting or golfing events take place from January to December and are a great way to spend your days and nights in Mallorca.

And, no matter where you are staying, what you will notice that during a stay in our Mallorca villas is just how friendly and hospitable the local residents are. A great community spirit is felt throughout all of Mallorca's festivals; visitors are always encouraged to join in with any festivities, and it is a great way to discover much more about the island and its traditions.

Mallorca certainly is an ideal holiday destination for those that enjoy food and drink, depending on your preferences you will find everything from hamburgers and chips to traditionally sourced and cooked dishes available.