Late September 2013, my wife & I headed out to sample the lovely island of Majorca, with a 2 Centre trip to Soller & Palma, to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary.
I’d heard about the lovely town of Soller, up in the Tramontano mountains, but had never been, despite sending numerous clients there over the last few years. I’d also read about the exsquisite Hotel L’Avenida, so decided that for such a special occasion, it had to be tried.
Sure enough, after a short hop from Leeds Airport and 30min drive, during which Jose the driver recommended some of his favourite restaurants, our arrival at the L’Avenida didnt disappoint. This small boutique Hotel is superbly situated 2 minutes from Soller main square, and is beautifully appointed, very contemporary & eclectic, and very much one of ‘the’ places to stay in Soller.
The Rooms are all individual, but beautiful, and very well appointed, and after being checked-in whilst sat on the Balcony, sipping a complimentary glass of bubbly, we left the luggage in the room and headed out to make good use of the Hotels gorgeous small Pool area, shown above.
The next 3 nights based here at the L’Avenida proved perfect to explore Soller, and the nearby Port of Puerto Soller, but the old town was very much our favourite. Old cobbled streets lined with Cafe’s & bars/restaurants, and a central Square where locals & visitors mingled together, and watched the world go by over a beer of coffee, in no particular rush to go anywhere, it was lovely and very much a taste of ‘Real Spain’ perhaps.
Sure, the Old Tram style train that runs up from Palma frequently, bringing tourists to Soller & back, fills the town during the day, particularly in High Season, but slightly ‘out of season’, as early October was, it just gives the town some vibrancy before it slips back into slumber each evening, leaving you to explore the streets with very few people around at all. Simply beautiful.
After a lovely 3nights, we took the quaint old Train down to Palma for 2nts. Much busier than Soller obviously, Palma still has a lovely quality to it, with its old streets providing a myriad of directions to wander in, shop in, Dine in, all very very interesting. Throw in some magnificent architechture & its beautiful old Cathedral, and 2 days isnt nearly enough. Indeed, a long stroll to the end of the huge harbour and back, stooping frequently to drool over the sheer excess of yachts moored in the port, and a whole afternoon was gone already.
Throw in some Tapas, some Squares to linger in, and some lovely boutiques to browse in, and our all too short visit was over, and we headed home to the UK Autumn.
One thing is for sure, we WILL return, & I urge you to.
For a more detailed report – give me a call 🙂