Soller to the Port de Soller
Country - Spain
Region - Mallorca
Author - Andy Chaplin
Length - 10.5 km / 6.6 miles
Ascent - 370 metres / 1221 feet
Descent - 370 metres / 1221 feet
Time - 3.00 hours
This is a relatively easy walk, from Soller to the Port de Soller, using well-signed paths all of the way. There is an excellent map for the Soller valley which was € 7 in 2016 and also comes as part of a set with a walking guide book. More information and a sample of the map is at www.valldesoller.info/map.htm
The walk is not circular but both ends are on the bus and tram routes from Palma through Soller to the Port de Soller so it is easy to get back to either Soller or Palma. The tram stops in the centre of both Soller and the Port de Soller whereas the bus stops on the outskirts of both. This relatively short walk gives plenty of time to discover the sights of both towns.
From the bus station take the Carrer de Cetre back to the main Ma-11 road then turn left at the roundabout and go to the petrol station. Cross the road and take the Cami de la Costa den Llorenc which goes off opposite the petrol station. The road is named and there is a footpath sign indicating a route to Deia
The footpath signs have times, rather than distances, to the destinations. Some of the times seem to have been set by walkers that must have been considerably fitter than me and some times seem to make allowance to stop for lunch maybe?
Follow the Cami de la Costa den Llorenc road around to the right then at the next junction follow the path marked Cami des Rost. The path climbs steadily uphill on stone paths that are well signed passing through olive groves with views down to the coast on your right hand side.
After 3 km you join the Cami de Castello which is the road from C?as Xorc that meets you on your left. You continue straight over the road - which is the Cami de Costello still - and after another half mile you come to the chapel at Capella de Castello. Here you join the long distance path GR 221 and follow it north onto the road through Can Bleda then off on the right on the Carretera de Bens D'Avall. When the road bends left towards the hamlet of es Bens d'Avall the GR 221 is signed off to the right.
Near to Muleta Gran the GR 221 goes north to the Refugi or east to Port de Soller. If you go north you climb up slightly through more olive groves then have great views of the Refugi hostel, the Far des Cap Gros lighthouse and the Port de Soller. From the lighthouse the Cami del Far road winds its way down to the Port de Soller from where you can catch the bus or tram back to Soller or Palma.
- Walking Paradise Soller (1:15000) and guide book published by Editorial Alpina
French IGN mapping is available in digital format by area and 'cut your own' maps. For more information and availabilty go to the Anquet website.
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