Puerto Soller, Soller Town and Fornalutx

Located in the Soller Valley, Soller Town, Puerto Soller and Fornalutx are set amidst the beautiful and dramatic mountain scenery of the Tramuntana Mountains. Each offers something distinct and unique to property buyers.

There is a French flavour mixed into the character of these towns. This originated when, in days gone by, much trade was done between this region and the South of France.

Soller Town is one of the classic old-towns of Mallorca. With a great depth of history and a richness of culture that are reflected in its name, which comes from the Arab word Suliar meaning “golden bowl”.

Over recent times Soller has retained its traditional character while adding a cosmopolitan element, gained as much from visiting artists, musicians and other creatives as from holiday makers and property buyers from abroad.

The countryside around Soller Town is breathtaking. The Soller Valley is known as “El valle de los naranjas”, The Valley of the Oranges, characterised by its many orange, lemon and olive groves.

Historically Soller has been a wealthy town and this is still very much in evidence. There are some grand old townhouses properties and fincas, notable restaurants and many works of art on display in the local museums.

These days the holiday industry is the mainstay of the local economy but is has not overtaken the town and visitors are drawn to “the real Mallorca”. Soller has also become a popular center for walking holidays on the island.

Puerto Soller was once the fishing harbour servicing the town. With its own beach and being a natural harbour, it has grown into a characterful, refined and stylish resort. The old fisherman’s cottages have been supplemented by elegant hotels along the seafront and some newer apartment developments set back from the port. A recent addition is the seven star Jumeirah Port de Sóller Hotel & Spa, emphasising Puerto Soller’s high quality international status.

There is a tramline joining Soller Town to Puerto Soller. The tram then runs along the seafront, passing the many seafood restaurants for which Puerto Soller is well known.

Fornalutx is a mountainside village just above Soller Town. Regularly winning awards for being the most beautiful village in Spain, it is unarguably one of the most picturesque spots in Mallorca. Narrow old-town streets converge on the small square which is the center point of this charming community. It has long been a favourite haunt of discerning property buyers looking for a real flavour of Mallorca and a peaceful mountain getaway.

Many of the properties in the village are now owned by foreigners and, with its mix of good restaurants and a few welcoming bars, the village continues to attract a high demand from international property buyers.

Journey time from Palma and the airport to these locations is around 30-40 minutes depending on exact destination.

Properties and prices

The focus in Soller is on apartments and traditional townhouses. There are a few new developments but the most attractive properties are in the traditional old-town buildings. There are beautiful country houses dotted around the valley and some charming “olivars”, old shepherds’ huts, in the mountains.

Puerto Soller has older apartments, a few newer apartment developments, old fisherman’s cottages and a small number of contemporary sea view villas.

Most opportunities in Fornalutx are for old traditional townhouses.

Apartments in the towns start around €160,000, renovated townhouses from €240,000 and country houses from around €550,000. Swimming pools are at a premium, particularly in the country houses, and open mountain or sea views are sought-after.

Olivars can be bought relatively cheaply, but be careful as they are sometimes inaccessible and many are without mains services. The best olivars range up from about €600,000.