The Palma to Soller train is back on the tracks after repair work
Every year for the last 10 years, the historic Palma to Soller train has closed for a couple of months in winter whilst essential renovation work is completed. It's part of a grand plan to completely renew virtually everything along the 32 kilometres of track which links Mallorca's capital city to Puerto Soller by first train, and then tram.
Thus far, around 70% of the work has been completed at a cost of over €16 million for replacement tracks and new technology in the trains and stations to increase safety and efficiency up to 21st century standards. The good news is that the trains and trams are now back on the tracks and running their winter schedule.
As you'll probably know, the train and tram system is over 100 years old and has become a firm favourite on the tourist scene of Mallorca. Last year over 1.8 million people used it, an increase of over 4% on 2014 and if you watch our video you'll see why.
Not only is the scenery on the journey breathtaking, with views of mountains, valleys and row upon row of almond, olive and orange trees – so close that you could pick the fruit – but also it's like a journey back in time on the carriages and rolling stock some of which are 100 years old!
This year the cost of an excursion from Palma to the port and back is €30 which gives tourists based in the big resorts around Palma not only a great opportunity to ride both the train and tram, but also a chance to see just how different the scenery and architecture of the Sierra Tramuntana area around Soller is to where they are staying.
It's well worth the trip. Do try it if you're in Mallorca soon.