Swish new port facilities for Soller
The lovely resort of Puerto de Soller is still very much a working port, in fact the only one on Mallorca's west coast, with a still thriving fishing industry existing side by side with the big pleasure cruise industry and hundreds of privately owned craft moored there.
It's not that long ago that the activities of the fishing industry were very, very evident around the harbour-side with old installations rather spoiling the look of the area. Nowadays most of the area has been spruced up and the smart terraces of some excellent bars and restaurants now line the seafront.
However, there's still one small area left at the far end of the port which remains a little 'industrial' and plans have been announced to transform this whole 4,000 square metre plot into a modern facility for the 21st century. Two organisations are funding the work – Ports de Balears and Marina Tramontana – who will both stump up a total of €4.5 million for the transformation.
The new facilities will be for both public and private use and will feature new buildings, a swimming pool, car parking and landscaping of the area with palm trees and ornamental gardens. The installations will include building for both the fishing industry and tourism with a store, ice-room, changing facilities, net drying area, office and sales room as well as a restaurant and bar.
The architect responsible for the new facilities, Alberto Martín Caballero, says that they have made a non-minimalist project in which a precise, yet quiet architecture predominates. As you can see from their designs (photos) the concrete, glass and sandstone buildings with their clean white colour scheme certainly achieve that.
The work is due to start in Autumn 2017 and be finished in 2018. That's something to look forward to as it will definitely enhance the whole look of the already beautiful Puerto de Soller! I can't wait to see it.