Everything is orange
When the main sector of their economy for hundreds of years were the juicy, delicious oranges that grow in profusion all around, it's no surprise that the towns of the Soller Valley celebrate this fact every year with an orange fair.
This weekend, as a prelude to summer, the 13th annual orange fair commences in Soller, Puerto de Soller and Fornalutx with the main venue being in Soller's main square, the Plaza de la Constitucion.
This Saturday, 30th March, from 10 until 18, around 20 stalls will be selling pretty well every product associated with the orange – marmalade, jam, liqueurs, juice, sweets, and possibly even oranges, said to be the absolute favourites of Louis XIV of France, the Sun King of Versailles!
Now's when it starts to get even better, because from 11.30 until 18, five of the local bars and restaurants will be serving up little gastro snacks in the Plaza for a mere €3, at 11 there's a 0% cocktail workshop for a couple of hours and at 12 a showcooking demo – all using guess what as a prime ingredient!
As the evening draws on, the serious fun begins with a tapas and pinchos route around the square with food and wine on tap for just €5 the pair and all accompanied by live music from a couple of local bands.
If you can't make it to Soller on the big day, don't worry because there are 20 restaurants dotted around the three towns that are putting on special orange themed three course meals for only €20 per person.
You can enjoy this special offer in some of the area's best restaurants from 29th March to 14th April, though to make sure of your place, be sure to reserve ahead using the information on the links below (in Catalan, Spanish, English and German)
The organisers have come up with a great idea for those of you who may not be in the area – an all in price on the 'Orange Express – the wonderful old train from Palma. For €45 you can ride the train from Palma to Soller, catch the tram down to the port, enjoy a special meal, and return back to Palma!
What a great opportunity to experience the ride through the mountains, see the picturesque Soller Valley from on high, and enjoy a cracking meal for a great price. This really is the age of the train!
See you there?