All aboard the noddy train to Soller!

So the other half – train buff and nerd extraordinaire – is super excited about the little wooden train that travels from Palma to the tiny village of Soller.

Travelling through mountainous scenery this nostaligic narrow gauge service takes about 1.5 hours to get from one to the other.

The wooden train has brass fittings, reversable seating and all the trappings of days gone by.


Get there early as queues start forming ages before the train is loaded with passengers and you want to get prime position for the amazing views.


Grabbing window seats we were able to enjoy the breath taking journey as it winds through the mountains.


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The train passes through 13 tunnels as it traverses the Sierra de Alfàbia mountain range which is 2.8 km wide and 496 metres high.

The Sóller railway has been running since 1912 and operates a daily train service along the 27.3 km.

From 1913 it has also run the tram service along the 4.9 kilometres from Sóller and the Port of Sóller.


Here the pretty Port of Soller bathed in sunlight.



Then it’s back on the tram to take in the amazing architecture in the tiny village of Soller

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Find out more about the train, times and costs here

Palma Cathedral, potted history and lots of pics!

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu is a Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral.

It’s located high above a man made lake that offers spectacular views of the impressive, towering spires of the epic edifice. It was started in 1229 but only finished in 1601.

Its glorious golden sandstone exterior is present from every corner of Palma and dominated the skyline from every angle.

It sits high above the man made Parc de le Mar where Palma residents while away the hours people watching and sunning themselves.

Construction of Palma Cathedral is said to have been ordered by King Jaume I in 1230, just a year after this Christian crusader conquered the island.

Built on top of a mosque, the process of erecting Palma Cathedral lasted around three hundred years, stretching from 1301 to the seventeenth century.
Parts of the Cathedral were designed by Antoni Gaudi, but his contributions are limited as he stopped his involvement due to an argument with the contractor.

Next up – the wooden train through the mountains to Soller. A step back in time!

Mallorca 2013 – a big surprise.

So it’s been a while bloggers but I am back! Fresh (sort of) from five days in Mallorca.

It’s always been a place I dismissed as just tacky beach destination (yes Magaluff I am looking at you) but the lure of super cheap flights finally hooked me.

We paid about £80 return from East Midlands to Palma and stayed in the perfectly nice Tryp Palma Hotel.

Five minutes walk from Place de Espanya, the main train and bus station and also the dinky toy train to Soller (more of that later) the hotel is perfectly positioned, it’s about a 15 minute gentle stroll to the towering Cathedral and the Royal Palace of La Almudaina.

La Seu (the Cathedral)

Palace of La Almudaina

Palma itself was fantastic. From the old town with its meandering passageways, Arab Baths and unexpected processions to its hidden art galleries and tasty tapas bars.

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Every other shop seemed to be a cake related heaven, and combined with pizza, ice cream and super cheap beer (from the super market naturally) we troughed our way through the holiday.

P1050918A particular favourite was this giant doughnut – the SIZE OF YOUR HEAD!!!!


There’s traditional windmills, a circular castle (Bellver) with a stunning view over the city, beaches within a 20 minute drive, culture, art, food, churches and places to aimlessly wander.

In short Palma was a brilliant place to spend a short break within a two hour flight of the UK.

Next up, a closer look at the Cathedral, the little mountain train to Soller and some beaches . . . .