Mallorca Discovery Tour
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Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic islands and is recognised for its beautiful countryside. The island enjoys an excellent year-round climate and splendid mountain scenery. On this holiday we discover the stunning coastal scenery, traditional villages and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains and we explore the harbour town of Puerto de Sóller.
- Puerto de Sóller and the northwest coast
- Sóller and hilltop villages
- Lluc Monastery and Pollença
- The city of Palma
- The romantic towns of Valldemossa and Deia
- Small, sociable groups of up to 15 guests
- Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
- Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
- Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
The 4-star Sóller Beach Hotel is located on the beachfront of Puero de Sóller with views across the bay to the majestic mountains of the Serra du Tramuntana beyond. The hotel is very near shops and facilities of the resort and just a few minutes walk to the beach. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment and now offers our guests a high standard of comfort with a contemporary twist.
|Hotel Sóller Beach has 71 comfortable en-suite bedrooms.
All bedrooms have:
|The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool in a small garden with some seating.
Our holidays at Hotel Sóller Beach are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a self-select buffet.
Hotel Sóller Beach provides a three-course meal with choices. There will be a vegetarian option but if you have any special dietary requirements we recommend that you discuss your preferences with the hotel management.
There is also a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine, and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
You could buy lunch ingredients from one of the many shops in Puerto de Sóller. On some days it may be possible to buy ingredients or eat in a local café during the day; your leaders will advise you of all the options.
Each evening your leaders will tell you about the next day's activities and answer any questions you may have.
During the evening you may like to join in an optional organised evening activity, such as a quiz or take a walk on the beach if the weather permits.
During your Discovery Tour you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. This is the proposed programme, but our HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times.
Puerto de Sóller and Mallorca's northwest coast
Puerto de Sóller, Cala Tuent, Sa Colobra and the Torrent de Pareis
The picturesque harbour town of Puerto de Sóller is one of the most photographed in Mallorca and we’ll discover why as we begin our day with an orientation walk around the town. We’ll have time to explore the pleasant streets and shops and enjoy the promenade walk around the lovely horseshoe bay.
We'll enjoy a boat cruise along the splendid stretch of coast northwest of Puerto de Sóller past dramatic cliffs which tumble down to the white beaches. One of the highlights is a small quiet cove, Cala Tuent, with its backdrop of mountains and small 13th century church. We continue onward to Sa Colobra, where it is possible to visit the magnificent gorge of Torrent de Pareis, the 'Torrent of the Twins'. A box canyon, the spot where the river meets the sea is one of the most dramatic sights on the island.
The hilltop villages of the Sóller valley
Biniaraix and the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, Fornalutx, Puig Major, Binibassi and Sóller
Today begins with a scenic stroll to the tiny old stone village of Biniaraix, passing orchards and farmland criss-crossed with ancient irrigation channels and dry-stone walls. Nestled in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, the village is extraordinarily pretty. We continue by coach to Fornalutx, often described as the most attractive village on Mallorca and certainly it has a superb location, set against the towering Puig Major and surrounded by orange and lemon groves. The quaint village fans out from the miniscule centre and the streets are still cobbled to facilitate mule traffic.
After lunch we stretch our legs on an easy footpath to Binibassi then head to Sóller, whose name reputedly comes from the Arabic suilar meaning 'golden bowl'. Sóller is famous for its orange groves. We enjoy a delightful ride up into the mountains and the village on trams that date from 1912. After a wander through Sóller’s narrow lanes, which are lined by 18th and 19th century stone houses adorned with fancy grilles and big wooden doors – the former dwellings of the region’s rich fruit merchants – we’ll arrive in Plaça Constitució where we can sample tapas, pastries and ice cream.
Lluc Monastery and Pollença
The Monastery of Our Lady of Lluc and Pollença
Today we travel to the Monestir de Nostra Senyora de Lluc, the Monastery of Our Lady of Lluc, the spiritual centre of Mallorca and a place of pilgrimage for over 800 years. The story is that a little statue of the Virgin (La Moreneta) was found by an Arab shepherd boy (Lluc or Luke) who had recently converted to Christianity. Highlights include the monastery church and its enjoyable museum and the pretty Jardí Botanic.
Founded by the Romans in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, Pollença still has much of its old-world charm with narrow twisting streets and charming stone houses. The pride and joy of the town is its Via Crucis ('The Way of the Cross'), a long steep and beautiful stone stairway graced by ancient cypress trees. If you climb all the 365 steps you will pass the stations of the cross on your ascent; alternatively you could take a taxi to the top of the Calvery Hill to visit the much revered 13th century statue at the top of the stairway.
The city of Palma
Sa Seu Cathedral, Palau de l'Aludaina, the Arabian Baths, Museum de Mallorca and Basilica de Sant Francesc
The one-hour journey on the vintage train to Palma is a delight as it rattles through the mountains down to the sea. The town of Palma is an exuberant, attractive and culturally alive city whose Old Town is full of handsome renovated houses and beautiful arcaded squares. The port is dominated by the 13th century Sa Seu, Palma Cathedral, the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Among the treasures within are the tombs of Mallorca’s first kings. Also standing in a prominent position is the ancient Palau de l’Aludaina, a graceful amalgam of Gothic and Moorish styles, part of which is still used for royal apartments. Other highlights include the Arabian Baths, the fascinating Museu de Mallorca, housed in a 17th century palace, and the medieval Basilica de Sant Francesc.
The romantic towns of Valldemossa and Deià
Valldemossa is another contender for Mallorca’s most beautiful town. Its picturesque old town spills down a hillside surrounded by farming terraces created 1,000 years ago by the Moors. Near the bottom of the hill is the 13th century parish church dedicated to St Bartomeu, one of the patron saints of the town. The top attraction however is the former monastery complex including the cloisters known as the Myrtle Court and the former royal palace. The monastery was at one time used as a hotel and two of its more famous guests were the composer Chopin and the French writer George Sand.
We continue our journey to the tiny coastal village of Deià, with its warm sandstone houses set in a dramatic ravine that plunges down into the Mediterranean sea. Towering over the town is the modest 18th century church of Sant Joan Baptista. The village is mostly associated with the English novelist and poet Robert Graves and over the past 50 years the town has been beloved by many artists and writers, including Picasso and Anaïs Nin.
All transport (hired minibus, or local transport) is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances (allow €21 per person).
Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.
Free day – on our 7 night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.
An introduction to the area
Since the 1960s, Mallorca has been a popular package tour destination and each year millions of Britons head for the island’s main resorts to enjoy their week in the sun. Increasingly, however, the island is being recognised for its beautiful countryside. With an excellent year-round climate and splendid mountain scenery, it provides the ideal location for a spring or autumn holiday.
Our base is the attractive coastal town of Puerto de Sóller whose buildings line the promenade around the horseshoe shaped cove. The island’s northern coastline is particularly dramatic.
Inland rise the splendid mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana. The lower slopes are richly planted with groves of olives and oranges, which steadily give way to evergreen forests and the open mountainsides beyond.
Palma, the capital of Mallorca, is easily reached by taking the tram to Sóller and then using the vintage electric railway from Sóller to Palma. The train journey across the island takes about an hour and makes an enjoyable activity in its own right. Once in Palma the historical city centre can be easily explored on foot.
Places of particular interest in Palma include:
The Cathedral, built in gothic splendour some 500 years ago, is known as the Seo by the Mallorcans. Look out for the Puerta del Mirador (an opening in the wall facing the sea) designed by Guillem Sangrera, the Trinity Chapel and the Royal Chapel. The side chapels and the cathedral museum are good examples of baroque architecture.
The Almudaina, or royal palace, where the king and queen of Mallorca once lived, was constructed on the remains of the Muslim castle (free entry on Wednesdays for EU passport holders).
The Lonja houses the provincial fine art museum and is one of the best examples of city gothic architecture in the Mediterranean area. The building was also designed by Guillem Sangrera.
The Paseo del Borne is the main thoroughfare in the old part of Palma. You will see medieval buildings flanked by elegant palace facades as well as 19th century apartments. These palaces were mostly built in the 17th and 18th century and they give the city a noble, rich and vaguely Italian air due to the influence of the Venetians from Genoa and Venice.
Valldemossa - an attractive town to the southwest of Sóller which is also visited as part of the walking programme. However you may wish to explore the town more fully on your free day. The former Moorish hamlet of Valldemossa retains all the old charm of an ancient Mallorcan village, with its narrow winding streets and rustic stone houses. Originally the site of a Moorish palace, the buildings were later the retreat of King Sancho. Later, Carthusian monks built a monastery and when they were expelled from Spain in 1835, private owners took over the monastery and rented the cells to travellers. This is where Chopin and George Sand lived in 1838, occupying cells in the Monastery soon after the Monks left.
Boat trips - boats depart regularly from the marina and will take you along the coast to the beach at Sa Colobra. This is a magnificent stretch of coast and this boat journey will give you a totally different view of where you may have been walking. Once at Sa Calobra it is possible to visit the magnificent gorge of Torrent de Pareis.
Shops & facilities:
There are plenty of shops, bars and cafes in Puerto de Sóller, and the market on Saturdays in Sóller is also fun to browse around. Two small shops, close to the entrance of the hotel sell bread rolls, local cheeses and salamis which make ideal lunch snacks. In general not much English is spoken by shopkeepers and restaurant staff, but a smile and a few words of Spanish work wonders!
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle flights to Palma airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 45 minutes to the Sóller Beach Hotel
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport. Mallorca’s capital, Palma, is very well connected to the UK.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £21 per night
- Allow €21 for entrances
- Authorities in the Balearic Islands of Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca have introduced a Sustainable Tourism Tax on tourists visiting the islands which the government will use to help preserve their natural beauty and cultural heritage. As a result, a charge of €1.65 per person, per night, on all overnight stays in 4-star tourist accommodation has now come into force and will be applicable to your stay. It will need to be paid directly at your hotel and we would advise our customers to be prepared to pay upon arrival, although the hotel may allow you to add this to the final room bill.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person