Puerto de Soller

We said goodbye to Puerto Andratx and wended our way up the dramatic coast road to the thriving fishing resort of Puerto de Soller, where we stayed in the stunning new Jumeirah Hotel (www.jumeirah.com) perched high on the cliff above the town. We drank cocktails by the infinity pool as the sun dipped below the horizon, and dined in Cap Roig, one of the many restaurants serving delicious Mediterranean food and wine, as the waves crashed hundreds of feet below. Our little adventure in Puerto de Soller was when we took the rickety train from the port to the nearby town of Soller on a track that winds its way through the mountains, then the back gardens of houses in the town. Pouring rain failed to dampen our enthusiasm and most of the shops sell rain macks to keep the thousands of visitors each year dry whilst sight seeing.


For the next stage of our journey we drove over the mountains in the north of the island to the glamorous Hotel Barcelo Formentor

(www.barcelo.com/formentor), reached by a mountain road from the resort of Pollensa. Travel tip: be sure to stop at Cap Formentor en route, this rock peninsular juts out over the sea and provides awesome views of the rocky coastline. At the end of the road, nestled in woodland, hotel Barcelo Formentor overlooks a pretty bay. This iconic hotel has little changed since its heyday in the 1930’s, when it had a huge celebrity following, including Winston Churchill. Today, guests and their families are clearly of the well-heeled, old money variety and the whole place exudes a genteel charm and civility found nowhere else on the beautiful island of Majorca.

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