Introduction

Sóller’s outlet to the sea is a quintessential Mallorcan fishing and yachting harbour, arrayed around an almost perfectly enclosed bay. Around a decade ago, millions of euros were poured into sprucing up the port but, as with all such places, the atmosphere wavers between classy and crass. The architecture reflects French and even Puerto Rican influences, as these were the two main destination countries of many Mallorcan emigrants, some of whom returned with cash and imported tastes.

The sunsets can be stunning, especially in mid-summer, when – from the right vantage point – the sun dips into the sea precisely between the jaws of the port's two headlands.