The Ferrocarril de Sóller (narrow-guage railway) was built in 1911 to connect the capital city, Palma de Mallorca, with the hillside town of Sóller adjacent to the Port de Sóller, well-known for its delicious gambas rojas de Sóller (red shrimp) – the latter which we enjoyed for dinner one night at a seaside restaurant in Palma de Mallorca on the Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain.
The drive from the village of Valldemossa in the Tramuntana Mountains (see our previous blog post) to Port de Sóller on the west coast of Mallorca took us along the coast, offering quite spectacular views.
Port de Sóller is a very popular beach resort, in addition to housing a fish fleet known for catching the gambas rojas de Sóller (red shrimp) .
The city of Sóller, a few miles inland from Port de Sóller, is a major agricultural center (oranges, in particular, and lemons). Centuries ago, agricultural riches helped fund the construction of the cathedral on the main town square. The facade has an unusual design for the two steeples, as shown in the photograph, below.
“The historic electric train takes a route north from the capital across the plains, winding through mountains and 13 tunnels of the Serra de Tramuntana, finally ending in the large railway station of the northern town of Sóller. Work began on the railway in 1911 on the profits of the orange and lemon trade, which at the time was booming. For this reason, it is sometimes known as the ‘Orange Express’. The famous train is now not only a mode of transport between these two key Mallorcan settlements, but also an attraction in itself.” — Wikipedia