beach in port de soller

Soller, Mallorca with kids, the perfect spot for a family holiday

Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain is the perfect place for a family holiday. Located just off the East coast of mainland Spain it’s just a two and a half hour flight from the UK but feels a thousand miles away. Home to glorious sandy beaches, lush covered mountains and charming port villages the hardest decision will be working out where to stay. If you only have a couple of days on the island I recommend basing yourselves in the capital city, Palma with kids is a great place for a city break. But if you have longer, head to the North of the island. Charming Soller, Mallorca with kids is a wonderful base for a family holiday.

For this post I’m going to be combining both the old town of Soller itself and Port de Soller next to the sea. They’re about 4 miles from each other and together they offer everything you’ll need for your family holiday.

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sun going down over the sea in port de soller bay

Things to do in Soller, Mallorca with kids

Soller is not the place to head for fancy theme parks and attractions. The pace of life here is laid back, it’s about the architecture, the culture and to keep the kids happy – the beach!

Explore the old town

Soller feels very authentically Majorcan. It has managed to escape much of the crazy growth of Magaluf and Alcudia and retains its old style charm. You’ll find traditional orange stone buildings down narrow cobbled alleyways with cafes spilling out onto pavements where locals enjoy a morning coffee. The main square where the church is located is absolutely delightful with square side cafes and independent shops.

old town soller with pavement cafes around the square

Go on a family friendly hike

Soller is home to the start of many hiking trails. There are routes to suit all ages and abilities but theyre best attempted out of the unforgiving summer Mallorcan sun. Trails into the Tramuntana mountains are all well-sign posted but can be steep under foot. Make sure to bring plenty of water, sun cream and suitable hiking boots, at all times of year. All Trails has some great hikes to try or you can buy a trail guide from the tourist shop in Soller.

the mountains in mallorca, the perfect place for a hike

Visit the beach

For the best beaches you’ll need to head to Port de Soller. Here you’ll find two perfectly protected bays. Both have easy access to facilities, shops, restaurants and sunbeds to hire. If you’re visiting Soller with kids then the most central beach is your best bed. The sea is shallow making it perfect for paddling and swimming. You’ll find life guards on duty during busier times.

man in pink shorts and blue jumper walking along the beach in port de soller

Take the tram

The little tram which leads from Soller to the Port of Soller is guaranteed to be one of the kids favourite things to do in Soller. It dates back to the early 1900’s and its pretty little wooden cabins have been fastidiously restored. We enjoyed just watching the trams past as we enjoyed a morning coffee, Piper obviously loved hopping on for a ride and waving at the locals as she passed by. It’s pretty expensive at €7 each way but it really is worth it.

Tour Soller Church

The neo-gothic Sant Bartomeu in Soller’s main square is where most of the action happens. The building itself is one of Mallorcas most intricate and famous churches. First built in the 13th Century the current building was completed in 1733 and was designed by Joan Rubio Bellver who worked under Antoni Gaudi. Head inside the church to view the spectacular alterpieces and enjoy the calm and cool.

neo gothic church in soller majorca

Pick up your souvenirs.

Port de Soller is my favourite place in Mallorca to pick up souvenirs and gifts for home. The promenade is home to many independent craft shops selling handmade woven beach bags, leather sandals and local produce. It’s just full of unique finds.

sounenir shop front in soller mallorca

Where to stay in Soller with kids

Gran Hotel Soller

Conveniently located right next to the market square in Soller is the glorious Gran Hotel Soller. It has a lovely rooftop pool, a spa and plenty of family sized rooms. It’s easy to hop on the tram from here to the beach.

Check the best prices for your stay at the Gran Hotel Soller.

two glasses of white wine and a bowl of peanuts

Fergus Style Soller Beach

I love Fergus hotels, the design is very laid back with rattan touches and Balinese day beds. The one overlooking Soller beach will not disappoint. Ideally located just across the road from the beach nested between souvenir shops and pavement cafes.

Check the best prices for you dates at the Fergus Style Soller Beach.

Bikini Island and Mountain Hotel

This is an absolutely charming hotel offering gorgeous views across Port De Soller bay and the Tramuntana Mountains. It’s all natural materials with a Californian hippie vibe. It’s just a stones throw from the beach and promenade. Due to its design features, this hotel does not allow children under the age of 14. Those aged over 14  must be booked into a separate room.

Check the best prices for the Bikini Island and Mountain Hotel here.

port do soller promenade

Where to eat in Soller, Mallorca

Pintxo or small tapas plates are a Spanish institution and it’s one of our favourite ways to eat. Ca’n Pintxo located in the centre of Soller town has plenty of high end, delicious options. Eating really should be included in the section on the best things to do in Soller!

For amazing mediterranean fresh food in Port de Soller, head to Restaurant Nautilus, nestled in to the cliffs above town, it offers amazing views across the bay. For light lunches and relaxed dining then you can’t go wrong strolling along the promenade and popping into any of the restaurants bordering the seafront. Grab a table on the pavement and soak in the sunny vibes. Most restaurants offer kids menus and all are super family friendly.

several boats moored in port de soller

Day trips from Soller, Mallorca with kids

Mallorcas largest city, Palma is a brilliant day trip from Soller. It’s less than an hours drive from Soller and there’s so much to see. The Cathedral is absolutely stunning and the narrow cobbled streets are perfect for a wander. Kids will also love all the outdoor playgrounds and the small modern art museum Es Baluard. You can also hop on the train from Soller town. Discover more in my post about Palma de Mallorca with kids.

palma catedral in majorca

For something very authentically Mallorcan, head to Ecovinyassa, an eco farm in the Soller valley. It’s home to groves of orange and lemon trees and the smell is absolutely amazing! You can take an audio tour through the groves which takes around two hours and learn all about farming practices used on the island.

Less than 15 minutes drive from the centre of Soller are the Jardines de Alfabia. Home to a beautiful, traditional house, perfectly manicured gardens and a charming orchard. It’s been a UNESCO site since 2011. It’s probably one of the most relaxing spots on the island.

How to get to Soller, Mallorca and where is it?

Soller is just 30 minutes drive from the Airport in Palma on the North West of the island. It’s bordered by crystal clear waters to the coast or olive and citrus groves inland. From the town you can see the lush green mountains provide shelter for the town.

If you’re planning on exploring Mallorca with kids then I recommend hiring a car. It will make it easy to hop from Soller to Port de Soller and also to explore further a field for day trips.

entrance to sant bartomeu church in soller

To reach Soller you’ll want to fly into the international airport in Palma. From the airport you can opt for the stunning but rather terrifying mountain road straight through the centre of the island or follow the main road North.

You can also take the small wooden train from Palma to the main Station in Soller (and then hop on the tram if you want to go to Port de Soller). It travels through the mountains and offers some amazing views and rather exciting tunnels. It’s €25 for a return trip.

If you like charming laid back Balearic villages then Talamanca, Ibiza makes for another great place to take the kids.

Have you been to Soller, Mallorca? What are your favourite things to do there? Let me know below in the comments.

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