Soller, Mallorca, Spain
The picturesque town of Sóller sits surrounded by orange groves a couple of miles inland from its port on Mallorca’s northern coast, accessible by a vintage tramway. Because it grew wealthy from oranges and olives, the town is bristling with attractive architecture from medieval through the modernist period. The Church of Sant Bartomeu dates from the 13th Century, but has a Baroque structure added, a Modernist façade from 1904 and a 1912 tower. The Can Prunera modern art museum is housed in an Art Nouveau mansion, and the Natural Sciences Museum in another converted manor house. Many visitors arrive from Palma on the cross-island vintage railway, and sit in the cafés of the Plaça Constitució admiring the buildings and distinctive green Mallorcan shutters on the windows. More ambitious visitors stroll the impressive Botanical Gardens or hike into the surrounding Tramuntana range.