One of Mallorca's most emblematic tourist attractions celebrates its 100th anniversary in October
One of Mallorca's most emblematic tourist attractions celebrates its 100th anniversary in October. The lovely old trams of the Soller tramway – preserved today very much as they were then – made
their first journey from Soller down to its port on 4th October 1913.
Back then, a year after the Palma to Soller railway had been completed, its purpose was to transport passengers going about their daily business around the area. Much has changed since, and now the
tramway is a popular pleasure ride for visitors from all over the world – around a million of them every year – who wish to revel in nostalgia and enjoy the wonderful views of the coast,
countryside, mountains and street views along the way.
Built by the engineer Pere Garau, who now has a Plaza bearing his name in Palma, the tramway has a 3 feet gauge (the same as the Isle of Man trams) and covers a distance of nearly 5 kilometres and
calls at 17 halts between the town and the port. The original electrically powered trams, numbers 1, 2, and 3 were built in Zaragoza and later, 5 other units (20 to 24) were bought from the Lisbon
tram system as passenger demand grew. Two of the open carriages in use to day had once plied their trade as part of the now defunct Palma tram system until they were bought for Soller in 1954!
To celebrate the centenary, the number 3 tram will haul a convoy down to the port where a mural by Joan Miro will be unveiled in the old station (photo above) and an exhibition of the tram's
history will be held in the port. Music will be provided by the Esclatabutzes, los Xeremiers de Sóller, the Municipal Symphony Orchestra and to round off the evening, there'll be what else, a BIG
So here's to the next 100 years.