Estellences and Banyalbufar Majorca

Another day trip out of Palma saw me onto the TIB bus service that runs throughout Majorca. Most routes leave from the TIB underground bus station opposite Plaza Espana.

Look for the escalators next to the train station –

TIB bus terminal palma

Buses always seem to leave on time and there is a live departure board inside the station near the bottom of the escalators.  There are also smaller ones by the bus stops making things very clear. You can buy tickets on the bus and you do not have to have the EXACT change – yippee !!

I had decided to go to a couple of picturesque villages on the west coast called Estellences and Banyalbufar.  Only a short bus ride away and at 3 euros its a cheap way to get into the local countryside.

After a few miles out of town the bus starts to travel on some very narrow twisty roads near the coast almost making it a scenic tour rather than an everyday bus journey.

The bus first drove into Banyalbufar and then continued to Estellences where it turns around and heads back to Palma. I visited Estellences first and climbed the steep streets – kind of reminded me of the Italian countryside.
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The narrow streets of Estellences –

Estellences majorca

I wandered around the old town for a while before I followed a winding road down to the shore. No beach there but a rugged coastline which I’m sure gets battered by the wind and sea during the winter months.

The rugged coastline of Estellences after the long walk down from the town –

Estellences majorca

Estellences majorca

After climbing the road back into town I stopped for lunch and waited for the bus to return to Banyalbufar.

At the edge of Banyalbufar you can see the terraced hillside that has been made with so many stoned walls.

Banyalbufar majorca

Banyalbufar majorca

Banyalbufar majorca

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More narrow streets and tall buildings, all very well maintained and traditional.

Banyalbufar majorca

After 2-3 hours of roaming the quiet streets and sitting in cafes it was time to return to Palma. The bus turned up again on time and drove back on some of the twisty mountain roads.

I’m sure there are many more villages like this scattered all over Majorca which are only a cheap bus ride away………

Port De Soller Majorca

In between being glued to the internet and hanging around in cafes trying to make new friends, contacts and acquaintances, I decided to have a day out away from Palma so headed out toward Port De Soller.

I had heard about a tourist train that runs up to Soller a small town near the west coast. From there you can also get a tram down to the Port of Soller. Having arrived around half an hour before the first train was to leave I already saw people climbing aboard, the thought of sitting on the old wooden seats for half an hour before we even started didn’t fill me with joy so I went next door to the bus station.

The tourist train charges 10 euro for a single trip to Soller but you can find an Express bus number 211 to take you all the way to Port Soller. If you prefer a slightly more scenic journey you can take the 210 bus that goes via the town of Valldemossa and then follows more of a scenic drive following the coast. The price for the express bus (no 210) is 3.25 euroes and the longer scenic route (no 211) is 4.30 euros so a bit of a saving over the tourist train.

I chose the express bus this time but I’ve heard the town of Valldemossa is well worth a visit so will be doing that another day.

The bus drops you at the top of a hill then its a short 5 minute walk down to Port of Soller. Port Soller is a natural harbour very well protected from the outside sea and winds due to the high ground around it. Port de soller majorca

Most of the boats here are local fishing boats in keeping with the local area with just a few bigger motor boats.

Port de soller majorca

The place is very popular with both Germans and English, especially in July/August. Enjoying the cafe lifestyle –

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A short walk to the top of the town reveals the ocean outside –

Port de soller majorca

Port de soller majorca

Typical streets and houses in the town –

Port de soller majorca

After spending a couple of hours wandering around the harbour I took the tram back to Soller town. The tram runs right through the center of town sometimes almost touching restaurant tables as it passes. Arriving in Soller –

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When i got there the tourist train was just about to leave and head back to Palma.

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The old narrow streets of Soller –

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Center of town in front of the cathedral,  plenty of restaurants and seating area, careful of the trams as they pass through though !

Soller majorca

Strange looking building next to the cathedral, very gothic looking and now a bank –

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I went for a small walk out of town to the next village of Biniaraix. It seems to  be a popular place for hikers as many people kept appearing with proper walking boots and walking sticks. View out over the Majorcan countryside –

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It was a great day out away from the bustle of Palma and hordes of tourists getting of the cruise ships. Definitely going to get out more into the countryside and see a bit more of the traditional Majorca.

Travelling the world by sea……..(and a bit of land)