The construction of the road tunnel to Sóller in the 1990s was fraught with so much fraud and scandal, that it forced the resignation of the President of the Govern Balear. To this day, it’s maintenance and status as a toll road (or not) causes controversy. Cyclists on the island rise above it, literally, by climbing the Coll de Sóller.
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MALLORCA COLLS & CLIMBS : COLL DE SÓLLER
The two sides of the climb are notably different, the south being more open and gradual compared to the high sides and tighter switchbacks of the north side. The clever option is to go around and search the shade on the north if the sun is high and hot. Whichever side you choose, the views are stunning.
It’s that sun that gives Sóller its French connection. The Port of Sóller served as a trading post between the Island and the French coast where the bounty of the temperate climate of the Sóller valley left for mainland France : oranges, lemons, olives, figs and almonds. On the return, exporters brought with them a bit of French culture via fashion, furniture and goods. So your Café du Cycliste jersey will not look out of place amongst the artisanal shops and cafés in Sóller’s beautiful Plaza de la Constitución.
Like so many of Mallorca’s cycling routes, the locals have tuned into the needs of cyclists. Ca’n Topa, the café located right beside the summit sign provides a warm welcome to everyone, from pro riders on training camps to first-timers on the Island’s climbs. After this stop, descending back towards Palma offers a panorama over the rest of the Island like no other. Do it at sunset and the beauty will motivate you to explore more than just the Tramuntana mountains.