Car Hire Soller Majorca - Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

Soller offers a good base for exploring north-west Majorca by car, from the mountain roads of the Serra de Tramuntana to the coast road with its Mediterranean views. Arranging car hire in Soller is not easy, however, because companies offering vehicles locally are rare, but it is worth making the effort. You will miss much of the area's charm if you fail to get out into the country.

To hire a car in Spain you must be at least 21 years old and have been driving for at least a year. You do not need an international driving licence since Spanish car rental companies will accept most foreign licences (including European Union, US and Canadian).

Car hire in Soller is a small-scale operation since most tourists will pick up a car at Palma airport. However, if you are looking for a car in town, your best bet is Betacar (+34 971 63 40 16, www.betacar.es) who have an office in nearby Port de Soller. The more notice you can give, especially in high season, the better.

Majorca's size means that you can reach virtually the whole island in day trips from Soller, but there are some particular gems close by.

The photogenic fishing port of Port de Soller has the nearest beach. Its horseshoe-shaped bay is popular with tourists and the town is generally busier than Soller itself.

Heading east, the 35-kilometre road to Lluc (C710) is possibly the best drive on the island. It passes through the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana before arriving at a monastery in a valley. Or you can drive the short distance to the exquisite foothill villages of Binairaix and Fornalutx.

South-west from Soller, the C710 takes you down the coast via Deia towards Port d'Andratx, with splendid views of both sea and mountains.

And driving south-east to Palma you can either take the toll tunnel or drive an extra six kilometres on a winding road (57 hairpins) over the mountains. Before reaching the split, you should stop at the beautiful Moorish estate at the Jardines de Alfabia.

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