Tunnel to Sóller finally toll-free
Green light now for all those, who have not been to enchanting Sóller often enough and also for all those, who cannot get enough of Palma and the Southwestern coast.
Just like many roads lead to Rome, many also lead to Sóller. Picturesque ones for example, like the Ma-10 along the Western coast, or the wonderful mountain pass Ma-11A, which because of its beautiful serpentines (see map detail) is mainly being used by cyclists nowadays. Or, for the hasty ones amongst us, the road through the tunnel of Sóller, which as part of the Ma-11 connects the island’s capital Palma with Sóller in the idyllic orange valley and its harbour Port de Sóller.
Life in times before the tunnel was pretty unfair. At least for the inhabitants of Sóller and its surrounding villages. It took way too long to get to Palma and so all the fruit of orange valley would rather be shipped to France, because that was so much faster than to drag the oranges-loaded donkey cart through the Serra d’Alfàbia.
But the Palmesanos too never or hardly ever got to experience the pleasure of visiting the cute little town in the valley behind the mountains of the Tramuntana, until the 3-km long tunnel was opened in 1997.
Until recently, it was a toll road. For those few minutes of transit a driver of a car had to pay 5 €. But this is history since end of December 2017 and the tunnel is toll-free from now on. Green light for all those, who have not been to enchanting Sóller often enough and also for all those, who cannot get enough of Palma and the Southwestern coast.