Nostalgic Train from Palma to Sóller
This train only partially lives up to its name “Red Lightning”: While the old wagons are indeed red, the train doesn’t move as fast as lightning. This is also good because otherwise you wouldn't be able to enjoy the nostalgic, leisurely rattling on the rails and the views over the orange plantations. This steam train went into operation in 1912, at that time to transport precisely those oranges from the valley to the city. Since 1926, the historic narrow-gauge railway has been running electrically from Palma over the mountains to Sóller. The train takes around an hour for the 28-kilometre trip. It chugs along four times a day, the round trip costs €25; tickets are cheaper for children and the nostalgic trip is free for children up to the age of three.
Paradise for Climbers
Climb high in the Jungle Park: Just 20 kilometres from Palma lies the largest climbing park in Mallorca, surrounded by dense trees. If you want to clamber between the branches and slide on zip lines, you’d better have a head for heights! Children from 10 years old and 1.40 metres tall can enjoy cycling at high altitudes and other climbing elements on the “Explorador Parcours” (from €20). The younger ones, between the ages of 4 and 12, can try out the “Piratas Parcours ” (from €15), provided they are at least 1.05 metres tall. Rope slings and flying pirate ships provide a lot of fun and promote a sense of balance, with trained staff giving participants a comprehensive safety training beforehand. And then all you’ll hear is shouting and cheering...
Citrus Paradise: The Ecovinyassa Organic Farm
At the foot of the Sierra d’Alfàbia, some 30 kilometres north of Palma, between Sóller and Fornalutx, the land becomes a mosaic of orange and green, especially in spring: Orange trees as far as the eye can see. Over 18,000 square metres are farmed at the Ecovinyassa organic farm. Amidst over 2,000 citrus trees, visitors can learn a lot about the organic family-run plantation on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while children can feed the free-range chickens in the shade of the plants. Admission is €14 for adults, children pay half – and, of course, a freshly squeezed orange juice to taste is also included.
Story Time in Artà
Roaring seas, deep forests, dark caves and winding mountain trails: A setting for fairytales. Until the end of the 19th century, the Rondaies, the Mallorcan folk tales, were passed on for generations from mouth to mouth. Today, around 400 stories have survived. The heroes of these stories, at least some of them, like Joan Langnase, can be seen at the Artà Fairytale Museum (officially: ArtArtá). In the old town house located in the pedestrian area of Artá, the puppets, some of whom look a little gruesome, tell their adventures and fates in different languages. Especially on a rainy day, a trip to the museum provides an interesting contrast program.
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