Shirley Roberts
Shirley Roberts

'Soller Shirley' Facebook page started fifteen years ago. The daily ramblings on events and life in the Soller Valley continues to this day. ‘Spotlight on Soller’ is a weekly page in the Mallorca Bulletin and has been for over 10 years. I Immersed myself in the Soller world I left London for. Every day I learn something new and tell the tale. I was part of three generational move to the Soller Valley and have had the joy of watching my grandchildren grow on this wonderful island. A previous life in journalism for the Times Newspaper, General Manager of a London Hotel and the creator of a start-up company, in North London (eventually sold to a PLC) sums up my life. I am now back where I started, writing stories every day and looking after, Humans of Mallorca and Nan’s Day’s Out. I just love to tell a tale…


Lost sunsets and digital memories in Soller

Everyone is too busy filming the occasion and recording it for social media or their own collection of pictures.

Shirley Roberts 19/02/2024 10:03


Discovering Bunyola: Gateway to scenic walks and historical charms

Many walkers don’t hire cars and use the bus to get to the starting points of good walking trails.

Shirley Roberts 12/02/2024 10:18


Soller valley buzz: What's happening this week!

Important roadworks are beginning this week on the mountain road linking Soller and Deya.

Shirley Roberts 05/02/2024 12:22


Beyond staycations and day trips in Soller

For 2024 we know of businesses in Barcelona who advertise ‘Day Trips to Soller. A 30-minute flight and then picked up and taken to the station in Palma for the Soller train.

Shirley Roberts 26/01/2024 12:54


Bittersweet realities and renewal: Updates from Soller Valley

Just one more week of the Soller Tram being out of service for annual repairs to the track. It will be back on 22nd January 2024.

Shirley Roberts 19/01/2024 14:37


Winter trends in Soller

Soller is one of the few resorts on the island with a 10-month season

Shirley Roberts 15/01/2024 11:37


Bonfires, barbecues, and beyond: Soller's January extravaganza

This is an extremely busy time of year for celebrations and observances.

Shirley Roberts 08/01/2024 09:03


Countdown to 2024: Weddings, celebrities, and new beginnings in the Soller Valley

New Year’s Eve starts with Sant Silvestre Fun Run from the Marina Tramontana, in Puerto Soller at 4 pm.

Shirley Roberts 29/12/2023 12:24

Christmas 2023

Merry Christmas from Soller

Everything will be opening by mid-February...

Shirley Roberts 22/12/2023 12:06


"I love a tourist"

Soller Valley life to me has always meant the ‘chatter’.

Shirley Roberts 18/12/2023 09:28


Discovering the essence of Soller: A local's guide to must-see gems

"A little project for the 'Lonely Planet' guidebook taught me that what readers seem to love most, is a locals view of their favourite things..."

Shirley Roberts 10/12/2023 18:45


Tracks of change: Navigating the commuter landscape in Soller

What a year to review, as Mallorca got hotter and busier than ever.

Shirley Roberts 05/12/2023 09:46


Embracing change in the Soller Valley

All these factors contribute to the commuter feel where the only people in town during the day are the carers of young children and the elderly.

Shirley Roberts 27/11/2023 15:34


From Seville to Soller: A tale of two worlds

Local residents have been to the Town Hall to see the plans and were surprised and the size and scale of the new hotel rising from the ashes.

Shirley Roberts 22/11/2023 17:03


November sees more visitors than usual in Soller

“The Soller Tram has changed to an hourly service this month and the Soller Train to four journeys a day.”

Shirley Roberts 10/11/2023 14:55


Changing tides and culinary delights: Soller's autumn transformation

“The word on the street says Soller is to have a significant opening by a Swedish super chef. I know lots of details but can’t print them yet!”

Shirley Roberts 06/11/2023 12:34


Catching the midnight bus: Soller's new era of transportation

This year, for the first time, the buses ran to midnight to fill this criterion. We are all waiting to see if this continues with the winter timetable to be published for November 1.

Shirley Roberts 31/10/2023 15:13


Unveiling Puerto Soller's rich military history and current challenges

This is also the week where repairs are being done to the two road tunnels in our world.

Shirley Roberts 23/10/2023 11:40


Soller's Trail race debut: A yearly fixture in the making

It is hoped this will take its place in the official list of races from 2024 onwards, encouraging sports people to the Soller Valley to race.

Shirley Roberts 13/10/2023 12:00


Resurrecting Soller's 'Boulevard' and reviving Can Canals Garden

We are all hoping to visit the fountain as it is brought to life and water starts to flow.

Shirley Roberts 06/10/2023 12:30