We had a fabulous time here in Sept 2012 (see previous review) and decided we would definitely return. This time we planned it for mid May as my husband was keen to experience the fiesta.
This time we were in room 6 which we thought was fabulous with a big living area with a glass wall/sliding doors leading to a small balcony overlooking the orange trees. Once again the bed was super comfy - I love their beds! The only difference I noticed since our previous visit is that they have enclosed some of the external patio eating area with a conservatory type extension to the dining room.
Instead of hiring a car we caught the train from Palma - not something I would bother doing again - it wasn't as good as I had expected.
Andres senior was more in charge during this visit - he's a lovely man but his English isn't as good as Andres his son. Andres junior was much more involved in the fiesta and wasn't around as much as last time - although that wasn't a problem.
If you want to have a quiet time in Soller then don't visit during the middle of May. The fiesta (el firo) which celebrates the battle between the invading Moors and the Christians is incredibly noisy and there are thousands of people enjoying the festivities over the 3 days.
It started reasonably quietly on Saturday 11th May with a parade through Soller - everyone gets dressed up in the costumes of the time (1561) and they take flowers to the church. It then starts to get a lot louder and this continues to the climax of the 3 days with the re-enactment of the Moors invasion down at Port Soller on Monday. Many of the young men dress up as Moors - they use grease paint (or something similar) to blacken themselves and they try to ensure that all those watching are involved - you have to try hard to avoid being "blackened" with a stripe or a handprint across your cheek by the lively participants.
The noise is caused by some sort of exploding devices that the participants drop in the streets as well as lighting fire crackers and also by firing blank shotgun cartridges. It can be deafening. Each evening the party and the noise goes on until the early hours. Despite that, we were delighted to be serenaded by a nightingale singing just outside out bedroom window all night long for 2 consecutive nights - it was wonderful.
We found it fun to dip into the fiesta for a short time and then to escape to the relative peace of Ca's Curial. The only difference this made to the hospitality at Ca's Curial s that they didn't offer dinner on the Monday evening as the majority of the staff were enjoying themselves at the fiesta.
Will we return for a third visit? - most definitely.
- Also Known As:
- Ca`s Curial Hotel Soller
- Ca`s Curial Hotel
- Cas Curial Soller
- Cas Curial Hotel Soller
- Ca's Curial Soller, Majorca
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The finca consists of three typical old Majorcan houses from Muslim times, totally restored to offer comfort while maintaining their features and style. These houses are surrounded by thousands of lemon and orange trees in an area of 50,000 square meters. The setting invites you to relax and break from the day to day city life, enjoying a friendly service and the best Majorcan gastronomy. ... more less
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