The Port of Soller is heating up (35 degrees today) and welcoming its visitors for the summer. The Repic beach is the main playground, and the choice of which part of the beach you sit on is a decision of the day. Some of the deckchair vendors are attached to local restaurants and the expectation is that if you sit on their deckchairs you will buy your snacks and lunch from them.
Then there is Benito, the main man, who also has the franchise for the pedalos. He has been sitting on that same bit of sand looking after the beds and visitors for many years as did his father before him. He combs the sand before you are up and then spends the day from 9 to 7pm keeping a watchful eye on the beach and the sea. Sometimes he is to be seen in his boat with outboard motor at full throttle while he goes out to rescue a pedalo in trouble. To sit in his space, hiring two loungers and an umbrella will cost 10€ per day. This is the going rate for all sun beds on the beach this year and the reason that many visitors buy chairs and an umbrella of their own. There is plenty of space on the beach to use your own as long as you don’t put them in the obviously marked spaces of Benito and his chums. Incidentally the whole beach becomes public property again at 7 p.m. The franchises that the ‘beach men’ are given by the local authority only give them the right to use the space commercially from 9 – 7p.m
The sea- shore itself is never private so you can put your beds and umbrellas down in the soft sand at the waters edge without fear of being moved on.
Many of our summer visitors spend their days on the beach and their nights in one of the local eateries and bars that run alongside. We have great restaurants in the Port of Soller and the famous Agapanto celebrates its sixth anniversary on Saturday 10th July 2010. Agapanto is situated on the Repic beach as the road rises toward the lighthouse (Camino del Faro). This restaurant is a favourite with visitors and locals alike for its romantic location. To sit on the edge of the beach with the sea and the mountains in front of you surrounded by flowers and flickering candles is a very special experience. Wedding proposals are often made on that lovely terrace and Maria, the owner has been known to supply the rose petals to make it a magical moment.
Agapanto have been weaving their magic for the last six years and have become a fine restaurant and live music venue. This month there is either Flamenco, Blues, Jazz, Cuban, Soul and Rhythm and Blues on July 6, 10, 13, 16, 20 & 27th. The party on Saturday 10th promises surprises, excellent live music, wonderful food and a celebration of life. Dancing by the waters edge as the hot day blends into a cool evening is the only place to be. There might even be fireworks, you never know what Maria and her team are planning for this birthday party.