Now a trip to cemetery may not sound like a fun day out, but Soller's cemetery is an Art Nouveau wonderland of spectacular tombs, robust mausoleums and winged angels, all set in a beautifully landscaped garden and with sweeping views over the Soller valley and beyond to the sea.

The first and second levels of the terraced cemetery are connected by a stairway which gives way to a plaza and, throughout, there are pine and cypress trees, making Sóller’s cemetery one of the lushest on the island. It's a true city for the dead.

And the dead look back at you from almost every tomb, in faded black and white photographs. Most poignant are the pictures of children, lives cut short over a hundred years ago. Yet it's not a sad place. The graves are well tended, fresh flowers are everywhere and candles are placed by the living at the foot of many of the tombs.

There’s potent symbolism – floral motifs, skulls, bats and incense burners. And there are touching epitaphs– in Catalan, Spanish, French, Latin and English, ranging from the oratorical–“Oh Christ, our only hope”– to the ordinary – “In memory of a most loving mother”.

Watch out for a wonderful marble set piece (1918) by Barcelonan sculptor Josep Llimona i Bruguera of the dead Christ, the mourning Magdalene, St John and a female figure symbolising grief.

To get there, just take Pau Noguera street going uphill behind the church

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