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Fornalutx Prettiest Village
Fornalutx is a beautiful, authentic small village close to Soller in the Sierra de Tramuntana in the Northwest of Mallorca. Surrounded by lemon and orange groves and by the Alfabia mountains and the Els Cornadors mountain, this approximate 20 km² picturesque village is a little gem where “time stood still”.
Most houses are made of stone, have red roof tiles and the facades of the properties are decorated with the typical Mallorcan shutters (Mallorquinas). The village is built on different levels and many of the higher cobbled streets are only for pedestrians (the village has three public parking areas).
Plaça d´Espanya is the heart of Fornalutx, a small charming square with bars, terraces and a few shops. This is the place where locals, expats and tourists meet.
Fornalutx (in old documents being referred to as “Fornalugi”), is said to be one of the prettiest villages in Spain and it received various prizes for conservation and tourism. In 1983 Fornalutx received the Second National Price for towns embellished and maintained in Spain. And, if this was not enough, in the same year it received the Silver Plate for the defense and maintenance of town, an award given by the Promotion of Tourism of Mallorca. In 1995 Fornalutx received the “Premi Alzina” for its nature conservation efforts. This price was awarded by the Grup Balear d´Ornitologia I Defensa de la Naturalesa (Balearic Group of Ornithology and Nature Defense).
More than 1000 years ago Fornalutx was an Arab hamlet. With the Catalan conquests in the 13th century the current form started to develop. The church of Fornalutx was built in 1639, and is today, a mixture of Gothic and Baroque elements. Until 1813 Soller and Fornalutx formed one municipality in the valley. In 1837 Fornalutx became independent from Soller and got its own Mayor. In the old defense tower (17th century) the current Town Hall took up residence. Another historical building is the public washing house. Here the locals washed their clothes.
After Soller, Fornalutx has with 28 buildings the second largest number of buildings with painted roof tiles on the island. These old drawings are usually in red and can have various themes, such as plants, everyday life or religion. The tiles were not just put for decorative purposes but were also a symbol to protect the property and the people inside from any external danger. The small museum Can Xoroi (only open on Friday and Saturday morning) houses a collection of tiles, which were donated by private persons.
Fornalutx has approximately 700 inhabitants and since a couple of years there is a more international community. The Fornalutx real estate market is flourishing since the abolition of the toll for the “Tunel de Soller” a few years ago, it has become much more accessible. Not even 40 car minutes away from Palma airport and just a very short drive from neighboring town Soller with all its amenities. The closest beach is the pretty horse-shoe bay of Port de Soller, which is just seven kilometers away. Buses connect Fornalutx with Soller and Port de Soller.
There are a few shops in Fornalutx, some of them aiming at the tourists selling local art and crafts. “Panaderia de Fornalutx” in the centre is a famous traditional bakery and a great place to taste the Mallorcan ensaimada. Fornalutx has a number of restaurants that are worth checking out. Local cuisine can be found in Restaurante Ca N´Antuna and Restaurante Es Turo. Both with a terrace overlooking the impressive valley. An ideal location for a Frito Mallorqui, Tumbet or Tarta de Almendras. There are also a few nice hotels in the village, each of them with its own authentic character.
Fornalutx does not have its own market. However, it is just a few minutes’ drive to Soller where there is a busy weekly market every Saturday morning on the square and in its side streets. Here one can enjoy a large variety of local and artisanal products.
It is no surprise that many tourists visit Fornalutx every year. And certainly not only to taste the charm of the village; Fornalutx is also a perfect base for hikers and cyclists. There are so many scenic hiking routes in the region, from easy strolls to strenuous hikes. An easy, nice walk is the loop from Fornalutx to Soller and back. Much more challenging are the walks in the Barranc the Biniaraix or the old path to the Mirador de Ses Barques. This area of the Sierra de Tramuntana is also an El Dorado for cyclists. The Coll de Soller or the Loop of Deia are just 2 examples of the large number of routes available.
Between Fornalutx and Biniaraix lays “Sa Vinyassa”, a citrus orchard that is definitely worth visiting. Here you can learn about the many different orange varieties in the Soller Valley.
Like every village in Spain, Fornalutx also has its yearly “Fiesta Patronales”. In the first week of September many sportive and cultural activities are organized. These “Fiestas” are famous for “la Davallada del Bou” where participants run after bulls. A unique celebration as it is the only one of this kind on the island of Mallorca.