The authentic mountain village of Fornalutx is nestled high up the Tramuntana mountain range overlooking Sóller. Often referred to as the ‘Prettiest village in Spain’, the stone buildings and red tiled roofs combine with the scent of the surrounding orange and lemon groves to provide a traditional rustic charm. Here we provide all the information you want to know about making the most of a visit to this traditional Mallorcan village.
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History & Culture of Fornalutx
The village of Fornalutx is located on the northwest of Mallorca and has been receiving awards for conservation since the 1980s.
Its history dates back over 1,000 years when it was originally an Arab farmstead. Its current unspoilt form started taking shape in the 13th century with the Catalan conquests. The gothic church in Fornalutx was built in 1639.
The population steadily grew, but even with the influx of a more international community in more recent years, it remains in the hundreds. The effort to maintain the traditional look and feel, from the cobbled streets to the traditional façades, has created one of the best-preserved villages in Spain. Since the opening of the ‘Túnel de Sóller’ (toll payable) Fornalutx has become a lot more accessible.
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Major Attractions in Fornalutx
The village itself is undoubtedly the main attraction. The chance to walk around the narrow streets admiring the architecture and traditional beauty attracts thousands of visitors every year. The building that stands out is the current town hall, which includes a 17th century defense tower. The church is another must see attraction, with the mixture of its original gothic features and baroque renovations creating a unique blend.
Things to do in Fornalutx
Fornalutx’s enviable location in the Serra de Tramuntana makes it ideal for hikers and mountain bikers. It is within easy reach of the famous GR221 long distance route that winds its way over the full length of the mountain range. A guide is recommended for this route, and Mallorca Hiking or Tramuntana Tours (also bike rental) can provide a capable and experienced guide should you need one.
The main square is Plaça d’España, which is surrounded by cafés and is home to the general store. Just off the main square you will find Panaderia de Fornalutx (local bakery) offering several wonderful freshly baked items. For more serious shoppers nearby Sóller offers a range of designer items and local art. It’s also where you’ll find the tram into Palma, which is home to the best shopping on Mallorca.
The nearest beach to Fornalutx is 7km away. However, there is a tram linking the nearer town of Sóller to Port de Sóller. This can make the trip to the beach as enjoyable as the beach itself.
Restaurants in Fornalutx
There are a number of cafés and restaurants in Fornalutx. Restaurant Café Med offers a good range of cuisine and local wines, and provides diners with a friendly atmosphere to relax in and soak up the views. If you fancy a more traditional menu then Calzone Pizzeria offers tapas and superb pizza.
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Hotels in Fornalutx
Fornalutx offers a choice of four hotels. Fornalutx Petit Hotel is set down a narrow street, and offers guests an intimate and friendly experience. The Hotel Apartament Sa Tanqueta offers guests great views of the mountains and a superb pool area. Adriana Goanta, manager of the charming Ca’n Reus Hotel, always ensures a warm welcome, and the hotel provides stunning views of the valley. Ca’n Verdera is the perfect place for an intimate romantic escape.
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Events in Fornalutx
Fornalutx holds an annual festival on the 8th and 9th September. It incorporates an arts and crafts market and fun activities like a bouncy castle and foam cannon. On the final night of the festival the village is transformed into a party venue with music and fireworks.
Living in Fornalutx
The village of Fornalutx has a growing international community. The centre of the village is dominated with traditional stone townhouses. There are a wider variety of fincas and villas in the surrounding countryside.
The size of Fornalutx and the limited development potential mean real estate can be thin on the ground compared to nearby Sóller. Many of the properties available are traditional stone townhouses and small fincas. Bigger properties tend to be in the surrounding area rather than Fornalutx itself.
The desirability of the location combined with the breathtaking views of the valley keeps the market healthy. Prices vary greatly in a small area, largely due to the properties level of modernization and position in the village. While location adds a premium, the mountain views appear to have less of an affect on the price than a sea views.
Transport links from Fornalutx are better than ever. The motorway network is easy to reach, and the cosmopolitan capital of Palma is just 40 minutes away.
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Surrounding areas of Fornalutx
The closest village is called Biniaraix. While the town itself is even smaller than Fornalutx the pretty little hamlet is still well worth a visit. The nearest large place to Fornalutx is the bustling town of Sóller. The 2km journey into Sóller can be easily enjoyed on foot. From Sóller you can catch trams to both Palma de Mallorca and Port de Sóller.
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