Fornalutx

A stroll through Fornalutx in the Sierra de Tramontana, recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

Fornalutx is located in the valley of Sóller, 6 km from Sóller and close to the Puig Major, the highest point of the Serra de Tramuntana. It is recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. It is not surprising that it has received numerous awards for how well cared for and preserved its inhabitants keep the village.

The history of Fornalutx goes back more than 1,000 years. It began as an Arab farmhouse and later, with the Christian conquest, it began to take on the form of the village that we can see today.

What to see in Fornalutx

The best way to get to know Fornalutx is to get lost and let yourself get carried away through the steep cobbled streets. A good place to start your walk is Plaza de España, in the upper part of the village, where most of the cafés and the church are located, originally built in the 12th century in the Gothic style although, after centuries of building work and demolition, it is now more Baroque in style.

If we continue along Carrer Mayor we reach the lower part of the village. The most striking feature is the 12th-century defence tower where the Town Hall of Fornalutx is currently located.

What stands out most is that it was built in the 12th century.

Things to do in Fornalutx

If you want to delve deeper into the history of Fornalutx, we recommend you visit Can Xoroi: an old oil mill where you can see the machinery used to grind olives and extract the oil after pressing.

Can Xoroi is currently used as a cultural centre and museum. Inside you can see the largest display of painted tiles in the Serra de Tramuntana and an interesting collection of works by the Polish artist Henryk Zegadlo, donated to the Town Hall by the artist’s widow, both residents of Fornalutx in the 1970s.

How to get to Fornalutx

To get to Fornalutx by car, the best way is to take the road to Sóller. 

From Palma, take the Ma-20 ring road and take exit 5A towards Sóller. Continue along the Ma-11 road until you pass through the Sóller tunnel. You will pass through the village of Sóller until you reach the turn-off for the Ma-10, which will take you to Fornalutx on a route that runs along the highest part of the Serra de Tramontana mountain range. 

You can park in the car park located a few metres from the entrance to the village, on the right. Although in most municipalities of Mallorca electric cars do not pay ORA, in Fornalutx and Sóller you do have to pay ORA. 

If you need to charge your car during your journey, the nearest charging point is in Sóller. 

Tips for electric cars

If after strolling around Fornalutx you feel like continuing the excursion, we recommend you visit Sóller or go for a swim at Port de Sóller.

On the way back to Palma, on the road to Sóller you can also visit the Jardines de Alfabia whose origins also date back to the Arab period.

Best places to eat in Fornalutx

The restaurants we like best in the Fornalutx area stand out for their stunning views of the Vall de Soller. The three restaurants that we recommend from Muvon are all Mallorcan cuisine restaurants with terraces.

Ca N’Antuna is a family-run restaurant with homemade food and its specialities are arròs brut and suckling pig. It is advisable to go early in the morning, as it is usually full. 

Restaurant Es Turó is similar and also has a terrace.

Another option, a 10-minute drive away on the road to Puig Major, is the Mirador de Ses Barques, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Tramuntana mountains and the sea. 

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