Fornalutx, at the top of the Soller Valley and deep within the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, calls itself the prettiest village in Spain and it's hard to disagree!
The charming little village of Fornalutx has a magical quality to it. So much so that, in 1983, it was awarded by the Promotion of Tourism of Mallorca with the Silver Plate for the defense and maintenance of the town. If you aren’t staying here, it’s well worth visiting the town for a couple of hours just to walk up and down the stone steps, explore its charming lanes filled with potted plants and admire the pretty citrus groves.
Not only does Fornalutx claim a superlative mountain backdrop but the number of sought-after walking trails and cycle routes on its doorstep makes the village a top destination for hikers and bikers to base themselves. For a more laid-back experience, its cafes offer terraces with views of olive and orange groves scaling right up to the pine-clad foothills of Puig Major (Mallorca’s highest mountain).
Being a small village you will notice there is a mixture of locals, expats and tourists out and about. There are a few shops dotted around the village selling some traditional arts and crafts which whilst tastefully done, seem to be tailored more for the tourists visiting the area. The bakery, on the other hand, is a part of the village’s authentic Mallorcan charm, servicing the residents in the area. There’s also a couple of delightful little restaurants on hand.