FORNALUTX GUIDE

THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN FORNALUTX

Fornalutx itself is an attraction because of its well-preserved natural beauty that has been awarded several times. However, if you want to explore the local cultural heritage and history you are not far from a range of attractions and places of interest that will fascinate.

If you are here for physical activities, you’re in luck. The valley where Fornalutx is located is full of marked walking routes leading about in the scenic nature. The well kept infrastructure of asphalt roads, makes it super easy to jump your bike and get pedalling. The Tramuntana mountains are full of challenging roads full of hairpin swings ascending and descending around the mountain tops.

Below we have collected a set of suggestions on things to do when you’re in Fornalutx.

Museum of Fornalutx exhibiting typical architecture and culture of the Tramuntana mountains

EXPLORE THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF FORNALUTX AT THE LOCAL MUSEUM OF CA’N XOROI

Ca’n Xoroi is a former mill and olive press that has been bought by the municipality of Fornalutx and turned into a local museum. At the museum, you can see the original olive press that was in function up until the middle of the 20th century. Moreover, Ca’n Xoroi offers an interesting exhibition of painted tiles collected from houses as part of the protected cultural heritage of the area. These tiles were meant as a protection against evil spirits and is a typical tradition of the architecture of the Tramuntana region.

Enjoy an excursion in the antique train in Mallorca

ENJOY A RIDE IN THE ANTIQUE TRAM

In the beginning of the 1900’s, Sóller became an important industrial area because of the massive export of oranges and lemons. From this time, you will find the old train that connects Palma and Sóller and the tram that connects Sóller and Port de Sóller. Either of them is a great and authentic experience which allows you to see some of the stunning natural areas while enjoying the authentic feeling of the old mahogany cars bumping along the tracks. In Port de Sóller you can enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner in one of the many great restaurants.

Sant Bartomeu church in Sóller is made in beautiful neo-gothic style

SEE THE IMPRESSIVE SANT BARTOLOMÉ CHURCH

The parish church of Sóller, Esglesia de Sant Bartolomé, is an incredible piece of work, namely because of its Neo-Gothic facade designed by Joan Rubin I Bellver, a famous architect and partner of Antoni Gaudí.

Santuari de Lluc is a famous monasteri and attraction in Mallorca

VISIT THE MONASTERY OF LLUC

The Lluc monastery is one of the top attractions in Mallorca, and the biggest religious hub of the island. Lluc is famous for its choir school which is one of the oldest in the world. This amazing monastery also features an ethnological museum exhibiting artefacts collected from different eras explaining life on the island throughout times, it’s quite illuminating.

Son Marroig estate is an attraction in Deià

VISIT THE SON MARROIG ESTATE

One of the most iconic monuments in the Tramuntana region, is the marble pavilion overlooking the coastline from the Son Marriog estate. Son Marroig was home of famous explorer, archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria. Inside, you will find all of his personal belongings exhibited, and the beautiful gardens outside are like a small piece of paradise.  The Son Marriog is one of the most romantic scenes in all of Mallorca, and every year several wedding ceremonies are held here.

ADMIRE THE MANSION OF CA’N PRUNERA AND THE EXHIBITION SPACE INSIDE

Art lover or not, the mansion of Ca’n Prunera in the heart of Sóller is such a beautiful building that you just can not not be fascinated by it. The building facade is designed and decorated with art nouveau, which exemplifies the wealth of the area at the time of construction in 1911.

VISIT THE PICTURESQUE COVE OF SA CALOBRA

One of the most beautiful places in the Tramuntana mountains is the sa Calobra cove. This little piece of paradise attracts thousands of tourists every single day, because of its natural beauty, scenic atmosphere and crystal clear water. For cyclists, the trip to sa Calobra is the biggest kick, as the way down there consists of hairpin swings of 7 % incline. Next to sa Calobra, you will find the iconic beach and flood of Torrent de Pareis, a massive canyon that descents from the highest areas of the mountains and ends up in this stunning little beach.

GO WALKING IN THE SCENIC NATURE

From Fornalutx, many marked walking routes leads about in the enchanting landscapes of the Tramuntana mountains. These routes will take you through some of the most scenic places in the area, such as the many orange and olive plantations, breathtaking viewpoints and Mediterranean flora. Walking and hiking is among the most popular activities in the Tramuntana, thousands of active tourists come here every year to explore new places in these magical mountains.

SPEND A DAY ON THE BEACH

Mallorca is famous for its stunning beaches, and from Fornalutx you can access some of these within a half an hour. The most obvious choices, and the nearest beaches from Fornalutx, are the two main beaches in Port de Sóller found next to the harbour area in the beautiful cove. However, if you are looking for more secluded and natural beaches, you can find the beaches of Cala Deià or Cala Tuent.

WHERE TO STAY IN FORNALUTX

In Fornalutx, you’ll stay in authentic rustic surroundings in one of the charming finca hotels situated in the fertile orange valley.

Choose Fornalutx as your holiday base if you want to combine Mallorcan charm with unspoiled nature.



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The Tramuntana region

Tramuntana is both the name of the UNESCO protected mountain range that runs from south to north, as well as the name of the group of municipalities located in or close to these mountains.

When talking about Tramuntana in context of the mountain range, it is referred to as “Serra de Tramuntana”, and when talking about the region, it is referred to simply as “Tramuntana”.

The largest municipalities of the Tramuntana region, are Calviá and Andratx in the south and Pollenca in the north. The mountain range actually has its roots south of Malagá in Andalusiá.

The Serra de Tramuntana covers a surface of more than 30,000 hectares of landscape in Mallorca. The two main factors that make these mountains so unique, are the dry stone constructions and the hydraulic watering systems evidencing early day farming techniques. In almost any local area of the Tramuntana you travel, you will discover some of these very unique features which contributes to the picturesque settings.

Andratx & Port d’Andratx

Andratx is a destination ideal for adults and romantic couples looking for a holiday base with a good selection of dining options, a feeling of luxury and/or authenticity, as well as a lot of activity offers like golf, cycling, walking, tennis and maritime activities. Andratx is located about half an hour from Palma airport by car and is the largest of the municipalities of the Tramuntana region. It includes the old medieval village itself, the flamboyant marina of Port d’Andratx, the small village of s’Arracco, Sant Elm and Camp de Mar.

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Banyalbufar

Banyalbufar is a picturesque and iconic area of the Tramuntana mountains located directly on the slopes facing the azure coastline. Banyalbufar is a great choice of holiday destination if you are looking for a tranquil and charming area with full of serenity and peace. Banyalbufar is an adult friendly destination, only families with infants should choose this area, as there are no child-friendly facilities or activities to go for. The village itself looks just like it did when it was built back during the Middle Ages, with cobblestone streets and rustic building facades, which makes it incredibly authentic to be in.Here are a handful of great restaurants serving traditional Mallorcan and Spanish dishes made from local produce. Staying in Banyalbufar requires a car, it takes more than an hour to get here from Palma because of the narrow curvy mountain roads.

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Bunyola

Bunyola is cosy and tranquil mountain town located in a scenic and beautiful green valley in the Tramuntana mountains. Bunyola has a long history of being a prosperous area that used to belong to noble people like counts and emirs. Bunyola offers a fine selection of finca escapes situated on the green mountain slopes of the valley offering magical views and great location when you are of to your daily adventures, or just want to rest by the pool and take in the views and feel the inner peace spread throughout your body. Despite of the modest size, Bunyola is home to several places of interest. Go see one of the most stunning examples of architecture on the island, the Raixa finca, go explore the magical Alfabia gardens, or let yourself be seduced in a 1001 nights adventure at the world-famous Son Amar finca. Bunyola is located about 25 minutes from Palma by car, and is an excellent choice of holiday base for couples and friends traveling without children.

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Cala Sant Vicenç

Cala Sant Vicenc is found in a picturesque corner in the north-western part of Tramuntana, in the municipality of Pollenca. Cala Sant Vicenc is a more quiet holiday destination, mainly suited for romantic couples and friends looking for a holiday base that features both beaches, wild nature and cultural offers. If you are looking for a destination and hotel directly by the sea, Cala Sant Vicenc is an obvious choice as most of the hotels here are placed by the beach front.

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Camp de Mar

Camp de Mar is a rather small holiday destination located in a beautiful enclosed cove at the feet of the Tramuntana mountains in the south-west. Camp de Mar offers a nice selection of hotels in all classes, as well as holiday apartments perfect if you are looking for a bit more space or privacy. The area has two beaches, one sandy and one rocky, both with low shallow water and completely protected from winds by the rocks enclosing the cove. Camp de Mar is a great choice of destination if you want both beach and nature, and at the same time great access to other activities such as golfing, sightseeing and restaurants.

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Deià

Deià is perhaps one of the most romantic holiday destinations in all of Mallorca! It is no wonder that most honeymoons and weddings held on the island is held in Deià, the place has a natural beauty that can leave poets without words. Deià is found in a scenic valley opening to the azure coastline at the feet of Tramuntana’s west coast. From all over the area you can enjoy the breathtaking views of mountains and sea, two of the most beautiful features of Mallorca. Deià is home to some iconic places such as the Son Marroig estate, Robert Graves’ house, the hilltop church and cemetery and the many famous artists who has found inspiration here.

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Esporles

Esporles is famous for several things in Mallorca; the Granja finca, the Maristell monastery and the annual sweets & pastry festival. Esporles is an amazing area for cycling and walking in the Tramuntana, the infrastructure and walking paths are numerous up here, thus it is fairly easy to gain access to the valley. Accommodation in Esporles mainly consist of finca hotels and agroturismos, a unique way of escaping the mass tourism and enjoy some RnR in authentic and scenic surroundings.

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Estellencs

Estellencs is another picturesque area on the western coastline of Tramuntana. Estellencs is popular amongst walkers, the area enjoys a privileged location on the shoreline, with many marked walking routes leading about in the scenic nature and passes some magical viewpoints. Estellencs is one the most authentic destinations in the Tramuntana region with only a few accommodation options to choose from, a perfect place if you are looking for peace and quiet.

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Formentor

Formentor is the perfect holiday base on Mallorca if you are looking for exclusivity, scenic nature and direct access to the most popular sports activities of Mallorca, namely beaching, cycling and walking. Formentor has only one hotel, the 5-star luxury resort “Formentor a Royal Hideaway” situated in the hills just behind the natural beach in the wide bay. Formentor is an obvious choice of holiday destination in the Tramuntana region if what you are looking for is exclusiveness and relaxation.

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Magaluf

Magaluf is perhaps mostly (in)famous for its crazy nightlife with all the bars and clubs in the town attracting thousands of young people each year. But Magaluf also has an adult side to it represented by a handful of adults only hotels, lavish beach bars and probably the best beach of south-west Mallorca. Yes, Magaluf is definitely not just a place for youngsters coming here to party all day and night, and you you like loud and vibrant this might just be a perfect destination for you. The area is nicely close to the freeway allowing you to easily go on adventures or catch the bus to Palma for some shopping or sightseeing. Magaluf is also a great place for families traveling with children. The area has a huge water park, go-karts, crazy golf and an amusement park.

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Palmanova

Palmanova is by far one of the most versatile all-round holiday destinations on Mallorca. You may to choose Palmanova for romance, for party, for beaching, for family fun, for fun activities or for the food. There is something for everyone in Palmanova, regardless what you are looking for for the perfect holiday on Mallorca. The recent years, Palmanova has seen a transformation where brand new modern hotels has made their entrance offering luxury facilities and sea views from every balcony. But Palmanova also have a lot of flats and highly recommended 3-4 stars hotel to choose from.

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Peguera

Peguera is a lively and versatile beach resort at the feet of the mountains, allowing for many activity offers. Peguera offers a vibrant town life full of restaurants, bars and shopping options. Accommodation offers includes adults only hotels and apartments with stunning views over the sea. Peguera is an area with something for everyone, although adults are the main audience, moreover, Germans have really taken a liking to this specific area. Choose Peguera as your travel destination on Mallorca for the beaches, the many restaurants and bars and the fantastic location with access to both roads and natural areas.

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Pollença

Pollença old town, is an excellent choice of holiday base, if you appreciate good food, local culture and direct access to the mountains. Pollença has a lot of restaurants, bars and small cafeterias, located around in the narrow streets. All of these with an inspiring menu card, especially those located around the center of the town. Sitting in one of the restaurants on a warm spring day, eating tapas and doing some people watching on the main square, is like therapy to me. There’s a good collection of restaurants on the Plaça Major, where the church is. This is naturally where most tourists go for meals or snacks, but if you are here for more than a short break, do try to browse the streets of Pollença, I promise you that you will find something attractive!

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Port de Pollença

Port de Pollença is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mallorca, especially amongst Brits. Port de Pollença has become famous for its lovely seafront promenade known as “The Pine Walk”, a beautiful place to walk and cycle under the many pine trees. The beach front is full of bars and restaurants which makes a lively scene every day, creating a jolly and vibrant atmosphere. Port de Pollença is beautifully nestled between the two peninsulas of Formentor and Alcanada protecting it from heavy winds but allows are cooling sea breezes.

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Port de Sóller

Port de Sóller is located in a protected and picturesque cove on the west coast of the Tramuntana mountains. This old trading port has it all; charm, heart and soul, thus, a location that makes it worth visiting all year round. Port de Sóller has a lot to offer to a broad audience, however, it is mainly adults traveling without children or teens that will get full yield for their money here. The town has a wide selection of great restaurants and bars serving international and Spanish dishes made from high quality local produce, also, hotels and accommodation options are slightly more expensive in the particular area. Port de Sóller has two small beaches next to the old harbor, but in general not a beaching destination. You will want to consider Port de Sóller as your holiday destination if you are looking for natural charm, many activity offers and great food.

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Portals Nous

Portals Nous, also known as Porto Portals, represents the most lavish side of Mallorca, and often times referred to as “Little Monaco”. This is a place to be seen, a place feel what real luxury is. The area is found at the foothills of Tramuntana in the municipality of Calviá bordering Palmanova and Bendinat. There is a lot of 5-star luxury hotels, among these the Portals Hills boutique and the Iberostar Grand Portals. Portals Nous is an excellent destination if you fancy this kind of holiday, and if you want to stay close to the vibrant life of Palma which is but a short drive from here.

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Puigpunyent

Puigpunyent is found in a beautiful green valley deep in the Tramuntana mountains, yet less than 30 minutes from Palma by car. Puigpunyent is known as a bicycler’s paradise, namely because the professional team Sky stays here every year during training season. Puigpunyent is a great place to find peace and serenity, a place to relax and re-charge your inner batteries. Puigpunyent is also home to one of Mallorcas most interesting animal and nature reserves.

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Sant Elm

Sant Elm is a small but very charming holiday destination located at the most south-western corner of Mallorca. Sant Elm is an old fishing village, but unlike many other of its kind, Sant Elm still partly relies on fishing as a source of income which makes it a more authentic destination to visit.

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Santa Ponça

Santa Ponça is a young and still growing holiday destination at the feet of Tramuntana in the south-west of Mallorca. Santa Ponça has a stunning main beach area awarded with the Blue Flag trademark for its cleanness, plus, there are two smaller beaches for you to enjoy a more private scene.

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Sóller

Sóller is the capital of “The Orange Valley” in the Tramuntana mountains, the most fertile area and famous for its production of oranges and lemons that grow all year round Sóller is a perfect destination for adults looking for quality and authenticity, thus a big palette of things to do in the local area. Beside oranges and scenic nature, Sóller is also known for its many cultural offers and stunning architectural examples only found a few places in Spain.

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Valldemossa

Valldemossa is known as one of the most charming and picturesque villages in the Tramuntana. Visiting Valldemossa at least once is a must when travelling to Mallorca, the area has so many stories to tell. Among these, the story of Chopin and George Sand’s winter in Mallorca, the story of the beautiful royal palace and the story of the birth of Mallorca’s patron saint. Valldemossa is located in a green valley deep in the mountains and you can look forward to accommodation in rustic fincas and on agroturismos, authenticity and charm guaranteed.

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About Fornalutx

Fornalutx is one of the most idyllic places and villages in Mallorca, in fact, it is one of the most beautiful villages in all of Spain. By several occasions, Fornalutx has been awarded the 3rd most beautiful village of Spain.

History of Fornalutx

Unlike many other areas of Mallorca, Fornalutx is a rather young municipality.

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