The authentic mountain village of Fornalutx is nestled high up the Tramuntana mountain range overlooking the Sóller valley.
The authentic mountain village of Fornalutx is nestled high up the Tramuntana mountain range overlooking the Sóller valley. 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.
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 (or Puerto de Sóller). This can make the trip to the beach as enjoyable as the beach itself.
Alcúdia is a peninsula situated in the NE of the island of Majorca between its two bays – that of Alcúdia and that of Pollença – covering an area of 60 km2, with more than 30 km of coastline and some of the longest beaches in Mallorca
Alcúdia presents a highly varied landscape. As well as numerous coves and beaches with transparent waters, it also offers a broad range of opportunities for all visitors: from those seeking peace and relaxation or doing some kind of sport, to enjoying nature, being immersed in history and culture, right up to those interested in gastronomy, folklore, handicrafts, etc.
The municipality of Alcúdia includes different population centres: the historical centre, the port, Alcúdia beach, and other residential zones (Alcanada, La Marina, Barcarès, Moré Vermell, Manresa, Mal Pas, Bon Aire, etc.). Each one of them has its own special charm making it unique. http://www.alcudiamallorca.com/en/que-ver/zonas-de-alcudia/
Club de Golf Alcanada’s is an 18-hole course opened in 2003 and offers all the services needed to practice this sport. Alcanada is located by the sea and the 6,499-metre lay-out blends naturally into the typical Mallorcan landscape.
Ride Puig Major and Reach the second Highest Point on Mallorca
Mallorca has several fantastic cycling routes and like Cap Formentor and Sa Calobra, Puig Major is one of them. In fact Puig Major, which is part of the Tramuntana mountain range is the second most popular climb on the island, thanks mostly to being the highest reachable point. When you reach the top of this 14 kilometre trek you will be 854 metres above sea level.
The most popular climb on the island is Sa Calobra made famous by Sir Bradley Wiggins who used the hairpins to train before the 2012 Olympic Games.
Puig Major is the highest reachable point in Mallorca
Puig Major from Soller
When you ride Puig Major you will ride a steady 6% gradient. The real challenge is the 14kms of route to reach it. Starting from Soller which is at sea level, you ride the Ma-10 until you reach the Monnaber Tunnel, the summit of Puig Major. Like most roads in Mallorca, the road is perfect for cycling, as it is long, winding, and smooth. The steady gradient you will feel in your legs but the gradients never reach the dizzy inclinations of 10%+ that you would find on say Mont Ventoux.
Fornalutx – “The prettiest village in Spain”
If you’re not trying to achieve a personal best then you may want to stop and refill your water bottles and have a coffee in the village of Fornalutx. It states that it is the “prettiest village in Spain” and it could well be. It is situated at the top of the Soller valley and has wonderful mountain views. It has a number of cafes and restaurants to refuel and refill, and you will notice the olive and orange trees which stretch all the way to your destination, Puig Major.
Fornalutx – “The prettiest village in Spain”
To reach Fornalutx you take a small detour from the Ma-10 about 4 kms into the climb.
Puig Major from Carretera de Fornalutx
An alternative from the popular Soller route is to begin the climb at Carretera de Fornalutx taking the Ma-2121 road which will take you through Fornalutx. This is the only difference in the route, however, as from Fornalutx you take the MA-10, riding the last 10 kms on the same road as the Soller route.
The views from Puig Major have to be experienced. The view of the sea and the mountains and valleys below give you a perspective few in the world will ever get to appreciate. You will also have that beautiful feeling of achievement from riding to the highest point on Mallorca. Make sure you have your phone or camera with you to take pictures.
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