A pueblo más bonito de España member since 2017, the village is connected by road and bus to Sóller to the west and Pollença to the east. As you are almost completely surrounded by hills and mountains, there is just 3 roads in and out, and the easiest way by public transport is from Sóller. In fact, you could walk from that town in about an hour. Sóller itself is connected by bus and train so it’s definitely an accessible place.
It’s no surprise that Mallorca is one of the most visited parts of the country, and I must say the number of tourists that go there is immense. You can’t really swing a cat around in this island without hitting a Brit like me or a German, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some quieter places there. The Tramuntana region of the north is more isolated, rural, and lively enough to make it one of my favourite parts of the island to visit, and Fornalutx sits right in the middle of it.
The climate of Fornalutx is very similar to that of the rest of the island, mild, somewhat rainy winters, and hot and humid summers. Despite only being about 5km from the sea, the sea breeze is usually blocked from the hill to the north, so it may feel hotter than the coast. I noticed the difference compared to other towns nearby. Rain is a little more common than towns on the south side of the mountains and can be very localised, but you’d be unlucky.
Accommodation is available in Fornalutx but more in the form of apartments, and they are pricey, and I wouldn’t pay as much as I saw on Booking (500€+). There is a 4* hotels much better value for money, the Petit Hotel which was asking for 135€ for single and double rooms in both the high and low season. Sóller has cheaper options for as low as 25€ a night, or travel from Palma, which only 50km away.
He main attraction of Fornalutx is actually the extensive network of cobbled streets and stairs that make up the older part of town. A great place to start would be the Plaça de España and going up the stairs from there, where you would also find the Iglesia de Santa María and the Casa Antic is also at the same starting point. For me, the most impressive sights were the mountains that dominated the scene with the picturesque stone houses, and there are loads of walkways taking you to the mountains and coast alike.
The hiking routes to the mountains are more popular for sure, and you can climb to the Puig de Sa Bassa to the north, or the Barranc de Biniaraix among others which are worth it. I cycled from the Ma-10 viewpoint, and was one of my favourite views from my trip there. The small village of Biniaraix just 25 mins from the centre is also worth checking out.
Fornalutx has a number of bars and restaurants to choose from, and most serve typical dishes from Mallorca, aubergine dishes, and plenty of locally sourced meat and cheese as well as seafood. Molón and Can Benet are the best reviewed places, and don’t forget to check out the bakeries for some ensaïmadas. The cost of a decent meal overall will set you back about 20€. Should you be on some sort of budget, there are also some small supermarkets on the main road into town, so there’s something for everyone.
That pretty much wraps it up for Fornalutx, a beautiful village with plenty to do there and around it, all I would say is don’t spend the night there unless you want to really treat yourself, and pack some hiking boots, you’ll probably need them. Hasta ahora!