Fornalutx, north west Mallorca. From the very first moment your eyes fall upon the intensely vivid, cascading magenta blooms of the beautiful Balearic Bougainvillea, the pretty vibrant greens, yellows and oranges of the fragrant Mediterranean olive and citrus groves, the quaint, narrow cobbled streets, the emerald green window shutters and the terracotta tiled roofs that top the charming old rustic stone townhouses that tumble down the hillside, you know you are in a truly special place. A place, capable of stealing your heart, forever!
Sitting high above nearby Soller, in the declivity amongst the highest mountains in Mallorca, the valley around Fornalutx spreads far and wide, giving a unique landscape and spectacular views. This utterly charming Majorcan town is one of the best-preserved villages in Spain and owns the crown of ‘The Prettiest Village in Spain’ for the unrivalled beauty it beholds, which has featured on posters worldwide, promoting Spain as a destination. Its equally handsome neighbour Biniaraix however, may have a little something to say about that! As well as being pretty, Fornalutx has soul. This makes it all the more special.
Originally an Arab farmstead, its history dates back over 1,000 years. The current and antiquated layout and architecture of the village started taking shape in the 13th century at the time of the Catalan conquests. Undoubtedly, the main attraction here is the village itself. Fornalutx is, quite simply, a captivating place and its charms, countless. As you explore the ancient cobbled alleyways and shady streets where others have trodden before you, wonder at the traditional architecture and stop to admire its inviting main square, this sleepy hamlet, nestled in the magnificent Tramuntana Mountains, slowly reveals its secrets…
The delightful main square ‘Plaça d’España’ is most welcoming, drawing you in for a morning ensaimada and cortado, a lunchtime treat or a refreshing afternoon drink, from where you can watch the world go by. Just off from here, you will find the charming little ‘Panaderia de Fornalutx’, Fornalutx’s local bakery who has been producing fresh pastries on site and on a daily basis for years. The Square is overlooked by the Parish Church and is always under the watchful eye of its large round clock face. This prominent building, built in 1639, displays a unique blend of original Gothic architecture, now entwined into its Baroque renovations.
On the east side of the village of Fornalutx, you will discover the Ajuntament or Town Hall. Just beyond that, the ancient public washing house stands. Water from the hills is channelled through open stone culverts in the roads and into the long stone bath at the front of the building. Locals can either leave their washing on the hanging rail above to be cleaned, or wash their clothes themselves. Carry on and you will find yourself at the raging river or, head north and let the grassy paths lead you down into the valley orchards and farms beyond, where the sweet scent of the orange blossom gently drifts on the warm Mediterranean air.
This picture perfect village is much loved by cyclists and walkers, exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Serra de Tramuntana’. It is easily reached from nearby town Soller, either along country paths or, for the more energetic, along the famous GR221 long distance route that winds its way over the full length of the mountain range. This is a challenging yet rewarding hike, taking in some breathtakingly heavenly views of the striking landscape.
The village of Fornalutx has been receiving awards for conservation since the 1980s. The people from Fornalutx consider themselves a special type of Majorcan, of Solleric tradition. This is due to the rest of the island being largely cut off, until the joining of it via the mountain roads that were built in latter decades, due to the expansion of tourism. The Soller Tunnel completed this accessibility towards the end of the last century, offering access to the nearby beaches of Puerto de Soller, the motorway network and bringing the city of Palma closer, to within a 40 minute drive. Fornalutx is now a very well connected village, affording the best of all worlds in terms of a quiet, traditional and rustic way of life, yet within easy reach of all amenities.
The locals are very proud of their unique traditions, some of which, can cause controversy. Fornalutx has one of the few remaining ‘Bull Runs’ in Spain, a prominent part of their September fiesta. Although this tradition is complained about on an annual basis, it still remains part of Fornalutx traditional folklore and a way of life for its residents.
Fornalutx is another jewel within this mountainous valley and people looking for property for sale in Mallorca often have a tough choice between here and Deia. But, then again, there are worse dilemas than being spoilt for choice of where to buy luxury properties in Mallorca than choosing between these two beautiful locations!
The sheer size of the village means that development has a limited potential and property for sale in Fornalutx is pretty limited. This fact, mixed with the desirability of the location and the spectacularly breathtaking views that this beauteous valley affords, keeps the property market here healthy. Prime views of the mountains command a premium, although slightly less of one compared to sea views on other parts of the island.
The centre is dominated by pretty, ancient, traditionally built stone townhouses, whilst large fincas for sale in Fornalutx dominate the surrounding countryside. You will find and exclusive collection of traditional renovated apartments for sale, luxury villas with swimming pools for sale and large fincas for sale in Fornalutx, surrounded with Mediterranean gardens, terraced olive and citrus groves and plenty of outdoor space from which to enjoy the al fresco way of life. Some luxury property for sale in Fornalutx gives breathtaking views over the mountains and the Sóller valley. Luxury property for sale in Fornalutx like this affords the owner total privacy, perfect for shutting out the outside world, tapping into total relaxation and indulging in the effortless Mediterranean way of life. Some of the best luxury property for sale in Mallorca is in Fornalutx. This sleepy village nestling within the great mountainous range of the Tramuntana grants the owner a richly rewarding way of life, in every way.