A guide to visit Fornalutx in half a day

Welcome to Fornalutx, one of the most picturesque treasures of the Balearic Islands and a destination not to be missed if you are exploring the north of Mallorca. This small village is located in the valley of Sóller and is framed by the majestic Sierra de Tramuntana. What makes this place special are its paved streets and its stone architecture, as well as the orange and lemon trees that adorn the landscape.

Although Fornalutx is a place that invites you to spend more time, it is also an ideal destination for a half-day visit. It offers a variety of cultural, historical and natural experiences that you can enjoy in a limited time. If you are a German tourist with a busy schedule, this guide is designed to offer you an efficient and complete itinerary in Fornalutx. From its thirteenth-century church to the coffee terraces in the Plaza de España, here you will find an authentic taste of life in Mallorca.

The charming village of Fornalutx is located in the valley of Sóller (Mallorca) and is framed by the majestic Tramuntana mountain range.

How to get to Fornalutx

If you are thinking of visiting Fornalutx, one of the first things you will need to know is how to get there. Given its location in the northern part of Mallorca, there are several ways to access the village.

From Palma de Mallorca by car:

  • Direct route: from Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital, take the Ma-11 northbound towards Sóller. Once there, follow the signs to Fornalutx. The drive is approximately 40 minutes and offers breathtaking views of the Mallorcan landscape.

From Palma de Mallorca airport:

  • By car: leave the airport and follow the signs to the Ma-19. Then take the exit onto the Ma-11 towards Sóller and follow the signs as mentioned above.

From Sóller:

  • By car or motorbike: from Sóller, Fornalutx is only about 10-15 minutes away by car or motorcycle. Just take the Ma-10A and follow the signs.
  • Walking: if you are feeling more adventurous, you can also reach Fornalutx walking from Sóller. The route is approximately one and a half hours and passes through some spectacular scenery.

From other points on the island:

  • If you are in the eastern or southern part of the island, you will have to first head for Palma de Mallorca and from there follow the directions to Fornalutx as described above.

Additional tips

  • Parking: Fornalutx is a small town and parking can be limited, especially in high season. It is advisable to arrive early to secure a parking spot.

With these tips, you will be well prepared to enjoy a morning in Fornalutx, one of Mallorca’s most charming destinations.

Places of interest and itinerary

Carrer des Metge Mayol: the most photogenic street of the village

Once parked the car, head towards the Carrer des Metge Mayol, which is located near the entrance of the village. This cobbled alley is undoubtedly the most photogenic and charming of all Fornalutx. It is surrounded by old stone houses, many of which have wrought iron balconies and are decorated with plants and dried flowers.

Brief history of the street

Carrer des Metge Mayol is known for being one of the oldest streets in town. Its name comes from the title “Metge,” which means doctor in Catalan, and it is believed that it may have been the residence of one of the town’s first doctors. The street has been carefully preserved to maintain its traditional appearance, and walking along it is like taking a trip back in time.

After exploring the Carrer des Metge Mayol, you can continue to the Carrer des Vent that connects with the streets of l’Esglèsia and s’Olivar, other of the most beautiful streets of Fornalutx. But don’t forget that Carrer des Metge Mayol is the ideal starting point to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere that this small town has to offer.

Nativitat de la Mare de Déu Church

Once you have finished your walk through the most picturesque streets of Fornalutx, the next point on your morning itinerary is the Iglesia de la Nativitat de la Mare de Déu. This church is at the end of the Carrer de l’Esglèsia, so it is a logical destination if you have finished your walk in that direction.

Quick visit to appreciate gothic and baroque architecture

The church is one of the oldest and most important buildings in the village and stands out for its architecture that combines gothic and baroque elements. With a single nave and attached chapels, its design is simple but elegant. The stone exterior and the bell in the bell tower add to the charm of the building, which is further enhanced by its location in the village.

Opportunity to see some works of art, if they are open to the public.

If you are lucky and the church is open during your visit, don’t miss the opportunity to go inside and take a look at the works of art it houses. The church has several artistic pieces from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries inside. Although the visit is short, those few minutes inside the church will offer you a glimpse of the rich history and culture of Fornalutx and, perhaps, a moment of tranquility before continuing your tour.

After immersing yourself in the history and architecture of Fornalutx, it’s time to relax and enjoy the local atmosphere. Head to the Plaza de España, the social heart of the town.

A quick coffee at Café Sa Plaça or Café Med

This square is surrounded by terraces of bars and restaurants that offer an ideal place to take a break and observe the life of the town. You can opt for Café Sa Plaça if you fancy a more local atmosphere, or Café Med if you’re interested in sampling some local specialties. Both places are excellent options for a quick coffee and are sheltered by the shade of the trees, making them perfect spots for a relaxing break.

Sit down, order a coffee (or perhaps a ensaimada) and enjoy a few minutes watching the locals and other tourists come and go. It’s a great time to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere that characterizes Fornalutx and perhaps plan the next steps of your tour of the town or even the north of Mallorca.

The next stop on your morning itinerary is the Fornalutx Town Hall, a historic building that was once the Can Arbona manor house. The Town Hall is distinguished by its imposing square defensive tower dating from the 14th century, a window into the town’s medieval past.

Brief stop at the town hall

While a visit inside the Town Hall may be interesting, the exterior of the building is equally captivating, especially for architecture and history buffs. Take the opportunity to snap some photos that capture the essence of this historic building in the heart of Fornalutx.

Purchase of a Mallorcan ensaimada from the nearby bakery

Before continuing your tour, make a quick visit to the nearby bakery. Here you have the opportunity to try and perhaps buy a Majorcanensaimada, a delicious and emblematic island pastry that will give you an authentic local experience. It is a perfect snack to take away and enjoy later, perhaps in one of Mallorca’s picturesque coves or as a sweet souvenir of your time in Fornalutx.

Fornalutx plaza

Where to eat (if you decide to stay longer)

If your visit to Fornalutx has left you wanting more and you decide to extend your stay in this charming village, here are some recommendations to enjoy a good lunch.

Local specialties

  1. Café Med: This place is ideal for those who wish to try the local cuisine. They offer a wide variety of traditional Mallorcan dishes, including fresh fish and seafood. Their paella is also highly recommended.
  2. Fornalutx Petit hotel restaurant: Located in the heart of the village, this restaurant is part of the Fornalutx Petit Hotel and is known for its typical Mallorcan dishes such as “frit mallorquí”, a fried meat and vegetable dish.

International cuisine

  1. Calzone Pizzeria: If you’re looking for something a little different, Calzone Pizzeria offers a variety of delicious pizzas and other Italian dishes. Its relaxed and friendly atmosphere makes it an excellent choice for families.
  2. Sa Cuina d’en Marc: This place mixes Mallorcan cuisine with international influences. It is known for its excellent wine selection and creative dishes.

Casual options

  1. Café Sa Plaça: Perfect for a quick and casual lunch. They offer quality snacks, tapas and coffee on a pleasant outdoor terrace.
  2. Local bakery: Don’t forget the option of visiting the bakery near the Town Hall to pick up a Mallorcan ensaimada or some other local delicacy for a quick outdoor lunch.

Each of these establishments offers its own unique version of Fornalutx hospitality, ensuring you a dining experience as memorable as the surrounding environment.

Craft shopping in Fornalutx

If you are looking to take a piece of Fornalutx’s charm and culture with you, there is no better way than to buy some of the local handicrafts on offer in the village. Here are some of the stores and types of handicrafts you can find:

Ceramics and pottery.

Ceramics Fornalutx: It is the ideal place to find handmade ceramic pieces, from tableware to home decorations. Each piece is unique and represents the tradition and culture of the Balearic Islands..

Textiles.

Teixits Vicens: Although located in Pollença, it’s worth the trip if you’re interested in Mallorca’s traditional textiles, such as the cloth of tongues (“tela de llengües”). You’ll find blankets, cushions, and more, in vibrant patterns that are emblematic of the region.

Food products.

Local market: Here you can find products like honey and almonds, all local and packaged in a way that makes them easy to take back home.

Jewelry.

Silver and copper crafts: There are small stores and kiosks selling handmade jewelry, from earrings and necklaces to bracelets. Silver and copper are usually the metals of choice, and pieces often incorporate local motifs and designs..

Art and Painting.

Art Galleries: Fornalutx has several small galleries offering paintings and sculptures by local artists. Not only will you be supporting the local art community, but you will also have a unique and meaningful souvenir of your visit. .

If you are an enthusiast of local crafts and culture, Fornalutx offers an excellent opportunity to acquire authentic pieces that are not only beautiful but also have deep cultural significance. It’s the perfect way to remember your visit to one of Mallorca’s most charming villages.

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