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One of the most picturesque villages in Spain
A couple of kilometres east of Sóller, in the foothills of some of Mallorca’s highest mountains, lies Fornalutx, once voted the prettiest village in all Spain. It’s quite a responsibility, and one that the town burghers take seriously: there are strict planning and parking laws.
With that sort of billing, the reality is a minor letdown (though there area handful of lovely places to stay).
The village itself is tiny, with a small central square with a fountain and a set of steps where the residents celebrate the festival of Reyes Magos on 6 January by giving every child in the village a present. Beyond climbing the steps and having a drink in a café to recover, there’s not actually anything to do here, and it’s a well-worn stop-off on the tourist trail, so you’ll have plenty of company.
From Fornalutx, it’s about a 20-minute walk or a short drive to the even tinier, but equally pretty, hamlet of Biniaraix. There’s a memorable walk from Biniaraix up the vertiginous barranc above the village by way of a cobbled path to the rounded, iron cross-topped peak of L'Ofre (1,090 metres/3,576 feet).