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Fornalutx

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Pretty hillside village, famous for it's views and quaint back streets laden with flowers.

Fornalutx, in the hills above Soller, calls itself the prettiest village in Spain and it is hard to disagree. It is a quiet little place at the top of the Soller valley and has wonderful mountain views. A number of walking trails are easily accessible from Fornalutx, making it a top spot for hikers and bikers. There are a number of terrace restaurants and bars where you can sit back and soak in the views of the surrounding olive and orange groves, after spending time exploring the quaint streets and lanes huddled round the highest point of the village.

Look out for "The painted tiles of Fornalutx" - You have to look hard at first to spot them, but then - once seen - they are everywhere. As mysterious as they are intriguing, around twenty-eight of the town’s houses display these projecting roof tiles, depicting a myriad of painted images. From people to animals, religious signs to astral symbols, their presence is unique to only a handful of villages on the Iberian peninsula. High up in the eaves of the immaculate stone-clad townhouses, lies the evidence of an ancient tradition, missed by the passer-by should he not know where to look. That of an art form and ritual that stretched for more than three centuries. To view these unique tiles for yourselves, visit the town hall in Fornalutx. Look directly opposite at the large house called C’an Xoroi. Tilt your head towards the heavens - once seen, you will then find with ease many others by merely taking a short walk around the village.

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Angus Smith
Updated: March 29, 2018

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13 km
4:30 h
592 m
592 m
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February 13, 2017
moderate
13 km
4:30 h
592 m
592 m
This is a testing, but extremely worthwhile walk that will have you working hard after passing through Fornalutx, then see you enjoying a relaxing ...
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