The village of Fornalutx is tucked away on the slopes east of Sóller and you can find it signposted off the mountain road heading to Pollença. The church overlooks Plaza Espanyol in the centre of the village while the town hall is in the tower built to protect the villagers from pirate raids. The village had a complete facelift at the beginning of the 1980s and the old plaster was scraped off the house walls to expose the original stonework. The result is elegant rows of rustic houses lining narrow alleyways, each one lined with flowers and a delight to explore.
Fornalutx was awarded the Mallorcan Tourism Board Silver Plaque for maintaining the village in 1983 and it was awarded second prize in the national competition. Two years later the Balearic Nature and Ornithological Group gave it and award. After a walk around the streets, you will know why.
Biniaraix is much smaller than Fornalutx and the small Church of the Immaculate Conception dates from the 16th and 17th Century. The Barranc de Biniaraix is a pilgrims' path to Lluc Monastery and it dates back to the 14th Century. The cobblestone track winds its way up the hillside, through ancient olive groves, past cliffs and across bridges.
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