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Fornalutx not only has the advantage of being generally recognised as the prettiest village in Mallorca but is also an excellent point from which to explore the entire north west and, if you feel the need to travel farther, the rest of the island.

The village is situated at the far end of the Soller valley, or, Valle de los Naranjos (Valley of the Oranges) and dominated by the magnificent Sierra de Tramuntana, the mountain ridge which cuts a swathe across the island at this point.

From the hotel there are circular walks varying from 45 minutes to six hours - all with magnificent views of the dramatic scenery and glimpses into a rural life, dominated by the cultivation of citrus fruits, which has hardly changed through the centuries.

At different times during the year you can experience on of the many colourful fiestas - click here to read about them.

A 45 minute walk through citrus trees and olive groves brings you to the nearby town of Soller with its colourful food market, excellent clothes boutiques and one of the finest squares on the island. There are museums and buildings designed by pupils of Gaudi to admire, but you may just prefer to sit in the square, the Placa Constitucio, sipping a vino rosado and soaking up the atmosphere.

Your peace will be interrupted every half hour by the jangling and hooting of Soller's famous tramway, built in 1913. People leap put of its path as it crosses the centre of the square to take you to the sea at Puerto Soller in 15 minutes, for the princely sum of one euro. It must surely be the cheapest and best tourist attraction in Mallorca!

There are beaches and bars aplenty at the port together with many first class fish restaurants. Sample paella at the Restaurant Cas Pages on a balcony which overlooks the sea. Sit on a terrace directly above the fishing boats at Sa Llotja des Peix and order calamares a la plancha or "September fish". Take a dip at the "Repic" end of the bay where it tends to be quieter and from where you can hire a pedalo to help work off the effects of lunch.

With a car, the opportunities to explore are endless. The fashionable town and beach at Deia are only 20minutes drive away. The summer palace of the Archduke Luis Salvador is a further five minutes along the road which eventually takes you to Valdemossa and the convent where George Sands and Chopin once wintered in Mallorca.

And without a car, there is a regular train service (an antique train with mahogany fittings and narrow guage) which rattles and hoots its way to Palma in just over an hour.

 

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