Soller to Fornalutx
Country - Spain
Region - Mallorca
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 3.5 km / 2.2 miles
Ascent - 140 metres / 462 feet
Descent - 40 metres / 132 feet
This short walk takes you from Soller to Fornalutx, often described as the prettiest village on the island of Mallorca. The village is in a valley between the peaks of Puig Major (the highest summit on the island) and Puig de l'Ofre. The village has cobbled streets, stone houses and variety of places to get refreshments and eat. The surrounding area has orange groves and olive terraces.
The start is the main square in Soller, Plaça Constitució, in the centre of Soller. Take Carrer de Sa Lluna (the main shopping street) and continue straight ahead for 1.5 km ignoring all roads to the left and right. Carrer de Sa Lluna soon becomes Aqueris del Comte and changes name again to Carrer d'Ozones. At the end of Carrer d'Ozones continue over the bridge across a stream into Cami de Biniaraix.
After just over 500 metres, take the steps on your left just as the road bends to the right. Climb the steps and at the top take the cobbled street on the right to walk through the centre of the village. There are two place for refreshments on your right. Continue towards the end of the cobbled street. Just before the end take the minor road signed to Fornalutx on the left. (An interesting diversion is to continue ahead to the old wash-house before returning to the Fornalutx road.)
The minor road passes through some orange groves and soon reaches a main road. Turn right taking care of the traffic. After 500 metres turn left into a lane signed "Fornalutx a peu". Continue straight across the first road and continue uphill. After passing some house you reach the main road into the village. Turn right and continue past the bus stop and car park. Soon you pass the Banco Credito and shortly after reach the main square where there are cafés, shops and restaurants.
To return to Soller you can follow walk 6155 which follows a different route to the one detailed above. You can also use the bus service. However in my experience the buses have been very busy and many people left behind. Taxis are another alternative but fo be prepared to wait especially at busy times of the year.
If you have enough energy you can follow walk 6156 which offers a short route climbing above Fornalutx with fine views over the village and currounding mountains.
- Walking Paradise Soller (1:15000) and guide book published by Editorial Alpina
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