“Savoring Mallorca is like a trip through the looking glass to see what life is really supposed to look like. Slow, quiet, rich with treasures from the land and local personalities that honor their heritage. They certainly live to enjoy each day.”
Have you heard of Mallorca? It’s one of three islands off the coast of Spain and is known for its Mediterranean coves, old-world traditions and mountain villages filled with personality and charm. On a solo European adventure I had the pleasure of spending a couple of weeks based in the rustic town of Sóller, a truly a wonderful community with much to offer a culture-loving traveler seeking a mellow vacation. One of my favorite moments there was nibbling on my hazelnut pastry as I shopped the market in the town square and musicians played festive accordion music. I later got a taste of true Mallorquin life when visiting the farm house of a family friend, complete with his pet sheep (to provide milk and cheese), lemon trees (for limoncello), and a garden dripping with sun-ripened tomatoes. Such a scene would be incomplete without homemade wine—the garden included a handful of grape vines and an ancient grape press, while I was informed that the first room they completed inside the house was the most important one: the wine cellar. On my last night in Sóller I soaked up the sunset and feasted on Mallorquin Frites while perched high above the coast at Mirador Ses Barques. Incredible!
Day Trip To Fornalutx
The mountain village of Fornalutx (pronounced for-na-looch) is a 40-minute walk from Sóller and makes for a nice day trip. It’s history dates back over one thousand years and is often referred to as the “prettiest village in Spain”. The leisurely walk of paved roads brought me through citrus orchards, abandoned farm houses, terraced groves and even sheep grazing for fallen fruits. Once I had arrived, it was clear that the gem of Fornalutx is the sweeping view it offers of the valley. Technically it was the low-season (September) and it seemed as though I had the village to myself; I only saw two others. The town square was festive with white streamers hung, cobblestone lanes covered with potted plants, blooming bougainvillea at almost every turn, and many homes bearing unique front doors that are photo worthy in themselves. Awarded over the years for their tourism and conservation efforts, every house in the village bears red roof tiles and exposed rock facades.
The preserved rustic charm is enough to make anyone fall in love with the village life. Please enjoy a little glimpse of Fornalutx, Spain.
Mallorquin Market Goods
Other Dreamy Spots on Mallorca
If you are drawn to destinations off the beaten path, I suggest also considering other northwest towns of Mallorca including Valledemossa and Deia (which you may recognize from the television series The Night Manager) and the stunning beach cove Sa Calobra. Photos are below to feed your wanderlust…
A special thanks to fellow world traveler William Lowe, hotel Sa Tanqueta and abcMallorca for their photo contributions. Please visit the Best of Mallorca 2017 as a guide to planning your visit. Thank you for visiting TrySomethingFun.