On foot, there are three ways to reach Fornalutx (the name means 'oven light'), one of Mallorca’s most adorable stone-built villages. The first is along a narrow, scenic route from Biniaraix, passing through the minute hamlet of Binibassi and then terraced groves crowded with orange and lemon trees. Another is the road that drops down off the Ma10, with aerial views of the village’s stone houses and terracotta roofs. The more prosaic route is along the winding vehicular road from Sóller.
Whichever way you choose, the mountainous backdrop means Fornalutx is postcard pretty, and the effect is heightened as you draw near, with green shuttered windows, flower boxes, well-kept gardens and flourishing citrus groves. Many of the houses are owned by expats (Germans and British in the main), but it’s a far cry from the comparative bustle of Sóller. Like Biniaraix, Fornalutx is believed to have its origins as an Arab alquería.