Association of Spain's 44 prettiest small towns
Driving through the road tunnel which links Palma and the flat plains of Mallorca to Soller and the Sierra Tramuntana region is like driving through the gateway to another world. The dramatic mountainous landscape and the stone-built houses with sloping, tiled roofs are a complete contrast to the sun bleached white villas and flat parched fields left behind – particularly when the snow capped peaks are glistening against clear blue winter skies.
A fine example of this difference to the rest of Mallorca can be found in the stunningly pretty village of Fornalutx, surrounded by high mountains, gushing streams and torrents, fertile citrus filled valleys and with its honey coloured stone houses, it's a photo opportunity on a plate – that reminds me, it has some great bars and restaurants too!
Such is its loveliness that it has now joined an association called 'Spain's Prettiest Villages' which aims to promote these small towns to a greater public. All with under 15,000 people the towns and villages are admitted to the association not just because they are pretty, but also because of their cultural and historical heritage, their cleanliness, location and traffic systems – everything required to make them a draw to visitors whilst not losing their identity.
There are some stunningly beautiful places within the association – take a look at their website – which I can vouch for personally because I've stumbled unintentionally across a few of them (in the days before the Internet) and can also say that Fornalutx is a worthy member of the association. Just look at our photos – courtesy of our award winning photographer Peter Young – and I'm sure you'll agree.