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Very close to Fornalutx is Biniaraix, a small village that has also managed to preserves its ancient charm, which makes it well worth a visit. At the centre of this little hamlet is the Plaça de la Concepció, home to the small but perfectly formed Church of Immaculada Concepció, which dates from the 16th and 17th Centuries.
Just off from the square, are the washhouses where the women of Biniaraix used to do their laundry. This is the departure point for one of the best loved walks on Majorca, to the famous ravine of Barranc de Biniraix, which provides some of the most wonderful scenery to be seen on the island. The walk follows the ravine up to the waterfall of Salt des Cans, and then on to the peak of Puig des Cornador, from where you can enjoy spectacular views over the Valley of Soller, and the bay and port beyond.
Good walking abounds in the municipality and the ramble up to the old property Binibassí is also worth mentioning, there are plenty of
other routes that can be accessed by foot or mountain bike. A local organisation called Tramuntana Tours offers visitors to the area
a variety of ways to discover theses spectacular surroundings. Their excursions give the opportunity to get closer to the real Mallorca,
either on foot, by bike, sea kayak or boat, always accompanied by an experienced guide. Contact details for more information on the range
of excursions offered are:
Calle de la Luna, 72
Telephone: +34 971 632 423
Web Site: www.tramuntanatours.com
As for festivities, Fornalutx celebrates the fiesta of its patron saint every year on September 8th. Known as the Nativity of the Mother of God, the festivities are famous throughout the island for the Correbous (Running of the Ox). The festival starts in the early hours of the morning, with traditional music being played by locals on tambourines and flutes, this musical cacophony is designed to announce the arrival of the ox, which is then paraded through the streets of the village by the local youngsters, led on a rope around its horns. Once the festival is over, the ox is taken to the slaughterhouse in nearby Sóller, where it is killed, a fact that makes some people feel a bit uncomfortable. This intriguing tradition is peculiar to Fornalutx and has been celebrated as far back as the middle of the 19th Century.
Based in the nearby town of Soller, La Luna was the first factory in Mallorca to produce Sobrassada, which is a traditional Mallorcan sausage.
Production of the Sobrassada first began in the year 1900, and now well over 100 years later, is still being manufactured in the same
factory, along with a selection of other delicatessen products. In recognition of this heritage, La Luna have recently opened the old side
of the factory as a museum and shop. Beginning in March, visitors to the museum can also undertake factory tours which will demonstrate
how the production process has changed over the last 100 years, followed by an opportunity to taste a selection of La Luna products, along
with other Mallorcan products such as locally produced wines and olives. Contact details for more information are:
Embutidos Aguilo S.L.
Avda Asturias 4-A,
Web Site: www.la-luna.es
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