Fornalutx, Alcudia, Pollensa
Mallorca's representation in the official list of Spain's prettiest towns has now grown to three, as from next year, Fornalutx will be joined by Alcudia and Pollensa which leaves Mallorca as the only Balearic island in the list.
The Association of Pretty Spanish Towns currently numbers 79 towns – all under 15,000 population – throughout all Spain and will be joined by 15 new representatives in 2020 which have all had to pass 40 stringent tests to join the instagrammable throng.
All the small towns must have a historic town centre in perfect condition and have a certified architectural and natural heritage and also have to pass a quality audit with checks on cleaning, maintenance of facades, traffic circulation, parking facilities, care of greenery and garden areas, and the treatment of billboards and posters – all the things that give a town just that something special.
So, what made the association choose Alcudia?
They said, “Alcúdia is one of the most beautiful villages in Mallorca with a magical historical centre, which combines proximity to paradisiacal beaches, gastronomy and beautiful traditional architecture. The municipality is between two bays, Pollensa and Alcúdia, which make it one of the most special corners of the province.
Different civilisations passed through this territory, which can be seen in the castles, walls, stately homes and historic buildings that dot its historic centre. To access it, you can go through one of the two gates of the wall declared a National Monument, the Porta del Moll and the Puerta de Mallorca. (photo)”
“In the northern end of Mallorca and at the foot of the eastern border of the Tramuntana mountains, Pollensa has been known for more than 3,000 years, when the first settlers, the Talaiots, arrived in the area. It has an urban centre with a strong medieval essence, a population that has kept its entire personality intact, a history developed under the rule of Romans, Visigoths and Muslims, until in the 13th century Jaume I incorporated it into the Christian kingdoms.”
Why not pay a visit to all three and make your own mind up which is the prettiest?