Ca’n Verdera is a gem of the mid-1800s, carefully restored in keeping with the original architecture – arches, oriels and wooden balconies – and now furnished with choice designer furniture. The whitewashed walls help show off the cast-iron beds, the bright chairs upholstered with leather, and of course the curtains; and they are a helpful setting for the hotel’s collection of contemporary art, much of it the work of local painters, that fill the walls. The location is in one of the most beautiful valleys on the island, the ‘valley of the orange trees’.
If you stay here, take the opportunity to visit Fornalutx’s town hall, where trophies, won in competitions for the nation’s most beautiful village, fill the shelves. The place has been virtually built into a cliff; stones collected from the fields have been neatly laid into streets and footpaths. Green shutters decorate pretty facades and there are tubs of flowers in front of the doors: the definitive picture-postcard village.