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Cap de Formentor

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Cap de Formentor
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Impressive views at Majorca's northernmost point

Cap de Formentor, MA-2210, Islas Baleares, Spain
You will find a restaurant in the light house at Cap de Formentor.

The northernmost point of the Balearic Islands has been bizarrely formed by wind and water. The locals also call the Formentor peninsula the ‘Meeting point of the Winds’. After a 13.5 kilometer drive from the small town Port de Pollença, you will reach the Cap de Formentor. A no man’s land located at the imposing and dramatic cliff line of Majorca, high above the sea. The cliffs fall 400 meter deep into the sea, seabirds are nesting in the rocks and pine trees grew out of every fertile spot they can find between the stones.

 

The drive to Cap de Formentor can be scary. During high season traffic jams provoked by the many tourists are not seldom. The roads winds through pine trees and goes in serpentines up and down the hills. Sound driving skills are needed in order to react fast enough when a group of bikers shows up in front or when you pass vertiginous road sections with the edges falling steep into the sea. After six kilometers you will reach the first viewpoint: ‘Mirador des Colmer’ (also called Mirador de Mal Pas). Get out here and climb up the few steps to enjoy the stunning view over a rocky island. From the nearby watchtower ‘Atalaya de Albercutx’, which is can be reached by a small, twisty road to the right after the viewpoint, you will have a panoramic vista over the peninsula and the ports of Pollença and Alcudia.

 

The main road goes on in turns and curves, passing more viewpoints, each of them signed with an old-school camera road sign. Next you will reach the Tunnel des Fumat. just in front of the tunnel you can park your car and walk down to the beautiful and tranquil bay Cala Figuera. If you decide to head on, you will have a nice view over the bay after passing the tunnel. The road winds on through the karstic landscape at Roca Blanca and eventually after more twist and serpentines and herds of bikers you will reach your destination: the lighthouse at Cap de Formentor.

 

The area at Cap de Formentor is crossed by trip proof and safe paths, staircases and walls, built already in 1892. You will get impressive views over the steep coastline and the jagged peninsula. If the weather allows it, you will have a nice view as far as Menorca. The lighthouse provides also a small restaurant for snacks and drinks and a recreational area in case you bring your own picnic. On your way back, you can stop at the quiet and remote Cala Murta to have a last swim between the karstic and rocky cliffs. To get there, you also park at the parking area for Cala Figuera, but instead heading right to Cala Figuera, you keep left and walk past a wooden gate. After following the path for about 25 minutes, you will reach the gravel beach of Cala Murta.



How to get there

Drive the MA-2210 from Port de Pollença until you reach the Cap de Formentor.

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