Cap de Formentor, Majorca Island
I made two attempts to reach the end of the cape. Both of them failed with Fernanda feeling dizziness (and fear), caused by the winding roads and steep cliffs.
It's a pity. The landscape is beautiful and, I must confess, we have crossed some more dangerous paths.
The 20-km drive from Port de Pollenca to Majorca's most northerly point has amazingly dramatic scenery - cliffs 400m tall rise from the sea, weird rock formations, while pine trees appear to grow out of the rocks. The drive is also famously scary - a local legend has it that the parish priest and the local bus driver arrived at the Pearly Gates, and only the driver was admitted to heaven. The reason? He had led far more people to pray!
Six kilometres from Port de Pollenca you reach the Mirador des Colomer - climb the steps to admire fantastic views..
My tip is to get up EARLY - and do this before the masses, coachloads come along here too and it gets VERY crowded.
Cape Formentor is situated the north end of the island. Situated on a cliff 260 meters above the Mediterranean Sea is the lighthouse of Cape Formentor, one of the most famous buildings of Majorca. This spectacular place can only be reached on a 13 kilometer long, dangerous looking narrow road that winds along the cliffs high above the sea. You can stop (and you should stop!) at several viewpoints. If you arrive at the lighthouse at the end of the road it’s difficult to find a parking place. Cars and buses fill the narrow road. The view of the lighthouse itself and the blue sea below is simply gorgeous. On clear days you can even sea the island of Menorca, which is about 40 miles to the east. We had such a day!
The drive alone is appx 7km from the Formetor Hotel. However the drive is quite unbelievable. The views are extrodinary so take lots of camera shots. The roads are very windy and dangerous so take care. Once to the top you will see the native Goats which pose on the walls for you (if youre lucky). There is a bar at the top which was closed when I visited due to it being only 9 am. It gets really busy during the day and parking is very limited. On the whole a must see.
although i have to admit the picture doesn't do it justice by a long shot. It is a rather touristy place so it is vey difficult to actually be almost by yourself here. Usually you have to change places with whatever people also want to take the ultimate picture here
Just a few more steps... I can't remember whether it was a long way up. so i guess it isn't. I do remember though that afterwards we went to the beach close by. And I do remember trying to stop at almost every step because i wanted to capture a certain angle of rock and water/people and i don't know what. Unfortunately i had a very old camera. Half the pictures never made it...
...before that splendid view of Cap de Formentor. This place is one of the highlights of a trip around the island. At least, that it is to me. I love the yellowish of the rocks and the brilliant blue of the sea set off against each other. Not to mention the sheer drop of the rocks into the sea
Cap de Formentor is a must when you are in Majorca,situated in the Northeast of the island,the scenery is very dramatic with pine trees growing out of the rocks.The best place to see this lunar landscape is the Mirador de Mal Pas,about 4 km from Port de Pollenca.
An 18 Kilometer road extends out from the Alcudia area to the tip of the island of majorca.
This switchback road passes along some of the most impressive coastal scenery you are going to see anywhere. And that includes the great coast road in Australia, and the Cliffs of Mohar on Ireland Western coast.
The most famous view comes quite early on, but there are impressive views to both sides of the peninsular at virtually every point along.
The road is well maintained, but narrow so although our crappy little hire car (A seat Arosa, which is Spanish for Cement mixer or something) could cope, like every other motorist, we were plagued by the Coach tour buses that were a pain in the backside. I'm sure the arguments and annoyance heighten as the season builds up. You will also find that there is a shortage of parking spaces at the end point - the lighthouse.
The road continues through pine woods and eventually you come to the lighthouse with even more stunning views and on a clear day you can see all the way to Menorca.There is a bar and shop here as well.
Another fantastic view of Cap de Formentor.Some of the cliffs are 400m tall that jut out into the sea.At the Mirador des Colomer there are some steps leading to a watch tower where you can see the whole of the peninsula and the bays of pollenca and Alcudia.
Ok, Cap Formentor is something out of the ordinary, you can't really put it into words. When you get to the far end of this path just close your eyes and smell the air, fresh air all around you...almost floating over the ocean;-)
Cap Formentor is the highlight of most people's vacation on Mallorca. You shouldn't miss it, the views from up there are just breathtaking, believe me! Bring some warm clothes though for it's very windy there; at least it was when we were there around Easter.
Cap Formentor is very beautiful, but getting there in summer can be very stressy...... YOu really have to be very early or I guess very late to avoid the daily traffic jams though Port de Pollenca. we have been there around 11 a.m. and already needed a long time to pass the town.
In fact we only made our way to the first viewing point cause we didn´t wanted to stand in a jam the whole day.... From there you already get a breathtaking view though!!!
This is a peninsula at the north east of the island. Spectacular scenery greets you as you take the road out from Port de Pollenca, climbing steadily with good views out over the Badia de Pollenca. Lots of hairpin bends on the way and if you meet a coach coming down you've got a problem.