On the northern tip of Mallorca is the Cap de Formentor, where the top end of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range meets the Mediterranean. Cap de Formentor literally means ‘end of Formentor’ – the name of the 20-kilometre peninsula, northeast of the port of Pollença (Pollensa).
A windswept lighthouse stands on this promontory and, although it’s not open to visitors, you can walk around its rocky surroundings, looking out to the cliffs where Eleonora’s falcons nest in the winter. You can also spot seabirds in their thousands during migration periods.
Be sure to take a camera when driving this peninsula: the scenery is jaw-dropping and there are great photo opportunities at the Mirador de Mal Pas and the Talaia d’Albercutx watchtower along the way.
The Platja (or Playa) de Formentor is a lovely pine-clad beach in a beautiful cove on the peninsula, with views of the mountains. You can also get there by boat, from the port of Pollença. The Hotel Formentor stands serene at one end of the beach. Opened in 1930, this renowned hotel has had many famous guests, including Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, and the writer Scott Fitzgerald. Today it’s part of the Barceló hotel group, but retains its air of understated elegance. Formentor was the subject of a famous Mallorcan poem ‘El Pi de Formentor’ (The Pine of Formentor), written by Miquel Costa i Llobera – the priest whose family once owned the peninsula. This dramatic northern tip of Mallorca has also been an inspiration to both well-known and aspiring artists.
The peninsula is the location of a few water-front architect-designed homes, whose owners enjoy privacy and the spectacular views.
If you’re visiting Alcúdia – the old Roman capital of Mallorca – or the port or town of Pollença, it’s worth taking the time to explore this beautiful peninsula, with its scent of pine and scrub vegetation. The northernmost stretch of road is not for the faint-hearted but, when you arrive at Cap de Formentor, you’ll find a corner of the island that’s a world away from the tourist resorts of Mallorca.
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