Cap de Formentor, a rugged trip to the Land's End of Majorca
The spit of land called Cap de Formentor (Formentor cape) is located in the Pollença municipality on the northernmost tip of the island of Majorca. It is a narrow 20-kilometre-long peninsula which the Majorcans affectionately call the ‘meeting point of the winds’. This is the case because, as a result of its high exposure to the seas, the winds from the Iberian Peninsula, the Alps, the Atlantic Ocean and north Africa have always met there, creating a picture-postcard landscape dotted with cliffs and pine groves everywhere.
El Pi de Formentor, inspired by Majorca
Cap de Formentor is a privileged location far away from the main tourist hotspots in Majorca which has inspired numerous artists to write poems and draw paintings. Miquel Costa i Llobera, one of the greatest poets in the Catalan language of all time, was perhaps the best to capture the cape’s beauty in his iconic poem, El Pi de Formentor (The Pine of Formentor). We propose a brief trip through this natural scenery where you can also discover its famous lighthouse and explore its beaches, coves and breathtaking views.
Brief history of Cap de Formentor
In a manner of speaking, the pilgrimage point at Cap de Formentor is its lighthouse, a white 22-metre-high tower which can be accessed after a 15-kilometre winding road. The building is poetically known as the Majorcan Finisterre (or the Land’s End of Majorca), no less. Its construction is no exception either since it was a truly epic achievement for the workers of that time. Its construction began in 1857 and, because of the rugged landscape, a path had to be cleared so that the materials could be transported. This action mobilised more than 200 people during six years, to the point that the Majorca Bishop ordered an altar to be erected there so that the workers could attend mass before work.
The lighthouse is now controlled remotely, so only the words remain of that epic achievement. Nevertheless, the best homage that is now paid to those efforts is the many tourist visits to the lighthouse, considered to be the highest on the island with a focal height of 210 metres above sea level.
The Formentor lighthouse and the surrounding area
The lighthouse is not the only attraction. In the 15 kilometres between the cape and Pollença port (no more than 20 minutes by car), you can enjoy a trip full of spectacular views which you can immortalise with your camera. Along the route, there are many designer houses, whose owners have found the ideal spot for privacy and tranquillity around the cape. There are also inlets such as Formentor beach and coves such as Murta and Figuera, each one as wild and delightful as the other. Most hikers and cyclists who visit the cape decide to start their specific routes from that beach. In short, there is a wide range of possibilities where nature always plays the leading role.
Formentor beach is a must
Platja de Formentor (Formentor beach) draws the attention of everyone who passes just 10 kilometres from Pollença port. As a result of its white sand beach, crystal-clear water and green pines, the Blue Flag has been flying there for many years in line with the quality of its water. With its 1-kilometre-long and only 12-metre-wide stretch, it is probably the most popular beach in the bathing areas in Formentor. This is partly due to the iconic Hotel Formentor (Link al ‘Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel’), opened in 1930 at one end of the beach and which has been visited by famous personalities such as Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Scott Fitzgerald. It has also held top-level literary encounters since 1959, when Spanish writer Camilo José Cela began the then-called Conversaciones poéticas de Formentor (Poetic conversations in Formentor).
Formentor beach also has buses running from Pollença and its own car park, where the daily price is around 15 Euros. It also has several restaurants such as L’Espigo (buffet type) and La Varanda (a more select menu) as well as water activities, including snorkelling, paddle boarding and windsurfing, without forgetting the possibility of renting small paddle boats to explore the nearby coastline on your own.
Formentor viewpoint and hiking routes
We cannot end this article without mentioning the numerous hiking routes which Formentor provides to its visitors. The most popular ones start, or sometimes finish, with a number of viewpoints, from where the views are stunning. This is the case of the Creueta or Colomer viewpoint, located just 5 kilometres from Pollença port on the road to the beach. At that point, there is a monument paying homage to Antonio Parietti Coll (the engineer who designed the road). A number of winding paths start from there, one of which leads to Talaia d’Albercutx (Albercutx watchtower). It is one of many fortified towers which were built in the 16th and 17th centuries as a result of the attacks perpetrated by notorious pirates such as Barbarossa on the island.
Information of interest
How to get there (from Palma)
- Car: From Pollença, take the MA2210 road towards Cap de Formentor.
- Bus: From Palma (intermodal station), bus line 340 goes to Puerto de Pollença. From Puerto de Pollença, bus line 353 goes to Faro de Formentor (with a bus stop at Playa de Formentor).