Formentor cap

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Cap Formentor with lighthouse

Cap de Formentor is the eastern end of the Formentor peninsula in Mallorca and also the northernmost point of the Balearic island. The Mallorcans also call the peninsula the meeting point of the winds .


Viewing platform at Cap de Formentor, Mirador del Mal Pas.

Cap de Formentor, the impressive cliff with the highest point Fumart 384 meters above sea level, and the associated bays such as Cala Murta and Cala Pi de la Posada are located at the northernmost point of the Balearic island of Mallorca. The 13.5 kilometer road that leads from Port de Pollença to Cap de Formentor was built by the Italian engineer Antonio Paretti , who is also responsible for the more famous road to Sa Calobra .


Cap Formentor from the seaside

The northernmost end of the Mallorcan world has been shaped bizarrely by wind and water. The stairs, walls, paths and the lighthouse at Cap de Formentor were built on the rocks in 1892 so that they are safe to step and trip over. When the poet Miquel i Llobera , who owned the Cap de Formentor peninsula, died, it was divided into plots and sold. In 1928, the native Argentine and art lover Adán Diehl decided to build the Hotel Formentor on the Platja de Formentor - a long sandy beach - and to donate the income to art. If you follow the road further, you will reach the lighthouse, which is surrounded by protected rare plant species.

Lighthouse at Cap Formentor

Worth seeing

Cap de Formentor from the Mirador Es Colomer viewpoint

The headland has several lookout points with spectacular views. The best known is the Mirador del Mal Pas , also called Mirador d'es Colomer after the small island of El Colomer , the view of which can be seen in the picture above. The panoramic view from Mallorca's Finisterre stretches to Menorca in the east , to Cala Fiquera in the west , while Alcúdia shines with its sandy beach in the south . The sea rages 300 meters below and there are strong winds.

In the southeastern part at Racó de Xot there is a cave with an opening to the sea. It has two entrances, about eight meters above the water surface. The cave is 90 meters long and eight meters high and is one of the most important sites of prehistoric talayot ​​culture .

Importance of the winds

The winds that meet here have been called Tramuntana , Ponent , Migjorn and Llevant , the so-called "four big brothers", and their "cousins" Gregal , Mestral , Llebetx and Xaloc for centuries . The winds are also often the namesake of the landscapes and mountains, such as the Sierra de Tramuntana or the Serres de Llevant .

On an island like Mallorca, which lived mainly from fishing and agriculture well into the 20th century , it was vital to know the winds well, for example which wind brings rain, heat or wind.

The official weather institute is located in Porto Pi , at the port of Palma , and is responsible for international shipping, aviation and other agencies.

Panorama over the Cap de Formentor with its lighthouse and the famous cliffs

Web links

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Coordinates: 39 ° 57 '  N , 3 ° 11'  E