Cap der Formentor: My Favorite Place in Mallorca

cap der formentorCap der Formentor  – 300m vertical cliffs that disappear into a sea that is often wild, where the weather can change on a whim.  It’s my favorite place in Mallorca and its precisely because of its wildness that I love it.  It’ overs refuge on an island that I find too developed for my tastes.

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View from the Mirador del Mal Pas – the most popular lookout point.

It’s difficult to find a bad view on Cap der Formentor and you likely won’t be alone on one of the more popular lookouts, like the Mirador del Mal Pas (top two photos above), but there are also plenty of hiking trails where you are likely to find solitude.
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The adventurous can climb this old watchtower, which has two ladders, one on the outside, and another one that goes to the very top. Only a handful of people came to the base of the tower to enjoy the views. We climbed to the top and had the tower to ourselves for a few minutes until we were joined by another brave couple. A few steps away from the old watchtower is a German installed private weather station, but anyone can access the data providing they have the proper receiving equipment.

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The best views of Cap der Formentor are found from climbing this old watchtower.

The 13km drive from Port de Pollenca is famously scary, enough so to inspire a local legend: A parish priest and a local bus driver arrived at Heaven’s Gates but only the driver was admitted to heaven. The reason? He had led far more people to pray than the priest had. So drive slow!

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The Cap der Formentor Lighthouse is the pinnacle and end of the drive.  The views over the bluff are spectacular, but it was far too crowded for me.  I was more intrigued by the hiking trail directly across from it, which I only saw one person hiking.  Plus I believe the views look even more incredible when you have to work for them.

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Know Before You Go to Cap der Formentor:

  • Check out flights to Palma, for flights between the UK and Mallorca
    It can be windy and stormy and weather can change quickly so bring warm clothes with you.
  • We were there in May and the popular look out spots were busy.  I imagine it could be difficult to find parking in high season, so try and go at off-peak times.
  • I didn’t do this but think it would be incredibly beautiful at sunset or sunrise – maybe next time.
  • We saw several bikers on the road.  Note there is no separate bike path, bikers bike on the road and the road is curvy, so bike at your own peril – I personally wouldn’t feel safe biking on the Cap der Formentor during peak times.

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.



  1. cheryl May 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Wow, such a beautiful place! Would be terrific to see a sunset or sunrise there. =)

  2. Italian Notes May 30, 2012 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I must be one of the only Danies who has never been to Mallorca. The north part of the island sounds very tempting though.

  3. Vi May 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    It looks like it wasn’t only yours favorite place 🙂

  4. Jeremy Branham May 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Looks like a beautiful area! I would love to hike here. When I was in Spain, I didn’t have a chance to get to any of the islands but want to explore them the next time I go.

  5. Ashleen Moreen May 31, 2012 at 2:50 am - Reply

    That was such a great place to refresh and be relax. If I will be given the chance to go this place I will spend it with my family.

  6. Zhu June 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Amazing, no wonder you like the place! You are a hiker and a nature-lover! The view is breathtaking.

  7. Laurel June 3, 2012 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Thanks for your comments everyone. @Italian Notes – I didn’t realize that Mallorca was also popular with Danes, I though it was more of a German and England hangout. Cap der Formentor was incredible and I would love to do more hiking in the area to get away from the crowds since it is a popular place.

    @Zhu – You’ve described me perfectly 🙂

  8. Christina June 4, 2012 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Mallorca is gorgeous. It’s a bit overrun, but if you go off-season, you have more space and less tourist party madness. Your post proves the island offers so much more and has great hiking and beautiful scenery.

  9. InsideJourneys June 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Wow, beautiful. I can definitely see why it’s your favorite place in Mallorca. I wish I knew about it when I was there.

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