Cap 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 offers refuge on an island that I find too developed for my tastes.
The Views on Cap der Formentor
It’s difficult to find a bad view on the Cap der Formentor. You will likely not find any solitude at the lookout points, especially Mirador de Mal Pas. The Mirador del Mal Pas (top two photos above), is the most popular and offers beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding area.
If you’re looking for some solitude there are several hiking trails that you can choose from. Each of the hiking trails offers something different in scenery and difficulty.
Climb The Old Watchtower
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 provided they have the proper receiving equipment.
The Drive From The Port de Pollenca
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!
The Cap der Formentor Lighthouse
The Cap der Formentor Lighthouse is the pinnacle and end of the drive. The lighthouse was built in 1863 and was quite the feat. Because of the rocky terrain, it was a challenge to build, but luckily they got it done.
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. The lighthouse is not easy to reach though, you have to drive up or you can try a long mule ride.
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 the weather can change quickly so bring warm clothes with you.
- We were there in May and the popular lookout 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.
- If your not one for land then try a full day boat tour that includes lunch and will give you a different view of this beautiful part of Mallorca. You’ll get to explore and swim in the Mediterranean as well as take in some great sights.
Where To Stay Near Cap der Formentor
Hotel Eolo one of the most popular hotels in Port de Pollensa. This 3-Star hotel offers direct access to the beach, free wifi and secure bicycle storage. The hotel offers comfortable, Mediterranean style rooms that are well-equipped and offer either a small terrace or sea views. The hotel also offers bicycle hire and massage services for an extra charge.
Hoposa Bahia is a charming, Mediterranean-style hotel that overlooks the seafront of Puerto de Pollensa. The hotel offers a relaxing atmosphere, daily breakfast and a restaurant that offers local cuisine. The rooms offer beautiful views.
Hoposa Uyal is a 4-star hotel is set on the seafront in Port de Pollenca overlooking the Pollenca Beach. The hotel features an outdoor pool and modern rooms with views of either the mountains or the sea. The hotel offers bicycle hire and storage and includes a bicycle-washing area and mechanical services on request.
If you haven’t been to Cap de Formentor in Mallorca, I highly recommend it.