Formentor – Meeting of the winds

What have the most famous hotel of Mallorca, a lighthouse and 400 m sheer cliffs in common? They are all located on the peninsula Formentor, the northernmost point Mallorcas!

My today’s trip goes to this 13 km long peninsula, north of Puerto Pollensa. It belongs to the 88 km long Tramuntana mountains, which begin in the southwest of the island Dragonera and reaches up to the far north to Cap de Formentor.

The landscape here is clearly one of the most spectacular of the island. From Puerto Pollensa we start our trip. Bendy roads lead 13 km long to the lighthouse. The first stop is at 200 meters above sea level, at Mirador de Mal Pas. Here you have an amazing view of the bay of Pollensa and on further towards Palma in the distance. On the northern side there is a magnificent rocky coastline with spectacular seaviews. 

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A little further up on the southern side of the mountain, there is the old watchtower Atalaya de Albercutx. The view from up here over the whole peninsula is breathtakingly beautiful.

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Very popular beaches like Cala Figuera, Cala Murta and Cala Pi de la Posada are located here. Furthermore the classy most famous hotel on Mallorca, the Formentor, built by the Argentinian billionaire Ada Diehl in 1931 is situated there. He bought the entire peninsula and turned the beach into an exclusive private club.

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For many decades the high society like Winston Churchill, Aristoteles Onassis, Grace Kelly to Peter Ustinov, John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Claudia Cardinale and Audrey Hepburn, to name a few met up here to party and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and beauty of this place.

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After the company went bankrupt the whole area was finally opened to the public and today the 1 km-long beach is clearly one of the most beautiful on Mallorca.

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The fine sandy and white beach, crystal clear water and for miles around only nature and tranquility. The surrounding pine forests and the mountains which surround the bay, truly give you a Caribbean feeling.

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At the end of the serpentine road stands the lighthouse Cap de Formentor on 167 meters above sea level. With good weather you can even see the 40 km remote island Menorca.

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Wild mountain goats are running around and crossing our path. They belong to this unique mountain landscape like the trees which have endured the strong winds during the winters.

A day trip by boat or car to enjoy this largely unspoilt landscape and beautiful views is definitely a must! 

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As I stand high above this sea on this cliff tops, I can’t help but think I am on holidays in a far away exotic place. But no, this is Mallorca at its best!

Have a nice day !

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