The Cape of Formentor is one of the most spectacular places in Mallorca and the islands northernmost point. Of steep orography, modeled by the shock of the waves and the wind, in some places the cliffs reach 300 meters of height. The best way to reach the cape and its lighthouse is through its winding road. Today we propose this route by car to the end of Formentor from Alcudia.
Our route starts in Alcudia, where the Ferrer Lime Tamarindos apartments and the Ferrer Lime Playa de alcudia aparthotel are located. The distance to the cape of Formentor is about 30 kilometers, and the estimated time of the route is about 50 minutes in optimal conditions. The idea, however is to calmly enjoy the many attractions of the road.
The first stage of the trip takes us to Pollença. As soon as we arrive to this beautiful town, we understand why it became the favorite place of Mediterranean painters such as Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquín Mir or Anglada Camarasa. Of recommended visit are its museums and art galleries, the curious and very recent artistic project Horizonte360 and Calvari, originally built in the eighteenth century, with its 365 steps and 14 crosses of almost 3 meters of height that recreate the path and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Mount Golgotha. The views from the top are magnificent. We can not forget the local gastronomy: butifarrós, Mallorcan sopes, suckling pig, stews, rice dishes… in Celler el Molí or La Fonda.
From there to Puerto Pollença, of course. Able to inspire songs (as “Puerto Pollença” by the Argentinean singer-songwriter Marilina Ross, composed in 1981) and even a novel by Agatha Christie, “Problema en Pollença”, published in 1939. In fact, the British are its most regular visitors. Further, it is a perfect place to practice sports (from golf to paddle surfing), to visit its painters in Paseo de los Pinos, to get closer to the Boquer Valley or to stay and taste the local gastronomy in places of modern Mediterranean cuisine such as Stay or Centric.
Between Puerto Pollença and Formentor the 18 km of the majestic road (MA-2210) built in the 1930s by the Italian engineer Antonio Parietti, responsible for the spectacular route of Sa Calobra, are deployed. A sinuous tracing of curves that allowed him to save the impressive unevenness. On the way there are coves like those of Fiquera, Murta or Pi de la Posada. On the road itself, it is essential to stop at the viewpoint of Mal Pas or Colomer, the name of the island that can be seen from it. Located 200 meters high, you can enjoy one of the best sunsets on the island.
Further up, at almost 400 meters (the highest point of the cape) we find the tower called Talaia d´albercutx, which offers incredible 360 degree views of the island. The final destination is the lighthouse of Formentor, inaugurated in 1863 in a place that was so inaccessible at the time that its construction was extremely problematic. Finally, a visit to Cala Formentor, one of the blue flag beaches of the island, is highly recommended.
Back to our starting point, after having enjoyed this route by car at the end of Formentor which becomes another of the essential routes to get to know Mallorca, you have to enjoy the pleasures offered by the town of Alcúdia and its entire bay. This municipality is the non-fictioanl capital of the north of the island and is considered one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Spain. It was founded by the Romans in 123 bc. of C. with the name of Pollentia. In fact, there are still ruins of that stage, whose visit is obligatory. As is also walking throuht the cobbled and narrow streets of its old town, where on Tuesdays and Sundays a traditional market is held; walk a kilometer and a half over its walls and stop at the Puerta del Moll: or visit the house museum Sa Bassa Blanca, fusion of art and nature. For lunch or dinner, a good option is to go down to the Por of Alcúdia and be surprised by the vintage, homemade and creative cuisine of Como en Casa or the rices and cocktails of Bistro Mar Bon profit.
With this route by car to the end of Formentor, you get a very complete perspective of the many and varied charms that the north fo Mallorca offers. Go for it!