Cap de Formentor lighthouse

Cap de Formentor Lighthouse

Cap de Formentor lighthouse is a spectacular lighthouse at an elevation of 384m above sea level located in the eastern end of Majorca's Formentor peninsula, on the northernmost point of the Balaeric Island Majorca in Spain.

The road to reach the lighthouse is asphalted. It’s called PM-221 and is one of the most scenic drives in the world. The route is hilly and packs in 1.600m (5,200ft) of climbing. The road was built by the Spanish engineer Antonio Parietti in 1930’s. His masterpiece on Majorca, however, was the snake to Sa Calobra. Instead of being overwhelmed by what stood in his way on the cliffs, Parietti observed the Tramuntana winds and understood: where the slope was too steep, he made a curve. When he had to remove part of the cliffs, he placed the waste in other places where it was needed. The result was the two roads, which are nestled together in the mountains like abandoned silk ribbons. The Majorcans also call the cape the Meeting point of the winds.

The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. The 20-km drive from Port de Pollenca to Mallorca's most northerly point has scenery as dramatic as anyone could wish for. Cliffs 400 metres tall jut into the sea, their weird rock formations attracting nesting seabirds, while pine trees seem to grow out of the rocks. Nowadays, it is the lighthouse with the focal plan at higher altitude in all the Balearic Islands. Obviously, from this spot an awesome view of the most northern part of the North Range can be observed.
The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. The drive is also famously scary. A local legend has it that the parish priest and the local bus driver arrived at the Pearly Gates and only the driver was admitted to heaven. The reason? He had led far more people to pray. Six kilometres from Port de Pollenca you reach the view point of Mirador des Colomer - scramble up the steps for views over a rocky islet. A path opposite the steps leads to an old watchtower from which you can see the whole of the peninsula, as well as the bays of Pollenca and Alcudia. The road continues through pine woods and past more view points (each one helpfully indicated with a picture of an old-fashioned camera) before tunnelling through En Fumat mountain, where you look down over Mallorca's most inaccessible beach. Eventually you reach a lighthouse with the inevitable bar and shop and more stunning views, all the way to Menorca on a good day.  Several TV advertisement were shot on this road.