No trip to Puerto Pollensa would be complete without visiting the area known as Cap de Formentor. This part of the island forms the northernmost point in Majorca, and its location makes it a beautiful place to take in stunning ocean views without crowds. Even local residents have great respect for the destination, and they call it by the beautiful name Meeting Point of the Winds. Although the views alone are reason enough to visit the Cap de Formentor, you will also want to experience the lighthouse. Discover more about the history of the lighthouse, how to get there and what else you can do in the area.
The History of the Lighthouse at Formentor
When the lighthouse of Formentor was first built, the area was completely undeveloped. There were no lavish tourism resorts or cafes in Puerto Pollensa, and there were not even accessible roads to bring materials to the site. Construction on the lighthouse started in 1860, and it took a full three years before it was complete. Overseeing the design and construction of this beautiful lighthouse was Emili Pou, a man who was officially titled Head Engineer of Public Works on the Balearic Islands. The lighthouse was a very expensive undertaking, and it ended up costing more than 1.3 million reals. Part of this extraordinary expense is due to the fact that almost all the materials had to travel to the building site by sea thanks to a lack of roads.
Getting to the Lighthouse
Thankfully, it is much easier to get to the lighthouse today than it was in Emili Pou’s time. In fact, there is a winding nine mile road that leads directly from Puerto Pollensa to Cap de Formentor. This road was built by Antontio Paretti, an Italian engineer that took on the immense challenge when no one else was prepared to do so. Although the road is certainly very windy, it offers beautiful views over the sea and the surrounding landscape. Once you get to the Cap of Formentor, you will see a sign that says lighthouse. From there, a narrow road takes you to the parking lot right in front of the structure. Parking is free and readily available. Cyclists may also opt to ride to the lighthouse via an alternative unpaved route.
Although there is lots to see and do in the Puerto Pollensa area, it is nice to escape the crowds and embrace the scenic beauty. The lighthouse at Formentor is the perfect way to do so.