Formentor, Mallorca, Destination Guide
Formentor is famous for its unique and picturesque nature that pampers the senses and makes you forget the world around you. It is one of the most sought for places for cycling in all of Mallorca.
The spectacular scenery set at the north of Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, adorned with evergreen vegetation that follows the mountain slopes down to the azure waters and the many vantage points, makes the area one of Mallorca’s most visited excursion destinations.
Things to do and see near Formentor
Formentor is an attraction itself! However, Formentor is home to a famous lighthouse, which should be visited, not because it’s a famous lighthouse, but because of it’s amazing location. Formentor belongs to the municipality of Pollenca, and you’re just a short drive from some of the most remarkable landmarks in the northern part of Tramuntana.
SPIN THE PEDALS
You may have already heard or noticed it: Mallorca is one of the the single most popular destinations for cycling tourism. Formentor is the perfect place to visit on a bicycle, especially if you really want to challenge your self while enjoying the breathtaking views from the rocky peninsula. You are guaranteed lots of gradients, hairpin turns and weaving mountain roads that will get the adrenaline flowing in your veins.
ENJOY THE WIDE BEACH
Formentor is home to the stunning Playa de Formentor beach, a beach known for its natural beauty and its secluded location between the green mountain slopes. Playa de Formentor has multiple stretches, some with soft sand, some with gravel and some with rubles.
PUT YOUR GOLFING SKILLS TO THE TEST
Both Pollenca and Alcúdia offers beautiful and challenging golf courses for you to try out, the first with 9 holes and the latter with 18 holes. From Formentor, you are no more than about a 20-minute drive from either of them, so go and see if you can play up to your handicap on these fine courses.
GO BIRDWATCHING IN THE LA GOLA RESERVE
La Gola is a small and very charming wetland found in Port of Pollença. In the La Gola reserve, you can spot species such as blackwinged stilt, cetti’s warbler, the greenfinch, cattle egret, mallard, wood pigeon and various species of herons. This small piece of paradise is the perfect escape from the mass tourism that occupies most of the area.
WALK TO THE OLD LOOKOUT, TALAIA D’ALBERCUTX
If you are up for walking or hiking in the beautiful nature, you’re in luck when visiting Formentor. On the mountain sides, you will find the old medieval watchtower of Albercutx from where you can enjoy a refreshment while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the bay of Pollenca and Formentor.
VISIT THE WORLD FAMOUS LLUC MONASTERY
Lluc is one of the biggest biggest monasteries and religious institutions in Europe. It was founded back in the 16th century and has become famous for its choir school for boys. Today, Lluc still has its choir school, but has been extended to also include girls. Every Sunday morning at the 11 o’clock mass, you can experience a concert performed by the children of the choir school, a beautiful sound of pure innocents. But the choir is not the only reason to visit Lluc, there’s also the huge ethnological museum exhibiting life on the island back from Roman occupation, there’s the monastery itself, which is amazing and overwhelming itself, and, then there is the church and the holy Madonna that is the entire reason for the establishment of Lluc. This is a great attraction for the entire family, do not miss it!
CLIMB THE CALVARY STAIRS IN POLLENCA
One the main attractions in Pollenca, is the stairway built into the mountain slope leading to the summit. At the top of the calvary stairs, you will find the calvary chapel that is used for special occasions and religious ceremonies. However, most people would probably agree that is is the amazing views from the top that makes this climb so special and well worth the struggle. The stairway has about 400 steps, and when you reach the top you will be blessed with a feeling of accomplishment together with the breathtaking panoramic views of the entire valley.
WALK TO THE OLD FORTRESS OF CASTELL DEL REI
Castell del Rei (King’s Castle) is an old fortress built by the Moors and later used by the Catalan conquerors of the island. Castell del Rei is a very popular place of interest amongst walkers, because the excursion offers so many amazing and unforgettable views while you make your way through the unspoiled and merciless landscapes of the Tramuntana mountains. When you arrive at Castell del Rei, you will be blessed with the most divine views while exploring this historical place.
SEE THE ROMAN BRIDGE
One of the most well-preserved remains of Roman presence on the island, is the Pont Roma (Roman bridge) situated in the western part of Pollenca. The Roman army led by Quintus Caecilius Metellus, took over Mallorca in 123 BC after fighting in the Punic Wars for more than a hundred years. They established the capital of Pollen-tia (Alcúdia), and this bridge was an important part of the infrastructure leading to the city.
WALK TO THE MOUNTAINTOP OF PUIG DE MARIA
If you just can’t get enough of walking/hiking, climb to the summit of the Maria mountain found in the Pollenca valley. At the top, you can rest at the old convent of Maria while enjoying the breathtaking views of the bays of Pollenca and Alcúdia, as well as the Tramuntana mountains to your west. The sanctuary was built back in the 14th century, as it was commonly believed that the higher you went, the better you would be protected from the plague.
VISIT THE MARTÍ VICENC MUSEUM
Martí Vicenç was a famous artist and weaver from the local area of Pollença, whose innovative thinking and approach made his production of Mallorcan clothes and accessories renown all over Spain. At the museum, you can enjoy the many works of his, explore his workshop, his tools and machinery, as well as other interesting collections made by the artist and his wife.
VISIT THE GALLERY OF DIONÍS BENNÀSSAR
The house and gallery of local painter, Dionís Bennàssar is open to the public thanks to the foundation of same name. Dionís Bennàssar was known for his beautiful paintings of the Mallorcan nature that occupied him more than anything else. Here in his house, you can explore the life of this local artist, see his workshop and enjoy the many splendid works.
ENJOY A REFRESHMENT AT THE CENTRAL SQUARE OF POLLENCA
Placa Major in Pollenca’s old town is the heart of the north-western part of Mallorca. Here you will find a great selection of bars and restaurants surrounding the historical parish church all creating a wonderful ambience. While you are here, go inside and explore the massive church and all of its arts and jewellery. The church was built by the Knights Templar that assisted in the reconquista.
GO TO THE VICTORIA HERMITAGE
On the opposite side of the Pollenca bay, another peninsula stretches from Mallorca’s north coast, namely the Alcanada peninsula. Up here, you’ll find the old hermitage of Victoria, a sacred place that has now been transformed to a hostel and cafeteria. From the old hermitage, you can enjoy the magical views of the bay of pollenca and see to the bay of Formentor.
VISIT THE INCREDIBLE ART MUSEUM OF SA BASSA BLANCA
Also found opposite of Formentor on the peninsula of Alcanada, is the amazing Sa Bassa Blanca art museum of modern and contemporary arts. Beside from the many fascinating sculptures and works found here, there is also a special exhibition called els Nins (the children), a collection of portrait paintings of royal children from the Middle Ages, it’s quite interesting to explore.
EXPLORE THE RUINS OF ROMAN CAPITAL POLLEN-TIA
123 BC the Roman army conquered Mallorca after fighting in the Punic Wars for more than a century. They established the first capital of the island where Alcúdia is now located, the city was known as Pollen-tia. Years of excavation works has resulted in this great attraction that is open to the public. You can easily spend at least an hour walking around in the ruins exploring life of the legendary Romans; the amphitheater, the burial sites, the forum, the residential zones and what else was part of this great city.
Where to stay near Formentor?
Unfortunately, there are no longer any accommodation options available in Formentor. Mallorca’s first ever luxury hotel was situated here, it was inaugurated in the 1920’s.
If you wist to stay close to Formentor your best option is to find a hotel in Port de Pollenca.
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Ca’n Picafort – Cap de Formentor (summer only)
- Can Picafort (Son Bauló)
- Can Picafort
- Platja de Muro (Càmping)
- Platja de Muro
- Platja d’Alcúdia
- Port d’Alcúdia
- Port de Pollença (Club del Sol)
- Port de Pollença
- Platja de Formentor
- Far/Cala Murta
Cala Formentor, also known as Cala Pi de sa Posada, is the main beach of the Formentor peninsula and the only featuring amenities in the local area. The beach is surrounded by a scenic treeline of oak and pine.
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The Tramuntana region
Tramuntana is both the name of the UNESCO protected mountain range that runs from south to north, as well as the name of the group of municipalities located in or close to these mountains.
When talking about Tramuntana in context of the mountain range, it is referred to as “Serra de Tramuntana”, and when talking about the region, it is referred to simply as “Tramuntana”.
The largest municipalities of the Tramuntana region, are Calviá and Andratx in the south and Pollenca in the north. The mountain range actually has its roots south of Malagá in Andalusiá.
The Serra de Tramuntana covers a surface of more than 30,000 hectares of landscape in Mallorca. The two main factors that make these mountains so unique, are the dry stone constructions and the hydraulic watering systems evidencing early day farming techniques. In almost any local area of the Tramuntana you travel, you will discover some of these very unique features which contributes to the picturesque settings.
Cala Sant Vicenç
Camp de Mar
Port de Pollença
Port de Sóller