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Cap de Formentor

The Cap de Formentor is one of the most famous tourist destinations on the island as well as cyclists and hikers.To get there you leave Puerto Pollensa on the Formentor road passing the various  viewpoints near Formentor beach and Cassa Velles and several after you go through the tunnel. Cap Formentor is situated at the top of the Formentor Peninsula where you can park close to the lighthouse however during the high season it is controlled with one in one out. Once you get to the lighthouse there is a small but charming cafe with  inside and outdoor seating and a few goats. The views are spectacular and on a clear day you see Menorca in the distance and also the old road.

The lighthouse provides a good viewing view point for migrants, Shearwaters, Audouin’s Gulls and an abundance of Yellow Legged Gulls. From various viewpoints at the top of the Peninsula a substantial colony of breeding Eleonora’s Falcons can be seen below on the cliff face and you can watch them flying out to sea as well . If it is specifically this species you want to see, the best way is to go on one of the cruises around the Peninsula which leave from the harbour at Puerto Pollensa and lasts a couple of hours. On the return journey the boat goes close to the cliffs allowing wonderful views of these birds diving and swooping after migrants. Provided the weather is good the best time to view this spectacle is during September and October.

At the first mirador on the road up on the right hand side there is the road to the Albercutx tower famous for its migration view point it also overlooks La Fortelaza the estate famous for featuring in the Night Manager series. The birding however can be spectacular with so many birds of prey during migration ncluding hundreds of Honey Buzzards and during late September many species along with a good number of local Eleonora’s Falcons and sometimes as many as 40 Ravens in the air at the same time. There are two pairs of Balearic warblers here as well as Blue Rock thrush.

At the mirador itself on the left hand side below the viewpoint as well as nesting Stonechats and Sardinian warblers there are a pair of nesting Peregrine falcons.

Travel Tips

To get there with no buses at the moment you can hire a car cycle there but a good idea is to take a taxi as they all no where to stop and I regularly do this and have a walk at the Albercutx tower where I have met many fellow birders.

 

Grade of difficulty: 1

Toilet facilities are available

 

Travel Tip

Take extra care if driving yourself to Cap Formentor as the road is tight and twisty and frequently used by cyclists. Alternatively, you can get the TIB 353 bus which calls at both Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia. This is obviously the cheapest way but the buses only run during the tourist season. You can also catch one of the many cruises which can be booked at the ticket offices near the tourist information. These boats operate a round trip taking about two and a half hours .

Bus route and timetable

Images from Cap de Formentor

C8XNXP Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonarae pale morph Cyprus autumn

EBREWM Eleonora's Falcon (Falco eleonorae) female resting on the cliff

Key Birds that can be found at Cap de Formentor

Additional birds that can be found here

  • Stone chat
  • Raven
  • Kestrel
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Cory’s Shearwater
  • Alpine accentor
  • Yellow legged gull
  • Wood warbler
  • Golden Oriole

 

Location

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