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The Cap de Formentor Lighthouse

The Far des Cap de Formentor (Cape Formentor Lighthouse) is quite striking, the way lighthouses always seem to be, but two things make this lighthouse better than most that you will have seen. For one, the approach by road from Port de Pollença has to be one of the most scenic routes anywhere in Mallorca. The landscape is just breathtaking as seen from the car, but in particular, once you’ve parked the car and approached one of the viewpoints. And then, once you are at the lighthouse, the panoramic views across the cliffs and rocks of the tail end of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range are just mind-blowing. The views across the Mediterranean sea are simply overwhelming and magnificent.

The lighthouse was built in 1860 and reconditioned as recently as 1993. The signals originally used lamps run on Aceite de Oliva (olive oil), which were later adapted for use of petrol. From 1911 onward, incandescent gas lamps were used and, eventually, replaced with electric lights in 1962. Access to the lighthouse used to be slow and complicated, either by mule or by boat until Les Moles. Eventually, in 1951, access between the civilized world and the lighthouse was created by the construction of the road known as El Pi de la Posada. The road was built by the Italian engineer, Antonio Parietti Coll, who also constructed the legendary serpentine road to Sa Calobra.

The lighthouse comes under the auspices of the Autoritat Portuària de Baleares (Balearic Port Authority) and as such, is property of the Spanish state.

The photo (top) was chosen from my archive. It was taken near Pollença, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 14th, 2009. The time was 15:58:24. The photo (bottom) was taken from the Internet. Thanks are due to and SBA73.

Moltes gràcies.

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