The Scenic Drive Across Mallorca To Cap De Formentor


Views of the ocean in Mallorca

Majorca is the largest of the Balearic islands in the Mediterranean sea, and one of my favourite places in the world. I’ve visited five times in my life, and stayed in 10 different places.

Majorca is a great island to drive around. It’s home to dramatic mountains and picturesque cliffs, all with winding roads passing through. My favourite drive is from the capital of Palma to Cap De Formentor — the northernmost part of the island. It is a 127 kilometer drive, and can be done in about 4 hours when you take into account stopping to take photographs and exploring quaint villages. From Palma you should head North towards Valdemossa, and from there you can follow the line of the coast along the north-west side of the island.

driving coast of majorca

The road closely follows the coast, and there are plenty of scenic places to stop off at along the way.

driving coast of majorca

driving coast of majorca

The following pictures show the beautiful Majorcan coast, and the sort of scenery you can expect to see on the drive.

driving coast of majorca

driving coast of majorca

driving coast of majorca

driving coast of majorca

driving coast of majorca

A great place to stop off for lunch is the tiny village of Fornalutx, 51 kilometers from Palma, which has a population of roughly 500. You have to drive inland from the coast, and it’s found in the valley of Soller, surrounded by olive trees and orange and lemon groves.

Fornalutx is regularly voted as being the most beautiful village on Majorca, and is one of the most stunning in the whole of Spain, with winding streets, narrow stone steps, and flowers and greenery everywhere you look. As you enter the village there is a small car park which you can park up in and explore the village on foot. The pretty map of the town is painted onto a mosaic, and shows the small amount of houses and the layout of the village. 

The map of Fornalutx
The map of Fornalutx

It takes about 10 minutes to walk around the village. Some of the more notable buildings to see include the Town Hall, which includes a defense tower which dates from the 17th century. There is also a small church in the village square, and a restaurant with panoramic views over the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.

mountains in fornalutx

The quaint cobbled streets and houses are found along narrow, winding alleyways. The buildings look typically Spanish with potted plants outside doors and plants growing along the sides of houses. Its houses are decorated with colourful painted tiles, some dating as far back as the 16th century.

mountains in fornalutx

There are great views surrounding the whole village showing the surrounding spanish countryside and mountains.

mountains in fornalutx

Imagine waking up to this view every morning!

mountains in fornalutx

After spending an hour or so in Fornalutx, you can head back on the road towards the coast and carry on driving up towards Cap De Formentor. The sea is crystal clear and an amazing shade of turquoise, and there are many stop-off points along the road for you to park up and take photos.

driving in majorca turquoise sea

Eventually you reach Cap De Formentor, the northernmost point of Majorca. At the tip of the island there are plenty of lookouts, and a lighthouse that has panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding mountains.

majorca cap de formentor

This is one of my favourite drives in Majorca. However, this only covers a small part of the island. There are plenty more routes you can take through the mountains more inland to see similar picturesque villages to Fornalutx, as well as on the east side of the island too.

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12 Comments

  1. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy
    April 5, 2011
    Reply

    I love the coastline pics and the pics from inside the village.

    • Lauren
      April 5, 2011
      Reply

      Thanks Scott! It really is an amazing place that is unfortunately quite often overlooked :)

  2. Drew
    April 5, 2011
    Reply

    That looks like an absolutely epic trip! I love the villiage and the mountain backdrop :D

    • Lauren
      April 5, 2011
      Reply

      Thanks Drew! It was one of my best memories from the trip :)

  3. Abhijit
    April 7, 2011
    Reply

    Wow.. looks like a really nice drive! I especially liked the pics with the different shades of water and the ones with the jagged coastline! :)

    • Lauren
      April 8, 2011
      Reply

      Thank you Abhijit! I wish I could have gone swimming in the water! :D

  4. David Forbes
    February 19, 2012
    Reply

    Hi do you have a recomended drive up the the westen side of the island . we are staying at saint agusti

  5. Chris
    October 9, 2012
    Reply

    Wow! You had a really great opportunity going to Formentor, it’s one of those little slices of paradise that even a lot of Spanish people don’t know about. Did you take the ferry out to the tiny little island there?

  6. Jennifer
    September 10, 2014
    Reply

    Wow – beautiful pictures! I’m traveling in Spain now and may follow your path.

    • Lauren
      September 12, 2014
      Reply

      Have fun! :-)

  7. Vartika Singh
    August 22, 2015
    Reply

    Excellent photography! I love the way you have captured the mountains. Definitely I am going to follow your path, when I’ll be visiting Majorca.

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2015
      Reply

      Thanks! :-)

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