Access restrictions to Cap de Formentor lifted

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

During July and August, traffic to Cap de Formentor was restricted with the road being closed during the day for private vehicles, including rental cars. These restrictions have now been lifted and since Saturday, 1st September the road is once again freely accessible to all.

Since then, the renewed high volume of vehicles has led to more travel chaos on Wednesday, 5th September. Wednesday, which also happens to be market day in nearby Port de Pollenca, appears to be the most popular day of the week for trips to Cap de Formentor.

If you are planning a trip to the lighthouse over the next few weeks, you may wish to consider leaving earlier in the day to beat the crowds, due to the ongoing high volume of visitors.

Opinions are divided over whether or not the day-time road closure over the last two months was a success.

While the number of vehicles on the road to Cap de Formentor was much reduced during this time, the journey on the shuttle-buses for tourists was not always an easy one.

At times the buses were so busy that waiting passengers at Formentor beach were unable to get on. Those left behind had to wait for the next bus which, depending on the time of day, could take between 30 minutes and one hour. For that reason, many felt they had no option other than to spend some considerable time queuing in the hot summer sun to improve their chances of getting on the next bus – for which there was no guarantee.

These will undoubtedly be discussion points in an upcoming meeting to evaluate the outcome of this year’s pilot project and to plan next year’s approach.


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