Wednesday, May 10th, 2023
Cap de Formentor is one of the most famous and popular tourist attractions in Mallorca. Due to its beautiful and spectacular views, a trip to the island’s northernmost point is a must for many holidaymakers. This leads to a dramatic increase in traffic during the summer months, which exceeds the capacities of the narrow serpentine roads by far and puts a huge strain on the environment.
In order to calm the traffic on the road to Formentor, access restrictions during the peak season have been in place for several years running. What started as a pilot project in 2018, has become the norm during the summer months, albeit with slight variations from year to year.
The restrictions apply to private vehicles, including hire cars, from the 1st of June to the 30th of September 2023 between the hours of 10 am and 10.30 pm daily.
The restrictions are in place on a part of the Ma-2210, the road that leads to Cap de Formentor, starting at the roundabout at Port de Pollença. There are two sections and slightly different rules apply to each of these.
Section 1 – limited access:
This road section begins at the Port de Pollença roundabout and ends at Formentor Beach. It is possible to use this part of the Ma- 2210 during the restricted hours to access Formentor Beach, provided that there are parking spaces available in the official Formentor Beach car park. Roadside parking is not permitted. An automatic barrier is in place at the Port de Pollença end of section 1, which will close once the car park is full. The Formentor Beach car park has a maximum capacity of 300 vehicles and tends to fill up very quickly.
Section 2 – no access:
Section 2 encompasses the area from Formentor Beach all the way up to the Formentor Lighthouse (Far de Formentor). This road will be closed to all private traffic with only a few exceptions (please see below).
Apart from peninsula residents, people with limited mobility may also be able to gain access to the restricted road sections, if they are in possession of a permit. You can apply for a permit by sending an email to [email protected]. You will need to apply at least 3 days prior to your planned trip.
The above rules are enforced with the aid of traffic cameras. Hefty fines await anyone without a permit who is caught on camera driving in the area during the restricted hours. Beware if you are planning an early morning trip to the lighthouse: To avoid being fined, you will need to have left the area before 10 am.
In previous years, unauthorised drivers had been able to make use of a loophole. The fine they received could be cancelled by providing a receipt for an item purchased at one of the kiosks in the restricted area. In summer 2023, this will no longer be an option.
It will, of course, still be possible to visit Cap de Formentor by taking the shuttle bus. From the 1st of June to the 30th of September 2023, a dedicated bus service number 334 will be running daily between Alcudia and the Cap de Formentor lighthouse, with the following route:
|Alcudia – Port de Pollenҫa – Platja de Formentor (Formentor beach)- Cala Murta / Cala Figuera – Formentor lighthouse|
Please see below for individual bus stops.
The bus journey time from Alcudia to Cap de Formentor is around 1 hour and 10 minutes, and the journey from Port de Pollenҫa takes just under an hour. Tickets are available on the bus.
The service runs frequently, 20 times per day at 35-minute intervals. The first bus leaves Alcudia at 9.30 am, and the last bus leaves the lighthouse at 9.50 pm.
That depends on your payment method. Bus tickets purchased with a bank card are cheaper than tickets paid for in cash.
|Alcudia to lighthouse|
|Pollenca to lighthouse|
|Cash payment||€ 4.50||€ 3.00|
|Payment via bank card||€ 2.70||€ 1.80|
Find more information on bus route 334 on the TIB website.
See here for more information about bus travel in Mallorca.