Cap de Formentor - Lighthouse
Cap de Formentor (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈcab də formənˈto]) forms the eastern end of Majorca's Formentor peninsula. The Majorcans also call the cape the Meeting point of the winds.
Cap de Formentor is a spectacular bluff, located on the northernmost point of the Balaeric Island Majorca. Its highest point, Fumart, is 384m above sea level. It has many associated bays, including Cala Fiquera, Cala Murta and Cala Pi de la Posada.
The 13.5 km street which runs from Port de Pollença to Cap de Formentor was built by the Italian engineer Antonio Paretti. His masterpiece on Majorca, however, was the snake to Sa Calobra. Instead of being overwhelmed by what stood in his way on the cliffs, Parretti observed the Tramuntana winds and understood: where the slope was too steep, he made a curve. When he had to remove part of the cliffs, he placed the waste in other places where it was needed. The result was the two streets, which are nestled together in the mountains like abandoned silk ribbons.
Cap Formentor, Mallorca, Spain
Cap de Formentor is a spectacular bluff, located on the northernmost point of the Balaeric Island Maj...
The lighthouse of cap de formentor was buils in 1892. Formentor is located on the northermost point o...
Wikipedia:Cap de Formentor (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈcab də formənˈto]) forms the eastern end of Majo...
Lighthouse Cap de Formentor, Mallorca
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