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The Formentor Peninsula Itinerary

Starting point: The roundabout in Port de Pollença at the start of the Formentor road.

Time: 2-4 hours

Birding Itinerary:

Approximately 4 kilometres along the road to the Cap de Formentor you will reach an obvious viewpoint ("Mirador") Spectacular views from the Es Colomer mirador on the Formentor Peninsula. This is also a spot to look out for birds such as Eleonora's Falcon, Crag Martin, Pallid Swift and Blue Rock Thrush. with ample parking (if you arrive early enough!). Park here and take a short walk around to search for Balearic Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush, Crag Martin, Eleonora's Falcon and Pallid Swift.

Leading off from here there is a short road that takes you up to the top of the hill ("Atalaya") from where excellent views can be had A view from the Atalaya d'Albercuix on the Formentor Peninsula. S'Albufereta can be seen at back right. This is also an excellent raptor watchpoint.. This is also an ideal spot for watching migrant raptors (e.g. Honey Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Osprey, Black Kite, Booted Eagle).

Return to the Formentor road and continue to the turning for Formentor. If desired you can make a short stop here to look for forest birds, especially Firecrest and Crossbill in the pines and evergreen oaks, or otherwise visit the beach area to look for Shag and Audouin's Gull.

Two kilometres further on towards Cap de Formentor you reach the area known as Cases Velles. The fig fields and pine woods of this area are very good for attracting migrants in spring and autumn, so it is well worth checking the area from the roadside for wheatears, flycatchers, buntings, warblers and the like.

Some 2 kilometres further along the road there is a parking area on the left and signs for "Camí de Cala Figuera" and "Camí de Cala Murta". Peregrine Falcon may be seen on the cliffs in this area. For the remaining 7 kilometres that separate this point from the Formentor lighthouse make discretional stops in the few available parking spaces to check the cliffs The cliffs and coastal scrub of the Formentor Peninsula are home to the endemic Balearic Warbler Sylvia balearica. and nearby areas for Balearic Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush and Eleonora's Falcon, while in the pines there are Crossbill, Serin and Firecrest.

At the Formentor lighthouse there is a display board with information on the Balearic Shearwater, although this site is really too elevated for good seawatching. Information panel on the endemic Balearic Shearwater at the Cap de Formentor lighthouse.
Teas and coffees are available at the lighthouse café. 

Return along the same route.