Spectacular viewing point near Puerto Pollensa
To see Mallorca in all its wild rugged beauty and experience some of the best views on the entire island, you'll need nerves of steel and a head for heights. Way up in the Sierra Tramuntana mountain range near Puerto Pollensa, the Mirador d'es Colomer is perched over 300 metres above sea level on precipitous cliffs and has views to die for, so don't go too near the edge!
Officially known as the Mirador del Mal Pas, it overlooks the small islet of Colomer, hence its more common name. Last year it was given a complete makeover with restored walls, pavement, new safety barriers and a ramp for disabled access to make the whole area more user friendly and secure.
On the north side of the Formentor Peninsula, where the rugged peaks of the Tramuntana range meet the sea forming the Formentor peninsula, the Mirador has vistas of both the bay of Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa, and the wide open Mediterranean towards neighbouring Menorca.
It owes its existence to the building of the Cap de Formentor lighthouse in 1863, right at the end of the peninsula in a place known locally as the 'meeting point of the winds.' For many years it was only accessible by sea, or a long winding donkey track, which can still be seen alongside the new Ma-2210 road built by the Italian engineer Antonio Parietti.
The 13.5 km road is a triumph of engineering skills by Parietti, who also built the road down to Sa Calobra, and both have some quite hair-raising hairpin bends and are favoured by both cyclists and motorists wanting to test their skills, reactions and stamina.
If you go up to the Mirador, you'll see a large rock by the roadside which is a monument to Parietti, and if you're driving you'll appreciate just why it's there! There are plenty of parking spaces by the Mirador, enjoy the fresh clean mountain air and views while you're up there.
Interested in the road? Read our article featuring a video of a very red, very fast car, driving along it.