"Far de la Mola" Isla de Formentera Off The Beaten Path Tip by jamiema
Isla de Formentera Off The Beaten Path: 15 reviews and 39 photos
Formentera is still really off the beaten track as an island, but tourism is slowly building pressure on the little isle. On a day trip from Ibiza a few years ago, I enjoyed a visit to Far de la Mola at the southeastern point. Many visitors tend to stay around the beaches that girdle the centre of the island, the capital San Francisco or the salt lakes in the north and west. However, the point at Far de la Mola is undobutedly one of the most beautiful spots on the whole of Formentera, with views over the cool, blue Mediterranean. The place itself comprises of a whitewashed lighthouse (mola) and a couple of small shops on a stony plateau that looks almost like it's been covered with gravel. Here and there a few Alpine-like flowers jut through the stones, pink and white. The sheer cliffs all around drop suddenly right down to the sea, the waves crashing below. I have to say that the plateau reminded more of the summit of Helvellyn than the Mediterranean, and the cliffs were like those in Cornwall or North Wales, not Spain! The whole experience is unforgettable, a real contrast to the sandy beaches and flat palm groves of the rest of the Balearics; not to be missed!