Far de la Mola

From El Pilar de la Mola you see the lighthouse of Far de la Mola in the distance. It’s a two and a half kilometre strip through stark farmlands to get there, and you are rewarded with stunning cliff top views looking out to Cala Codolar in the south and Punta des Lenco in the north. Standing in the desert like terrain of El Pilar de la Mola, with the Mediterranean Sea stretching as far as the eye can see, you really do feel like you are at the edge of the earth. Most other parts of the island have views to Ibiza or other Formentera beaches, but here it is just you and the lizards. If you are lucky you will see some of the peregrine falcons that nest in the cliffs, and failing that you should at least see some of the rock sparrows that enjoy the barren terrain.

The lighthouse was the only one on the island until Far de Barbaria was built. It was built during the reign of Isabel II in 1861 and there is a monument noting that it inspired Jules Verne to write ‘Off on a Comet’ back in 1877. The tower is over 20 meters in height and is an important guide for ships passing to the south of the islands; it has a listed range of 23 nautical miles (42.5 km, 26.5 mi). Up until the mid-twentieth century the fuel needed to power it was delivered via the cove of Es Condolar, which is just south of the lighthouse.

From Far de la Mola you can just about see Mallorca on a clear day.

Trip Suggestion
You can head south on Route No.20, which is Cami des Estufador. It’s a steep decline that takes you through the charcoal stacks (estufas) that gives the S’Estufador coastline its name.

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