CAP DE BARBARIA

Cap de Barbaria is located in the southwest of Formentera and is a destination for tourists who want to enjoy an extraordinary view from the cliffs overlooking the sea. Also famous for its lighthouse.

Cap de Barbaria, so called by the inhabitants because of the sad memory of the pirate ships that reached Formentera from this sea crossing, is an extensive plateau which reaches an altitude of about 100 meters above sea level and is the most southerly point on the island. This place, almost devoid of vegetation, hosts important archaeological finds of the Bronze Age that are easily accessible for hikers, as they are located in the vicinity of the main road.

In many areas of this agricultural area still does not arrive electricity. The lack of light pollution and the exceptional purity of the air permit to contemplate a beautiful starry sky. In this place composed mainly by rocks, the tourists usually have a dual perception: solitude and freedom.

Cap de Barbaria is surely worth a visit for the characteristic lunar landscape that is located at the sides of the narrow road that leads to the lighthouse, located in the most southern point of the promontory, inaugurated in 1971, although the project dates back to 1924. From the cliff to the east you can see a magnificent view of the beach of Migjorn and the promontory of La Mola, whereas to the west you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets of rare beauty. It is difficult to distinguish the spot where the sea begins and the sky ends; together are tinged with reddish tones forming the horizon.

In addition to the lighthouse at Cap de Barbaria, there are two more lighthouses on the island that are located on the plateau of La Mola and at the port of La Savina.

Surely a striking and curious thing, not to be missed, is the natural cave located near the lighthouse. Watching the sea, this big hole in the ground is situated on the right of the lighthouse, and unfortunately it is not indicated by any sign and therefore is not easily locatable. Through a convenient wooden ladder placed in the opening, as you can see in the photo, you can descend into the darkness of the cave and go out on a natural terrace overlooking the sea and then enjoy a breathtaking view if you do not suffer from vertigo.

A short distance from the lighthouse there is Torre Des Garroveret, a watchtower built in 1763 with limestone and lime, from which, according to an ancient legend, during clear days, you may even glimpse the coast of Africa. Situated 65 meters above sea level, this tower is nine meters high, is divided into two floors and from the bartizan (an overhanging, wall-mounted turret) present in the upper platform you can enjoy a magnificent view.

Surely a curious thing is the location of the entrance, which is located in an elevated position, on the first floor and is accessible by land via a ladder stuck on the wall of the tower. From the platform, on the first floor, you reach the upper bartizan via an internal staircase.

Once construction is completed, the Torre Des Garroveret was actively used as defense tower and for this purpose had been equipped with a cannon like the one that had been placed in the church of Sant Francesc, at that time used as a fortress. But after a few decades, precisely in 1824, this tower was decommissioned and turned into a simple observation tower. Thanks to the towers of defense, it was possible to ensure the safety of the island’s population but also contribute to a slow and long process of repopulation of Formentera began at about the end of the seventeenth century.

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