The Boquer Valley
 

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The Boquer Valley - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

This is a popular walk from Puerto Pollensa to the small beach of Cala Boquer. The valley lies between Cala San Vincente and the Formentor peninsula and is a prime area for bird watching, being a stopping off point between Europe and Africa. Likely species include ospreys, scops owls, night heron, black vultures, eagles, and falcons. The starting point for the walk is at the roundabout on the new bypass to the northeast of Puerto Pollença. Follow the path up to the large private house on the mountain side and go through the private driveway alongside, ensuring you leave all the gates closed.

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The Boquer Valley - FURTHER INFORMATION

The Boquer Valley - Mallorca visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'The Boquer Valley' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Balearic Islands.

The Boquer Valley (Vall de Bóquer) lies between Port de Pollença and Cala Bóquer on the neck of the Formentor Peninsula. The cala is only accessible by foot, and the 3km walk from Port de Pollença pases through Vall de Bóquer on the way. This panoramic photograph shows the beginning of the descent to Cala Bóquer. The area is popular among ornithologists for the number of resident and migrant bird species that may be seen on the way. If you are lucky you may see a black vulture, with a wing span of up to 2 meters which glides the air currents around the coast. Other birds of prey that may be spotted include Eleonara's falcons, buzzards, peregrine falcons and kestrels. Aside from the birds the valley contains 'garbellons' palm trees and some orchids.

The mountains here are the 'Sierra del Cavall Bernat' (Horse Bernat Mountains), which rise up to 360m above sea level with inclines of up to 45 degrees. The small cala at the end of the Vall de Bóquer may be hard to get to as the end of the path tends to be overgrown. The cala itself has a shingle beach with clear water, but can collect flotsam. You can get a good view of the whole peninsula from either the Talaia d'Albercutx, an old tower set high on the peninsula, or the Mirador de Mal Pas viewpoint. Further along the peninsula is Cala Fiquera (Cala Figuera) one of the most inaccessible calas on Mallorca.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

Take the Ma-13A from Palma to Alcúdia and then continue north round the Bay of Pollença on the Ma-2220 to the Port de Pollença. From here a narrow road leads off to the Peninsula de Formentor. An alternative route leaves the Ma-13A Crestaxt and takes the Ma-2200 through Pollença to the Port de Pollença.



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