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Map of the hole of Mallorca

Forat de Mallorca

Forat de Mallorca

It's possibly the least closely guarded secret in all Mallorca, and I'm the first to admit that I had no idea about it until today thanks to a Facebook video that has gone viral.

It's the Forat de Mallorca, a hole in the rock face of a promontory on the spit of land that thrusts into the sea to the east of Puerto de Pollensa near to Cala Figuera.

Approached only by sea, and from a certain angle the cavity in the rock takes on the almost exact appearance of the entire island of Mallorca like an ancient version of Google Maps.

Legend has it that this highly coincidental rock formation is not a natural phenomenon, but an accident of chance cause by a cannon ball hitting the rocks during a pirate attack in 1582!

However, I'm sceptical about this theory as no photographic evidence of it exists, but as you can see, one of the earliest photos of Forat was taken by photographer Guillem Bestard who used it on a postcard in the 1930's.

Photo courtesy of FAM (Fotos Antiguas de Mallorca) from the Postal archive of Joan Estelrich Maimo.

Well. it certainly looks like its worth a boat trip out to see it.