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Islas Hormigas ( Islas Formigues Palamos)

Islas Hormigas ( Islas Formigues Palamos)



Las Hormigas (Islas Formigues) is a group of  16 rocks located at 3 NM of Palamos port, between Palafurgell of Catella and Palamos.
Formed of bare rocks, almost devoid of vegetation, they can be virtually hidden when the sea is rough. This is why a light was placed on the island called Great Formiga with a range of 6 NM.

In 1285 occurred the battle of the islands Formigues, where the Aragonese fleet defeated that of France.

There is a passage between the Formigues and dangers along the coast but it is not healthy and should be avoided.

Islas Hormigas ( Islas Formigues Palamos)
Islas Hormigas ( Islas Formigues Palamos)
Balise de Formiga Grande
Las Hormigas (Islas Formigues) est un groupe de 16 rochers situé à 3 MN du port de Palamos, entre Catella de Palafurgell et Palamos. 
Formé de roches nues, pratiquement dépourvues de végétation, ils peuvent être pratiquement caché quand la mer est mauvaise. C'est pourquoi une balise a été placée sur l'île dite de Formiga Grande avec une portée de 6 MN.

En 1285 eut lieu la bataille des îles Formigues, où la flotte des Aragonais battit celle de la France.

Il existe un passage entre Les Formigues et les dangers qui longent la côte mais il n'est pas sain et doit être évité.

Islas Hormigas ( Islas Formigues Palamos)
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