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Published: October 17th 2019
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Tuesday 15 October: an afternoon flight from Cardiff meant a relaxed day with all arrangements going smoothly and we arrived at Palma just before 9pm. The hire car collection and exit from the airport also went well and happily there was a motorway from the airport nearly all the way to our destination at Port de Pollenca. Check in at the hotel was quick and easy and when we got to our room around 11pm we found that a cold salad was waiting for us: very thoughtful and most welcome.
Wednesday 16th October: we didn't have a plan for the day except to have a look along Cap Formentor which begins just outside Port de Pollenca. So after a very good buffet breakfast we got in the car and headed out of
town. Almost immediately the road climbed into the hills that form the spine of the Cap, but it turned out that the road is not only popular with visitors in hire cars it's also popular with visitors on bicycles. As it's a narrow, winding mountain road the bicycle traffic made for a slow drive to the top where there's a viewpoint, and when we arrived there all the available parking spaces were taken so we had to park on the side of a road leading off the main road. The viewpoint was in a spectacular location some 300 feet above a sheer drop down to to the sea. We then continued along the road for a little way but the number of cyclists on the narrow road made for stressful driving so we gave up and headed back to the hotel and went for a walk along the seafront. Port de Pollenca is nearly all low rise with the tallest building being a six storey hotel, while the remaining buildings are mostly three and four storey: all very pleasant. After a late lunch at a seafood restaurant in the harbour area we dawdled around the seafront before returning to the
The road to Cap Formentor
A cycling paradise apparently to judge from the very large numbers of cyclists on the road
hotel and an excellent dinner there later on (we're on half board).
Thursday 17th October: another fine sunny clear day (a very welcome change after the miserable weather at home) and we headed back up the Cap Formentor road and up to an old watchtower from where there are great views all along the Cap and over Pollenca Bay. An easy drive this time and well worth it as the views from the watchtower were spectacular. Afterwards, as we hadn't taken very long to get to the watchtower, we decided to go and have a look at a nearby village called Cala Sant Vicenc which was recommended in our guide book for its pretty beaches. Another easy drive along very well maintained roads but Cala Sant Vicenc was a disappointment. It has some pretty little beaches but three of them were overlooked/dominated by giant hotels which managed to remove any charm that the place may have had. So, after another late lunch, we returned to our hotel. Jane decided to go for a swim in the hotel pool while I went for a cross-country walk across the peninsular to another beach called Cala Boquer. Then back to the hotel
Port de Pollenca waterfront
Cap Formentor in the background
for a shower, a beer or two another excellent dinner.
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