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Published: October 20th 2019
Pinewalk Port de Pollenca
The older and more refined part of the town
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Friday 18th October: we headed for the old town of Pollenca a few miles inland from Port de Pollenca but had a bit of difficulty finding our way to find a car park through the maze of narrow one-way streets . Having done that we went to the local museum which had everything in it from stone age artefacts to modern art. We didn't try to go up the 365 steps to a famous church as Jane's leg was hurting a bit so we settled for a coffee in one of the many town squares and then returned to Port de Pollenca for lunch. This proved to be an unfortunate choice as although we went to a highly rated restaurant on the seafront, and ordered the paella speciality, the food wasn't very
good at all: dry seafood and meat with stodgy rice. Jane went for a swim in the unheated swimming pool while I went for a stroll along the northern end of the promenade, and then to the hotel gym to try to work off some of the lunch.
Saturday 19th October: after breakfast we took a stroll along the Pine Walk, a lovely tree shaded seafront promenade in the old part of Port de Pollenca . On the way back, while taking a closer look a the very grand Hotel Illa d'Or, we saw a crowd of people at the entrance; and on enquiry it turned out that they were waiting for their local hero Rafa Nadal; to show up as he was due to get married at the hotel that day. Later on we went south along the shore of Pollenca Bay, through the ancient walled town of Alcudia, and across the peninsula of Cap des Pinar which forms the southern boundary of the Bay and on to the Museo Sa Bassa Bianca: "an eclectic cultural institution that works on the restoration of artworks and works by contemporary artists
". Actually it was chosen because it has a scenic
Rafa Nadal's wedding day
Outside the Hotel Illa d'Or, the "grande dame" of Port de Pollenca hotels to discover that the crowd was waiting for their local hero who was due to get married there on Saturday. Among the guests was the former King Juan Carlos but, sadly, not us
location and some of the sculptures mentioned in the promotion material looked like fun. We found our way easily enough as Google Maps worked perfectly while; the Garmin was no help at all. Sure enough the location was lovely and the exhibits suitably weird and fun (perhaps I need to get a life
) and we enjoyed it. After returning to Port de Pollenca. I felt the need for some serious exercise so I headed to Pollenca and walked up the 1,000 foot hill of the Santuari de la Mare de Deu del Puig, which dates back nearly 700 years: originally built as a refuge for nuns from the Black Death in 1348. The nuns have long gone and the view wasn't too good; being obscured by pine trees but it was a very demanding hike; enough to justify my San Miguel cocktails when I returned to the hotel.
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