Sunday 7 April 2013

A Driving Tour

Awoke to the forecast rain and a very black sky. The plan was to stay dry by doing the driving tour 1 from the Sunflower Landscapes of Mallorca. The route started in Palma and as we approched it the sun came out. We the followed the Ma1C and eventually arrived at the pretty upmarket finishing village of Port d'Andratx. The wealth of the tourists could be judged by number of estate agents offering million plus euro apartments . It was then on to D'Andratx about 3 miles in land. Lyn's research had found it should have been having an agricultutal show . Once we located a car park we walked round the town but could not locate the fair .We were 8 hours too early for the beer and tapas in the main square. Next was Santa Elm. Locating  the car park proved a challenge with ever street looking the same. After a couple of wrong turns the car was located. The challenge  next was getting out of town and locating the minor road to Santa Elm. After a couple of tours round the one way system, and a drive past the local sports stadium we opted for the more direct main road. Sant  Elm proved to be a pretty little town and had views across to the Parc Natural de sa Dragonera , an island just off the coast. We returned to Andrax via the minor road we had failed to find earlier and continued out of the town along the Ma 10 which ran over the col de Gramola and then along Mallorca's western  coast line towards Soller. Refreshments were taken at Es Grau . An excellent view from the terrace but you needed a wind proof top to provide some protection from the wind. The restored watch tower Talaia de ses Animes proved a good photo stop. We left the coast just after Banyalbufar . Lyn reports  the 9km along a minor mostly single track road to Puigpunyent provided some excellent views. Robert was just pleased we completed the journey without meeting an oncoming car. He was even more releived to find the route continued directly to Palma. We were to late to visit  nature reserve but did manage a fruitless Decathlon stop in Palma. For our evening meal we walked down the road to Pepes "Siurell " where Pepes wife welcomed us with a couple of kisses.

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