Saturday 27 April 2019

Mallorca Day 8 - Cap de Formentor

We were all having breakfast at 7:00 and left the appartment by 8:30 for the ride to the lighthouse at Cap de Formentor.  The 25 miles route included 860 metres of ascent. Staying closer to Pollenca means the legs have not warmed up before the climb up to Mirador  es Colomer begins. A steady push for about 5km with most of the gradient being between 6 and 8 percent. The route returns along the same road so as you are enjoying. the descent to the beach at Formentor you know the and have to climb back up to the Mirador es Colomer to get home. From the beach at Formentor the road ascents though trees at first as gives views of both sides of the peninsula as it swings side to the other. A short tunnel was negotiated and after more ascent we had the first glimpse  of the lighthouse.  The final part of the route was a quick decent and short climb to the lighthouse.  We arrived at the lighthouse around 10:15. Lyn was pleased to find the cafe had just opened. Leaving early meant there were very few cars but we were beaten to the cafe by the Marlow Cycling Club so had a long queue for coffee and a cake. Photos are taken and Lyn and I left Gerry and Chris to return at a more leasurely pace.  We stopped at the very pleasant beach at Formentor and the cafe would be worth investigating on a future ride. 
Robert passed Chris and Gerry on the final climb. He returned to ride with Lyn to the top. Lyn returned to the apartment whilst Robert cycled up to 
 The watch tower of Talaia D'Albercutx . It's well worth the climb and has good views across the bay and over the island. He returned to the apoartment to find an excellent leftover lunch had been prepared. After time to recover Lyn and I left Gerry and Chris to enjoy the sunshine and a  a quick ride to Polenca.  After confirming the ice cream stall was no longer in the main square they returned to the appartment. We are eating out tonight and have earned our dinner.

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