I like to think that I know the astounding number of pleasant treats Mallorca has to offer to the resident or visitor alike but, do I really?
Let’s take the cyclists, as just one example. I met up with a few hard-core cyclists last week who were over here from Canada. Ignorant as I am I asked why they could not go on some terrific cycling excursions in the Canadian Rockies or the Yukon Territory, much nearer home. Well, of course one can’t. There are better mountains in Canada and China and USA and Scandinavia and wherever else, but none of these has any roads through them, or if they have, they were cut into the mountain scape over the last fifty years or so and thus, are modern, wide and straight and fast and unattractive. Here in Mallorca, the mountain roads in the Tramuntana area were built hundreds of years ago for donkey carts and thus, are slow and winding and more pleasant for cycling than anywhere else, and more challenging. If you want to know about Anita and Peter’s Mallorca cycling adventures over the last few years, you can have a sneak on Anita’s blog. Anita’s reporting sounds exciting and makes one want to be a cyclist and/or come to Mallorca or even live here. Sadly, I am not a cyclist but, luckily I do live here.
Anyway, we all know that Mallorca is a cyclist’s paradise. They come here twice a year and they come in hordes. A few hundred thousand of them arrive on this island every spring between February and April and again, in the Autumn, between October and November.
There is a group of 20 more Canadian cyclists here at the moment. They arrived last Saturday and will be here for two weeks. They are staying in Cala d’Or, of all places, and they will want to do the Cap Formentor, Andratx to Sóller, the Sa Calobra madness and probably the rest of the island as well, including Sineu and the central Mallorcan plain. Welcome, folks, and make yourselves feel at home.
The photo was taken near Fornalutx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: March 30th, 2012. The time was 15:45:13.