Cap de Formentor

Alan at a viewpoint on the road to Cap de Formentor
Alan at a viewpoint on the road to Cap de Formentor

The day started perfectly with a fantastic buffet breakfast at the hotel with a wide choice of fruit, cereals, pastries, tortillas, excellent bread, scrambled eggs and grilled vegetables, a welcome change from the standard tostadas. We set off in the sunshine towards Puerto de Pollenca, taking the road to Cap de Formentor. It gets busy with motor traffic in the summer but this is the time of year when cyclists dominate the road. Light bikes is the rule here, we were the only ones on hybrids and carrying cameras, raingear and suchlike so we were by far the slowest.

The scenery was stunning along the narrow rocky peninsula. Initially there was a long climb followed by a run along the valley by Formentor and then an undulating ride amongst the rocky landscape to arrive at the lighthouse in time for our picnic lunch. Here we were bothered by two aggressive goats so had eat standing up!

The clouds had gathered for the ride back and it rained heavily on our approach to Pollenca. The town is confusingly laid out and we had trouble finding the hotel for a much needed shower.

Distance cycled : 56km with 956m of ascent