After our lazy day we left Fortuny and rode up into the hills, over 1000 metres of ascent. It was pleasantly fresh when we left at 09:00 and we were soon away from the conurbation and grinding our way up the GC60 as the temperature also climbed. We stopped for espresso and shade at a roadside bar then continued upwards. Soon after taking this photograph at a mirador, we lost a lot of height and the slight breeze that had just come into play. Then it was up again and we stopped for smoothies at Fataga. Lots of roadies and the occasional electric bike passed us, we saw nobody else carrying luggage.
A long zigzag took us to the day’s highest point at 949m and then it was a short easy ride into town where the roadies were lunching outside the bar. We contacted the owner of the Rural Suite Santiago de Tunte, our base for the next three nights and he opened up and gave us a complimentary bottle of local wine. The spacious old stone house was cool inside. After a shower, we walked down to the supermarket which was smaller and more basic than we’d expected but we found sufficient to feed ourselves, dined in the courtyard and enjoyed the wine.