Starting on the Friday when Julie went to Northampton to collect my Mum and two nieces, (they were looking after our house and Cats for the two weeks we were away) this time we had to pack Friday night, then got up at 5 a.m. to get the taxi to Manchester Airport for our 7 a.m. flight to Palma.
The flight was fine, the food was very good, and we arrived early afternoon, collecting our bags and the two cars we had hired and headed off to the Villa Font Xica.
30/7 Our first ride out was a short trip along the main highway to the Monastir de Lluc, regarded my some as the spiritual heart of Mallorca, situated high up in mountains of the Sierra Tramuntana. The Monastery was built on the site of an ancient shrine in the 17th and 18th centuries. The monastery has a Baroque church with an imposing facade and contains a stone image of La Monentra, the Black Virgin of Lluc, found on a hilltop in the 13th century by a young shepherd boy.
If you take the walkway up to the hilltop along the Cami dels Misteris, you will see some bronze bas- reliefs by the Catalan architect and designer Antoni Gaudi. (We are going to Barcelona in July 2002.)
You can find a shop selling local handy-crafts, food and wine, also a cafe and bar, situated of the Placa dels Pelegrins. A museum with Medieval manuscripts and Mallorcan paintings is also in this location.
31/7 Today a trip in the other direction to Formentor on the coast, which after a bit of a climb we found some wonderful views. A nice beauty spot with the highest cliffs on the island.
1/8 Coves De Campanet
2/8 We took a trip to Pollenca for the Festival, Pollenca one of Mallorca's most popular tourist spots. We parked the car and walked up and down the small streets looking in the shops and then came to the square, used to sell food and other goodies on market days and for the dancing that started the Festival.Off the square is the start of the 365 steps that lead up El Calvari to a small chapel perched on top of a hill.
- Can Picafort
- Colonia De Sant Pere
3/8 Down pass the sign for Inca, we didn't go to Inca.
- Santa Maria
- Valldemossa a pleasant mountain town with its links to the French novelist George Sand who stayed for a short time in 1838-9 also the Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)who stayed with Sand at the Real Cartuja de Jesus de Nazaret.
On the way back we stopped at Deia a nice little village along the west coast, once the home of the English poet and novelist Robert Graves (1895-1985) he came to live in Deia in 1929. We walked up long winding roads to the church at the top of a hill and cemetery the with Graves small tombstone.
- Port De Soller
4/8 Lazy day at Villa and around and in the pool
5/8 Jules birthday. Morning in Pollenca, up El Calvari to the church and to take pictures of the views from the top. We went up and down the 365 step a few time as the first time we had not taken our camera. Down to the market to buy the food for a Bar-B-Q that evening as we where staying in the villa, - went to Ermita de la Victoria.
6/8 A day in Palma - the Cathedral La Seu.
7/8 Lazy day at Villa and around and in the pool
8/8 Market day in Pollenca, after another look round, buying some food, it was back to the villa for some lunch, a swim, a short local walk, then get ready for our evening meal out. We went to Pollenca or Port de Pollenca on alternate evenings
9/8 Pollenca - up 365 steps to Calvari again - on to the church Santa Margalida.
We found the directions to the Villa funny and after you take a look then you can see the walk to the Villa Font Xica.
A few more pictures.