Whimbrel Sailing Adventure travel blog

A very welcome drink on our walk to Fornalutx

Poppies in a lemon grove


View of terraces from Fornalutx

St Francesco monastery cloisters in Palma

Doorway of St Francesco monastery

Arab baths in Palma

50 year old man in 100 year old train from Palma to...

View of Soller town from train

Crossing viaduct above Soller town

We are still in Puerto de Soller. Apart from one boat anchored nearby that runs a very noisy generator every day for about an hour, it is a lovely peaceful spot, safe anchorage and we can go and fill up with water on the fishing boat quay - when they are not there, obviously - without having to pay through the nose to berth in the marina.

We did another walk, this time inland to a very pretty village called Fornalutx in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountain range, which is itself a great starting point for a lot of walks. It has the dubious honour of being dubbed one of the prettiest villages in Mallorca, which may be true, but it also means that it’s overrun with tourists – apparently half the houses there are owned by foreigners. Despite leaving early-ish, it got extremely hot (up to 30 degrees C) and we were mighty pleased to come across an old chap selling freshly squeezed orange juice from his garage, made with home-grown oranges! We wimped out of walking back in the midday sun and caught the bus back instead.

We went into Palma one day and had a few hours mooching around taking in a few sights – the Arab baths and lovely cloisters in the Basilica de San Francesco – before catching the old Victorian train back to Soller through the mountains. It’s a narrow gauge railway that was completed 100 years ago and gives some great views of the countryside.

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