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Walking, Cycling, Golf, Sports A favourite with visitors to Pollensa.

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Old 28-10-2015, 14:27
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Default Pollensa Bay walk.

Sneaked in a cheeky week in Pollenca at the beginning of October, probably caught the last totally dry week of the summer/autumn. On the last day we decided on a coastal walk, so drove around the bay towards Alcudia, and pulled off and parked just after the spot where you usually see dozens of kite surfers speeding back and forth. How they never get tangled up amazes me! Decided to walk around the bay, hugging the seafront as much as possible, and took in the fantastic views looking back towards the Port. Being only a week after the late September ‘storm’ we came across several damaged or partly submerged boats, broken pontoons, etc. It’s not until you come across this damage that you realise how vulnerable these properties are when storms occur. Houses right on the waters edge with no protection from the forces of nature.
We continued on our way passing the small marina at Es Barcarès, the Red Rum Bar and a rather empty looking Hotel More. Walked along the beach and around the next headland. Again, the views were stunning (During our visit in June I came across a BBC film crew working here, filming a new drama series, due out in the New Year - John Le Carre’s espionage drama The Night Manager, starring Hugh Laurie & Tom Huddlestone).
To get around the next headland, Punta de Manresa, you either have to turn away from the sea and walk along the road, or do what we did and walk through a wooded area along a clearly defined path. This brings you out into the open at the tip of the headland, on a rocky, cliff top path. Along this stretch, on the cliff edge, are the ruins of some sort of building, with some very definite steps leading downwards towards the sea. None of the ruins are above ground - it all seems to have been built/dug into the rocks. I’ve tried to find out what it was but have had no luck - some large lookout tower? I only presume this as it’s situated on such a prominent headland. I’d be fascinated if anybody could enlighten me.
The path continues down towards the small secluded beach (Platja Sant Joan). Despite the sunny, warm weather the beach hut was unfortunately closed. Realising that Mal Pas-Bonaire was ‘just around the corner’ we continued, in search of a cold ‘cerveza’ (‘grande’, of course!). Finally, reached the ‘Chill out’ bar (5 Oceanos, opposite the Supermarket), and supped our much needed drink. They were closing for the season the following day, and as a result the menu was pretty limited. We’d been walking for well over an hour and realised that there was no way we were going to turn back without eating. Being on a cycle route I often take I knew there was a bar/restaurant just a little further on at the entrance to the marina, but had never stopped by. What a find! This family run restaurant, The Cocodrillo, was fantastic. Such friendly service, and after a wonderful, leisurely lunchtime meal, at a very reasonable price, it was time to turn back and tackle the return. The walk, along with such a memorable meal, was probably the highlight of the week. Not sure what it would be like in the heat of mid-June, when we usually visit, but will certainly give it a go again.
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Old 29-10-2015, 18:20
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Sounds fascinating - may give it a go. Did you use a map/sat nav or do you just have an excellent sense of direction?
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Old 29-10-2015, 19:30
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After finally climbing the Puig Maria this week, after saying for twenty plus years we must, I really want to do more walks in the cooler months. I was so hot when I got to the top and even though it was a fairly humid day I couldn't imagine doing it in June The views were fab and although we didn't stop to eat, the restaurant at the top was full of locals having Sunday lunch. It's possible to only do part of the climb as there's a car park half way up, but I have to say the last part was very challenging ( for me anyway!) as there were some very uneven rocky steps to negotiate...even worse on the way down!!

Jonesy your walk reads like a mystery tour and it sounds like you had a wonderful day! Approximately how many miles was the walk one way? Love the sound of lunch before heading back, although after a cerveza grande I would probably have to cab it on the return journey
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Old 29-10-2015, 20:04
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When we did this climb on a Sunday, we thought we were doing quite well, until we were overtaken by local families carrying their bbqs and all the food to go with it! By the time we got to the top, the bbqs were going strong and they were all having a great time! We managed a piece of cake and coffee and stood in silent awe at the views. Actually we were to exhausted to talk!
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Old 30-10-2015, 14:15
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Great post Jonesy...will def try this in Jan or April but take a picnic!

We have climbed up the Puig three times recently....the views are wonderful & the restaurant great too. As I am a cat lover, the added incentive of the HUGE ginger cat family at the top, is also appealing!! They are nearly all very well fed too!! However each time we walk up, it takes about a week for the muscles in my legs to settle down.....age related now!!
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Old 30-10-2015, 15:57
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Had a little wander around Mal Pas last week - so lovely and quiet. Found Red Rum but it has changed a bit since I first cycled there 35 years ago
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Old 30-10-2015, 18:26
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Originally Posted by Gommar Goffer View Post
Had a little wander around Mal Pas last week - so lovely and quiet. Found Red Rum but it has changed a bit since I first cycled there 35 years ago
Is it still open as a bar? The last two times I went past last October and in April there was a lot of building work going on and I thought they were turning it back into a villa.
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Old 31-10-2015, 11:30
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Marilyn - it is still a bar.
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:15
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That's a super post Jonesy ,I have been doing that route on the bike for 20 odd years & have always wondered what that area cut into the Rock is or was.
I will try the croc place for grub next year ,thanks for the tip
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