Peter Bargh

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February 20th, 2016

Cap Gros coastal path

After breakfast I caught a bus from Port de Pollenca to Palma, and bus from Palma to Port Soller. On the Pollenca bus I sat near a young mother with her child who had a bad case of chicken pox. I’ve already had it so no fear of catching, but I still felt contaminated! It wasn’t air conditioned and the ride seemed to take forever.

After unpacking I walked around the Port anti-clockwise to Cap Gros Lighthouse near Muleta, then saw a path following the cliff edge around Cap Gros and followed this to what appeared to be a dead end. A German women was ahead so I asked her the route. She didn’t seem to know and we came to another dead end. I spotted a local resting and asked him. He said it was not possible to walk the coast and I should go back to the main path. I however had a map from the tourist office that showed a path, so decided to recheck.

After looking I found a faint red arrow on one of the rocks. I pointed this out to the German women but she was clearly not impressed. So I headed off alone down a rugged path with little sign of previous walkers. But the signs were there occasional cairns helped me guide through the terrain. It took me up and down in a wiggly course, along the cliff tops and some superb views of the coastline.

Eventually I came to a point where the path appeared to end again. It was getting late and time was running out. After a while I managed to find the way again…and ended up on the end of a residential cul de sac. Following this out brought me back to the GR 221 and an hour later I was safely back at the port.

February 10th, 2016

Palma

Walk to Palma from Can Pastilla along beach/coast

February 8th, 2016

Badia Gran

Drive to Birmingham for flight to Palma in Majorca. Staying at Julie and Jez’ house in Badia Gran. Met up with Jez’ best mate and his wife, plus another two friends and had tapas at the local bar. Then back to house for a really amazing selection of dishes including chilli con carne with star anise, Gambas al Ajillo (garlic prawns), Pimientos de Padrón (Padron peppers), champiñones al ajillo (garlic mushrooms), and various other treats.