Majorca, 23rd March, Santuari de Luc

After our coffee in Pollença, Alan wanted to show me some of the places he had cycled to over the previous 3 weeks. As may have been expected, these all involved driving over the mountains.

Our first port of call was the Santuari de Lluc, a monastery founded in the 13th century, now used as a school for a famous boys choir, Els Blauets. The route goes over the Serra de Tramuntana and arrives at the large car park for the monastery. At the edge of the car park were a number of college students amusing themselves with a skipping rope. Surprisingly the boys were doing ok at skipping but the girls were lousy. We walked around the monastery, visited the church and went to a cross perched at the top of the hill on which the santuari was built. We also took the path round the botanical garden, established in 1956 to exhibit Balearic plants. Here I encountered a large black beetle resting on a rock.

From Lluc we set out for the coast across a high coll where we scrambled up a hill to get some photos. We arrived at Cala Sa Calobra where we were charged an exorbitant amount for a cup of coffee in order that we could sit in the café overlooking the rather picturesque bay.


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