PORT POLLENCA TO LA VICTORIA
A very scenic, short route with some cheeky climbs, often used as an add on to extend your day. Many excellent places to stop and refuel including 2 of the best sundowner stops on the island. Bar S'illott and the Cocodrilo Restaurant.
Head out from Port Pollenca on the beach road towards Alcudia, left at the roundabout and continue around the walls of the old town. Taking the left turn towards La Victoria and Bonaire brings you into contact with a couple of kilometres of slightly imperfect tarmac. Don't worry its not bad, and the views are worth it.
Past Bonaire marina and one of my favourite restaurants, the Cocodrilo (with an excellent menu del dia; fresh seafood and one of the best G & T's going plus a marina side terrace to watch the sunset behind the mountains). Then a short sharp climb between your choice of holiday houses. Down to the coast now and undulating roads past Bar S'illot and one of the few Mallorca beaches where costumes are optional.
Up the start of the La Victoria climb then halfway up turn left to continue towards the army base. This narrow road looms high over the bay of Pollenca, with views back to Manresa, Port Pollenca, Pollenca old town, Talaia d'Albercutx and Cap Formentor. Breathtaking and worth the ride alone.
The road continues on for a short while towards the military camp, but there is a well signed turning area where non military personnel have to turn around. Back now to the top of La Victoria with 13% gradients in places - short but sharp where you will find a large dirt car park alongside the monastery whose terrace provides even more spectacular views over Pollenca bay. Drinks are available from the small kiosk or from the restaurant a couple of levels up.
Back down now and turning left to climb into Bonaire residential area to check over more houses that might make your holiday home shortlist before winding your way back to the junction with the fine paella restaurant Bodega de Sol on one corner and the areas best coffee on the other corner at the rustic Ca'an Tomeu before turning left back towards old town Alcudia.
Highlights: The coastal road. The spectacular views down over Pollenca bay. The La Victoria monastry. Cocodrilo restaurant for a menu of the day, fresh seafood or a sundowner. Bar S'illott for great meals, views and sundowners.
The scenery, I had a difficult time choosing the pictures, there could be a 1000 here.
To be aware of: The surface is average occasional, but nothing to be concerned about as it soon improves and you probably will not care anyhow with this type of scenery.
MALLORCA BICYCLE RESCUE
If bike or body break down in Mallorca, policy holders are quickly taken to their choice of either:
- a local bike shop for repairs or
- back to their place of accommodation or
- back to where they hired their bike