Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Majorca - Cala Figuera, part eight

Today was our last day with the car, so we went along the Cap Formentor peninsula. We didn’t go right to the lighthouse, as it was late morning, and we knew the traffic would be heavy, or at least, heavier than we’d like. It was busy enough at our first stop, the viewpoint.
This is looking down to Cala Figuera, we planned to come back here for the most part of the day later.
The view back over the bay, with the always-wonderful backdrop of the Tramuntana mountains. 
We stopped off in the small car park at the viewpoint, called Mirador del Mal Pas, also named Mirador d'es Colomer, because you can see the rock of the same name quite clearly from it.

The Talala d’ Albercutx tower (try saying THAT after a jug of sangria!). This tower is a favourite of ours, and of course, today we HAD to visit it.
But for now, a walk along the length of the viewpoint, with the ‘hordes’.

This place is incredible. A true feat of genius to build it here, and what an attraction for visitors. Perched on the very top of the ridge, it gives commanding views all around and, better still, straight down to the sea, a long way below.
Can’t say I’d be keen on pointing the cement up on that wall!

Looking back to the car park, now filling up with coaches. The Cap Formentor road is a bit of a trial in a car, so we were AMAZED that coaches came here, and not just one or two, LOADS of them.
It must be 'fun' in the high season.

Yes, that’s me, taking a photo straight down to the sea.

Colomer rock, which gives its name to this viewpoint. The sea is like a millpond today.
This is the rock our boat went on the inside of on our trip to Cala sa Vicente.


The end of the viewpoint.
See the big hunk of lovelocks on the rail? These are becoming a feature at a lot of beauty spots, much like the rock balancing thing.
Some have started to appear on the bridge in our home town of Bakewell.
You can read about Cap Formentor and environs here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap_de_Formentor




We thought it was time for some relaxing, so we parked up, and started the descent to Cala Figuera.
It’s quite a steep path, but we feel well worth the effort.

Perfect sky, perfect sea.........PERFECT!

Time to take a look at the fish. 

There were plenty to go at, as usual. My trick of feeding them always resulted in a terrific show.
I wish I had an underwater camera to capture them. I really am not exaggerating when I say there were HUNDREDS. 

I came out, and we lay in the sun reading for a while, and had our picnic.
Then the most bizarre thing happened – a bride and groom arrived in FULL dress, and began posing for a photographer!

She was swishing her veil, he was picking her up, all manner of poses.
It HAD to be a magazine shoot – didn’t it?

Even the picnic clear-up brigade was fascinated!

I asked, and was told it was a traditional Majorcan wedding – this really was a photo shoot just for their album!
It all seemed a lot of trouble to go to for pictures to me, the walk down and back up must have been very hard in those clothes (and shoes).

After a good session, we decided to call it a day and trekked back up the hill.
One last look back to our beloved Figuera in the evening sun.

We drove to the tower and walked up to it. I climbed up the rusty metal rungs to get onto the top. (No health and safety here).
This is the view over Formentor bay.
The large and exclusive Formentor hotel is the white building at the far end of the bay.

Colomer rock and the jutting cliffs.

The twisting road up to the tower, and Sue on the rocks below me.
  
Looking down on the viewpoint we were at earlier.

You can see the imposing shadow of the tower on this picture, as the sun begins to set.

Another good sunset followed, then we were treated to a great moonrise.
Here is the whole thing over the umbrellas on the beach at night.


Our second bike ride was planned for tomorrow.
We’d not decided what to do or where to go yet, but that was fodder for discussion over a cocktail tonight.
The weather forecast was great.

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