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10/03 - Sa Coma to Cala Sant Vicenc.
Today we moved to our new hotel (for the next four nights) on the north coast of Mallorca
at the edge of the Tramuntana Mountains. Cycling distance about 75 km.
Temperature in the mid-80's (yippee! cooler!) with 65% humidity - made for lots of sweating!!
We had some beautiful remote rolling hills through farmland (lots of artichokes, carob
and almond trees), then a long stretch of beach with lots of tanned/burnt bodies.
ABOVE - Getting ready for the day's ride
BELOW - Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. Situated in the center of the town, the Placa Nova square
is the heart of the community. Here visitors will find the beautiful Parish Church of Sant Llorenc
with its impressive façade. The barrel vault roof in its semi circular formation is typical
of the period. Inside the church, a stunning Romanesque sculpture of La Mare
de Déu Trobada dating from the 13th Century can be found alongside a Gothic statue
of the Mother of God with Jesus carved out of local Satanyi stone.
We encountered another market day in this small village.
BELOW - Gothic church of Sant Jaume in Alcudia
The construction of this monumental chapel is a consequence of the increasing devotion
that Alcudia and the neighbouring villages felt for Sant Christ. It was believed that Sant Christ
had sweated water and blood in 1507 in the cave of Sant Marti (on the outskirts of the city)
to implore for rain during a drought. Construction began in 1675 and was finished in 1697.
BELOW - Judith at the crenellated wall that encircles the center of Alcudia. Most stone
houses within the walls were built in 16th-18th centuries. This town is situated on a neck
of land separating two large bays. It was first settled in 700 B.C. and was a staging point
for sea trade between northwest Africa and Spain.
BELOW - Waiting for our luggage to arrive - guess we cycled too fast today!!
This is our hotel for the next four nights and we have a great view of both the Mediterranean
and the mountains from our balcony. Fortunately we have complimentary wine
and fruit to help us survive the long wait for the luggage!
Known in Castillian Spanish as Cala San Vincente and in Mallorquin as Cala Sant Vicenc,
this is one of the smallest resorts on Mallorca, nestled on the far north coast,
Originally a fishing village, the town of Cala Sant Vicenc has several small bays with
rugged and dramatic rocks and cliffs. The main attraction here is the tranquility
and the collection of small beaches.
Somehow, we managed to enjoy the comforts of the hotel.