It doesn't feel like I've had much spare time lately so thought I would just share a few pics instead. We enjoyed the town of Soller on the NW coast of Mallorca immensely. The boat was safe, the anchorage beautiful and so much to do. We stayed nearly 2 weeks which is unheard of for us and even then, we had to tear ourselves away. But the season is marching on and we have other places we want to see. While in Soller we did a bunch more hiking. It is a bit of an addiction and the area was so unique to other places we've been so we tried to soak it up.
Soller also has a vintage train, built in 1912, that makes a trip to the city of Palma in a little over an hour passing pretty scenery and some really long tunnels through the mountains. The wooden cars are all varnished perfectly and it clacks along a narrow gauge track. We had a great lunch in the city, visited Bellver Castle built in 1300 by King James II. It was unique in that the Keep was a tower, separated from the rest of the building except for an elevated bridge.
We hiked in the UNESCO Serra de Tramuntana mountains and one of the trails ran along the open trough for Mallorca's water supply. On other trails, they even have faucets tapped right in to springs where you can refill your water bottle without having to filter it.
Once we left Soller we stopped at The Torrent de Pareis which is a spectacular gorge with a little stream that is pretty much dry right now, that ends at a little beach at the sea. You can anchor right off the beach and follow a trail cut through the rock to get from one side to the other. Full of day trippers by day, then by evening, the boaters are all that is left- phew!
We moved around the NE coast to Pollenca. Got the bikes out and went to a great bird preserve, toured the old town and enjoyed the mountain views.
And we got an early start today and moved 35 miles to the island of Menorca. There is so much history to absorb it hurts our heads. We'll circle this island and then move back to Mallorca to continue on around it. We're enjoying seeing these islands but also know we have to start focusing on ordering up a new mainsail (our sail is shot) and liferaft soon. The boat always gets the big presents! Then we'll have to figure out how to physically get these items. Sounds more fun to just play.