It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for the 4th dose of Majorcan driving routes on the blog this week. Seatbelts on…
Having clocked up some serious mileage over the previous couple of days, my next jaunt constituted a mere 20-minute drive. I headed west from Palma along the PM1 and the C719 towards Andratx. I resisted the lure of the express tunnel and instead opted for the scenic route along the pine-fringed C719A that sweeps up and over the resort of Camp de Mar. The road popped me out by the chic, yacht-filled marina that is Port Andratx, where I stopped for a coffee.
Key back in the ignition, I drove 5 minutes up the road to Andratx town proper. It was market day – Wednesday – and so lots of the streets had been closed off to make way for countless trestle tables and stalls. Talk about an all-out assault on the senses. You could buy anything and everything, from sardines through to saucepans through to slippers. Ever the foodie, I made off with an ensaimada – a curly-swirly Majorcan pastry dusted with icing sugar.
From Andratx I then took the PM103 down to Sant Elm. This little-known spot boasts a dinky sandy beach and is backed by a handful of restaurants that do a mean line in paella. Throw in a gelateria or 2 and you’ve got all the ingredients needed for a lazy afternoon in the sun.
My return journey was pretty much what I’d done in the morning but obviously in reverse – only this time I skipped the scenic route and took advantage of the tunnels along the C719 which shaved a good 15 minutes off my journey time back to Palma.
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