As Scandinavia continues to struggle to shake off the after effects of an El Nino somewhere, there is only one thing to do. Escape. Where better to leave the blustery winds and persistent rain battering Copenhagen, than hiking in the valley of Campanet and roaming the backbone of Mallorca, the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley, renowned for its olives and its scenic hamlets, is serious cycling country, a training zone for cycling enthusiasts and professionals, pedalling their dreams for something in yellow.
An excellent place to start the hike up to the spectacular Lluc Monastery, is the village of Caimari. A sleepy hamlet, where life is reset to real-time. Where lazy cats are so chilled and the pulling of church bells are wonderfully languid. This is the other side of Mallorca in July. Caimari is probably the last place to expect to find a café that has artisan juices, vegan dishes, home-made energy bars and cakes and yet there is. In 2015, Lennart, a Norwegian entrepreneur, opened Sa Ruta Verda, providing food and tools for cyclists and hikers passing through the region, a vital pit-stop for a nutritional retank. The café is not only a delightful mix of food and the coolest of biking accessories, but a place to exchange stories of paths to avoid and must see mountain views. The crew at Sa Ruta Verda, especially Karen, not only provided a wonderful insight into Malloracan life, but also the best cakes on the island. Take a bow!
Between Caimari and Moscari, is the Hotel Son Ametler, a blissful haven for hikers looking to put their feet up and enjoy the excellent food and caring attention of its owners, James and Paola. Salutació
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