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  • Writer's pictureMark Carney

Come rain or shine

You could have thought that Summer was well and truly over when Mallorca was hit by an incredible storm last Sunday. A deluge within 30 minutes that turned our streets into rivers and a powerful wind that ripped up trees and sent chairs flying all over the town square. It caused havoc for the market stalls who were busy selling their local products…we knew the storm was coming but not the speed at which it arrived.

In all of this chaos we did still manage to dodge the downpours and get to cellar El Moli for one of Francs legendary menu del dia Sunday lunches. And the rain kept coming, we were very cosy in this iconic local restaurant where we chatted away and reminisced over the past couple of weeks we had just spent with our daughter Lex.

We hardly need much of an excuse to get out on the water and with Lex here, her birthday weekend and some fabulous friends we had our own perfect storm and went out on beautiful Llaut called Boa. It has been incredibly hot and some sea breeze was definitely needed, especially for those of us (me) who look like you’ve just walked out of the shower within 5 minutes of leaving the house! With our picnic bags ready to go we headed off to Pollenca marina on a glorious Saturday afternoon.

We met up at the end of the marina where as luck would have it there is the perfect spot to quench your thirst on a hot summers day. If you have never been it’s worth the short walk to this best keep secret although the opening hours remain a mystery! With a cold caña in hand you get the most perfect view of the bay and Fortaleza presiding over it, not a bad start to our afternoon of fun.

Boas is a beautiful boat with plenty of room and perfect to spend a few hours with your friends. As we headed out our skipper suggested that Cala Murta would be a great stop off place for our lunch. It was our first time here and what a stunning Cala fringed with a little shingle beach with its resident donkeys being very cheeky. Clear crystal blue waters to jump in…even the less enthusiastic swimmers couldn’t resist.

Back on board and the legendary boat picnic made its appearance…home made leek tart, mozzarella and pesto rolls, a bottle or two of our new favourite Cava Rosado and a few cremadillos to round it off. As we started our way back we still had time fir a cheeky cocktail at Formentor from the fabulous Piri Piri cocktail boat, what a great idea…another very memorable experience and a boat that we can’t wait to get back on.


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