Cycling through the north of the island, I finally escaped the traffic. The climate is slightly more temperate in the north and agriculture is alive and well. It is good to see the thriving small holdings producing fruit, and some small vineyards continuing. Life in the country is very different to fifty years ago. The absence of animals and carts is the thing I notice most.
On the way to San Miquel I passed two wells. The above photo shows the well near to Sant Lorenc with a stone laundry bowl outside. The second well was a traditional Ibicenco well, still in use and with a bucket and rope inside, so I had a go…
The real difficulty was to get the bucket to tip over in the water; it kept floating on top of the water, no matter how much I agitated the rope to try and capsize the bucket. There must be a technique for this. Eventually I managed to get a little water in the bucket and drew it up. Cool and crystal clear.
The church of Sant Miquel is another fine example of the Ibicenco church architecture. The church stands in a strategic position high above the town. It has a fine statue of St Michael the Archangel behind the altar.
Finally, I reached the coast at the northern end of the island and after a lazy afternoon on the beach at Port Sant Miquel, I have found myself a deserted seventeenth century tower to spend the night. Here is the tower and the view from the tower.