Albufera creates a complication for the planned cycle route. | Andrew Ede


The project for a grand cycling lane and route along the bay of Alcudia has been in the offing for several years. The idea is for it to extend from Puerto Alcudia as far as Son Real, i.e. past Can Picafort on the way to Son Serra de Marina. It involves three town halls - Alcudia, Muro and Santa Margalida - as well the tourism ministry. The main funding is due to come from the ministry, and it is scheduled to put the project out to tender by the end of the year.

There is, however, a stumbling block. Muro town hall has always been presented with more difficulties with the project because the lane will run alongside the main Alcudia-Arta road that passes between the Albufera wetlands on one side and the forest which is also part of the Albufera Nature Park on the coast side.

The regional environment ministry has insisted on modifications to the original plan for the cycle lane because of the proximity of the nature park. For Muro, this will mean a cost of 480,000 euros, when the total subvention for the three municipalities is only 600,000. The town hall is therefore hoping that tourist tax revenue will come to its aid.

The president of the consortium which oversees spending from the tourism ministry's fund, Toni Sansó, suggests that the tender process will go ahead even if it has to mean that it will only initially apply to Alcudia and Santa Margalida (Can Picafort). Playa de Muro is of course between Alcudia and Can Picafort.