Mallorca FAQ's

Mallorca FAQ's

Where is Mallorca? In the Mediterranean sea, just off the coast of Spain. It is the largest of the Balearic Islands with a population of around 900 000 people.

How do I get there? There are many flight options from Europes major airports as well as from many of the smaller ones. Ferries are also available from France and mainland Spain.

Weather? Is excellent. An average of 308 sunny days each each year. Very hot over July and August. See cycling weather here.

DIY or organised? Are you better off using a recommended tour company or organising your trip yourself? Our thoughts are here

What should I pack? Layers. Its cooler in the mountains and along the coast.

Vegan and vegetarian options? Yes. More now than a decade ago when a salad could consist of ham or chicken as that 'was not really meat'.

Gradients? Manageable for most with the correct gearing as they average between 5% and 7.5% on most climbs.

Routes? There are a huge number to choose from. Lanes; mountains; coastal and in the undulating plains. We have selected the best for you here.

Road surfaces. Are excellent. Thousands of km of smooth tarmac await. But, take care on corners early in the morning with the dew and also after a rain shower as the tarmac contains a higher percentage of granite in order to help it cope with the summer heat; this makes it more slippery.

Rescue service? To enable you to explore far and wide with confidence in case bike or body break down, we recommend prebooking your cover with Mallorca Bicycle Rescue. Sh*t can happen, especially when your time is limited.

Airport transfers? For private airport transfers we wholeheartedly recommend the excellent Mallorca Holiday Transfers and their partners Mallorca Cycle Shuttle.

Bike rental? If you decide not to bring your own fine steed, there are many top class  rental operations here that provide all levels of quality bikes.

Do I need lights? Yes you do if you intend riding in the early morning or at dusk, as well as for the short tunnel on the way to Cap Formentor.

Non cycling activities? There are plenty. Mallorca has a rich history worth exploring; brilliant beaches; numerous and excellent cafés and restaurants; the capital city of Palma offers bright lights and good shopping and lots to see. 

Professional cycling photos. Are available on Sa Calobra and at Cap Formentor from the end of February to the end of May and again from the beginning of September to the end of October each year from the friendly Mallorca Cycling Photos team. Don't forget to wear your best kit and to smile!

Mallorca versus Majorca! Mallorca is the correct spelling. Majorca was made up by the British as they could not pronounce the LL :-)

Local drivers. Many are cyclists themselves and are extremely courteous with cyclists. Please show them the same respect so this continues forever!

Hire cars. There are a lot on the island and from mid May to the end of October they are out in force from mid morning to mid afternoon on the more popular bigger roads. If you are planning riding to Cap Formentor or Sa Calobra, it is much better to go earlier rather than later. 

Best time of the year to go? See here.

Where to stay? Hotel or villa?  Which town to base yourself in?

Why Mallorca? Something for everyone. Rolling terrain, climbs with manageable gradients, brilliant scenery; 308 sunny days each year; short flight from the rest of Europe; fair pricing; food; restaurants; services etc etc