Coming cycling in Mallorca this season? The cycling paradise has an almost endless choice of attractive options for you to lose yourself in. Here are our recommendations for the top 10+ things to do. Enjoy!
The world renowned climb up from the port of Sa Calobra. Often regarded as one of the world’s best climbs which includes the famous 270 degree switchback. Now with the option of getting the Sa Calobra Express to the start point so you can attempt a PB with fresh legs – a true highlight of cycling in Mallorca.
Resurfaced at the end of 2014. Stunning coastal and forest scenery, I challenge you to find a better 20km of road anywhere. Make sure you take care at the short, relatively dark tunnel. Stop off at the Formentor Beach on the way back and take a swim in the warm waters. An iconic route you cannot miss when cycling in Mallorca.
Is this the best cycle route in the world? It is certainly the best ride in Mallorca. If I was given only one more ride ever, this would be it. Take the bicycle bus to Andratx from Port de Pollença, or Alcudia and ride back. 115km up to 162km including the longest and highest climb on the island of Puig Major. Your cycling soul will thank you for this. Fantastic views, excellent surfaces and good cafés.
A bonkers climb at a length of 7.9km and an average grade of 5.2 %. The road is so narrow in places and many hair pins that you will question why you ever contemplated it, even started it. A third of the way down you will know – it is brilliant, a route like this is reason enough to cycle. Amazing views that lead to an oasis of a Port that is so welcoming it is difficult to leave.
Great little descent from the ma-10 at the 80km marker and then a winding 4.9km climb up from a beautiful bay. It is a very scenic detour that will add just under 10 very worthwhile km to your ride. Just off the ma-10 between Banyalbufar and Port Valldemossa this excellent swirling descent down to the 70m wide bay at the bottom is off the beaten path and a joy.
Begin with 28 hairpins followed by another 26 on the Coll de Sóller,maybe some coffee and homemade cake at Ca'n Topa then cut through a tranquil valley and climb the Coll d’Orient and Coll d’Honor. Stop for lunch at Cycling Planet in Alaro and say hello to the owners Laura Brunot and David Muntaner (ex World Madison Champion). Memory making.
7. Watch the sun set and the moon rise from Talaia d’Albercutx
Every full moon. Look to the west and as the sun sinks below the mountains, turn to the east and watch the full moon come out of the sea. If you are not lucky enough to be cycling in Mallorca for this event, take the next best and get up early to watch the sun come out of the sea. Lights needed!
When cycling in Mallorca you can’t miss climbing up to Cap Formentor and La Victoria. You get to see across the bay of Pollenca from both sides. 77km with 1700m of climbing. Don’t, whatever you do, forget to take a camera.
Cruise the lanes to Caimari, climb the winding tree lined Col de Sa Bataia, down past Lluc then back towards Pollença, acing those amazing corners and trying to not grin for 7km.
10. Almond cake & coffee
Stop at out of the way local (non-tourist) cafés and sample locally made almond cakes with excellent coffee. Repeat as necessary. If unsure where to go, try S’Aturada in Caimari, Bar Es Club in Campanet; Forn Can Rafel in Búger or any of the cafés in the square in Petra would be a good start to your quest.
Stop at the aqueduct on the ma-10 at the Sa Calobra turn off and relax under the trees with a cup of fresh OJ squeezed from locally picked oranges.
Stop as you leave / enter Caimari at this brilliant little café. Great juices; seeded bagels, cakes and other food; cycling spares; quirky socks; excellent t-shirts. Good vegan food range and home made whole food energy bars.
On a clear day (which is most of them, you can see pretty much the whole island from up here. Also called Cura de Randa after the name of the monastery at the top, is the most popular climb in Mallorca not situated in Serra de Tramuntana. It is a place full of history, where Mallorca’s first hermitage was built in the 13th century. In fact, while climbing the 7.5km up Puig de Randa, you will find 3 separate hermitages: Santuari de Nostra Senyora de Gracia; Ermita de Sant Honorat; Santuari de Cura.
Located in the eastern part of Mallorca, the climb up to the San Salvador monastery is 5km with an average of 7%. Starting near Felanitx it snakes its way up to the highest point in Felanitx district, at an altitude of 510 metres. It has spectacular 360 degree views of the whole island on a clear day including views of the Creu de Sant Salvador (cross). The view point has a working water well for topping up your water bottles and the monastery is now a small hotel, restaurant and cafe which is perfect for cake and coffee.