Mallorca: The must do routes and climbs

Mallorca: The must do routes and climbs

Andratx back to Pollenca / Alcudia / Can Picafort
If you are only ever going to ride one more route in your life, this would probably be it. Choose between return distances of 115km to 162km with 2400m to 4300m of climbing. Coastal and forest views, quaint villages, excellent surfaces. This one will make your year. Take a bike bus to the start and ride back from Andratx. Bus Out + Bike Back.

Cap Formentor
Regularly ranked in the top 20 routes in the world. A very scenic and hilly ride out to the most northern point of Mallorca, the lighthouse at Cap Formentor from Port de Pollença. The surface is great now all the way having been replaced in October 2014 from Formentor beach. Take care when entering the short but dark tunnel. We recommend riding here early in the morning, then you will see one other cyclist and some goats – come later and the hire cars and tour buses are out in force. Don’t forget to smile for the friendly Mallorca Cycling Photos photographer.

Bay of Pollença
Port Pollenca – Cap Formentor – Alcudia – Bonaire – La Victoria – Port Pollenca.

Thought you would just do Cap Formentor, then back to Port de Pollença? Add this extra section and ride right around Pollença Bay. The narrow road winds its way along the coast with some steep ups and downs until it comes to a point with no access due to the military zone. On the way back you can turn up to the former hermitage Ermita de la Victoria a Chapel dating back to 1679. There is also a small hotel and the Mirador restaurant which is worth a visit to watch the sunset over dinner.

Alcudia / Can Picafort / Pollença to Andratx
Choose a route of between 115km and 162km for an epic day on the bike. This route follows the famous ma-10 road which goes right through the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana and can include a winding detour down to Sa Calobra port. Coastal and forest views, quaint villages, excellent surfaces. This is either the best or second best route on the island, the reverse route, Andratx to Pollenca is the competition. Riding this way includes the descent rather than the ascent of Puig Major, 15km of smooth and winding fresh tarmac. Bike Out + Bus Back.

Port Sóller – Orient Valley
Port de Sóller – Col de Sóller – Bunyola – Orient – Alaro – Bunyola – Col de Sóller – Port de Sóller.

Scaling both sides of Coll de Sóller as well as Coll d’Honor the Orient valley and Coll d’Orient. An exhilarating, tiring scenic ride. Gradients are steeper than average in places. 75km with 1600m of climbing. Stop for lunch at Cycling Planet in Alaro and say hello to the owners Laura Brunot and David Muntaner (World Madison Champion)

Port de Pollença lanes and climbs loop
A pleasing route starting along the coast, winding lanes through farmland and villages, ascending Coll de Sa Batalla and descending Col de Femenia. 70km with 1000m of climbing.


Coll dels Reis from Sa Calobra
An iconic climb of 9.4km and an average of 7% which is on many people’s bucket list and is arguably the most looked forward to climb on the island.

You have to climb the Col dels Reis on its short side for 2.5km first from the aqueduct before easing down to Port Sa Calobra then starting the main attraction of winding up from the small port on 10km of tar which seems to have just been thrown onto the side of the mountain.

Take the Sa Calobra Express option from Can Picafort, Alcudia; Playa de Muro; Playa de Palma or Port de Pollença if you want to ride the climb with fresh legs or use the service as a springboard to reach further into what Mallorca has to offer. Don’t forget to smile for the friendly Mallorca Cycling Photos photographers.

Port Valldemossa
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. A perfect place for a leisurely stop – just don’t eat too much as you have to climb out! Good restaurant at the bottom with a great cake selection makes it tougher to leave.

Coll de Sa Batalla
Very scenic climb that starts in the town of Caimari.The average grade is 5.2 %, the length 7.9 km with a starting height of 166 m and a height at the top of 584 m. All in all an elevation gain of 418 m with a maximum gradient of 12 %.

If you had to ride the same climb every day of your stay, this may be the one you would choose. Our recommendation for a café stop is either as you leave Caimari at Sa Ruta Verda or just after the top at Ca'n Gallet.

Coll de Femenia
Main entry point into the eastern Tramuntana. Another scenic climb for 5.7km and an average of 6%, this one starts approximately 10km down a partly shady road out of old town Pollença. Sweeping, swooping corners allow you to maintain a good speed down this exhilarating descent. If you do manage to look around, Pollença, Port de Pollença, Alcudia and Port Alcudia are all visible at times as are dotted fincas way down in the valley. The appearance of the occasional stray goat has been known to cause additional adrenaline rushes.

Coll d’Honor from Bunyola
Is a category 2 climb of 5.4km with an average gradient of 5.9%, and is the more difficult way to enter the Orient valley.

The height at the start of the climb is 200m and 550m at the finish, so a net gain of 350m elevation. There is a cheeky rise in gradient a few hundred metres from the summit.

San Salvador
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. 

Puig de Randa
Puig de Randa, also called Cura after the name of the monastery at the top, is the most popular climb in Mallorca not situated in Serra de Tramuntana. The climb is 4.7km with an average of 5%. 

It is a place full of history, where Mallorca’s first hermitage was built in the 13th century. 360 degree views of the whole island on a clear day. Can be included on the epic 3 Monasteries route.

Coll de Sa Creueta from Port Pollenca
Coll de Sa Creueta can be reached from two directions, Port de Pollença and Formentor, both directions are category 3 climbs at 3.3km with an average of 6% gradient. Both approaches meet at the car park at Mirador d’Es Colomer viewing point, with the optional additional climb up to Talai d’Albertux if required, and/or the choice to carry on to Cap Formentor lighthouse.

Coll de Soller from Soller
This is the longer and yes, the more difficult climb up to the summit of Coll de Sóller at 7.3km and an average of 6%. The route starts from the the town of Sóller, heading south on the old road to Palma first on the Ma-11 then taking a sharp left onto the Ma-11A to continue on the old road to Palma away from the new tunnel where no bicycles are allowed. The Ca’n Topa cafe at the top is a welcome site for a cool drink and lunch.

Talaia d’Albertux
A very scenic climb starting at the final roundabout out of Port Pollenca on the Formentor road then turning right at the summit of Coll de Sa Creueta to continue up a number of hairpin bends where the views cover the bay of Pollenca and stretch to Cap Formentor and on a clear day to Menorca and the Spanish mainland.

The climb is 5.5km with an average of 6% and the road from the car park becomes a little broken and rough so take care on the descent (still better than most road surfaces in the UK!)

Ermita de Betlem
Yes, it’s not in the Tramuntana, but it’s a great little 5.1km climb at 5% and you can see the Tramuntana from it! Does that count? Anytime you go near the lovely little town of Arta or are in the Cala Millor area, this scenic 10km detour with little traffic is well worth the extra effort. 

Puig Major from Soller
This is the hardest and longest side to climb up the highest mountain in Mallorca at 13.7km and average of 6%. The other much easier direction being from Lluc. The Monnaber tunnel marks the end of the climb from both directions. Many people include it on their longest and best ride of their stay, from Andratx or Valldemossa back to Pollença / Alcudia / Can Picafort.