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As much as I love exploring a city on foot, sometimes it’s nice to pick the pace up a little bit and see more of your destination. I’m not talking about running – don’t be crazy- but, rather, cycling! A cycle ride (especially when there are not too many hills) can actually be quite relaxing. You can breathe in the fresh air and get your heart racing but not too much so as to knacker you out (like when I run).
Now that my old, rickety bike is back with me in London I’ve been going for a few more cycling rides and it’s got me thinking about other places I can explore by bike. Somewhere with some sunshine…
That led me to the island of Mallorca which is pretty perfect for cyclists!
Best known for its beaches and sheltered coves, Majorca is also known for its year-round sunshine. With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, a cycle in the rain while it is pretty unlikely!
There’s so much beautiful scenery to explore in Mallorca that a cycling adventure on the island seems the best way to discover as much as possible while on holiday.
From clocking up the miles on some serious road cycling routes to taking it easy on the cycle paths along the coast, Mallorca is a great place to cycle.
Mallorca is an extremely popular Mediterranean destination thanks to its beaches, views, mountains and pretty hill towns.
Hikers and cyclists in Mallorca love the Serra de Tramuntana’s spires and bluffs, while others may prefer the meadows or vineyards. The coastal roads look like postcards and even in the peak summer season, you can still find quieter areas.
The west of the island is home to cliffs and sapphire seas, the north characterised by hiking and pine trees, the east is the place to go to find deserted coves and the south is for sunset beach strolls.
Where is Mallorca?
Mallorca, or Majorca, is one of the Balearic Islands of Spain and is situated in the Mediterranean.
How to get to Mallorca
Getting to Mallorca from within Europe is very easy. The quickest and cheapest way is to fly.
Flights to Mallorca
Flights leave every day from UK airports such as Nottingham, Birmingham and London. The airlines flying there include many budget airlines such as Easyjet, RyanAir and Norweigan.
How to get your bike to Mallorca
If you already own a good bike and want to take it with you to Mallorca you can pay an extra baggage fee to carry it over on the plane. For this, you will need a bike bag or a bike box (good bike bag here).
Easyjet usually charges £35 if a bike space is booked in advance and £45 if booked at the airport. Norweigan charges 35 – 45 GBP (online) 45 – 70 GBP (airport).
Usually, you can’t fly an electric bike, so it’s best to rent an electric bike in Mallorca if that’s your preference.
Also be sure to pack your shoes, helmet and cycling gear in your hand luggage just in case something happens to your bike. At least that way you’ll have your gear so can rent a bike in Mallorca.
Where to stay in Mallorca
I always use Booking.com or Airbnb when it comes to booking hotels, apartments and B&Bs wherever I travel and compares the prices and available rooms between the two sites. I’ve picked out some of the top places to stay in Mallorca for your Majorca cycling holiday.
Best hotels in Mallorca
These hotels on the island of Mallorca have great reviews and make the perfect base for your cycling holiday!
- Melia Palma Bay: Super close to the beach with a rooftop terrace and sea views from the outdoor pool.
- Protur Naisa Palma Hotel: 4* hotel with great facilities.
- Canavall: Beautiful boutique hotel with rooms decorated with traditional tiles and textiles.
- Es Princep: Popular with solo travellers has a rooftop terrace and outdoor pool.
- Nixe Palace: Has a free spa and luxurious amenities.
Great Airbnbs in Mallorca
An Airbnb is great to keep costs down if you’re self-catering and these ones have a bit more space for bicycles.
- Apartment with beach views, BBQ & parking
- Cottage with mountain views
- Guest house with beautiful views and a pool
- Gorgeous house for 4 people with a pool
Cycling in Mallorca
Mallorca is a go-to destination for riders looking for some sun and smooth roads, it’s the island that plays hosts to training camps for Team Sky, Astana and more and it’s a great place to explore on two wheels. If you’re looking for some of the best cycling routes in Mallorca carry on reading!
Mallorca’s top cycling routes
The cycling route for serious cyclists
If you’re a serious cyclist looking for a challenge then THE cycling route to try in Mallorca is cycling from Pollenca to Sa Calobra. For many, this cycling route alone is the reason people come to the island.
With an average gradient of 7% (the maximum gradient is 12%) and a climb of 668m over 9.4km, this cycling route will put those thigh muscles to the test!
The road takes you through some of the best scenery and starts with a reasonably gentle incline from Pollenca and up into the Tramuntana Mountains. As you continue you’ll pass through tiny hamlets, and upon reaching the summit of your cycle you’ll descend hairpins all the way down to Sa Calobra.
Sa Calobra has a lovely restaurant and a short walk to stretch out those legs takes you down to a small beach in which to cool off in.
If you’re planning on doing the round trip (all 92km of!) then gather your strength over a leisurely lunch and prepare yourself for the return climb! Rumour has it that Sir Bradley Wiggins climbing to the top from Sa Calobra in just 22.30 minutes – can you beat him?!
Moderate cycling route in Mallorca
If you enjoy cycling but don’t want to go crazy then the intermediate level cycling route from Puerto Pollensa to Campanet is a great ride for you. There are still some hills to challenge you, but nothing too insane!
Beginning in Puerto Pollenca you’ll take the cycle path on the MA-2200 all the way to Pollenca town. This road to the first roundabout at Pollenca can sometimes be busy but the cycle path is nice and wide so it’s not like cycling here in London!
The ride takes you towards the village of Campanet where there’s a few small slopes to climb and a nice smooth road. The caves of Campanet are well worth stopping off at when in the area. They cover a surface area of about 3,200 square meters and at their deepest are 50m deep! They’re really expansive and very impressive!
An easy bike ride in Mallorca
This easy, flat cycling ride is just 25km long and uses the cycling paths along the coast. Starting in the Port of Pollenca you’ll head towards Alcudia and follow the 8km of cycle path that runs around the Bay of Pollenca.
If you’re up for more of a challenge then take a diversion up to Cap Formentor which is a fairly challenging and hilly road with amazing views of the hills and the sea. However, you can just choose to stick to the cycle paths if you wish!
When you arrive in Alcudia take a look at the Roman ruins of Pollentia and the Roman amphitheatre if you’re a history buff. Or, take a picnic on the beach!