Mallorca is one of the most popular cycling destinations in the world. Around 150.000 cycling tourists visit the island every year. One of the reasons for its popularity is that it offers riders of different abilities good cycling opportunities. There is a perfect cycling route for all types of cyclists, from flat country lanes that meander through fields of wildflowers and orange groves to most impressive and demanding climbs in increasingly tight hairpin bends and offer stunning views of high cliffs and beautiful seas.
Second reason is the mild weather that is ideal for cycling for most of the year. Best time to go on an activity holiday in Mallorca is between September and June. Busiest months for the cycling professionals are November, February and March.
Third and fourth reason is the understanding drivers on the island and the smooth roads. The drivers almost always give a wide berth to cyclists and patiently wait to pass cyclists. There is a developed infrastructure of well-surfaced roads that makes cycling such a joy.
Not only does Mallorca offer great cycling but plenty of other activities and culture for those who want to take it easy or are keen on other activities. Mallorca is not just a resort destination but full of beautiful villages, beaches, coves and views around the island when you venture out of the main resorts. There are plenty of cultural destinations, sporting activities, shopping, glorious beaches, concerts, spas to pamper in, markets to visit, delicious food to taste, plenty to keep everybody happy. Abc-mallorca.com has a great list of top 20 summer things to do in Mallorca.
These would make great cycling for the whole family:
- S’Albufera nature reserve is great for easy cycling and birdwatching, there is more than 200 species.
- Visit a few of the island’s wineries or olive mills in the centre of the island.
- Take a tour around the island hunting down locally made products and produce, like leather goods, ice-cream, “ensaïmada” pastries etc.There is a wide variety to choose from, read more in this article https://www.abc-mallorca.com/mallorcan-products/.
- Take the red cycle route exploring Palma.
Some of the most popular routes on Mallorca for experienced cyclists are:
The Cap of Formentor is one of the most famous cycling routes on Mallorca. The picturesque northern town of Port de Pollensa is at the foot of the 20 km windy road that offers some of the most spectacular views of the island, finishing at the lighthouse on Cap de Formentor.
Tramuntana Coastal Road
The 110 km west coast road runs from Pollensa in the north to Andratx in the south and is arguably the most spectacular on Mallorca. This route climbs 2,520 metres taking you over Coll de Femenia, Puig Major (the highest point on Mallorca), Can Costa, Cap des Bosquet, es Grau, Coll de sa Gramola and finishing in the town of Andratx. Puig Major, the highest road on Mallorca, is 13.7 km with an 818-metre elevation and an average gradient of 6%.
The little fishing village of Sa Calobra is famous for its awe-inspiring views, hairpin bends and challenging ascend – 10 km with an average gradient of 7% and a few 12% kicks towards the end. Cycling weekly suggested it might be the perfect climb. https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/mallorcas-sa-calobra-cyclings-perfect-climb-164457
RENTING A BIKE
We would not recommend to bring your own bike. Airlines not only charge carriage but there is the possibility of loss or damage to your pride and joy during transit.
Whether you need a road bike, mountain bike, touring bike, race bike, electric bike, kids bike, hybrid etc. there are plenty of bike hire shops around the coast of Mallorca and will kit you out with the newest and best-quality bikes. The bike rentals also have experienced mechanics, if you would need one.
In Spain, helmets are compulsory on non-urban roads for adults, and in all public spaces for children under 16 years old. These are also available to hire at all of the shops.
We would recommend to book well in advance to get the bikes you need for the whole group/family from one place as many shops start to take bookings early in the autumn for the next spring season.
RACES AND EVENTS
The most popular race is the Mallorca 312, that takes place every April on the island. This competition covers 312km around Playa de Muro and crossing the Serra de Tramuntana mountains with a climb of over 5,000m. There are also shorter routes to choose from. List of all races: https://www.cyclinglocations.com/mallorca-cycling-events-sportives/
Where to stay on your cycling holiday https://www.epicroadrides.com/cycling-blog/where-to-stay-in-mallorca-for-cycling/