Whether you are an amateur or a professional cyclist, you will want to experience these spectacular cycling routes on Mallorca. Many believe the island is the mecca of European cycling and with the number of cycling tourists now exceeding 150,000 per year and some professional teams setting up training bases here in winter, there is much evidence to support this claim.
The warm and sunny climate in autumn, winter and spring together with a demanding landscape, well-surfaced roads and a developed infrastructure to cater to the needs of cyclists at all levels, the island has justifiably earned this title.
All over the island cyclists find beautiful quiet country roads calling out to be discovered and explored, some leading to historical castles, mountain top monasteries and lighthouses. Here are the routes you should not miss if you are visiting the island for a cycling holiday.
Cap de Formentor
Photo by Niels Husted · www.dandanellbikerental.com
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.
The road used to be very busy in summer months with streams of rental cars and tourist buses, but a ban on most motor vehicles over July and August (between 10:00 and 19:00hrs) has made it more cycle friendly.
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Tramuntana Costal 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%.
You will pass through some of the most beautiful mountain villages along the way including the orange valley of Sóller, the famously scenic village of Deià, the monastery town of Valldemossa, the coastal villages of Banyalbufar and Estellences (both highly recommended for a coffee break with traditional almond cake), and then it’s downhill all the way to the town of Andratx.
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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.
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Coll de Soller
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In 1997 the Sóller Tunnel was opened and almost all motorised traffic takes this route to avoid the winding roads over the mountain. This leaves the old road a cyclist’s paradise. Coll de Soller is a decent climb from both sides but more challenging travelling southbound.
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Orient and the central region
Photo by Niels Husted · www.dandanellbikerental.com
The central region of Mallorca offers mainly flat terrain passing through beautiful picturesque villages including Santa Maria and Bunyola, or ascend Coll d’Honor to Orient (a bit of a climb), down into Alaró, and back to your starting point or head towards Lloseta, Selva and Caimari. There are many possibilities to make round trips so you can explore more of the island. The biggest challenge on this route is Coll d’Orient (category 3, distance 5.2 km, average gradient 5.1%, total elevation gain 258 metres) a steady climb with good road surfacing that makes for a great decent.
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Cycling in Palma
The most popular cycling path in Palma runs along the seafront from Porto Pi until El Arenal passing the trendy area of Portixol, El Molinar, Ciudad de Jardín, and the holiday resorts of Playa de Palma and Arenal. The route is mainly flat but take care with other cyclists, rollerbladers, pedestrians, dogs, kids and any number of other potential obstacles along the way. Leaving that aside, cycling is an amazing way to get to know the city promenade, beaches and clubs, bars, restaurants and hotels close to the capital. The views are stunning along the route and there is any number of beach bars and waterside restaurants to stop and absorb the atmosphere.
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Protected Cycling Routes
In July 2017 the Spanish General Directorate for Traffic (DGT) presented its “protected cycling routes” across Spain, with the island of Mallorca hosting three of them on its territory.
The protected sections will feature more signage and patrols (up to three thousand in the period spanning from July to August), lower speed limits, more alcohol-and-drug checks and the addition of the routes to DGT helicopter-patrol patterns.
More Activities on Mallorca
You’ll never run out of things to do on Mallorca! Here we give you ideas for everything from cultural and outdoor activities to sports and water fun.