Our Best Mallorca Cycling Experience
Our 13th trip to cycling paradise was the best yet
Staying in Port Pollensa is ideal because it is close to great routes; has excellent cycling services; nice restaurants and good choice of accommodation (we choose either Club Pollentia, Fergus Pollensa Park, Aparthotel Duva or the Villa Concha – just depends on price and availability, they are all ideal. For bike hire we have had excellent service from Pollensa Cycling, 2GoCycling, Procycle hire and Niuwave Bicicletes.
When cycling in Mallorca, we tend to have three big days and two easyish days and usually start earlier rather than later to beat most of the traffic and ensure we get the choice of the best cakes.
We always take out bike rescue. Sh*t can happen and I for one am not going to waste any time hanging around on the roadside because I was too tight to spend the €16 for 5 days bike and body breakdown cover.
The Bay of Pollenca route. Out to Cap Formentor, back through the port, through old town Alcudia and onto la Victoria and the start of the military base.
Andratx back to Port Pollenca with the addition of the brilliant Port Valldemossa climb and returning via the Col de Sa Bataia and Caimari (stopping as always at the lovely Sa Ruta Verda for fresh juices and bagels), through the lanes and back to Port Pollenca. This route shows what is so brilliant about cycling in Mallorca.
The highlight of a trip full of highlights. We tend to do this one nearer the start than the end of the visit in case the weather does not work out and while our legs are still good.
Puig de Randa. A fairly gentle day. Undulating there and back roads apart from the excellent monastery climb. Excellent views of the whole island from the top.
Sa Calobra day. This year we will be using the new Sa Calobra Express for two reasons: firstly to aim for a PB on the snake and secondly instead of coming straight back via Lluc as we usually do, the plan is to make the most of the day by heading up the short side of Puig Major, down into Sóller via the new surface then up and down the Col de Sóller (stopping at the café C’an Topa at the summit) and then into the Orient Valley before making our way back to Port Pollenca.
Last day of riding will be a big loop that takes in the quiet climb of Santa Margalida as well as the lovely towns of Muro, Petra and Sineu.
After spending time in France and Italy which we also enjoyed, neither compares to cycling in Mallorca which has for us an unbeatable combination of routes, climbs, surfaces, weather, courteous drivers, car free roads and a wide range of excellent services for cyclists.
Peter Jones. London. 15th December 2017.