A Climb Much harder than Sa Calobra
Sobremunt. Rubbish surface but needs to be conquered.
Sobremund is waiting for you. If you are staying in the North of the island we recommend taking one of the scheduled Mallorca Cycle Shuttle bike buses to Andratx then following the below route back.
Andrax back to Port Pollenca via Sobremund is 127km long with 3400m of climbing.
Sobremunt (es Verger) is the hardest climb in Mallorca bar none. With a maximum gradient of 19% and an average of 8% over the 7.5 km, you gain 580m, each one of them very well earned.
There is the added benefit of being literally no traffic. Take care also as there are very few signposts – the first time we did it we managed by just following the gradient – if the road rises follow it! Tough to see signs through all the sweat anyhow.
There are two ways to climb it, the more picturesque and easiest way (and therefore not the toughest climb in Mallorca!) is from Esporles and takes you through the Es Verger vineyard. This however is cheating, and in our opinion the best (read toughest) is from the South. Sobremund is unlike any other climb in Mallorca. For a start, the surface is only OK at the start and halfway along until the summit is full of badly repaired potholes and loose gravel. Then, the gradient reaches a maximum of 19% which is unheard of in Mallorca where the norm is a gentler 5 – 8%.
Our recommended route (GPX file here) descends through the Es Verger vineyard into Esporles as the surface is better this way. Not brilliant, but better. You will rejoin the ma-10 coastal road back to Pollenca just before Valldemossa.