What not to miss when cycling in Mallorca!
Cycling in Mallorca? No visit is complete without attempting these
Coming cycling in Mallorca this season? The cycling paradise has an almost endless choice of attractive options for you to lose yourself in. Here are our recommendations for the top 10+ things to do. Enjoy!
1. Sa Calobra to the summit of Coll dels Reis
The world renowned climb up from the port of Sa Calobra. Often regarded as one of the world’s best climbs which includes the famous 270 degree switchback. Now with the option of getting the Sa Calobra Express to the start point so you can attempt a PB with fresh legs – a true highlight of cycling in Mallorca.
2. Cap Formentor
Resurfaced at the end of 2014. Stunning coastal and forest scenery, I challenge you to find a better 20km of road anywhere. Make sure you take care at the short, relatively dark tunnel. An iconic route you can’t miss when cycling in Mallorca.
3. Andratx to Port Pollenca
Is this the best cycle route in the world? It is certainly the best ride in Mallorca. If I was given only one more ride ever, this would be it. Take the bicycle bus to Andratx from Port Pollenca or Alcudia and ride back. 115km up to 162km. Your cycling soul will thank you for this. fanatic views, excellent surfaces and good cafés.
4. Port Valldemossa climb
A bonkers climb. The road is so narrow and bad and steep in places that you will question why you ever contemplated it, even started it. A third of the way down you will know – it is brilliant, a route like this this is reason enough to cycle. Amazing views that lead to an oasis of a Port that is so welcoming it is difficult to leave. Surface is a little average but fine.
5. Port des Canonge climb
Great little descent from the ma-10 at the 80km marker and then a winding climb up from a beautiful bay. It is a very scenic detour that will add just under 10 very worthwhile km to your ride. Just off the ma-10 between Banyalbufar and Port Valldemosa this excellent swirling descent down to the 70m wide bay at the bottom is off the beaten path and a joy.
6. The Orient Valley and the Coll de Soller.
Begin with 28 hairpins followed by another 26, then cut through a tranqil valley and climb the Coll d’Orient and Coll d’Honor. Memory making.
7. Watch the sun set and the moon rise from Talaia d’Albercutx
Every full moon. Look to the west and as the sun sinks below the mountains, turn to the east and watch the full moon come out of the sea. If you are not lucky enough to be cycling in Mallorca for this event, take the next best and get up early to watch the sun come out of the sea.
8. The bay of Pollenca route
When cycling in Mallorca you can’t miss climbing up to Cap Formentor and La Victoria. You get to see across the bay of Pollenca from both sides. 77km with 1700m of climbing. Don’t, whatever you do, forget to take a camera.
9. Climb the Coll de Sa Battalla and descend the F1 grade surface of Coll de Femenia
Cruise the lanes to Caimari, climb the winding tree lined Col de Sa Bataia, down past Lluc then back towards Pollença, acing those amazing corners and trying to not grin for 7km.
10. Almond cake & coffee
Stop at out of the way local (non-tourist) cafés and sample locally made almond cakes with excellent coffee. Repeat as necessary
11. Fresh OJ at the Aqueduct
Stop at the aqueduct on the ma-10 at the Sa Calobra turn off and relax under the trees with a cup of fresh OJ squeezed from locally picked oranges.
12. Fresh juices at Sa Ruta Verda – an excellent cycling specific café
Stop as you leave / enter Caimari at this brilliant little café. Great juices; seeded bagels, cakes and other food; cycling spares; quirky socks; excellent t-shirts. Good vegan food range and home made whole food energy bars.
13. Climb the Puig de Randa
On a clear day (which is most of them, you can see pretty much the whole island from up here. Also called Cura de Randa after the name of the monastery at the top, is the most popular climb in Mallorca not situated in Serra de Tramuntana. It is a place full of history, where Mallorca’s first hermitage was build in the 13th century. In fact, while climbing Puig de Randa, you will find 3 separate hermitages: Santuari de Nostra Senyora de Gracia; Ermita de Sant Honorat; Santuari de Cura.
14. Climb San Salvador
Also awesome views of most of Mallorca. Located in the eastern part of Mallorca, San Salvador is a steeper climb than normal for Mallorca, with gradients up to 15%. Starts near Felanitx, and finishes at the San Salvador monastery.
Kindly written for us by our friends at Tramuntana Cycling