10 good reasons to go cycling in north Mallorca
From bike hire and cycling routes to sports hotels and training camps
Mallorca was made for cycling holidays
Mallorca has become something of a cycling phenomenon.
The friendliness of its people and the great little coffee and cake stops in the middle of the mountains are tempting in themselves, and a chilled beer on the seafront at the end of a long ride adds panache to any cyle trip. But it's the ease and hassle-free nature of this island, already fully set up for tourism and the emptiness of the out of season that really begins to draw the crowds.
No matter your level, age, expertise, type of holiday, nationality... Mallorca is pretty near perfect for a cycling holiday at anytime of year between January and November.
Here are the main 10 reasons why we think you will like it too:
1 - Mallorca Sportives and the Big Challenge
The 312 Mallorca Challenge, as it's name suggests, is a huge loop around the entire circumference of the island, all 312 km of it. A massive achievement in itself, the race draws thousands of pros and amateurs, serving some as training for the season's big sportives. There are also 225 km and 167 km options under the same event, which takes place every year in April.
Other big cycling challenges to look out for are the Alcudia half IRONMAN 70.3 in May, the Mallorca triathlon in Colonia Sant Jordi also in April/May and the Challenge Paguera Triathlon in October.
2 - 100s of miles of safe roads, cycle routes and low traffic
Mallorca has over 1200 km of well-maintained roads. You cannot cycle on the motorways but there are lanes and country tracks, secondary roads between the villages and coastal routes that combine spectacular Mediterranean sea views with technical rides, around the whole island. You can climb up onto the steepest peaks of the Tramuntana mountain range, along the sheer drops of craggy coastal routes and over the flat plain which makes up the centre of the island.
Out of season the temperatures drop, the holiday tourists return home and best of all, the roads clear of rental cars and exhaust fumes, leaving them clean and clear to cycle on. Locals are careful drivers and tend to go slow; a combination of little motorway and inner city driving experience, livestock on the country lanes, tractors and chatting neighbours often blocking roads and a general slow living and relaxed attitude to life.
3 - Well signed posted cycling routes all over the island
The upsurge of cyclists visiting Mallorca has meant the island has started to invest in its road network, and as a consequence now has not only good roads, but well signposted routes, so your cycling holidays in Mallorca can be easy to organize and fully independent.
Self-guided cycling holidays in Mallorca are made possible and accessible thanks to comprehensive and fully marked cycle routes all over the island.
Having said that, you can also join a training camp or an organised cycle tour, joining other like minded individuals, pooling knowledge and expertise and sharing in the fun. Speak to the folks at our pro-cycle-hire shop on the hotel premises for more info on how to join a group ride.
4 - Temperate and cycling-friendly weather all year round
Possibly the single most attractive thing about cycling in Mallorca is it's balmy Mediterranean climate. While the UK and the rest of Europe are still covered in ice, sleet and rain, making cycling not only a drag but dangerous too, Mallorca awakens to the new year with bright blue skies and dry empty roads and the season's first cyclists begin to arrive around then.
With an average 300 days of sunshine a year, cycling holidays in Mallorca are best out of season when you are sure to enjoy warm sunny days in the middle of winter. The weather is milder, still warm, sometimes positively hot, but bearable and far better for long days outdoors on your bike.
5 - Cycling and sport hotels in Port de Pollensa
Cycling hotels have started to pop up all over Mallorca, especially in the north of the island, around Puerto Pollensa, catering to the specific needs of cycling groups and training camps visiting the island to prepare for the cycling season. Hotels, villa rentals and self-catering apartments, as well as country hostels and luxury sport hotels offer specialised cycle training holidays, with added services aimed at the holiday cyclist; airport and bike transfers, bike hire, safe lock ups and mechanical assistance, training camps, spas and gym facilities, nutritionally balanced meals, all added benefits of opting for a more pro cycling approach to your accommodation.
Choosing a good sport hotel in Mallorca is the key to ensuring you have a safe and functional base for your cycling holidays in Mallorca.
6 - High mountain passes for the hardcore climbers
Declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2011, the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range runs parallel to the western coast of Mallorca, forming the backbone of the island. Its highest peak, the Puig Major stands at 1445 m, followed closely by Puig Massanella at 1364 m. Cycling its length or small sections is no mean cycling feat. The route, which extends from Andratx in the south west to the Cape of Formentor in the north east, is about 150 km long and allows the more extreme cyclist ample room to test themselves and their bikes against the mighty Tramuntana.
7 - Flat central plains
Leisure cycling holidays in Mallorca are a great way to explore the island and enjoy an altogether new experience in holidays in the Mediterranean. Whether you are new to cycling, joining a group of cycling buddies, biking with family and kids or a pro cyclist looking for training ground, the central plain has miles upon miles of flat, well sign posted roads, hilly in the foothills, rugged along the coast and stunningly beautiful in the interior.
8 - Low cost flights from across Europe
As a top holiday destination with a an international airport and hundreds if not thousands of reasonably priced, regular, short haul, daily flights to Europe throughout the year, Mallorca makes organizing cycling holidays to the island easy and hassle free.
9 - Bike rental and repair shops all over Mallorca
The growing demand for cycling holidays in Mallorca has inspired a wealth of new cycling shops to open all over the island, with highly professional bike repair and rentals in the north of the island, specializing in quality bikes for hire.
Our bike hire of choice however, has got to be Bruce and Lisda's Pro Cycle Hire Mallorca shop in Puerto Pollensa. Apart from letting bikes and kit they also organise group rides, and are probably the oldest and most experienced cycling rentals company in the area. Lucky for us, we have a small outlet of theirs in our hotel!
Renting a bike on the island is a great way of avoiding the stress and expense of transporting your bike on cycling holidays in Mallorca.
10 - Out of season location
Mallorca is not only sunny for most of the year and wonderful to visit out of season, but it offers far cheaper rates in the spring and winter months too! Lower accommodation costs, better deals on flights, bike hire and restaurants. The roads are empty, the weather is mild and the locals are more relaxed, so if you are thinking of planning your cycling holidays in Mallorca keep in mind that Mallorca out of season is at its best.