Here are 10 cycling routes to get you pedalling hard this coming season in the Balearics
It has been a long year for all of us...
Let's start planning something special for next year. We all deserve a break. A cycling holiday this pring in Mallorca could be just the thing.
Two mountain ranges, 550 km of coastline, a rolling central plain and a pretty well built and maintained road network with steep climbs and dizzying descents, coupled with a temperate year round climate, varied terrain, challenging routes, monasteries and mountain villages, and a high end sport accommodation place Majorca firmly on the world cycling destination map.
Here are our TOP TEN favourite cycling routes. If you have a great photo we can add it to the blog.
10 cycle routes to get you pedaling hard this cycling season in Majorca
There are hundreds of routes and variations on this small Mediterranean island, which given its limited size, is amazing in itself. But then you look at the terrain and it becomes apparent that what you have here in Majorca is a concentrated wealth of fantastic cycling routes, all within easy distance of eachother and hot for the picking.
Here are our top 10 bike routes in Majorca:
Bike out and back | Port Pollensa to Cape Formentor
Known locally as the the meeting point of the four winds, Cape Formentor is Mallorca's northermost point, a magical spot with a lighthouse and cafe. It is a favourite with cyclists of all levels and is conveniently near our hotel. More a series of quick ascents than a long climb, the ride to Cap de Formentor is short and challenging with breathtaking sea views.
Elevation Gain : 1,000 m, Length : 35 Km
Drive out and bike back | Port de Pollensa to Sa Calobra
Possibly the most challenging bike ride in Majorca, this route takes in the breathtaking descent to Sa Calobra, 27 hairpins to a beach in the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains before you turn round and cycle back up the hill! Drive out and ride Sa Calobra's 12 km descent-ascent on fresh legs, then ride all the way back via Puig Mayor, Majorca's highest mountain, Soller, Lluc Monastery and Pollensa old town, to end the route back in Port Pollensa.
Elevation Gain : 1,200 m, Length : 60 km
Bike out and drive back | Puerto Pollensa to Andratx
This is Majorca's most enticing cycling route. It follows the MA10 across the length of the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains from Puerto Pollensa in the northeast to Port d'Andratx in the southwest. You will take in Pollensa old town, Coll de Femenia, the Lluc Monastery, the aqueduct, Cuber and Gorg Blau reservoirs, and the 14km ascent to Soller, Deia, Banyalbufar and Estellencs. For a variation on this route with the top climbs included, check out the Epic Tramuntana route below.
Elevation Gain : 2,958m, Length :115 Km
Drive out and bike back | Andratx to Puerto Pollensa
Drive out to Andratx and ride the Tramuntana MA10 back towards Puerto Pollensa. The climb up Puig Mayor is the longest and hardest on the route: 14 km long, with 6.2% average gradient, and 828m of elevation.
Elevation Gain : 2,425m, Length :115 Km
Drive out and bike back | Valldemossa to Puerto Pollens
This bike route is the one for you if you want hill climbs, descents and great views. Head out of the lovely mountain village of Valldemossa on the MA10 towards Andratx to loop round at Port de Canonge before heading back towards Deia, Soller, Puig Mayor, Lluc, Pollensa old town and back to your hotel in Puerto Pollensa.
Elevation Gain : 3,000 m, Length : 112 Km
The Epic Tramuntana & the three monasteries
Practically every bike route in Majorca points towards this one, and while you pick off the separate cycling routes within the Tramuntana you will probably start to dream of doing the whoole thing in one go. The EPIC Tramuntana Mountain route takes you from Puerto Pollensa to Port d'Andratx, along the MA10. But what makes this one extra special is that you will be doing the three big monastery climbs on route as well; Port de Valldemossa, Port des Canonge and Sa Calobra, just to make it extra challenging.
Elevation Gain : 4,300 m, Length : 162 Km
The full loop | Puerto Pollensa to the 3 Monasteries
San Salvador, Puig de Randa and Ermita de Betlem are three monasteries in the south of Majorca all within easy distance of eachother, and they are also great climbing routes with sweeping bird's eye views over the surrounding countryside. The route begins with the monastery of San Salvador, then on to Felanitx, Son Mesquida, Porreres, up Puig Randa, Petra and Artá. Then up Ermita de Belen, back to Artá, and finally up the coast to Alcudia and back to Puerto Pollensa.
Elevation Gain : 2,800m, Length : 182Km
Bike loop | Puerto Pollensa to Porto Colom
This route is similar to the three monasteries route above, but returns via Algaida and Sineu and instead of taking on all 3 monastery climbs, it only climbs two monasteries: San Salvador and Puig de Randa, before heading back to Llubi, Sa Pobla and home to Puerto Pollensa.
Elevation Gain : 1,800 m, Length : 125 Km
Extra bike route | Port de Canonge Climb
If you are in the area and fancy adding a beautiful descent onto your bike route, this one is as scenic as they come; the road takes you between Banyalbufar and Port de Valldemosa and can be added to one of your Tramuntana routes at will. The average 7% gradient becomes a 15% for a while and the many, many hairpin bends make this a tough climb, but the fantastic sea views are worth the hard work.
Altitude : 320 m, Elevation Gain : 316 m, Length : 4,6 Km, Average Gradient : 7%
Extra bike route | Soller to Puig Mayor
Following the Sa Calobra climb, this is Majorca's top bike ascent, and at 14 km it's a long climb from Soller, 800 m from sea level to the top. The Puig Mayor mountain is infact 1,445 m high and the island's highest, but as it is a restricted military zone and access barred to the top.
Altitude : 850 m, Elevation Gain : 4830 m, Length :13,9 Km, Gradient : 6,2 %
Do you have any bike routes in Majorca you would like to add to this list?
To organise cycle shuttles to take you and your bike to the start or end of routes, please speak to us when you book your hotel stay.
Aparthotel DUVA in Port Pollensa - a sport and cycling hotel in the north of Majorca