EUROPE'S MOST POPULAR CYCLING SPOT? EASILY.In-Depth Cycling Mallorca Guide
It’s no reason why Mallorca is a firm favourite for cycling enthusiasts. Especially loved by roadies, the island has become the hottest European destination, and for good reason. Places like Sa Calobra or Cap de Formentor are sacred and on the bucket list for many riders. Time your visit on the off-season months to avoid the crowds and hit the same routes used in pro team training.
One thing is for sure – Mallorca is an awesome place for riding, as well as soaking up some culture, sun and sea. A Mediterranean climate complete with quiet roads and a variety of terrain – it’s no wonder why Mallorca sets the benchmark for cycling destinations across the globe. From beginners to pro’s, this Spanish Balearic island provides dream-worthy scenery and world-class routes for every level of rider.
Why choose Mallorca for a cycling trip? This cycling mecca boasts variable terrains to challenge your ride, mild temperatures all-year-round, and a fantastic culture to soak into and experience. Mallorca offers beauty, passion and an abundance of emotions.
THE RIDE & TERRAIN
So why are cyclists flocking to this island by thousands and thousands? It’s all about the ride and incredible terrain. Mallorca boasts empty roads of superb quality, cautions drivers and variable terrain. Serra de Tramuntana is Mallorca’s backbone. Head over to the west coast for the climber’s playground in this mountain range. Have a challenge on these mountainous routes carving through Sóller, Deià, Valldemossa, and other beautiful villages.
Looking for some flatter land? Take a ride over to the east or south roads of the island for some incredibly scenic flat routes. Discover the serene, traffic-free s’Albufera Natura Park or the historical sites on the Port de Pollença loop. Your cycle route can be as long or as short as you need. The roads are yours to pedal. Mallorca’s key to being a cyclist’s dream island is down to the variety found in the routes. No matter your fitness level or experience, there is something suitable for everyone. It’s no secret why beginners and enthusiasts flock here along with seasoned pro riders for team training.
CLIMATE & SEASONS
How does 300 days of sunshine a year sound to you? Mallorca is blessed with mild winters and sun-soaked summers, making it a great year-round location for cycle enthusiasts. If you want to escape the cold and bleak winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, then there is no better place to sneak in some sun. The best time of year to visit the island for a cycling trip is either side of the peak summer season.
May to June and September to October provide the best temperatures for cycling, whilst the roads remain quiet from holiday-makers. July and August is Mallorca’s peak season. The temperatures can get scorching with high humidity levels, and tourists add traffic obstacles. If you visit in these months, make sure you set your alarm and hit the roads before the heat and people rise. November through to February has professional teams descending on the island for training circuits. Most restaurants and bars will be closed due to Mallorca’s low season for tourism. However, the roads will be quiet and you’ll be riding through the incredible blooming Spring blossoms.
IMMERSE IN CULTURE
Beautiful beaches, secluded coves, incredible Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, stunning coastlines, historical architecture and castles, wineries, food festivals – the list goes on. Mallorca really is filled to the brim with culture waiting to be discovered, both on and off a bicycle.
Palma is Mallorca’s vibrant capital city filled with cafés, shopping, and architecture. Be sure to visit the buzzing city plaza for artisan markets and live music on the streets. Any trip to Mallorca should include sinking your toes into the sand and letting the glittering water lap around your ankles. Both Cala Mesquida Beach and Cala Torta in the northeast are worth seeing with their sandy shorelines and crystal clear, shallow waters.
DON'T MISS THIS
Mallorca has so much to offer to cyclists, whether you are a beginner or a pro. Make sure you tick off the most noteworthy rides available while you are there.
The Sa Calobra climb is one of the main reasons why cyclists come to the island and one of the most famous routes to explore, especially for pro riders. With an average gradient of 7% and less than 10km of climbing, Sa Calobra is a fantastic training road. The iconic 26 hairpin bends offer breathtaking views and adrenaline fuelling descents, giving cyclists memories of a lifetime.
CAP DE FORMENTOR
Cap de Formentor is Mallorca's northeast wild peninsula, about 20km from Port de Pollenca and a beautiful and accessible location for most cyclists. The dramatic scenery provides a breathtaking backdrop for any cycling adventure. Navigate the rugged cliffside and untouched pine trees while taking in a breath of fresh air.
TRAMUNTANA COASTAL ROAD
The Tramuntana Coastal Road runs 110km along the west coastline from Andratx in the south to Pollensa in the north. You will climb the highest point on Mallorca, Puig Major, and pass through local villages – perfect for a coffee and cake stop. If you are after an endurance adventure, then there is no better ride.
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Sa Calobra is Mallorca’s main gem in terms of cycling and arguably the most challenging climb on the island. If you come there for a week (who would go to Mallorca for even less at all?) then you better hold off Sa Calobra for midweek - first to get in shape and second - well, just don’t rush to the main dish! Getting in shape will just make you enjoy this amazing ride much more. But be sure, whatever your plans are, the day you’ll head to Sa Calobra is going to be The day.
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