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Road rides to beaches and summits – Mallorca 312

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Road rides to beaches and summits – Mallorca 312

Road Cycling Collection by Alvaro Hernandez

3

Tours

15:30 h

196 mi

15,450 ft

Imagine this: from the beach, you ride along winding roads between rocky mountainsides and climb passes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. You whizz downhill, with hardly any traffic around and follow small roads through olive groves and orchards to finish, once again, at the beach. How does that sound?

Winding roads between rocky mountains, iconic passes overlooking the Mediterranean, fast downhills with minimal traffic, tranquil roads through olive groves and orchards with a glorious beachside finish – if you like the sound of this, look no further.

This is what you can expect on rides around the Tramutana Mountains on the Mallorca 312 route, the most popular cycle Tour in Spain’s Balearic Islands. Many riders like to take it on in one day, but why rush? It’s a great ride to do slowly, savouring each pedal stroke, enjoying the views and taking plenty of breaks to make this an unforgettable adventure.

I’ve divided the route into three stages that total 315 kilometres (195 mi), with 4,710 metres (15,450 ft) of ascent. It’s a challenging route and you’ll need to be a relatively seasoned cyclist to take it on. Each day is different, leading you through Mallorca’s iconic landscapes and villages.

With sandy bays and small coves, the coast is the Balearic Islands’ most popular draw. On the first day, you leave Muro beach in Alcúdia Bay and ride along Pollença Bay. Next, asphalt roads take you up to the heights of the Tramutana mountain range. Here, you rack up 1,590 metres (5,210 ft) of elevation gain climbing the small, connected passes that take you up and up – little by little. The roads overlook mountain ridges and the Mediterranean as you ride towards Deià.

The second stage is the toughest with 112 kilometres (69 mi) to complete. During the first 71 kilometres (44 mi), you ascend 2,150 metres (7,053 ft). However, your effort is rewarded as you ride along coastal roads overlooking the sea, backdropped by mountainsides and the rocky Coll d’en Esteve pass. After you overcome the climbs, the only thing between you and Lloseta is a long descent that winds through orchards inland.

The final stage is the longest, at 122 kilometres (75 mi), but there’s only 970 metres (3,182 ft) of ascent. This is a classic route along hidden roads in the interior of Mallorca. You ride along quiet, paved farm roads that leadthrough the countryside, between orange, almond and olive groves, lined with stone walls, and orchards. When you return to Muro Beach, you’ll feel like more than three days have passed since you embarked on your adventure. This island has many things to savour from your saddle.

The best times to cycle around Mallorca are spring and autumn. In winter and summer, there’s a bigger contrast in temperatures between the coast and the mountains.

You should definitely pack a windbreaker or light jacket, as well as plenty of water and some snacks. The route passes through villages with plenty of options to refuel and stay overnight.

You can reach Mallorca by sea or air from lots of European cities. Many airlines allow you to transport your bicycle for an additional fee. Otherwise, you can hire one from the numerous bike rental services on the island. Bicycle tourism is popular here, so the prices and quality are competitive.

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Mallorca 312 en bici de carretera completa

192 mi

14,425 ft

14,425 ft

Last updated: November 25, 2022

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    Stage 1: Platja de Muro to Deià – Mallorca 312

    Difficult
    04:24
    50.2 mi
    11.4 mph
    5,175 ft
    4,600 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Sea and mountain is a type of typical dish of Catalan cuisine in which the best ingredients from the sea and the land are combined. The first stage has everything for you to enjoy a total Majorcan cycling immersion experience.

    

    The day begins at Playa de Muro, one of the largest stretches of white sand

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  • Difficult
    05:56
    69.9 mi
    11.8 mph
    7,100 ft
    7,200 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    This second day is a festival of mountains and twisty asphalt. Between Deià and Andratx, 50 kilometers of roads hanging over the coast await you. The route runs between elevations 200 and 400 in a constant up and down that will make you accumulate 1130 meters of unevenness, only in this first part.

    

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    75.6 mi
    14.7 mph
    3,200 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The last one is the longest of the three stages. 122 kilometers of ups and downs between orchards in the Majorcan interior that will make you immerse yourself deeply in the island's orchard culture.

    

    Today you only have a little more than 900 meters of difference in level between Lloseta and Playa de Muro

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    196 mi
  • Duration
    15:30 h
  • Elevation
    15,450 ft

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