Mallorca is the destination on every cyclists' lips when considering the best places to hold a training camp or to escape from the doom and gloom of the winter. And even though this island has long been a favorite of road cyclists, the Balearic island also offers ideal conditions for mountain bikers. Here, on this island adrift in the sea, you'll find trails for every level of ability, fantastic scenery, a mild climate and quiet towns with a beautiful Mediterranean flair. All you need to do is know where to go — to avoid the mass tourism and the party buzz. And we're about to tell you where they are.
While the party-seeking package holidaymakers tend to prefer Mallorca's southwest around the capital Palma, mountain bikers have plenty of opportunities to get out of the hustle and bustle and experience the true beauty of the island. The Serra de Tramuntana, for example, a mountain range parallel to the northwest coast, offers fantastic conditions for biking, while in the north-east, the Serres de Llevant offers equally perfect conditions.
One thing that's incredibly refreshing in Mallorca is also the quality of the trails: They are as natural as the landscape. Mallorca is not a bike park. Often, you'll encounter sudden dead ends and blocked-off trailheads — or segments that'll force you to push or carry your bike for a while. And unlike other mountain bike destinations, there are no elaborately built downhill tracks with huge jumps and dangerous heels; something which makes Mallorca particularly suitable for beginners. Here, on the island, however, a good plan is absolutely crucial, as many roads lead over private property and many inclines can be incredibly tough—even for advanced riders.
But don't worry, our Tours are here to help you to find the right trails. And who knows? Maybe you'll meet some locals—especially considering mountain biking's growing popularity amongst those who call Mallorca home—and benefit from some insider tips.
Mallorca is a fantastic destination any time of the year. Especially in spring and autumn, however, the conditions are particularly good thanks to mild temperatures and little rainfall, with the Mallorcan mountain bike season properly getting underway in March.
Pure change in Mallorca's northwest. This tour starts and ends in Sóller, a small, tranquil community in the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains, which received the status of Unesco World Heritage Site in 2011 and has largely been spared from mass tourism. So let's start at the "Plaça Constitució", the central square with many bars and restaurants, sights and a cool, historic tram. When you're back, there's an appealing après-bike program waiting for you.But first it's uphill. On quiet roads and gravel roads you pedal at moderate slope up to the Mirador de ses Barques, where as a reward return post a great view of the coast. About half of the climb is done - if you need a refreshment, refresh briefly in the small restaurant with really remarkable views from the terrace.It follows a small asphalt passage that brings you quickly and accompanied by great views to the highest point of the tour. Incidentally, this is a popular racing bike rendezvous. Through a tunnel, go down to the Cúber Reservoir. Take a small taillight, safety first.The drive along the reservoir offers a fascinating view. Time to enjoy again, before concentration is announced. The descent through the gorge of the Torrent de Biniaraix has it all, even if the old pilgrimage is consistently very easy to navigate.The last few kilometers lead along quiet side roads back to Sóller, where you are best looking for a beautiful shade under a parasol and order a delicious reward ice cream.
The Serra de Tramuntana is a mountain range in the northwest of Mallorca, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Why quickly realize when you go exploring with your bike. The area here has nothing to do with the mass tourism around Palma - instead, you will discover wild landscapes, spectacular views and the unspoiled nature of this beautiful island. Many small roads and hiking trails open up the terrain perfectly, so optimal conditions for a really nice mountain bike tour.This quite demanding round of about 55 kilometers in length and more than 1000 meters in altitude starts in Pollença, a small community in a beautiful bay in the north of the island, which, with its historic stone churches, bridges and staircases, spreads a typically Mallorcan flair. On exactly such an old staircase the tour begins and shakes you directly awake, so that you are ready for the challenging ascent up to the place of pilgrimage Santuari de Lluc, whose sightseeing we can recommend you to the heart.Another short climb and you are on the Coll de sa Batía, where a gas station has become a cult place for cyclists and offers you refreshments, tools and spare parts. Here you are sure to meet like-minded people and definitely have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountain landscape. Take a deep breath, because the exhausting part of the tour is done. Now you can just enjoy. About flowige trails, roads and roads back to Pollença, where plenty of bars and cafes provide a relaxing end to the day.
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Artà is located in the northeast of Mallorca on the peninsula of the same name in the nature reserve "Parc de Llevant". It's as natural as it sounds. Instead of mass tourism and urban bustle you will experience the original flair of Mallorca, which is characterized in Artà by the medieval fortress wall, steep and narrow streets and the central pilgrimage church. So here starts your tour through the Serres de Llevant, through the "Mountains of the East" with its highest mountain, the Puig Morei, at 561 meters altitude.The tour starts with a crisp climb up towards an old monastery. The monks are long gone - due to age, they have moved. The monastery of Betlem is really beautiful, offers unique views of the Mallorcan countryside and is open to you for a visit.Now it is less contemplative: on the descent down to the small village Betlem concentration is announced. Here you can quite a few big boulders and edges surprise you. Open your eyes, then you will have a lot of fun. Like many of the trails here, this is actually a hiking trail. Please note this and expect pedestrians. And do not get angry if there is an obstacle that you have to use to lift or push your bike - as you said, you're moving over trails.Almost always present on this tour is a wonderful view of the sea. The winding hills of the Serres de Llevant, the open view of the blue sea and the Mediterranean vegetation will inspire you. Especially if at the end of the round you are brushing the coast again and again. The reward for 38 challenging kilometers and nearly 1000 meters in altitude, there's either in a picturesque Agroturismo shortly before the finish or directly on arrival back in Artà.
Bonaire - this is the picturesque coastal town in the north-east of Mallorca on the peninsula Victoria, from which this tour starts. And as beautiful as this name sounds, it is so beautiful here too. Surrounded by palm trees and Mediterranean flair far away from mass tourism, you first start on a wonderfully flowing trail through a pine forest towards the coast.Now it will be athletic. A really crisp climb leads up to the highest point of the tour. On the steep and stony hiking trail, you'll also have to push your bike. But it's worth it: At the top you will be rewarded with a magnificent view. And the best part is that you get this view on the next leg. On a clear day you can see on the horizon to the neighboring island of Menorca.But enough looked. Because the following downhill requires your full attention. On a narrow, exposed mule track, we descend to Coll Baix, surrounded by a beautiful nature reserve. This (hiking) trail has it all in itself - if it becomes too tricky for you, just push a piece and enjoy the scenery. At the bottom of the Refugi des Coll Baix, the route bends sharply to the right. If you fancy a refreshment, you can make a detour to the left here - after a few hundred meters the trail ends at the beautiful Platja des Coll Baix, a natural pebble beach.A moderate climb through a shady forest and the final descent awaits you. The trail from Puig d'en Vauma has it all again, before you can fully relax back in Bonaire.
Only twelve kilometers? Yes exactly! But who says that you drive this lap only once? After all, you are in the southwest of Mallorca, just outside the capital of Palma. And there is known to be a bang. And because you would rather do that on the bike trail than on the ballerina, you can now head straight up to the Coll des Juscons, the starting point for various descents down to the coast. Once you have reached the bottom you decide whether you want to go up again or prefer to chill on the beach.Speaking of chilling. The ride up to the summit with its unmistakable antennas is of course no self-propelled, but the slope is so moderate that you get up easily even with your Enduro bike. Nevertheless, you collect a whopping 400 meters of altitude, which you can then delightfully destroy again.By the way: A little further west at Paguera there is a bike station with its own trail park. 9 flowy runs of different levels are waiting to be plowed by you and of course there are also guided tours offered. If you like to ride your bike downhill on technically demanding trails, you're in the right place in the southwest of the island.
Far away from all the hustle and bustle you cycle on this path on historical paths. You are crossing ancient towns, bumping over hand-hammered paving stones and looking at agricultural terraces that were built around 1000 years ago and still work.It starts in the center of Esporles, in the middle of the marketplace, where you can get your circulation going with a fresh coffee before the tour starts, before the post goes off - the tour starts on an old post office, which today is part of a long-distance hiking trail is the west coast of Mallorca. On an original paved road, you will drive through olive groves and dense holm oak forest up to the Coll des Pi, from where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the coast.On the following descent down to Bayalbufar, you will already have a glimpse of the peculiarity of this picturesque Mallorcan community - it was once built on some 2,000 terraces on which the inhabitants of the village cultivated wine, almonds, citrus fruits, olives and vegetables. These terraces are surprisingly well preserved and still serve the same purpose today. There are still some wineries here. If you like to drink wine, make a short detour.Continue to the small fishing village of Port des Canonge, where an equally small beach calls for a dip in the sea. Then you are fresh for the last climb, after which you roll back to the starting point in the market square of Esporles.This tour includes a few challenging passages on trails. There may already be steep pieces or edges. Do not fret, push a piece and enjoy the fantastic landscape, which will compensate you for every meter pushed.
Where the monastery is, pilgrims are not far away. You are not on the search for the Holy Grail on this short, crisp tour - but on the trail of the perfect bike trail. The starting point of your search is Sant Elm, the westernmost point of the Mallorcan mainland. Although the resort is located in the touristically developed south-west of the island, it is reasonably quiet and tranquil.In Sant Elm starts the long distance GR221, which follows the entire west coast of the island. And as so often, this path is not only suitable for hiking but also for biking. And how! The first section towards the monastery deserves the title "mega".After enjoying the technically challenging trail and the amazing view of the sea to the fullest, you have a bit of work to do. Up to the former monastery it gets quite steep. But no pilgrimage without sweat and burning calves.After a short detour to the ruins (including the hammer prospect) you have to bite again. On a gravel road you reach the 370 m high Coll de ses Ànimes, from where you have perfect views of the southern foothills of the Serra Tramuntana. From now on pure enjoyment awaits you. You roll back to Sant Elm via narrow dirt roads, where you can best sue the sacred trail with a cold refreshing drink on the beach.