The most famous of the Balearic islands has its fair share of clichés. However, if you think we flew to Mallorca to drink beer out of buckets, you were wrong. Just a few meters behind the notorious beach begins a world ruled by those who prefer bib shorts over bikinis and who explore the wonderful island with their own leg-power. The idyllic picture book landscape will surprise you as you ride by pretty villages and almond plantations on beautifully-paved, small streets.
Mallorca is no longer an insider tip when it comes to a road bike holiday and you will rarely be alone. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise as the island lends itself perfectly to biking. You’ll meet many like-minded cyclists as you ride, whilst also finding quiet corners of the island where local life plays out. With such varied landscape ranging from flat to mountainous, prof riders and ambitious beginners will get their money's worth.
We – Colin, Britta and Seppe – spent six bike days in Mallorca. Three routes start in the capital Palma and three begin in Port d’Alcúdia in the northeast of the island. The rides focus on the well-known and incredibly beautiful pass roads in the Tramuntana mountains with their steep valleys. Although we’ve included a few easy routes for you too. We are sure that you will have as much fun on the island as we do. And, after several thousand meters of climbing, you can, of course, treat yourself to a well-deserved beer on the beach.
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Colin - Product Manager:
“Lots but rewarding vertical meters. Once you are out of Palma, you can warm yourself up on the plain until you get steadily up and down from Valldemossa. At km 35 you should definitely make a detour to Torre del Verger and enjoy the view. The coastal road to Andratx offers a beautiful view of the sea and is simply fantastic to drive. Via Galilea it goes back to Palma, where you can enjoy the well-deserved tapas. "What a wonderful round. It goes up and down all day, so if you want to collect vertical meters, this is the place for you. As a reward, there is one breathtaking view after the other. In the mountains northwest of Palma, the scent of the salty sea mixes with the pine trees. It invigorates all of your senses.From Palma you drive to Valdemossa and then to the Coll d'en Claret. Wonderfully paved serpentines lead you down to the terrace village of Banyalbufar. And again you will be rewarded with great views. The barren rocks to your left, the sea to your right. It continues like this for a while.Are your thighs burning yet? For the last climb to the picture-perfect mountain village of Galilea you need a few reserves of strength. Then you slide down to Palma.
Colin - Product Manager:
“The heart of the tour is definitely the well-known Coll de Sóller among road cyclists. The climbs are easy to pedal because they were freshly tarred a few years ago and are therefore all the more fun. The view from Carrer de I'Arxiduc Lluís Salvador is unique and makes up for the climb. A worthwhile conclusion of the tour is the Gelaber ice cream parlor, a few kilometers from the finish. Ice with a sea view after a long day in the saddle. "Old cyclist wisdom: When it goes up, it goes down again. You will think so often on this tour while climbing the most beautiful passes on the island. If you love switchbacks, you will love this tour. And your calves too.You don't have to drive long through Palma, you are already in front of your first pass, the Coll des Vent. Wonderful to warm up. Then it goes up to Galilea and down again. At Coll des Grau you will swear, but then enjoy the descent again. So it goes there. And as a reward, there is always a great view of the sea.In Sóller you have almost reached sea level again. Here you can strengthen yourself and relax your legs by walking through the pretty town. Because now comes the last pass: the Coll de Sóller is almost 500 meters above sea level and the switchbacks belong almost exclusively to the cyclists. Back to Palma you can roll out relaxed and enjoy the ride on the waterfront.
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Colin - Product Manager:
“If you are looking for a change from mountain climbing in Mallorca, then you should take a closer look at this tour. On well-paved bike paths, it leads out of Palma towards the Randa Monastery. In Llucmajor you are halfway through the tour, which invites you to take a break in the small town. Then it goes through beautiful agricultural roads to Cap Blanc and from there along the coastal road past Arenal back to Palma. ”In front of you is a cozy and not too difficult round. It does not lead you through the mountains, but through a rather pristine area southeast of Palma. You start flat in the island's capital and after 18 kilometers a nice climb begins. From a hill you have a great panorama over the interior of the island and the mountains in the north. If you have not been there before, you may be interested in exploring the mountains by bike.You have reached the highest point of the tour in Randa. If you want to add a few more meters, you can go up to the monastery. There is a great view again. Over fields and through small settlements it goes to the sea and follows the coastal road to Palma.
Britta - Sales Manager:
“Super nice round, not too demanding. Roads are not always of the best quality, but they are still absolutely worth driving. The round goes through a few remote villages. Absolutely worth seeing! ”The Orient-Runde is a wonderful 100-kilometer-1,000-meter climb. You can cycle through flat almond tree plantations that bloom and smell wonderful from February to mid-March. After 20 kilometers you can have a café con leche in Campanet or have breakfast here. We continue on beautiful side streets and shortly before Alaró you overcome a small pass, the Coll de Tofla. Narrow path, almond trees, ... simply wonderful.Then it starts: the climb to Orient and the Coll d'Honor begins. The path takes you through an enchanting landscape that is very popular with racing cyclists. On the 550-meter-high Coll d'Honor you have already completed almost all of the vertical meters of the day. Wasn't that hard, was it? Now you can enjoy the deserved descent to the pretty Bunyola. Back to Port d'Alcúdia it's flat. You cycle through an original and calm landscape.
Britta - Sales Manager:
"Small lap to roll out or retract, but the views of this bay are absolutely worth it."What a lovely little round. If you want to explore the area after your arrival or if you did not originally come to Mallorca to go racing and would like to give it a try, this tour is perfect for you. Or if you want to take a day off but can't let go of the bike.You wind your way through the northernmost corner of the island, past the Bay of Alcúdia, where you can watch kite surfers. There are also some nice cafés in the town of the same name. The highlight of the day is the bay of Sant Vicenç. Wonderful sandy beach, rugged bay, cozy bars. This is what vacation feels like. And there is also a swimming break in the sea, because you will find fresh water showers on the beach. So you don't have to be afraid that sand and salt chafe your butt on the way back.
Seppe - Engineer:
“When you think of cycling on Malle, you think of Puig Major and Soller. Two mountains that are classics on Mallorca. This round connects both mountains. In the first half of the tour there are all vertical meters. Here you can measure yourself against your friends. The second part always goes slightly downhill and if you are lucky you also have a tailwind there. That means: Belgian roundabout and go. "In front of you is a breathtaking day tour through the north of the island. On the 144-kilometer route, you will experience all of the scenic diversity of Mallorca far away from party tourism. However, you will not be alone, because the area is very popular with racing cyclists. Rightly so!If you start before breakfast, you can take a break after 25 kilometers in the pretty village of Pollença and strengthen yourself. You will need the strength, because today you make a total of 2,000 vertical meters. And they start shortly after Pollença with a long climb. All sorts of Mediterranean, fragrant plants grow between the barren rocks.You drive past several reservoirs that lie like fjords between the mountains. The crisp climb ends in a straight tunnel that was carved into the rocks. On the other hand, the promising descent goes down almost 1,000 meters. The sea glistens in the background.Sóller is a good stop for lunch and offers you the opportunity to recharge your batteries for one of the island's most popular racing bike highlights: the Coll de Sóller. You drive up and down countless switchbacks almost car-free. You can work out the remaining 50 kilometers in the wide, flat plain before jumping back into the sea at the starting point.