Mallorca is a long-held secret amongst cycling pros. This cycling paradise may be the go-to destination for elite athletes, but thanks to its wonderful mix of flat and mountainous terrain, there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy. Add to that year-long sunshine, stunning coastal views and a cultured capital – what are you waiting for? On your bikes, get set, go!
For seasoned cyclists, make the north of the island your base camp, between Port de Pollença and Alcúdia, and let the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range be your playground. One great way to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site is via the popular ride to Cap de Formentor, the most northern tip of the island. Setting off from Port de Pollença, you’ll soon hit the Coll de sa Creueta and its 3.7km-climb. Add breathtaking views over the bay, a few hairpin bends and 300m-mountain tunnel into the mix, before reaching the midway point at the Cap de Formentor lighthouse. Your cyclometer will rack up 39km for the round trip, taking in the Talais d’Albercutx watchtower (nicknamed the “Pepperpot”) as you go.
If you’re after a more leisurely ride, why not try the Via Verde, which runs from Artà (where bike rental is available) to Manacor. This 29km-track of disused railway line is flat and accessible for all, and takes in old railway stations and tunnels, plus crop fields and forests too. For another family-friendly trail, bike from the island’s capital, Palma, along the 10-mile cycle path to S’Arenal. After picking up bikes near the city’s wonderfully gothic cathedral, follow the coastline via the former fishing village of Portixol, the charming beach resort of Cuidad Jardín and ending in S’Arenal. After a dip in the sea, pedal back to the capital and reward yourself with a well-earned beer!
With daily direct flights with Luxair from April to October, Mallorca is a no-brainer for cycling enthusiasts. For an additional fee, you can even travel with your own bike, otherwise there are plenty of hiring services available throughout the island.
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