Bike Tour Mallorca
Mallorca has a warm and sunny climate, ideal for cycling during most of the year. Besides, the island is large enough so that, in addition to the main roads, there is a network of secondary roads to enjoy quiet routes with a great landscape.
Some time ago, professional cycling teams began to discover that Mallorca was the perfect place to settle during the preseason. Now, the island is known within the world of cycling as the paradise of two wheels.
On the other hand, the landscape, historical and monumental wealth of the island covers each of the cycling routes. Neither should we forget the excellent cuisine of the area, which completes a first-rate cycling experience.
DAY 1 - Welcome to Mallorca
The trip begins at the airport of Son Sant Joan, the airport of Mallorca, located 8 km from Palma, the capital of the Balearic archipelago. At 10 in the morning, our staff will welcome you at the meeting point. Then, we will go to Pollensa, the north of the island (journey time: approximately 1 hour).
Once at the hotel, and after check-in is done, the routes and other activities will be presented.
Easy ride in the afternoon:
Distance: 47 km
Elevation: +215 m
After having prepared the bicycles, we will carry out a first ride to get the legs in shape, that runs along the sea to Can Picafort, and returns to Santa Margalida until Puerto Alcudia, passing through the natural park of S’Albufera, the most extensive and important wetlands of the Balearic Islands.
DAY 2 - Formentor
Distance: 93 km
Elevation: +1251 m
Today’s route takes us to the most northern point of the island, the Cape of Formentor. But first, we head from Alcudia to Mal Pas beach and from there we follow the coast to the foot of the S’Atalaia, 446 meters high. Along this stretch of 6 km, we will have a wonderful view over the bay of Pollensa and the Cape of Formentor, our next goal.
We return to Alcudia and pedal along the sea, following the entire bay to the Port of Pollensa. There we enter, through a winding road, the Formentor peninsula. After 4 km of steep slope, we arrive at Mirador d’Es Colomer, located on a 200 meters height. From there we contemplate the cliffs and the endless sea. On the right we will see the small island d’Es Colomer and, on the left, the Sierra de Tramuntana.
From the viewpoint to the lighthouse we have 14 km of an unforgettable landscape. We pass through Cala Figuera, Cala Murta and Cala En Gossalba, on undulated roads, and some ramps that reach 9%. The lighthouse of Formentor has a tower of 22 meters and is at 211 meters of altitude, in one of the wildest places of the island.
We return along the same road and, starting at km 57, we ride on flat terrain towards Pollensa. We make the last 30 km back to Alcudia through Sa Pobla. Then we skirt the bay of Alcudia by the Estany Gran.
Del limo de la tierra no toma vil sustento;
retuerce sus raíces en duro peñascal.
Bebe rocío y lluvias, radiosa luz y viento;
y cual viejo profeta recibe el alimento
de efluvio celestial.
Fragmento de El Pino de Formentor, del poeta mallorquín Miquel Costa i Llobera
DAY 3 - Sa Calobra
Distance: 93 km
Elevation: +2023 m
The main objective of today’s route is Sa Calobra, where you can reach a path with spectacular views. The first point of interest is Lluc, where we can admire the 13th century sanctuary, of great architectural beauty. In the middle of Serra de Tramuntana, with its holm oak forests, we climb Escorca and just before the detour to Sa Calobra, we find the Turixant aqueduct that, long ago, transported the water from the Gorg Blau reservoir. We leave the reservoir on our left and continue to the Coll dels Reis, almost 600 meters high, and go down a spectacular winding road to Sa Calobra, at the mouth of the Torrente de Pareis.
We return along the same road to Lluc, where a 13 km descent to Caimari awaits us. The final 20 kilometers, which pass through Moscari and Campanet, are practically flat to Pollensa.
DAY 4 - The hermitages
Distance: 93 km
Elevation: +1585 m
We begin the route in the center of the island, in Petra, from where Saint Junípero Serra departed to found the missions of California, Los Angeles, San Francisco… As soon as we leave, we will climb to the Bonany Hermitage (290 m), to contemplate the views over the island. By a lovely road we go to Randa, a town so small that if you blink you have already passed it… There begins the well-known ascent to Cura (540 m), where 5 km await us with a very acceptable slope that will be rewarded with the best view of the island. We go down quickly and head to the sports centre of Montuiri for a coffee and a tapa.
After the stop, we take a narrow road that crosses fields and takes us Felanitx, a town of Roman origin known by its artists, such as Miguel Barceló, and its good wine. At the exit of the town we begin the mythical ascent to Sant Salvador (450 m). We park the bikes and enter the monastery to pay homage to the 5 cycling world champion Guillermo Timoner (with the possibility of having a quick coffee in the indoor cafeteria). We go down and return between stone walls and «possessions» (farmhouses) to Petra, where we will enjoy a typical Majorcan meal.
DAY 5 - Serra de Tramuntana
Distance: 90 km
Elevation: +1909 m
Difficulty: medium / high
The Serra de Tramuntana, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, offers the cyclist narrow roads with endless curves and beautiful landscapes. The starting point of this route is Inca. In only 20 minutes we reach Caimari, where the climb to the Coll de Sa Bataia begins; 7.8 km length and an average slope of 5% (with short stretches at 10%). The initial part is the hardest, with a 7% slope and beautiful horseshoe curves. Kilometre 5 and 6 are easier. At the end of the pass we find five other horseshoe curves. Once in Lluc, we continue until the crossing of Sa Calobra. But today we take the road from Sóller.
First, we skirt the Gorg Blau reservoir, we ascend to the second reservoir, the Cúber reservoir (750 m), which is located on the Puig Major side. And from there, a long descent of 16 kilometers to Sóller.
The second climb of the day is the Coll de Sóller, which connects this place with Bunyola. Thanks to the tunnel, where currently most of the car traffic passes through, cyclists can enjoy an ascent of 9 km (5.3% slope) through a forested area, to top the pass at 497 meters altitude.
After a 7 km descent to Bunyola, we begin the third climb of the day, the Coll d’Honor. The pass has a length of 7.1 km and an average slope of 5.4% and takes us to Orient, one of the most beautiful places on the island. The final part is the hardest, with an average of 7% and some 10% ramps.
Once the pass is topped (550 m), we begin the descent towards Alaró, and from there we have only 12 km left until the end, to Inca.
Les colossals penyes bessones,
formant un freu meravellós,
sols deixen caure un raig dubtós
sobre l’estany pur i sens ones.
D’encantament blavors pregones,
com un safir,
aquest estany fan resplendir
i com que diguen: somniau!
—Dolç és el somni del Gorg Blau!
Fragmento de El Gorg Blau, de Miquel Costa i Llobera
DAY 6 - End of the adventure
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport of Son Sant Joan, Mallorca, where we put an end to our adventure and our services.