The cycling paradise of Mallorca has an almost endless choice of attractive options for you to lose yourself in. Here are our recommendations for the top 10+ things to do. Enjoy!
1. Sa Calobra to the summit of Coll dels Reis
The world renowned climb up from the port of Sa Calobra. Often regarded as one of the world's best climbs which includes the famous 270 degree switchback. Now with the option of getting the Sa Calobra Express to the start point so you can attempt a PB with fresh legs.
2. Cap Formentor.
Resurfaced at the end of 2014. Stunning coastal and forest scenery, I challenge you to find a better 20km of road anywhere. Take care at the short, relatively dark tunnel.
3. Andratx to Port Pollenca
Is this the best cycle route in the world? It is certainly the best ride in Mallorca. If I was given only one more ride ever, this would be it. Take the bicycle bus to Andratx from Port Pollenca or Alcudia and ride back. 115km up to 162km. Your cycling soul will thank you for this. fanatic views, excellent surfaces and good cafés.
4. Port Valldemossa climb
A bonkers climb. The road is so narrow and bad and steep in places that you will question why you ever contemplated it, even started it. A third of the way down you will know - it is brilliant, a route like this this is reason enough to cycle. Amazing views that lead to an oasis of a Port that is so welcoming it is difficult to leave. Surface is a little average but fine.
5. Port des Canonge climb
Great little descent from the ma-10 at the 80km marker and then a winding climb up from a beautiful bay. It is a very scenic detour that will add just under 10 very worthwhile km to your ride. Just off the ma-10 between Banyalbufar and Port Valldemosa this excellent swirling descent down to the 70m wide bay at the bottom is off the beaten path and a joy.
6. The Orient Valley and the Coll de Soller.
Begin with 28 hairpins followed by another 26, then cut through a tranqil valley and climb the Coll d'Orient and Coll d'Honor. Memory making.
7. Watch the sun set and the moon rise from Talaia d’Albercutx
Every full moon. Look to the west and as the sun sinks below the mountains, turn to the east and watch the full moon come out of the sea. If you are not around for this, take the next best and get up early to watch the sun come out of the sea.
8. The bay of Pollenca route
Includes Cap Formentor and La Victoria and you get to see across the bay of Pollenca from both sides. 77km with 1700m of climbing. Don't whatever you do forget a camera.
9. Climb the Coll de Sa Battalla and descend the F1 grade surface of Coll de Femenia
Cruise the lanes to Caimari, climb the winding tree lined Col de Sa Bataia, down past Lluc then back towards Pollença, acing those amazing corners and trying to not grin for 7km.
10. Almond cake & coffee
Stop at out of the way local (non-tourist) cafés and sample locally made almond cakes with excellent coffee. Repeat as necessary
12. Fresh OJ at the Aqueduct
Stop at the aqueduct on the ma-10 at the Sa Calobra turn off and relax under the trees with a cup of fresh OJ squeezed from locally picked oranges.
13. Fresh juices at Sa Ruta Verda - an excellent cycling specific café
Stop as you leave / enter Caimari at this brilliant little café. Great juices; seeded bagels, cakes and other food; cycling spares; quirky socks; excellent t-shirts. Good vegan food range and home made whole food energy bars.
14. Climb the Puig de Randa
On a clear day (which is most of them, you can see pretty much the whole island from up here. Also called Cura de Randa after the name of the monastery at the top, is the most popular climb in Mallorca not situated in Serra de Tramuntana. It is a place full of history, where Mallorca’s first hermitage was build in the 13th century. In fact, while climbing Puig de Randa, you will find 3 separate hermitages: Santuari de Nostra Senyora de Gracia; Ermita de Sant Honorat; Santuari de Cura.
15. Climb San Salvador
Also awesome views of most of Mallorca. Located in the eastern part of Mallorca, San Salvador is a steeper climb than normal for Mallorca, with gradients up to 15%. Starts near Felanitx, and finishes at the San Salvador monastery.
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Please note that the Tramuntana mountains can at times have its own micro climate. Also because of their altitude, the temperature is always a few degrees cooler than the rest of the island.
WEATHER IN JANUARY
Min. temp: 8º C | Max. temp: 15º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 6 | # of rainy days: 5
The sky is completely clear or partly cloudy for 80% of the time. Low season for the main tourism sector, so very few rental cars and buses around meaning the roads are at their quietest. A lot of restaurants and hotels are closed, but enough are still open. Good month for cycling.
WEATHER IN FEBRUARY
Min. temperature: 9º C | Max. temperature: 16º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 6 | # of rainy days: 5
Temperatures are slightly higher and the almond blossom starts to appear. Slightly cloudier overhead on average than January, but the same number of rainy days. Still low season with very, very quiet roads and lots of restaurants and hotels still closed. Good month for cycling.
WEATHER IN MARCH
Min. temp: 11º C | Max. temp: 18º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 7 | # of rainy days: 4
Spring is arriving. Days becoming longer and temps rising. Not uncommon to be able to lie on the beach (water still cold at around 15º C though). Roads still quiet with cars but the spring cycling season brings a lot of cyclists. Lots of restaurants and hotels now open. Great month for cycling.
WEATHER IN APRIL
Min. temp: 12º C | Max. temp: 19º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 8 | # of rainy days: 5-6
Spring cycling season in full flow. Days longer and temperatures slowly rising. Not uncommon to have the occasional day over 22º C. All restaurants and hotels now open. Sea still cold but the beach is plenty warm enough to work on those comedy tans! Great month for cycling.
WEATHER IN MAY
Min. temp: 15º C | Max. temp: 24º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 9 | # of rainy days: 4
The days are warmer and longer, and the roads are busier with non cycling tourists now, but still clear if you plan your rides to Cap Formentor and Sa Calobra to be away before 11:00. Sea is good for swimming. Great month for cycling.
WEATHER IN JUNE
Min. temp: 18º C | Max. temp: 26º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 10 | # of rainy days: 2
This is the real start of the high season, but before the school holidays. The days are now hot, and the evenings warm. The roads are busier with non cycling tourists now, but still clear if you plan your rides to Cap Formentor and Sa Calobra to be away before 11:00. Sea is great for swimming. Good month for cycling.
WEATHER IN JULY
Min. temp: 22º C | Max. temp: 35º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 11 | # of rainy days: 1
The weather is now hot and dry. Best time to cycle is in the early mornings to beat the heat and the tourist traffic. Cycling in the evenings is ok, but the roads have absorbed heat in the day and now release it. Good for cycling if you go in the morning.
WEATHER IN AUGUST
Min. temp: 23º C | Max. temp: 35º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 10 | # of rainy days: 1
Usually the hottest month of the year with higher humidity than July. Best time to cycle is in the early mornings to beat the heat and the tourist traffic. Cycling in the evenings is ok, but the roads have absorbed heat in the day and now release it. Good for cycling if you go in the morning.
WEATHER IN SEPTEMBER
Min. temp: 20º C | Max. temp: 27º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 8 | # of rainy days: 4
Weather starts to cool now, with corresponding occasional rain and thunderstorms. A good month for cycling, being aware that the major routes of Cap Formentor are full of rental cars and buses after 11:00. beat them and it is a great month to cycle.
WEATHER IN OCTOBER
Min. temp: 16º C | Max. temp: 23º C | Daily hours of sunshine: | # of rainy days: 6
The third rainiest month with an average of 7 wet days. Still a good month for cycling once those 7 are out the way. Cooler evenings but still warm enough in the day for the beach. Good month for cycling.
WEATHER IN NOVEMBER
Min. temp: 12º C | Max. temp: 19º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 6 | # of rainy days: 8
Often compared to the UK in May. A good month for cycling even though it is historically the wettest month. Most of the month can be expected to be sunny or mostly sunny. Most of the restaurants and hotels outside of the main centres are closed. Good month for cycling.
WEATHER IN DECEMBER
Min. temp: 10º C | Max. temp: 17º C | Daily hours of sunshine: 6 | # of rainy days: 7
The shortest days of the year but with beautiful clear blue skies it feels like a paradise compared to the rest of Europe. Most of the restaurants and hotels outside of the main centres are still closed, those catering for locals are open and doing a roaring trade. Good month for cycling.
Which is the better direction to ride, North to South (Andratx to Port Pollenca) or South to North (Port Pollenca to Andratx)?
We have started to run a late afternoon scheduled return bike bus service from Andratx to Port Pollenca so we thought this would be the ideal time to examine the differences between riding this fantastic cycle route from a starting point in the South (Andratx) or in the North (Port Pollenca).
Let’s look at the Strava stats of the most direct routes first:
Andratx to Port Pollenca vanilla. 115km with 2,876m of climbing.
Port Pollenca to Andratx vanilla. 115km with 2,958m of climbing.
If you decide to add on any of the wonderful extras such as Sa Calobra, Port Valldemossa and Port des Canonge, as they are out and back routes, distance and climbing stats will be identical.
Overall the total amount of climbing is nearly identical, however the direction makes one way slightly more difficult.
Andratx to Port Pollenca
This direction you will ascend the longest and highest climb on the island, Puig Major from Soller. 14km with 828m of climbing at an average gradient of 6%.
Port Pollenca to Andratx
This direction you get to fly down the longest descent on the island, from the tunnel at the top of Puig Major down into Soller on fantastic new smoooooth tarmac.
Port Pollenca to Andratx - You will be on the same side of the road as the coast so the scenery may be ever so slightly improved by this, although it is a very close run thing depending on your head for heights whilst you look down the cliffs to the sea :-)
One way means getting transport earlier in the morning, and the other means leaving when you are ready.
One way means having to meet a deadline for the return bike bus and the other means you arrive when you want.
Having done the routes in both direction numerous times I still do not have a real preference. I love the long downhill into Sóller, but I also love the long climb up Puig Major followed by the Col de Femenia descent into old town Pollenca.
It is great to cycle out to a distant destination and then after some refreshments get taken home. It is also great to get taken to a distant destination and then to make your own way back in your own time. The bike bus must be booked beforehand though so we know how many seats to bring with us!
Try both directions and let us know what you think?
Andratx to Port Pollenca - Vanilla - through the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana
This is the most popular as well as the most direct route back to the North. 115km with 2,425m of climbing. This ride follows the famous ma-10 road which goes right through the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana. A brilliant day out.
Starting with the beautiful south west coastal section and continuing through Sóller and up Puig Major (the longest and highest climb on the island - 14 km @ 6.2% average gradient, 828m of elevation). Continue down through the two (now both with lights) tunnels past the aqueduct and it's café, past Lluc and descend the speedy Coll de Femenia with its smooth surface then all the way into old town Pollenca.
As you can see from the ride profile, most of the climbing is done in the first half of the ride. There are so many fantastic places to stop along the way to refuel and regroup it may be hard not to take on more calories than you expend.
Should you want to add any more distance to this route, there are plenty of opportunities, you can drop down to the sea at Cala Estellencs (+1.7km each way @ a 3% gradient) or Port des Canonge (4.6km each way @ a 7% gradient) or Port Valldemossa (5km each way @ a 7% gradient) or Sa Calobra (12.5km each way @ an average 6% gradient). The possibility also exists where instead of descending the Col de Femenia, you could go down into Caimari via the Coll de Sa Batalla and then follow the lanes back to Port Pollenca.
This route on Strava.
Andratx to Port Pollenca
If you are only ever going to ride one more route in your life, this would probably be it. Choose between return distances of 115km to 162km with 2400m to 4300m of climbing. Coastal and forest views, quaint villages, excellent surfaces. This one will make your year. Take a bike bus to the start and ride back from Andratx.
Regularly ranked in the top 20 routes in the world. A very scenic and hilly ride out to the most northern point of Mallorca, the lighthouse at Cap Formentor from Port de Pollença. The surface is great now all the way having been replaced in October 2014 from Formentor beach. Take care when entering the short but dark tunnel. Before Summer 2018 - we recommend riding here early in the morning, then you will see one other cyclist and some goats - come later and the hire cars and tour buses are out in force. After Summer 2018 - traffic will be eased by the new park and ride scheme.
Bay of Pollença
Port Pollenca - Cap Formentor - Alcudia - Bonaire - La Victoria - Port Pollenca. Thought you would just do Cap Formentor, then back to Port Pollenca? Add this extra section and ride right around Pollenca Bay. Stunning. La Victoria surface is not great (unless you are from the UK then it is probably excellent in comparison!) and not up to normal Mallorcan standards but worth it to experience the views back across the bay.
Port de Pollença to Andratx
Choose a route of between 115km and 162km for an epic day on the bike. This route follows the famous ma-10 road which goes right through the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana and can includes a winding detour down to Sa Calobra port. Coastal and forest views, quaint villages, excellent surfaces. This is either the best or second best route on the island, the reverse route, Andratx to Port Pollenca is the competition.
Port Sóller - Orient Valley
Port Soller - Col de Soller - Bunyola - Orient - Alaro - Bunyola - Col de Soller - Port Soller. Scaling both sides of Coll de Sóller as well as Coll d'Honor the Orient valley and Coll d'Orient. An exhilarating, tiring scenic ride. Gradients are steeper than average in places. 75km with 1600m of climbing.
Port de Pollença lanes loop
A pleasing route starting along the coast, winding lanes through farmland and villages, ascending Coll de Sa Batalla and descending Col de Femenia. 70km with 1000m of climbing.
3 Monasteries Epic
An epic route, covering 3 excellent climbs with unmatched views. 182km with 2,800m of climbing. Starting with San Salavador, through Felanitx, Son Mesquida, Porreres, Puig de Randa, Montuiri, Sant Joan, Petra, Son Servera and Arta. Up Ermita de Betlem and back to Arta, then onwards through Can Picafort, Alcudia and finally back into Port Pollenca.
Coll dels Reis from Sa Calobra
An iconic climb which is on many people's bucket list and is arguably the most looked forward to climb on the island. You have to climb the Col dels Reis first from the aqueduct before easing down to Port Sa Calobra then starting the main attraction of winding up from the small port on 10km of tar which seems to have just been thrown onto the side of the mountain. We offer the Sa Calobra Express from Port Pollenca for those who with to ride the climb with fresh legs.
A bonkers climb. The road is so narrow and bad and steep in places that you will question why you ever contemplated it, even started it. A third of the way down you will know - it is brilliant, a route like this this is reason enough to cycle. Amazing views that lead to an oasis of a Port that is so welcoming it is difficult to leave. A perfect place for a leisurely stop - just don't eat too much as you have to climb out!.
Coll de Sa Batalla
Very scenic climb that starts in the town of Caimari.The average grade is 5.2 %, the length 7.9 km with a starting height of 166 m and a height at the top of 584 m. All in all an elevation gain of 418 m with a maximum gradient of 12 %. If you had to ride the same climb every day of your stay, this may be the one you would choose.
Coll de Femenia
Main entry point into the eastern Tramuntana. Another scenic climb, this one starts approximately 10km down a partly shady road out of old town Pollença. Sweeping, swooping corners allow you to maintain a good speed down this exhilarating descent. If you do manage to look around, Pollença, Port de Pollença, Alcudia and Port Alcudia are all visible at times as are dotted fincas way down in the valley. The appearance of the occasional stray goat has been known to cause additional adrenaline rushes.
Coll d'Honor from Bunyola
Is a category 2 climb of 5.4km with an average gradient of 5.9%, and is the more difficult way to enter the Orient valley. The height at the start of the climb is 200m and 550m at the finish, so a net gain of 350m elevation. There is a cheeky rise in gradient a few hundred metres from the summit.
Coll d'Honor from Orient
This is the easier way to climb the Coll d'Honor and is on the way out of the Orient Vally, down into Bunyola. As you are already at around 400m high, the ascent to the summit at 550m is not much further but involves some enjoyable hairpins and views back over the Orient valley.
Coll d'Orient from Alaró
From the town of Alaró you climb up and between the twin peaks of the impressive Puig's - Puig d’Alaro and the Puig de s’Alcadena and descend into the town of Orient.
Located in the eastern part of Mallorca, San Salvador is a rather steep climb than normal for Mallorca, with gradients up to 15%. Starts near Felanitx, and finishes at the San Salvador monastery. 360 degree views of the whole island on a clear day.
Puig de Randa
Puig de Randa, also called Cura after the name of the monastery at the top, is the most popular climb in Mallorca not situated in Serra de Tramuntana. It is a place full of history, where Mallorca’s first hermitage was built in the 13th century. 360 degree views of the whole island on a clear day.
Coll de Sa Creueta from Formentor
Coll de Sa Creueta can be reached from two directions, Port de Pollença and Formentor, both category 3 climbs of almost equal length and gradient. Both approaches meet at the car park at Mirador d’Es Colomer viewing point, with the optional additional climb up to Talai d'Albercutx if required.
Coll de Sa Creueta from Port Pollenca
Coll de Sa Creueta can be reached from two directions, Port de Pollença and Formentor, both category 3 climbs of almost equal length and gradient. Both approaches meet at the car park at Mirador d’Es Colomer viewing point, with the optional additional climb up to Talai d'Albertux if required, and/or the choice to carry on to Cap Formentor lighthouse.
Coll de Soller from Soller
This is the longer and yes, the more difficult climb up to the summit of Coll de Sóller. The route starts from the the town of Sóller, heading south on the old road to Palma first on the Ma-11 then taking a sharp left onto the Ma-11A to continue on the old road to Palma away from the new tunnel where no bicycles are allowed.
Coll de Soller from the South
This is the easier and quieter climb up to the summit of Coll de Sóller, but also the side more exposed to the sun. It is not uncommon for there to be more bicycles than cars.
A very scenic climb starting at the final roundabout out of Port Pollenca on the Formentor road then turning right at the summit of Coll de Sa Creueta to continue up a number of hairpin bends where the views cover the bay of Pollenca and stretch to Cap Formentor and on a clear day to Menorca and the Spanish mainland.
Ermita de Betlem
Yes, it's not in the Tramuntana, but it's a great little climb and you can see the Tramuntana from it! Does that count? Anytime you go near the lovely little town of Arta or are in the Cala Millor area, this scenic 10km detour with little traffic is well worth the extra effort.
Puig Major from Soller
This is the hardest and longest side to climb up the highest mountain in Mallorca. The other much easier direction being from Lluc. The Monnaber tunnel marks the end of the climb from both directions. Many people include it on their longest ride of their stay, from Andratx or Valldemossa back to Port Pollenca. Brand new surface completed in 2017.
Mallorca Bicycle Rescue
For when bike or body break down. Sometimes Murphy's law just happens to your well maintained bike or your well maintained finely tuned body and end up stranded. Take out island wide coverage and we will come and get you (and your partner if necessary) and take you back to where you are staying or to the nearest repair facility. Your choice.