North to South or South to North?
Where to start on the best cycle route in Mallorca?
Which is the better direction to ride, North to South (Port Pollenca / Alcudia to Andratx) or South to North (Andratx to Port Pollenca)?
We have added more late afternoon scheduled return bike bus service from Port Andratx back to Port Pollenca so we thought this would be the ideal time to re examine the differences between riding this fantastic cycle route from a starting point in the South (Andratx) or in the North (Port Pollenca / Alcudia).
Overall the total amount of climbing is nearly identical, however the South to North is a little more difficult as you are climbing rather than descending the longest climb on the island (Puig Major).
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 🙂 The approach and entry into one of the most beautiful villages, Banyalbufar is better towards Andratx.
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 my preference is to bike out from the North and bus back. I love being closer to the coast. I enjoy travelling back in the bus talking through the highs and lows of the ride. 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. The added benefit of riding to Port Andratx is that you get a true coast to coast experience.
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?