This web post is designed to help you make the best of Mallorca cycling territory. Either on your own or via a cycling tour.Whatever your fitness level or ability, there are routes and bike hire to suit you!
Mallorca Cycling companies
Some Mallorca bike companies specialise in professional cycle hire offering top of the range machines. Other companies are all-rounders hiring out mountain bikes, racers and e-bikes for all levels. Then there are companies that hire out cycles as well as motorbikes, children’s buggies, electric scooters.
Most Mallorca resorts have bike hire shops although many of them only open in summer season.
One Mallorca cycle hire company that you can be sure is open all year round is
Bike Experience They can deliver and pick up the bikes you hire from where you are staying in the North of Mallorca. Some of the cycle shops along the Playa de Palma Strip are open all year round too.
Cycle maps and routes
Most companies in Mallorca that deal with cycle hire also offer routes and maps for their region. Some provide cycle tours as well. However this blog is mainly about working out your own Mallorca cycling routes.
Get the’Guia del Ciclista’ that covers Mallorca. The guide offers itineries ranging from 70-150 kilometres (43-93 miles). Available at all good Mallorca Cycling hire businesses, or order it online.
Majorca Cycling Laws/Rules/latest
Mallorca City Cycling
Palma, the capital of Mallorca has most cars per capital in Spain and the numbers are still growing. There aren’t any designated cycle paths on the roads in Palma so cycling can be dangerous.There is however a stretch of pedestrian promenade that runs for about 12 kilometres. It goes all the way from Palma City to s’Arenal where you can get on some minor B roads and access other parts of the island. Although once you have got your ‘Guia del Ciclista’ map you can plan whether to exit Palma City North, South, East or West! Here I am merely making some suggesstions and offering ideas
Specialist Cycling Hotels
There are many hotels and apartments that specialise in Mallorca cycling. There are workshops on site where you can wash your bike down and fine tune it after a hard days cycling. Even the menus at Mallorca cycling orientated hotels is geared towards days out cycling with plenty of low fat carbs on offer.
Quality Hotel to suit Cyclists
Mallorca Grupotel in Playa de Palma is one such hotel. They have a predominantly German clientele. This could be an advantage if you want a break from holidaying with Brits (I am allowed to say that, I am a Brit). Germans appreciate quality and hotels they choose are no different.
Bikes to match your Experience
Stay at Puerto Pollenca and use Pollenca Cycling to hire a Full Carbon bike.
Take your own Dismantled Bike
If you are a serious athlete take your own dismantled bike on your flight with you. If you do you this you may prefer to stay at accommodation where there’s good cycling facilities on site
Max Heuzler hotels will be a safe bet. It’s a German bike hire and tour company that attracts mainly Germans. If you are a different nationality and want to practise your German, why not give it a go
Mallorca Cycling for all Levels
Can Picafort, Playa de Muro, Alcudia and Port de Pollenca in the North are fantastic coastal resorts for cyclists.
Picafort has a long stretch of flat coastal walkway where children and less confident riders can feel confident.
Are you an intermediate or advanced level cyclist wanting hilly challenges? Alcudia, Pollenca town and Pollenca Port are ideal Mallorca cycling areas for you to stay! There are some great 5-10 kilometre undulating loops for improvers/intermediates. For fitter animals, try the ascent up to Lluc monastery (or beyond)!
Northern Mallorca Cycling for The Fittest of Fit
Team Sky 2010-2019 were known to use the North of Mallorca for training when Bradley Wiggins were part of the team.
Their hotel base was in Alcudia which offers easy access to the Northern Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. Long windy hills and hairpin bends are never too far away here.
By the way the British cycling team is now called Team Ineos. Sponsorship from this British chemical company began in April 2019.
Not for the faint hearted
The road up from sa Calabra (northern Mallorca) is notoriously difficult for it’s gradient and length of the climb. Professional cycle teams use it for pre-season and Bradley Wiggins holds an unofficial record of 22 minutes and 30 seconds. If you decide to have a go you will realise what a phenomenal achievement this is!
See also Cycling Events at the end of this article
Seriously Tough, Enjoyable Mallorca Cycling Route
Try the switch back route that loops round between Bunyola, Orient and Alaro. There are great accommodation choices in all three of these areas if you would like a rural Mallorca cycling holiday.
Cycling in Southern Mallorca
The Flatness of Palma City and Playa de Palma has already been mentioned. If you head out South West though you will discover some hills. The climbs to Calvia town or Galilea village from the Palma Nova area are challenging. The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range begin in the South-West of Mallorca so you will never be too far from challenging climbs
INTERMEDIATE Try the new cycle path aimed at racing and touring bikes that runs between Inca and Campos. It’s a long stretch of flat path running in rural countryside. There are special tracks for mountain bikers. If you want accommodation conveniently based to use this cycle route, try rural Montuiri, Algaida or Ruberts.
Cycling round The Southern Salt Plains
The rather flat salt plains of Colonia de Sant Jordi is another popular area with cyclists. Salt in the air provides benefits for arthritis and rheumatism and Mallorca’s only Thermal spring is in this area.
Other benefits of staying and cycling in this area is that Mondrago natural park is right on your doorstep. A beautiful, privileged location with lots of undulating quiet roads.
Summits and Vistas
Cycle Port Pollenca to Formenter, a 20km uphill winding struggle. Your ultimate destination is cap Formentor with a lighthouse and a chance for refreshments. Be sure to take enough food and drink with you in case it is not open to replace those carbs.
A great cycling excursion for summit baggers and photo ops; the views are beyond phenominal!
The Intermediate Fitness Cyclist
So you are fit and take your hobby seriously and want to challenge your cycling fitness. Also you want to discover a little more of Mallorca on your own or with your cycling companion(s)
Why not do so off your own back than pay extra to hire a tour through a company. All you need is a good bike hire near where you’re staying and your cycle map.
Through my own experience I recommend staying at can Picafort and hiring a bike from Veloplus. It’s a good quality shop, staff are helpful.
Intermediate cycling Route suggestion
My personal recommendation from experience is the following route out of Can Picafort. This route covers approximately 30 miles there and back. However you are going to take a break at Sineu Market. This market is on a Wednesday morning 9am -1pm the best day for doing this cycle. It’s the only market on the island to sell livestock!
It will really help if you have your Guia del ciclista cycle map available to follow this route. Google maps is not good at showing specific cycle roads. You can purchase the map from Veloplus cycle hire before leaving on your journey. On exiting Velo Plus cycle hire shop, turn right out of the shop. Continue straight along to the main roundabout on the Ma12 by the large Eroski supermarket where can Picafort ends and the road to Playa de Muro begins.
Turn left at this roundabout onto the Ma3431 towards Sa Pobla. About 8 kilometres down this road there is a turn off to the village of Muro. This turn off that you want is the Ma 3432 and is a nice country road with little traffic. When you reach Muro you may want to stop for refreshment as it’s a pretty village.
In the main street in the village there is a break between the shop fronts. Take this downhill road which is the Ma3521. You only stay on this road for a short while because you take the 1st right-hand fork which is the Ma3442 towards s’Alqueria Blanca. Keep straight on this road the Ma 3442. It will lead straight into the Ma3512 all the way to Sineu.
A different Route Back
After spending a couple of hours at Sineu market you can consult your cycle map on how you want to travel back.
For variety, travel back to can Picafort on a different route to the one you travelled out on.
Try to avoid the busy roads-they are no fun and can be intimidating.
Option for Route Back via sa Pobla
One option is to return via Llubi and sa Pobla. Just bear in mind that it is easy to take a wrong turn from sa Pobla back to can Picafort. If you keep in mind to bear right when you hit Sa Pobla town in order to avoid the main roads back. I ended up having to ask locals in Sa Pobla but they didn’t know. Unless you are a cyclist yourself it is difficult to know the best cycle paths! At least when you get back to Sa Pobla you are getting near home. And the best fun of cycling is sometimes having to think it out.
Another suggestion for Intermediate and advanced Cyclists
Stay in Arta and cycle through the hills of the Serra de Llevant (North-East Mallorca).
Cycle down to Cala Torta or Cala Mitjana. Take a swim and challenge yourself to the challenging climb back up.
INFORMATION FOR BEGINNERS, LESS EXPERIENCED AND CHILDREN
Some hotels have free bikes to use on a first come first served basis. These bikes are adequate for just cycling around town or up the coast. If you want to try some longer Mallorca cycling routes, it’s best to use an established cycle hire company.
see below for a beginners route suggestion
CHILDRENS CYCLE RIDES
See Mallorca family activities blog
Ideal Warm-Up or Practice Road
The Playa de Palma Strip (mentioned in the 2nd paragraph of this article) is an ideal warm stretch before starting out on your main journey. It heads East from Palma city all the way along the sea front for approximately 12 killometres It’s also an ideal area for children to practise or for you if you are less confident. The good news is that there are plenty of cycle hire businesses along roadside, some open all year.
Accommodation along this Cycle stretch
The area of Playa de Palma, also known as Platja de Palma provides some great hotel and apartment options. Can Pastilla is also an option but you may experience some aircraft noise if you stay here. It lies in the main flight path in and out of Palma de Mallorca airport. The quieter area of the 12 kilometre stretch is at the Eastern end of Playa de Palma or at Arenal.
Other Beginners Cycling Route Suggestion
Stay at Porto Drach apartments at Porto Cristo. The staff there phone for quality bike delivery according to your needs. Leave Porto Cristo at the top of town, turning right onto the designated cycle path. It runs parallel to the Ma4023.
It takes you to the next coastal towns of S’illot, sa Coma where you can cycle along the promenade. If you’re feeling energetic carry on to Cala Millor and cala Bona. With this route you can start off with just going to first town and as your holiday goes on go to the town further on etc
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Mallorca Cycling Events
Spring is the main season for cycling in Mallorca. An around the island race is staged. There is a choice of 3 races. For more information on the 2020 around Mallorca race
Tough Hilly Mallorca Cycling Event
The toughest of these is the annual Mallora 312. It’s a 312 kilometre cycle event that will covers coast and country on similar cycling terrain that professional teams used. Around the 53 kilometre stage of the event, you hit the Puig Major the highest mountain in Mallorca! This event gets booked up far in advanced so plan early if you want to participate. Mallorca 312 takes place on April 25th 2020. If you want a guaranteed entry in Mallorca 312 it’s best to book via a sports tour company.
The event gets booked up very quickly. For future reference though, you can register from around 2nd October.
A more realistic cycling challenge
Less punishing yet still extremely challenging events are the M167 (167 Kilometres) and M225 (225 kilometres).
I hope you have found something in this article that helps you with your cycling needs.
HAPPY MALLORCA CYCLING!!!