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Where is best for Mallorca Running?
You will never be too far from some Mallorca Running territory when you holiday in Mallorca . This article shows you where you can go road running, hill training and interval training on the island. Also discover Mallorca running events and where to do your annual warm weather training.
There’s hardly a place on the island where you can’t just put on your trainers and go out for a run. And you’ll see other runners while you are out during your work-out (unless you are training somewhere really weird!). If you see someone running in the midday heat, it’s unlikely to be a local. They know better; it’s early morning or when the sun starts to go down that locals take to the pavements. Even then baseball hats are on head and water bottles in hand.
Running Inside versus Outside
If your aim is to burn off excess holiday calorie consumption, there are hotels with gyms offering treadmills.
But why come all the way to Mallorca to run on the treadmill!? Discover here the best Mallorca running territory and inhale the healthy island air during your run.
There are country trails and coastal promenades and walkways. Also, pedestrian paths and pavements stretch between some of the coastal resorts. And there are also sandy pine trails (and of course beaches) to strengthen your thighs.
Also there is the G221 dry stone route in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. This route is split into stages; mostly people walk here but there’s no reason why you can’t run some of the stages. There are even refuges along the way that you can book up for an overnight stay. You may also be interested in my hiking blog.
Maybe you take your sport seriously and are after some warm weather training or a road race?
Whether you are a recreational jogger or serious athlete, discover the best island location for all your Mallorca running needs.
Stay with me and find out more!
I’m referring to flat or undulating pavements or minor roads without heavy traffic where you can run. Terrain with few roads to cross while you are out and routes that are fairly safe.
There is a red tarmacked pedestrian path that runs all the way from Peguera to Santa Ponsa in the South West Mallorca. The path is undulating and divided into two lanes. A fairly busy lane for cyclists and a pedestrianised pathway.This route is approximately 8 kilometres each way.
Or carry on further to Palmanova, you can always get a bus back.
Promenade running close the Sea
Were you hoping to get closer to the coast to find some road running terrain? There is an excellent walk-way that hugs the sea in Palma for 10 kiolometres. You can run all the way along to s’Arenal on it. In Mallorca by the way the promenade is referred to as ‘El Paseo’.
Don’t believe all you hear
Now, you may have heard mixed things about s’Arenal and they are probably all true. At one time anyway. The worst you may have heard is that it’s the German equivalent to Magaluf. That is, instead of the British lager louts you find at Magaluf there is the German beer swilling contingent at s’Arenal. And yes, they are still around for their lads holidays. More so in the back streets at the far end of Arenal resort. How is it Germans manage to make even their rowdiness more organised and not as offensive as the rowdiness of the Brits?!
The main drag stretching from Can Pastilla to s’Arenal is having millions of euros pumped into it. Can Pastilla is the resort between Palma and s’Arenal. This stretch of coastline is really improving and accommodation prices have gone up to get rid of the riff-raff. (I just love that word don’t you?) Some of the 1960’s builds have been pulled down altogether and new hotels built in their place. Other hotels have been completely re-faced.
The burger king and KFC in the Can Pastilla area still remain to the side of the walkway. But more exciting views can be seen of planes speeding down the runway and taking off around the Can Pastilla area.
Breath of Fresh Air
I digress, back to the running! If you choose to canter along this completely flat strip, be careful just after the airport. You have to be very vigilant on tight a semi-circular bend. Runners beware of cyclists coming the other way who are not paying attention. Not funny!
Hill Running in Palma
Palma in general makes an excellent base for running. Besides the fantastic pedestrianised coastal walkway mentioned above, you can hill train on the outskirts of Palma. Bellver castle itself is about 3 kilometres west of Palma.
Head to Bellver Castle on the very western edge of towm in the El Terreno area, an outer suburb of Palma. This by the way is the opposite end of Palma to where the walkway to s’Arenal begins.
Hilly Training Run in Bellver Castle Vicinity
This great hilly running terrain sits above the El Terreno area of Palma.
Begin your run near to Parque del Bosque del Castillo de Bellver. Make your way up to the castle. You can do some step training here too! If you view the larger version of the map below you will see a good network of paths and roads to try out. You will also be able to see a good selection of hotels if you decide to stay in this area
Pedestrianised Running Path on East Coast
Another idea if you want a flat off road pedestrianised path is in the Sa Coma area of Mallorca. The coast is especially pretty around here.
If you are a jogger of beginner level, use the promenade and paths along the resort of Sa Coma. For intermediates and advanced there you have more of a challenge. You can run all the way from Sa Coma to Porto Cristo and back. Or visa versa depending which of these two area you are staying at.
It is a marked out cyclist and pedestrian allocated path alongside a main road. The road leading out of Sa Coma to the main road is a country lane that connects the coast with the Ma4023. Alongside this main road (not a motorway) and separated by a crash barrier, is your allocated pedestrianised path.
Mondrago National Park
The labyrinth of undulating country lanes that meander through Mondrago Natural Park offer hard training sessions.
Hostal Condemar is a hotel that sits on the edge of Mondrago. It’s basic but has everything you need to enjoy this beautiful natural area. Your options of road running here include finding a loop on the country lanes. Or if you want a longish session, run to Santanyi and back. It’s roughly 9 kilometres each way. Begin your run from Hostal Condemar or stay at Cala Figuera. You can also do short sand intervals on one the 3 beaches here. Move the map below to see where these beaches are.
Alternatively stay at Cala Figuera a fishing village. It has kept it’s charm as many people are opting for more cosmopolitan main-stream resorts. The run from Cala Figuera to Santanyi is roughly an hour. You can always get a bus back or just run part way and turn back.
Pine Running Trails
Up in the North of the island you have the sandy pine wood trails of Playa de Muro. These are in the woods behind the Playa de Muro BEACH on the same side of the road as the coast. They make excellent cross country trainng territory. A holiday in September or early October can set you up for the cross country running season ahead. This is a privileged area of Mallorca. On your rest days from running, get a bike out and enjoy towns and villages nearby.
Check out the Valentin Playa de Muro resort which sits just over the road from these pine woods. You will see what the pine woods look like when you view the hotel through this link. You can even do short reps or speed drills on the large grass field on site.
The Valentin Playa de Muro Resort will also fit your needs. Why? because you have a 50m pool with lanes and can cycle and run in the area. There are local running options to run on beach, road and pine trails.
You can stay there on a bed and breakfast, half board or self-catering basis. Although the self-catering facilities aren’t great unless you book a deluxe bungalow. I would however recommend at least bed and breakfast, if not half board. If you’d rather eat out in the evening there is a lot of choice a short walk in the direction of C’an Picafort.
More detailed dedicated coverage on Triathlon and swimming will be coming in a separate post in coming weeks!
Galatzo Estate Trails
The Galatzo Estate is in the municipality of Calvia in the South-West of Mallorca. Finca Galatzo occupies 10% of the estate and the remainder is beautiful country park. Both sandy and hilly trails exist within Galatzo park.
Don’t bring the car If you really don’t need to as parking inside and outside the park is erratic.
See the bus timetable and directions to Es Capdella (the bus stop for Galatzo Estate and country park).
Unspoilt natural Area
See some running race events that take place in the Es Capdella and Galatzo Country Park area.
You get an idea of the trail distances you can do on Galatzo Estate once you are in the park. The trail routes are well sign posted and marked out on placard style boards.
The only tartan 8 lane 400 metre athletic track at present in Mallorca is located in Magaluf. Magaluf is in the municipality of Calvia.
Now, warm weather track training is popular with Brits in Portugal and Lanzarote. Perhaps some athletes are put off using the track in Mallorca for this purpose as it happens to be in notorious Magaluf?
Warm-up for track session
If you don’t fancy staying in Magaluf there are 3 quality hotels to choose from within a few kilometres.
The Hotel Son Caliu spa oasis is within an easy 3 kilometre warm-up jog of the track.
Jog to Track from Port
In the Opposite direction you can take the 20 minute bus ride from The Pure Salt Port Adriano Hotel (classy and adults only). Or drive over to it in around 10 minutes!
Or try adults only Hotel RD Costa Portals in Portals Nous. It’s just a short bus ride from the track and good value.
As a warm-down it is possible to run back to this hotel.
If you want some Mallorca running warm weather training, you can always plan for a group of you to stay nearby in April or May. Why not participate in the Magaluf half marathon while you are there?
But hey, Magaluf is not all bad you know! The resort has been tidied up a lot. And anyway, there are some fun places to hang out in the evenings with your running buddies without being attacked by beer monsters.
There are several Mallorca Running events held annually.
For example there is the Zafiro Palma road race series. Held in October each year, the event includes a 10 kilometre, half marathon and full marathon competition.
The Mitja 10 kilometre and half marathon is held in Pollenca every April.
The Magaluf half marathon is also held in April each year. At the time of writing, the exact date for the 2020 is not out. Check race details nearer the end of 2019.
HAPPY RUNNING EVERYONE!!!