Mallorca, sometimes referred to as Majorca, is the largest of the Balearic Islands located off of the west coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is a popular tourist destination because of its luxurious beaches and beautiful mountain landscape. It is also a very popular cycling destination. As the weather stays warm year-round, many professionals and cycling enthusiasts go to Mallorca to train during the winter months. At Bike Spain Tours we offer two cycling trips to Mallorca; the first is our self-guided tour that allows our clients to explore the island from north to south while visiting some of the less touristy areas and small picturesque villages. The other trip we offer is the Mallorca Deluxe Tour; this is a customized tour in which our clients can personalize their itinerary while staying in the most luxurious five-star hotels!
Although our two tours follow different routes, they are both sure to stop in the stunning port town of Pollença. Pollença is situated in the far north corner of the island at the end of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and on the Bay of Pollença. One of the inland town’s most distinctive features is the 365-step stairway north of the square; this leads up to a chapel on top of the hill known as Calvary. As it is located on the bay, Port of Pollença has many beautiful beaches and a marina. Over the years Port of Pollença has been home to several famous artists and a popular holiday destination for famous authors such as Agatha Christie and Ruben Darío.
Cap de Formentor
Cap de Formentor is connected to Port of Pollença by a 13.5 kilometer road, which is an essential bike route on both of our tours. The cape is known to locals as “The meeting point of the winds” as it is part of the Formentor peninsula. Cap de Formentor is a spectacular place located on the northernmost point of the island. The ride to the top of the cape follows beautiful winding roads that are perfect for cycling, and from the top there are spectacular panoramic views. All around there are stunning sights; to the east one can see the island of Menorca, to the south are the sandy beaches of Alcudia and just below are the cliffs that delve deep into the blue Mediterranean.
Sierra de Tramontana
The Sierra de Tramontana mountain range serves as the remarkable backdrop to both of our tours. The mountains run southwest to northeast and were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 for their physical and cultural significance. The highest peak of the Balearic Islands is the Puig Major.
The highlight of our Deluxe tour for any cycling enthusiast is the Sa Calobra climb. The Sa Calobra, officially named Col de Cal Reis, is hailed as one of the best cycling climbs and is even used as an unofficial training spot for Team Sky. The climb is ideal because it of its smooth paved roads, numerous hairpins, spiral bridge and of course the spectacular views. The road was constructed by Italian engineer Antonio Parietti as a way to get to the small port village of Sa Calobra, where one can relax with a coffee after taking on the climb!
Mallorca is the perfect cycling destination, especially to escape the cold winter months! Learn more about our two Mallorca tours on our website, and join us on a luxurious island cycling getaway!