A guide to Mallorca for cycling enthusiasts

Discover exhilarating cycling routes close to Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca


A guide to Mallorca for cycling enthusiasts

Discover exhilarating cycling routes close to Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca

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“Perfect tranquility reigns" wrote the poet and long-time Mallorcan resident, Robert Graves, about his adopted island. The evergreen destination is blessed with a mild climate and an abundant landscape, still largely unspoilt by its popularity. Those with an adventurous spirit (and a head for heights) can explore deeper into this Mediterranean idyll by cycling along some exhilarating routes close to Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa.

Cap de Formentor Lighthouse Loop. Difficulty: Easy

Embark on a breathtaking 40km journey to the enchanting Cap de Formentor Lighthouse, nestled at the northernmost tip of Mallorca. This popular route along Highway 2210 weaves through undulating hills and offers stunning Mediterranean vistas. Beginning in the charming seaside town of Port de Pollença, pedal your way along the peninsula, absorbing the turquoise waters that unfold around every bend.

As you meander through the winding roads, be sure to pause at the Mirador Es Colomer, a spectacular viewpoint that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Here, you can recharge with a well-deserved snack from the nearby café and snap some unforgettable photos. Continuing onwards, you'll pass through a series of sharp turns and exhilarating descents before reaching the iconic Cap de Formentor Lighthouse. Bask in the accomplishment of reaching Mallorca's northernmost point.

Cap de Formentor lighthouse in Mallorca

Valldemossa and Soller. Difficulty: Intermediate

Those who brave the Col de Soller ascent, with its 50 hairpin bends and vertiginous views of tumbling olive groves, are rewarded with the discovery of the eden-like Jardins d’Alfabia. A restful stop-over on the four-hour ride to Deia, the classical Moorish gardens set around a gothic manor house, are enchanting and mentioned in literature from the island’s Arab era. Sit under the ‘garballon’ palm trees, unique to Mallorca, and drink freshly-squeezed orange juice, before getting back in the saddle.

Orient and Soller. Difficulty: Intermediate

Ride back into 16th-century Mallorcan life at the village of Orient, which feels as remote (and atmospheric) as its namesake. Reached by the winding Coll d’Honor, lined with olive trees and bleached stone walls, it is well worth a visit - don’t miss the 18th-century St Jordi Church. An unforgettable descent into Soller is the climax of the spectacular Col de Soller. Set deep in a lush valley of orange trees, the town has a faded grandeur, look out for the influences from those who fled the French Revolution and settled here to trade in oranges and olives. Enjoy a much-deserved delicious orange and basil ice cream in the main square of Plaza de la Constitución. For a more restful return, take the charming vintage tram back to the port.

Gin tram in Port Soller


Port Pollenca and Sa Batalla Circle. Difficulty: Intermediate

Discover the wild northern edge of the Tramuntana mountains on the 70 km Port Pollenca and Sa Batalla Circle route which is fairly relaxed with 900m of climbing. A great route for those adjusting to mountain cycling, one of the highlights is the ascent to Coll de sa Batalla where the reward is local cheeses drizzled in olive oil and strong coffee taken against the sounds of tinkling goat bells and a pine-scented breeze. Complete the loop by descending the Coll de Femenia, with its heartstopping views of craggy peaks and arrive at the honey-stoned Pollenca, an authentic rural town with a rich history thanks to the Knights Templar, whose shadowy presence can still be felt in the lavish churches and monasteries. Before leaving, sit among the cypress trees and have ice-cream from the small cafe in El Calvari run by a Swedish-Spanish couple.

Puig Major Ascent. Difficulty: Hard

Challenge your limits on the exhilarating 14.2km Puig Major Ascent, a demanding yet gratifying cycling route starting from the picturesque Port de Sóller. Heading eastwards along Highway 10, you'll snake your way up to the mountain's dizzying peak while taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.
About halfway up, take a well-deserved break in the idyllic town of Fornalutx, known as one of the prettiest villages in Spain. Wander through its narrow, cobbled streets and admire the traditional stone houses adorned with vibrant flower pots. Replenish your energy with a traditional Mallorcan pastries and sip on a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, sourced from the surrounding citrus groves.
As you continue your ascent, enjoy the tranquility of the lush pine forests and the impressive views of the glistening Mediterranean below. Upon reaching the summit, marvel at the accomplishment of conquering the highest peak in Mallorca. Although the actual peak is restricted due to the presence of a military base, you can still soak in the dramatic vistas of the Serra de Tramuntana and the distant sea from several accessible viewpoints. After a moment of reflection, embark on the thrilling descent back to Port de Sóller.

Sa Calobra. Difficulty: Hard

One for the experienced, Sa Calobra, where Sir Bradley Wiggins cut his teeth for his Tour de France victory, is the island’s most challenging climb. As the ascent grows, it transforms into a brooding lunar landscape with arching limestone cliffs plunging into the azure waters below. It is a three hour course from Port de Soller, sailing past Mallorca’s highest peak, Puig Major, and taking 26 hairpin bends. You will dine out on this experience for weeks after returning home. Refuel with parma ham and local bread beside a natural mountain pool at Restaurant Es Guix in Escorca, located before the start of the main ascent.
View from Sa Colabra in Mallorca

Mallorca’s renowned cycle routes are within easy reach of Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa and waiting to be discovered. Although bikers are seen on the roads all year, the high season for cycling is from February to May, while September and October are also popular months.