07 Aug 2018
Blessed with a mixture of blissfully flat terrain and jagged mountains with hairpin bends, Mallorca is made for exploring on two wheels. In fact, the Balearic isle was Sir Bradley Wiggins' training destination of choice in preparation for his 2012 Tour de France victory. If you’re partial to a scenic bike ride, saddle up and join us as we head out road cycling in Mallorca.
The Ultimate Guide to Road Cycling in Mallorca
Blessed with a mixture of blissfully flat terrain and jagged mountains with hairpin bends, Mallorca is made for exploring on two wheels. In fact, the Balearic isle was Sir Bradley Wiggins’ training destination of choice in preparation for his 2012 Tour de France victory. If you’re partial to a scenic bike ride, saddle up and join us as we head out road cycling in Mallorca.
When to go
Mallorca benefits from glorious weather most of the year. Unless you fancy a sun-scorched adventure, it’s best to avoid the peak months from June to August (when the island’s at its most touristy too) and head to Mallorca between March and May when temperatures hover around 17°C to 22°C or September and November when it’s 19°C to 23°C.
Where to stay
There are plentiful options of picturesque places to stay on your road cycling holiday in Mallorca. It’s best to eschew the busy coastal resorts of the south in favour of the quieter north and west. Here, the Tramuntana Mountains form the backbone of the landscape and present the most rewarding cycling challenges with its multifaceted topography.
The pretty coastal town of Port de Sóller in the northwest sits at the foot of the cliffside with three climbing options around the nearby Coll de Soller mountain pass. Surrounding an attractive harbour, with gorgeous sunset views, Port de Sóller is one of Mallorca’s most charming locales.
If you want to take on Puig Major, Mallorca’s highest mountain, or brave the Sa Calobra climb, make Pollença your base. This scenic village at the eastern end of the Tramuntana range is all honey-hued historical houses with an abundance of sleepy, rustic charm.
Nestled at the southern slopes of the Tramuntana mountains, Alaró delivers an authentic slice of Mediterranean life and easy access to the climbs of the Coll d'Orient and Coll d'Honor.
Scenic but sedate cycling routes
Coll de Soller 6km
With relatively easy inclines and zig-zagging hairpin bends, the Coll de Soller mountain pass offers a less challenging but stunningly pretty cycling ride. Take in the views of the northern coastline as you pass dry stone walls and olive groves.
Cap de Formentor 40km (return)
A much-loved cycling route that takes you to Mallorca’s northernmost tip, the lighthouse at Cap de Formentor. Start at Port de Pollença and set out along the peninsula over undulating hills, admiring the endless Mediterranean vistas along the way.
Steep and serious cycling routes
Puig Major 14.2km
For a major agility test, Puig Major is a tough yet rewarding cycle ride. Set off from the town of Soller heading eastwards and snake your way up to the mountain’s dizzying peak. Stop off at the stunning town of Fornalutx for a breather if you need one.
Sa Calobra 9.5km
What Sa Calobra lacks in length, it makes up for big-time inclines and spectacular scenery. The epic ascent will take you from its tiny namesake village to Coll dels Reis around spaghetti bends and nail-biting corners.
Inspired to get on your bike and take to Mallorca’s sublime landscapes? Located on the Port de Sóller clifftops, Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa makes the perfect base for your road cycling Mallorca holiday. Revive your weary muscles after a long ride at its heavenly spa.