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Where to stay in Mallorca (for cycling)

So you’ve decided you want to go on a cycling holiday to Mallorca. Good decision!

The next question is where is the best place to stay in Mallorca for cycling. There are loads of options, and it can be tough to work out what’s best for you.

On our last trip to Mallorca, we spent hours researching Mallorca's bike hotels and where to stay. We’ve put this guide together to try and save you having to do the same!

Read on for the full lowdown.

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Where to stay in Mallorca: Port de Pollença vs. Port d’Alcúdia

The quick answer to the question of where to stay in Mallorca for cycling is that if your holiday is cycling-focused and you want variety, then Port de Pollença or Port d’Alcúdia. If you have other priorities, check out our alternative suggestions here.

The good and the bad

Port de Pollença and Port d’Alcúdia are in the same beautiful bay. There’s shimmering water in front of you, and the UNESCO protected Tramuntana Mountains behind.

There are loads of Mallorca cycling hotels, cycling friendly accommodation and bike hire. It’s also where most cycle training camps are based.

Although the coastal location reduces the number of directions you can cycle in, you’re still well placed to access the most beautiful part of Mallorca and some of some of the island’s best rides:

The main disadvantage of either town is that they are the opposite end of the island to the airport. You’ll need a transfer or car hire to get here from the airport.

What are the towns like?

1. Port de Pollença

    • The most popular destination for cycling in Mallorca. It’s the favourite hideout of organised cycling training camps. Don’t come here if you want to avoid other cyclists!

  • You can (almost) legitimately tell your family that you’ve booked a family holiday;
    the presence of world-class cycling routes/hotels/bike hire is merely incidental.

  • Overlooked by the Tramuntana Mountains.

  • Organised around a horseshoe bay with a sandy beach.

  • The starting point for the unmissable Formentor peninsula ride and bay of Pollenca ride.

  • Lots of bike hire outlets with superb quality bikes and experienced mechanics.

  • There’s the gorgeous pedestrianised Pine Walk for strolling along, a pretty town
    square, the attractive beach, and a Michelin starred restaurant, Argos.

  • But don’t come here for hardcore nightlife.

  • Note: Port de Pollença and Pollença are different places. Pollença is about 5km inland from Port de Pollença.

Want suggestions for cycling hotels in Mallorca's Port de Pollença? Click here

Port de Pollenca bay

View down to Port de Pollenca (photo credit: Dmitri Ma/Shutterstock.com)

Outside of the hotel Illa d'Or, Mallorca, in the sunshine

Hotel Villa d'Or, Port de Pollenca

2. Port d’Alcúdia

    • Like Port de Pollença, it’s popular with cycle training camps and hordes of winter cyclists. There's a good selection of cycling friendly hotels.

  • Team Sky train here during the winter (they’re based at the Vanity Hotel Golf).

  • Lots of different parts to it: the attractive old town, family section, Blackpool with sun section and Muro beach section. 
  • Located to the east of Port de Pollença, it’s a bit further than Port de Pollença to the northwest coast (location of Sa Calobra and friends) and the Formentor peninsula. But it’s closer to the flatter east coast if you prefer that kind of riding. 
  • It too has a Michelin starred restaurant, Restaurante Jardin. But overall, some would say its reputation is as Port de Pollença’s slightly brash sister. 
  • Note: Alcúdia and Port d’Alcúdia are different places albeit they are conjoined. Alcúdia is Mallorca’s most striking Roman town whereas Port d’Alcúdia is the tourist port along the beach. 

Want suggestions for bike-friendly hotels in Port d’Alcúdia ? Click here

Port de Alcudia with a busy beach

Port d'Alcúdia beach (photo credit: Ralph Geithe/Shutterstock.com)

Which is better for road cyclists?

When we visited in March, we preferred Port de Pollença to Port d'Alcúdia.  Port de Pollenca seemed a bit more upmarket than the part of Port d’Alcudia we visited, and we loved the Pine Walk along the water’s edge.

We’ve heard that the sun goes behind the mountains earlier in Port de Pollença than in Port d'Alcúdia and that there are more restaurants open in Port d'Alcúdia in winter, so you might want to consider whether those points are relevant to you.

Which hotel to pick?

We’ve sifted through hundreds of hotels to find the ones we think are best for cyclists. Click here for our full list and their cycling credentials.

Where to stay Mallorca: other top Mallorca cycling bases

Sometimes staying in the middle of one of the world’s most popular cycle destinations isn’t what you want.

If that’s the case, try:

1. Sóller

    • Less of a pure cycling mecca, more of the real deal Mallorca… It has a fabulous main square and lots of cafés and restaurants. Its hotels are small and boutiquey rather than large and cycling-focused.

  • Great for boutique hotels and fincas
  • A dream for cyclists that like hills. You can’t leave Sóller without climbing over one of the three mountain passes… 
    • Don’t get confused with Port de Sóller: the nearby port is lovely (set on a small bay and surrounded by mountains), but if you stay there you have to ride back to Sóller every time you ride.

    • Don’t come here looking for a beach or late night parties…

Narrow street in Soller town

Charming Sóller (photo credit: Emilija Juskove/Shutterstock.com)

Cathedral in Soller, a great place to stay in mallorca for cycling with lots of cycling hotels mallorca

Cathedral in Sóller's central square

2. Campanet

  • Like Sóller, this is not a resort town and not just for cyclists. In fact, it’s a small village with a medieval town square. It’s rural and definitely off the tourist trail - but there’s some fabulous places to stay and a good selection of bars and restaurants.
    • You’re spoiled for choice with the rides: hilly, flat or something in between.

  • Easy access to the landmark rides like Sa Calobra, Puig Major, Sóller, Orient but in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains.
Campanet town, perched on a hill

Campanet (photo credit: Burro/Shutterstock.com)

Cycling Mallorca where to stay: Campanet is an excellent choice. This is Campanet's central square with trees all the way around it

Central square in Campanet

3. Palma de Mallorca

  • If you want to be close to the airport, Palma de Mallorca may be for you. The old town is one of the most historic and interesting in Spain.
  • However… the south coast around Palma is busy, there’s a lot of traffic and if you get the wrong resort, lots of boozed up tourists looking for bars and clubs.
  • Don’t expect epic climbs on your doorstep: the routes nearby are generally flat with a few hills, for example around Randa or if you are on the west of Palma, around Andratx.
  • Puig Major and Sa Calobra are about 40km away - via Col de Sóller! If you want to ride Mallorca’s most famous climbs, it’s best to stay elsewhere and leave the Palma area for a day or two at the beginning or end of a longer trip.
  • There’s a huge range of accommodation including many bike friendly hotels.
  • The Palma bay area has a lot of family attractions. It also has two Michelin starred restaurants.
Palma de Mallorca bay

Palma de Mallorca (photo credit: Zanna Karelina/Shutterstock.com)

Cycle path along the Palma coastline

There's a great cycle path along the Palma coastline

Have you been to Mallorca? 

Where did you stay? We’d love to know! Tell us your experience below.

If you're planning a cycling trip to Mallorca, make sure you look at our ultimate guide to cycling in Mallorca. You'll find our pick of the best routes and climbs plus when to go and bike hire information too!

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  • barry clements says:

    We have been staying at Portblue club pollentia two to three times a year for about 4 years which is on the bay halfway between Port de pollencia & Alcudia & there is a Huerzeler bike shop at the hotel. Great food & staff.

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