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The Ride Bay of Pollensa cycling route, Mallorca

Distance

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77 km
1,480 m 
  
  

Distance

Elevation

77 km
1,480 m 

Difficulty

Epic rating

  
  


The road to Formentor lighthouse is one of the best-known Mallorcan cycling routes there is.

But why just settle on the Formentor out and back?!

Our Bay of Pollensa cycling route takes the classic Cap de Formentor cycling route and turns it into what may just be the best cycling route on Mallorca. It includes:

  • Cap de Formentor
  • Talaia d'Albercutx (otherwise known as “the Pepperpot”)
  • Pollensa Bay/Alcúdia Bay cycle path

  • Ermita de la Victoria

Of all the fantastic Mallorca cycle routes from Puerto Pollensa, this one really is unmissable.

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HIGHLIGHTS

The views as you cycle over the spit of rock, approaching Formentor lighthouse are out of this world - it’s hard to decide whether these or the panorama from the Pepperpot are more jaw-dropping!

We also love the views back across Pollensa Bay/Alcúdia Bay from the road that skirts the bay at La Victoria.

cyclist on the cap de formentor cycling route, Mallorca, approaching the lighthouse

Nearing Formentor lighthouse

Cyclist admiring the view from pepperpot on the Cap de Formentor cycle route

View from Talaia d'Albercutx (the pepperpot)

Cyclist cycling around Pollensa bay in rainstorm

Cycling around Pollensa bay

Bay of Pollensa RIDE LOG

1. Puerto Pollensa to Puerto Pollensa
(via Cap de Formentor and Talaia d'Albercutx (AKA the Pepperpot))

We’ve got a guide dedicated to the classic Mallorca cycling route that is the road to Formentor. Check it out here.

What’s less talked about - and easily missed - is the turn up to Talaia d'Albercutx, otherwise known as the Pepperpot. The turning is slightly hidden; it’s in the car park of the Coll de Sa Creueta. If you’re coming from the lighthouse, it’s on your left. 

Hairpins snake up the side of the cliff on gradients that average about 6% (max gradient 9%). Then you round a corner and views over Pollensa bay open up to your righthand side. You cross a mini-bridge and it's hard not to be bowled over by the scale of the scenery - the views over the Tramuntana mountains, bay of Pollensa and out to Cap Formentor are truly mind-boggling. We’re told that on a clear day you can see out to Menorca and the Spanish mainland - as you’ll see from the photos, we weren’t blessed with good weather so can’t confirm that - but can say that even on a rainy day, it was stunning.

You’ll come to a small pull in area where cars can park. Head past the barrier and continue up the path, past abandoned, graffiti-covered concrete buildings, around another hairpin and up to the top. It’s worth walking into the (smelly) building at the top for the views. You’ll probably see hikers walking up to the Pepperpot watchtower itself - we even saw someone climbing up it!

Take great care on the descent - the road is narrow, there are some treacherous drop-offs and the surface is riddled with potholes. 

We found the poor road surface also made the climb feel harder. However, we’d not have missed this 2.5km climb for the world.

Cyclist cycling the cap de formentor cycling route on Mallorca with lighthouse in distance

Formentor lighthouse is spectacular whatever the weather

Cycling up the Pepperpot road Mallorca

Near the bottom of the Talaia d'Albercutx climb

Climbing the road to the pepperpot on the cap de formentor cycling road Mallorca

Climbing up above the Formentor climb

Nearing the top of the Talaia d'Albercutx climb by bike Mallorca

Nearing the point cars are stopped on Talaia d'Albercutx

Cycling through abandoned buildings on the way up Talaia d'Albercutx climb Mallorca

Through the abandoned buildings

Cracking views over Pollenca bay from the pepperpot

Awesome views from the Pepperpot climb

2. Puerto Pollensa to Ermita de la Victoria

You wind your way through Puerto Pollensa (perhaps stopping for a coffee if it’s that kind of ride?!) and out of town along the Puerto Pollensa cycle path that hugs the bay. It’s a relatively busy section, as you’re on a main road along the coast, but you’re right by the water’s edge and it’s a pleasure to tap along the easy flat gradients.

There’ll probably be traffic as you ride past the mighty stone walls of Alcúdia’s town centre, but soon you’re out the other side and on lightly residential roads that pass through Bonaire with its attractive marina.

You pass through stone pillars and are onto the La Victoria peninsula, leaving the urban areas behind you.

Bar S’illot (and apparently a nudist beach!) is on your left as you start climbing.  Halfway up you come to a junction. We suggest turning right to get the climb done in one go.

The road up to Ermita de la Victoria is narrow, steep (16% in places according to ridewithgps!) and wooded but with under a kilometre from the junction to the car park at the top, at least it’s not too long.

At the top, you can get something to drink and/or eat in the restaurant. There should be fantastic views from the restaurant terrace too (if you can be bothered to walk up!).

The old town walls of Alcudia, Mallorca

Alcúdia town walls

Signpost showing the way to la Victoria, Mallorca

Signpost to La Victoria

Through the gates to La Victoria penninsula Mallorca

Through the pillars on the way to La Victoria peninsula

3. Ermita de la Victoria to Puerto Pollensa

Take care descending back down to the La Victoria coast road.

At the junction, turn right to continue the ride out towards the military base. You can’t get very far though - there’s a big sign making it clear that it’s here you should turn around and head back.

Enjoy the undulating road back, with views through the trees across the bay to Puerto de Pollensa and Cap de Formentor. You pass back through the stone pillars and into the residential areas of Bonaire, as you retrace the cycle route back to Puerto de Pollensa.

What a ride!

Views across from the ermita de la victoria penninsula across pollenca bay

Views back towards Port de Pollensa

Views across from the ermita de la victoria penninsula to pollensa bay and alcudia bay

More views of the bay!

Views across Pollenca bay

And more - make sure you keep your eyes on the road!

CAFé STOPS

We attempted this ride in inclement (an understatement) conditions at the start of November. We had hoped to check out the spectacularly positioned Bar S’illot but (as you can see from the photo below) it was very much closed! On a warmer day however, we think this would make a great place to stop and relax, especially as nearly all the climbing will be done by this stage of the ride.

As it was, we were very relieved (as we were hungry and the rain was hammering down!) to find the Cocodrilo restaurant on Bonaire marina open for lunch.  It being lunchtime in off-season, we weren’t allowed to sit in the main restaurant overlooking the sea and the area we were in was more functional than pleasant, but the paella was delicious!

This route isn’t short on refreshment options: there’s the famous (but expensive) café at the lighthouse and plenty of options in both Puerto Pollensa and Alcúdia.

Bar S'illot, La Victoria cycling route, Pollensa Bay

Bar S'Illot on the La Victoria cycling route

Paella at La Cocrodillo restaurant, Pollensa bay, Mallorca

Paella from Restaurante Cocodrilo

Cocodrillo restaurant serves excellent paella for cyclists

Restaurante Cocodrilo

ACCOMMODATION

Staying in Puerto Pollensa, cycling routes are plentiful but if you get accommodation anywhere on Pollensa Bay/Alcúdia Bay, you’ll be well positioned for this ride.

We’ve written a where to stay guide for cyclists on Mallorca - this has got lots more information on the different towns.

Our ultimate guide to Mallorca has details of where we stayed when we visited.

TIPS

Read our tips for cycling in Mallorca before you set out.

Goats, sheep and traffic abound. Take care. To minimise the likelihood of traffic, go first thing in the morning while everyone else is still at the breakfast buffet.

We found the road surface up to the Pepperpot was in poor condition. Extra care and attention is needed, especially on the descent.

Little rockfalls and road debris are part of cycling in mountains (even in Mallorca!). You need to expect them and know how to avoid them.

We’ve read Talaia d'Albercutx is a fantastic place to watch sunrise and, particularly when there’s a full moon, sunset. Have you done this? Let us know in the comments below!

People on the Cap de Formentor cycling climb

Expect pedestrians after the barrier on the Talaia d'Albercutx (Pepperpot) climb

Dubious road surface on the road to pepperpot from the cap de formentor mallorca cycle route

We found that the road surface up to the Pepperpot was in poor condition

Rock falls on the road on La Victoria peninsula, on the Pollensa cycling route

Rock debris on the road out to La Victoria


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  • Don't miss our other ride guides on Mallorca: our Formentor guide is the obvious starting point but we’ve got loads of other suggestions in the related rides section above.
  • Check out our ultimate guide to cycling Mallorca and other articles on Mallorca, below.

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