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The Ride Port de Valldemossa, Mallorca

Distance

Elevation gain

Difficulty

Epic rating

6 km
(ascent only)
380 m
(ascent only) 
  
  

Distance

Elevation

6 km
380 m 

Difficulty

Epic rating

  
  


The out-and-back to Port de Valldemossa begs comparison with Sa Calobra. 

It’s like Sa Calobra’s little sister.

If you’re riding the MA-10 and want to sample one of the most impressive roads in Mallorca, don’t miss this!

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Port de Valldemossa HIGHLIGHTS

The views you get down to Valldemossa port are staggering. Switchback after switchback snake their way down the forested mountain side, all the way to the sparkling little marina by the sea.

To cap it all off, we can’t see how a coach could get down this road as it’s so narrow (and we haven’t ever come across one). Plus the restaurant at the bottom is great. What’s not to love?!

View down to Puerto de Valldemossa
Marina at Puerto Valldemossa
Switchback on the road to Puerto Valldemossa Mallorca

RIDE LOG

1.The descent: to Valldemossa beach and port

As with Sa Calobra, you need to fully commit: once you’ve ridden down to Valldemossa port, there’s no alternative route back up.

But what a route it is: you work your way down the hairpins, past rocky outcrops dotted with climbers, in the shade of the mountain and fragrant forest, with tantalising snippets of bright blue azure sea through the trees.

At the bottom the road suddenly spits you out at Valldemossa beach, with a 180 degree view of the bright blue sea, and white boats protected by a mighty sea wall.

The road is very narrow, much narrower than the Sa Calobra (which might feel like a motorway in comparison!). Despite the optimistic central line for much of the route, often there is only around a metre of road either side. In some places, it’s unlikely you’d even be able to squeeze past a car.

Luckily the road gets much less traffic than Sa Calobra, but you should be prepared for vehicles: there’s a hamlet at Puerto de Valldemossa and a well-regarded restaurant (more on that below).

One of the first switchbacks on the road down to Port de Valldemossa
Road to Puerto de Valldemossa Mallorca is perfect for cyclists
Road into Puerto Valldemossa Mallorca and the pretty village

2. The climb: Port Valldemossa to MA-10

Looking back, you’re faced with a massively steep rockscape, and are left wondering how you’re going to get back up!

The good news is that as well as being more peaceful and off the beaten track, it’s shorter than Sa Calobra at only 6km. Like Sa Calobra, the average gradient is 6%.

Avoid the inside of the bends - some of them are ludicrously steep and the road surface is broken in places.

Cyclist riding up the switchbacks from Port de Valldemossa, Mallorca
Fantastic sea views above Puerto Valldemossa Mallorca
Cyclist on very narrow road from Puerto Valldemossa Mallorca

CAFé STOPS

We love the restaurant that overlooks Valldemossa beach just before the port. It’s the only one in the hamlet and serves a varied array of food.

We didn’t eat here but can vouch for the thick, dark espresso that can help power you back up the climb. Sit at one of the tables outside the restaurant and gaze back up at the climb you have yet to conquer!

ACCOMMODATION

This ride is on the MA-10 in northwest Mallorca. There are many ways you could incirporate it into a loop ride - for example while riding the Big Daddy Challenge from Andratx to Port Pollenca or on a loop ride from Soller. 

Our best towns for cyclists article should help you narrow down the best town for you to base yourself in.

TIPS

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

The switchbacks on this road are carved into crumbly red rock. The road is also lined with pine trees. Watch out for broken asphalt and road debris including rocks and pine needles.

Also keep an eye out for cheeky brown goats… we had a narrow escape on one occasion!

Some of the switchbacks look like they’ve had a snow plough down them (though this seems a bit unlikely) as they have big gouges out of them. Take care.

The beach is not big and is pebbly. 

Goat on the road to Port Valldemossa beach Mallorca
Narrow road from and to Port de Valldemossa Mallorca - cyclist and scooter slow to pass each other
Poor road surface on Mallorca Port de Valldemossa road

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These might be of particular interest: Sa Calobra, Andratx to Port Pollenca and Deia loop.

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  • John Maskell says:

    Love this review – I have eaten at the Restaurant at the bottom of this climb at the Port de Vallemossa and the seafood is really good. This is a very quiet little gem and much less “discovered” compared to say Sa Callobra.

    • Clare Dewey says:

      Thanks for the feedback! Good to have some firsthand comment on the food at the restaurant and totally agree with your comparison with the Sa Calobra. Happy riding!

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