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Cycling Mallorca:
Your ultimate guide

Want to escape the biting winds and short dark days of autumn and spring in the Northern Hemisphere?

Want to swap thermal bib tights for bib shorts?

It’s simple. Go and cycle Mallorca.

Mallorca is one of the world’s best cycling destinations.

But you knew that already....

Over the last two decades, Mallorca has been cementing its cycling destination credentials. It’s been helped along by the pro teams training there, well-marketed winter training camps and challenge rides like Mallorca 312.

Cycling Mallorca has a long list of virtues - in a nutshell, think reliably warm weather most of the year, smooth tarmac, consistent gradients, testing but do-able ascents, flatter options, easy flights from Europe, great accommodation and bike hire...

But one of Mallorca’s other, less talked about virtues, is that it works whether you’re on a cycling training camp or with your family/non-cyclists. There are towns, accommodation, bike rides and things to do to suit everyone. Need I say more? Just go!

Want to cycle Mallorca?

In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to plan unforgettable Mallorca cycling holidays: detailed information on the best Mallorca bike routes plus where to stay, when to visit and where to get the best bike hire in Mallorca.

Read on and plan your Mallorca road bike adventure.

Mallorca cycling routes

Mallorca’s superb road network is heaven for cyclists; there are hundreds of potential rides you could do. The difficulty comes when you’ve only got a week and are trying to work out which are the best.

We’ve tried to make it easy.

Below you’ll find our favourite Mallorca cycling climbs and routes. These include some of the island’s most famous rides but also lesser-known gems; something for everyone.

All our rides are in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. This is located north of Palma, between Pollença and Andratx. It’s very distinctive: craggy grey limestone cliffs with Alpine-style hairpins and vertigo-inducing drops down to the turquoise sea. The range is also home to some of the loveliest villages: Sóller, Deià, Valldemossa, Fornalutx... Biking Mallorca is a bit of a dream.

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    Don’t miss our essential tips on Mallorca biking.
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    Click here for a Mallorca cycling routes map.
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    Wondering where to stay to do these rides? Read our guide to cycling accommodation Mallorca.
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    If you want to ride the whole of Mallorca’s northwest coast, check out Mallorca cycle shuttle. You cycle one way, they pick you up and drive you the other direction.

Sa Calobra climb

  • Distance: 12km
  • Elevation: 680m
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Puig Major loop:
Mallorca’s top cycling climbs

  • Distance: 138km
  • Elevation: 2,640m
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Coll de Femenia and Sa Batalla loop

  • Distance: 66km
  • Elevation: 950m
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Sóller, Deià and Port de Valldemossa loop

  • Distance: 61km
  • Elevation: 1,430m
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Sa Batalla

  • Distance: 8km
  • Elevation: 430m
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Coll de Soller
(from north and south)

  • Distance: 7.5km
  • Elevation: 420m
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Port de Valldemossa climb, Mallorca

  • Distance: 6 km
  • Elevation: 380 m
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Cap de Formentor cycling loop

  • Distance: 36km
  • Elevation: 960m
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Easy cycling Mallorca

If you’re after some easier Mallorca bike rides, they do exist!

Even in the northwest of Mallorca, there are many scenic, flat roads and good cycle paths. They’re generally around the coast. For example:

s’Albufera Natura Park: 12 km paths around the nature reserve: entrance is free, and the paths are obviously traffic free!  Use this map of the park to decide where to go. The Park is located south of Alcúdia, between Alcúdia and Can Picafort.

Port Pollenca to Alcúdia (or further to La Victória): a bike path on the sea-side of the road takes you much of the way along the bay road to Alcúdia. You can then head on normal roads to Mal Pas and all the way along the peninsula to La Victória. The highest point is 444 m.

The bike path is meant to be two way, though many people don’t use it when going towards Alcúdia since it is on the wrong side of the road. Also be aware of all the non-cyclists on the cycle route: skaters, runners, wind-surfers coming up from the beach…

Port de Pollença - Alcúdia - Sa Pobla - Pollença - Port de Pollença loop: 42 kilometres: head around the bay to Alcúdia and then Port d’Alcúdia and Parc Natural de s’Albufera. Head inland, southwest to Sa Pobla and then north again, past the beautiful church of Santa Margalida des Crestatx. You’re soon in old town Pollença, before completing the loop back to Port de Pollença.

If you stay near Palma, there’s easy riding around Palma Bay on a 30km (20 mile) cycle path (out and back). You can cycle from the city to the resort area of Playa de Palma, entirely on cycle paths. It’s an out and back route so you can choose to do as much or as little as you want.

If you need more excuses to road bike Mallorca…

Mallorca 312 sportive offers a serious challenge for around 6,000 amateur riders each year. It was originally a 312 km ride around the island, but in 2016 it became a closed-road event in the north and west of the island with 167 km, 225 km and of course the famous Mallorca 312 route.

Ironman 70.3 Mallorca is held around Alcúdia and the Tramuntana mountains in May each year. It’s very well known with competitors coming from across the world to swim 1.9km in Alcúdia Bay, bike 90.1km through the Tramuntana mountains and then run a half-marathon through the town.

Visit Mallorca to watch the pro Vuelta Mallorca cycling race (aka Cycling Challenge Race) in January each year. It comprises four one day races with cyclists and teams choosing whether to race each day. Lots of the top pro teams use it as a season warm-up race.

Don’t miss the velodrome!  The municipal velodrome is in the town of Sineu in the middle of the island.

Accommodation: Cycling Mallorca, where to stay

This section includes details of hotels and villas we have either stayed in or which we think look great. Full disclosure: if you click on a link and make a booking, we may earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. Please read our disclosure policy for further information.

Deciding where to stay in Mallorca can be a headache. Not because of the usual issue of whether the hotel is bike-friendly, but because there are so many good Mallorca bike hotels, it’s difficult to work out which is the best for you.

We’ve spent hours researching the best place to stay in Mallorca for cycling.  

That research culminated in us staying at Hotel Illa d’Or in Port de Pollença (which we loved), and the shortlist you’ll find below.

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Our choice: Hotel Illa d'Or, Port de Pollença

We loved our stay at Hotel Illa d’Or and would recommend it to friends. Its Port de Pollença location and good looks will appeal to both cyclists and non-cyclists. It’s an excellent option for cyclists that don’t like traditional, vast all-inclusive style cycling hotels.

A room at the Hotel Illa d'Or, a bike hotel Mallorca
Outside of the hotel Illa d'Or, Mallorca, in the sunshine
Bike storage room at Hotel Illa d'Or, an excellent Mallorca cycling hotel
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    Elegant and sophisticated 4-star hotel with a dramatic Tramuntana mountain backdrop.
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    Pretty location on the Pine Walk (the footpath around the bay); the waters of the bay lap the hotel’s front terrace.
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    Bike garage with bike racks for up to 15 bikes, a huge cyclist’s wall map for route planning, track pumps, a work station with tools and lockers.
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    This is not an “in your face” cycling hotel. It has great facilities for cyclists, but it’s also a lovely hotel in its own right. The rooms are luxurious and decorated in muted taupes, many with sea views. Or you can stay in one of the apartments with kitchens and balconies.
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    Food is a highlight and eating outside on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the bay is a treat you won’t forget. 
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    Other facilities include a spa, sauna, Turkish bath, ice fountain, heated pool, smallish gym and speed tennis court (the hotel can supply kit).
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    Popular with older generations.
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    Located on the Cap de Formentor side of town. This means you have to ride through/around Port de Pollença to get to most rides.
Conclusion

If you’re trying to persuade a non-cycling companion that Mallorca is a great place for a holiday, this is the way to do it.

Other Mallorca cycling hotels

Below is our short-list of the best cycling hotels in Mallorca. You should check their bike policies before booking.

For tips on what each town/resort is like, read this article.

Port de Pollença hotels

For our thoughts on what Port de Pollença is like, read our article on Mallorca’s best towns for cyclists.

Son Brull, near Port de Pollença (5-star):

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    A chic hotel that tastefully integrates modern decor into the 12th Century monastery building.
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    It has fabulous service and facilities, including tennis court, yoga class, spa, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor pool.
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    It also has a great location, in the foothills of the Tramontana mountains, surrounded by mountains, vineyards, fields, and gardens. It is also close to Pollença and only 8 km from Port de Pollença.
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    Unsurprisingly, it’s popular with honeymooners. Children are welcome though there are no special facilities for them. 

Sporthotel Villaconcha, Port de Pollença (4-star):

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    If you’re travelling with children and/or want a strong cycling focus, look no further.
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    It’s in an excellent location, 5 minutes walk from the beach and Pine Walk leading to town.
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    The hotel completed a sparkling refurbishment in 2015/2016, and the cycling facilities are excellent: bike storage room, on-site mechanic, knowledgeable staff, tools and equipment for bike maintenance, free bike laundry service and on-site bike shop.
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    There is also a sports area with a lane pool, well-stocked gym, and spa (complete with steam room, ice pool and sauna).
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    For the family, there are two further pools (one for children and adults, one for just children), water park, pool table, table tennis, bouncy castle, children’s entertainment (in the summer).

Daina Hotel, Port de Pollença (3-4-star):

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    This is the hotel for beach and pool lovers.
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    Its seven-storey 1960s facade is perhaps not the most attractive, but its large pool is set on a jetty into the sea. There’s a pool bar too. 
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    It’s located in the centre of Port de Pollença and rooms are modern and functional. Food is buffet style.
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    The cycling facilities are solid: a bike store room shared with the Daina Apartments, pumps, tools and cleaning facilities.

Port Alcúdia hotels

Want to know what Port Alcúdia is like for cyclists? Read this article on Mallorca’s towns/resorts.

Hotel Astoria Playa, Port Alcúdia (4-star):

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    This large, modern hotel provides excellent facilities with a trendy twist. That’s what sets it apart from some of the other large bike friendly hotels in Mallorca: while some feel like they are due a refurb, the Astoria Playa leads the way with a fresh, clean aesthetic that suits the adults-only policy.
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    It’s on the “wrong” side of the road for the beach - you have to walk over the road to get to the beach - but it makes up for it with spacious gardens, two outdoor pools (one of which has a chill-out zone), three outdoor hot tubs and a poolside snack bar.
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    For cyclists, there’s a secure bike room for bikes and bike boxes (just opposite the hotel), pumps, bike maintenance area and bike hire facilities.
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    While there’s no gym (or spa) on site, non-cycling sporty types will no doubt enjoy classes such as pilates, ab circuits, dance and pool classes.

Viva Blue, Port Alcúdia (4-star):

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    We think Playa de Muro is the nicest bit of Port Alcúdia, and this is one of the best (if not the best) places for cyclists on the Playa de Muro. It’s also a fab choice if you have kids with you. 
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    It’s in the character of “large cycling hotel”. The upside is the facilities: bicycle storage room with individual padlock system and 440 bike capacity, surveillance cameras, free cycling picnics (in season), basic maintenance workshop, on-site mechanic, bike wash area for six bikes, washing machine, dryer and bike hire and shop.
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    There’s also a sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish baths, well-equipped gym, indoor pool, 25m pool with six lanes, chill out pool for adults and a splash pool for kids complete with pirate boat.
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    • For anyone not cycling, there is a comprehensive daily activity programme for both children and adults.  

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    • With all these activities on offer, you can perhaps forgive the fact the hotel is 100m from the beach rather than on it.

Vanity Hotel Golf, Port Alcúdia (4-star):

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    • If you’re travelling without children and are looking for good bragging rights, this is the place to stay. It’s probably the most famous bike hotel in Mallorca due to the fact Team Sky take over every winter. Once they’ve departed, you can stay where Froomy and the boys stay, eat where they eat and ride where they ride.

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    • The hotel’s pool is located on the terrace a few metres from the white sand beach, there are several restaurants, a cocktail lounge, fitness centre, wellness area including jacuzzi, sauna and massage service.

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    • The hotel has a bicycle storage area with surveillance cameras and is part of the Viva group so you can access their top-notch facilities (see above!), albeit not on site.

Sóller hotels

Read more about what Sóller is like for cyclists in our guide to Mallorca's towns and resorts.

Jumeirah Port Sóller Hotel (5-star):

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    The hotel has a reputation as Mallorca’s best hotel and one of Europe’s finest. 
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    • Its setting is sublime. Strung out on the cliff above Port Sóller, almost every room has uninterrupted views over the sea. As a result, it has a tranquil, relaxed feel.  Even the fitness centre has panoramic views, while the over 12s infinity pool is quite spectacular.  

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      • There is also a heated pool for children, and the kids club welcomes children from age three to twelve.

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    • Cyclists should also be well served: the David Millar cycling tour is based here, so, presumably, the hotel knows what they are doing. We have been told that there is secure storage for bikes in a garage that is monitored by CCTV and is only accessible by authorised staff. Each bike can be locked inside the garage. The hotel also has track pumps.  

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    • As you would expect, furnishings are expensive and tasteful, if perhaps a bit on the corporate side.

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    • The lack of regular transportation down the cliff to Port Sóller may cause concern to some, but the silver lining is that the slog back up builds an appetite for dinner (there are three restaurants and two bars so you shouldn’t be short on choice.) 

Hotel L'Avenida, Sóller (4-star):

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    • It’s rare to see a hotel have so many excellent ratings and so few average and below.  The reason for all the love? Appreciation for the elegant conversion of this 1907 mansion, the spacious, chic rooms, and central Sóller location…

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      • Service is also a feature: the warm and friendly staff are focused on ensuring guests have a fabulous stay.

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    • Don’t expect all the facilities of a big chain. This is a boutique hotel and facilities are pretty much limited to the pretty pool area (the pool is unheated) and food/drink offering. 

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    • Good news for cyclists: the hotel does have a bike storage area, basic tools, and a track pump. We were also told that guests may store bikes in their room if they prefer.

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Finca Ca's Sant, Sóller (4-star):

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    Finca Ca’s Sant offers low key luxury. It’s more like being welcomed into someone’s home than being a paying guest. We stayed here for a few nights many years ago, and fond memories remain.
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    • Finca Ca’s Sant is a traditional, mellow stone building, just a 10 minute stroll into town but surrounded by orange trees. Beyond the trees are the imposing Traumenta mountains. Salty sweet tomatoes drizzled with peppery olive oil and sea salt, remain a haunting memory of a fabulous breakfast. We need to return! 

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    • There is a pool but otherwise few facilities; you have to make do with the views, hospitality, and delicious food. It’s a great place to take someone that isn’t sure they will like Mallorca.

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    The only downside is that bike storage is outside, you need to bring a lock, and they don’t allow bikes in rooms… We have been assured that they have many cyclists to stay and have never had any problems - but the bike storage situation may mean this is a place best suited to those just hiring a bike for the day.

Esplendido, Port Sóller (4-star):

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    Generally, we’d say it’s better for cycling to be in Sóller than Port Sóller (read more on Mallorca’s towns here) - but special mention goes to the Esplendido. 
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    With a gorgeous position, it has bright, funky, modern vintage decor (which you may find refreshing after many more traditionally decorated Mallorcan hotels).
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    Esplendido features great bike facilities: a secure room with CCTV and access only for guests with bikes. There is also a pump.

Belmond La Residencia, Deià (5-star):

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    Belmond La Residencia is in Deià, rather than Sóller, but we had to include it. It’s rather lovely, centred around a traditional finca but with lots of room to hide away since the hotel is laid out over the hillside.  
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    • The rooms are traditionally furnished, service is excellent, and there is a wide range of facilities including a complimentary boat ride, two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, tennis courts and a gym.  

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      • The hotel has its own children’s club, so it’s a great option for families.

Hotels around Campanet

Read more about what Campanet is like for cyclists on Mallorca’s towns/resorts.

Monnaber Nou Eco Hotel and Spa, near Campanet (4-star):

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    • Stay here for a taste of traditional Mallorca. You’re in the heart of the countryside, but with excellent facilities and good service.

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      • Since 2016, Trek Travel have based their riding camps from the hotel. It’s also a popular place for families, particularly in the summer.

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    • Diverse, high-quality facilities include impressive indoor and outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, steam bath, two saunas, fitness room, spa treatments, two tennis courts, bike station with basic maintenance kit, cleaning facilities and route information. Non-cyclists may also be interested to know that the hotel can arrange guided horseback riding around the estate using their horses, assist with hike planning, boat charters as well as guide you to nearby golf courses.

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    • What’s refreshing is that such facilities are found in a beautiful, tranquil setting: soft Mallorcan stone estate buildings, glorious mountain views.

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      • Rooms are decorated in a traditional Mallorcan style - you can choose from standard rooms, suites (with separate living room) or apartments (one of which is a two bedroom apartment) with cooking facilities. One tip: check which room you are booking as the hotel is split across two sites about 600m apart. The main house contains the main restaurant, fitness room, spa, and the more impressive pool area. The annex has a traditional rectangular pool, lounge area, terrace, restaurant and is near the tennis courts.  

Hotel Son Ametler, near Campanet:

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    This small hotel is at the base of the Tramuntana mountains and is set in 25 hectares of grounds. Well off the beaten track, but for those looking for an authentic stay in the Mallorcan countryside, it’s worth putting in the effort to get here.
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    • It’s run by the team behind the nearby award-winning “Finca Hotel Es Castell” (who didn’t respond to our queries about cycling facilities). We think Ametler is better on a number of grounds: modern rooms, more shade, and a bigger pool.

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    • The rooms are light, fresh - and possibly slightly unexciting - but it’s difficult not to like them. Two of the rooms are interconnecting, which could be helpful if you are travelling with young children.

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    • We received a very helpful and prompt response to our query about cycling facilities: “We have a lock up bike shed, track pumps, torque wrenches, consumables and even a guy who knows how to fix bikes and guide (me!).” There is 100m of private road (a compacted gravel track) between the main road and hotel, but they are hoping to upgrade this shortly, and we are assured that it is perfectly rideable.

Can Furios, Binibona:

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    • This sixteenth-century country house hotel is another great option. It’s a beautiful stone building with traditional but smart furnishings (think four-poster beds and armchairs), surrounded by olive groves and with far-reaching views.

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      • The only sound tends to be the distant chiming of sheep bells or the gentle lapping of the pool. Children are not permitted. 

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    It’s a small hotel and a great place to relax and unwind; the restaurant is pretty top notch too.

Hotels around Palma

Want to know what the Palma area is like for cyclists? Read this

St Regis Mardavall, Costa d'en Blane (5-star):

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    If you’re travelling with children and are after a more resort-style experience, but still the luxury end of the market, this is a good bet.
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      • There’s no beach access but the sea views are fantastic, and the grounds are stunning.

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    • The hotel has one of the island’s 5 Michelin starred restaurants and one of its best spas.

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    • The children’s facilities are excellent, including two kids pools and sandpit. The golf options are good too, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Zafiro Palmanova, Palmanova (4-star):

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    • This is the Palma based offshoot of the cycling-friendly Viva hotels chain. The Alcúdia hotels are their flagship cycling hotels, but if you want to base yourself near Palma, stay here and make use of the bike storage warehouse, track pump, and basic tools. Beware the busy roads around the town however… (more information on Mallorca’s best towns for cyclists here).

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    • The hotel is right on the beach and has fantastic, family friendly facilities for when you’re not cycling: four pools: an outdoor pool (including bubble zone), pirate ship pool, chill-out pool (adults only) and indoor pool.

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    • There’s a spa with thermal water pool, jacuzzi and sauna, gym, nearby golf, putting green, petanque, volleyball, shooting range, table tennis and billiards. There’s also a children’s playground.

Hotel Playa, Can Pastilla (3-star):

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    • This hotel is adults only and describes itself as “designed for cyclists”. Its 77 bicycle garage with CCTV and electronic key card access certainly sounds impressive: key and padlock for locking bikes within the garage, bike cleaning area, access to a mechanic, sports nutrition and route information available, lockers for shoes and helmet and bike case storage room.

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    • Cervélo Carbon bikes are available for rent.

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    The hotel has a large terrace on the beach and a rooftop terrace with sea views and a hot tub. There’s no pool but this close to the sea, perhaps that wouldn’t be missed.

The Southern Tramuntana mountains, near the coast but inland

This area is close to Palma bay but it has a very different feel, with some of Mallorca’s most unspoilt scenery. However it’s still a good distance to Mallorca’s best riding in the Northwest Tramuntana. As with Palma, a stay here is probably best done as part of a multi-centre cycling holiday.

Castell Son Claret, Es Capdella (5-star):

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    • The approach to the hotel, down a long palm-lined avenue, sets the expectation for the whole experience. It’s a bit like being on a film set.

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      • The hotel is an elegantly restored castle, and the 325 acre grounds are equally impressive, with lawns, pools, colourful planting, fountains, paths and stone terraces that have a timeless feel.  Its backdrop is the Tramuntana mountains; it’s difficult not to be wowed.

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    • Facilities are excellent. There’s the two Michelin starred restaurant - Zaranda - as well as a tennis court, fitness room, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, hammam, beauty and massage treatments and hiking trails right from the doorstep.  There is also a 4 mile path for walking, jogging or mountain bikes.

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    • It’s a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and one of the smartest hotels on Mallorca. You can see why.

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    • For cyclists: the hotel has a locked bike storage room and a pump. You can also rent GPS devices, programmed with up to six individual tours, through the hotel. Or take it a step further and book a tour with ex-pro rider, Guido Eickelbeck.

Gran Hotel Son Net, Puigpunyent (5-star):

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    • A boutique, hilltop hotel, housed in a 17th Century finca, with far-reaching views, a magnificent 30 metre long swimming pool and well-regarded restaurant.

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      • Decor is traditional but sports a collection of modern art including works by Chagall, Hockney and Warhol.

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    There’s a small village within walking distance and the Tramuntana mountains are close to the hotel.

Bike hire Mallorca

Mallorca is a great place to hire a bike. The quality of bike rental in Mallorca is generally high; there are plenty of cycle hire shops in all the main resorts and some companies will deliver to you wherever you are staying.

Tip: Not sure whether to rent a bike in Mallorca or not? Read this to help you decide.

Below we list as many road bike hire shops as we could find, to help you with your planning. Please note:

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    • This information is offered as an indicative guide only: we periodically update it but prices, services and bike brands may change. Please let us know if you find anything that is incorrect.

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      • The only oufit we have used ourselves is Pro Cycle Hire, Port de Pollença. We had a good experience.

Bike hire Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca

Pro Cycle Hire, Mallorca (also referred to as Pro Bike Hire Mallorca)

Carrer Corb Mari 6, Puerto Pollença

One of the best-known companies on the island. They offer over 20 bike models including carbon, titanium, time trial and alloy bikes and the brands Van Nicholas, Koga, Massi, and Colnago. 

They set the bike up to your measurements. You can give them these in advance, or they can measure you when you arrive. They also have an in-house bike repair service.

Pollença Cycling

Carrer de Vicenç Buades, 6, 07470 Puerto de Pollença

Road biking specialists who stock carbon Kuota road bikes.

For rentals for more than three days, they will deliver. Delivery is free to certain areas.

Included in the price are pedals, computer, saddle bag with a spare inner tube and tyre levers, two water bottle cages and a small pump.

Pinarello Experience, Mallorca

Calle Temple Fielding 3 and 5, Puerto Pollensa

As the name suggests, this is where to come for Pinarello hire, Mallorca.

They offer premium Pinarello bikes from a luxurious showroom near the seafront and Tolo’s restaurant.

Bikehead Mallorca

C/ Caro 56 Santa Catalina 07013 Palma De Mallorca

During high season: Puerto Azul  Suite Hotel C/ Pere Melia 4 Port Pollença 07470 Pollença

Focused on road bikes and offer Cannondale, Cervélo, Colnago, and Specialized.

You can also rent a Garmin and download their suggested routes.

Deliver all over Mallorca.

Rent March pro cycling Mallorca

C/Juan XXIII, 8907470 Puerto De Pollensa

Rent March Pollensa offer competitively priced Trek road bikes for hire.

They also offer motorbike rental from the same shop.

Bike hire Alcúdia, Mallorca

New Horizon

Avda. de la Playa nº307410 Puerto de Alcúdia

Kross, Trek, Scott and Orbea road bikes to hire.

Ecobikes and PACO’s

Ecobikes, Carretera d’Artà, 41, Las Candelas, Puerto de Alcúdia

PACO’s, Calle Diana, 10, Bloque 6, bajos, Puerto de Alcúdia

Stock a range of leisure bikes and also Felt road bikes.

Wheels Sport has are two stores to choose from: Port d'Alcúdia (Av. Nicolau Riera Marsá 2 07400) and Can Picafort (Crta. Alcúdia - Arta, 56 07458).

Each store provides rental bikes (Merckx road bikes and the full range of other types of bikes) and has a repair centre.

Bikes can also be delivered.

Niu Wave Bicicletes

Av. Marina, 6. 07400. Alcúdia

Offer BH, Basso, Cube and Giant bikes to rent.

Palma De Mallorca bike hire

Bikehead Mallorca

C/ Caro 56 Santa Catalina 07013 Palma De Mallorca

During high season: Puerto Azul  Suite Hotel C/ Pere Melia 4 Port Pollença 07470 Pollença

Focused on road bikes and offer Cannondale, Cervélo, Colnago and Specialized.

You can also rent a Garmin and download their suggested routes.

Deliver all over Mallorca.

Sunshine Bikes Mallorca

Carretera Arenal Nº 4 07610 Palma

5km from the airport rents road, hard-trail and mountain bikes.

Also stocks kit and can provide bike repairs.

Nano Bikes

Carrer de la Mar 10, Palma

2 minutes from the cathedral.

Provide Specialized road bikes (aluminum and carbon) as well as city bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes and children’s bikes.  

All their bicycles can be delivered and picked-up throughout the island.

Also offer tours (though these seem aimed at leisure cyclists on city or touring bikes) and have an on-site mechanic.

Berganti Bikes

Avenida Bartolomé Riutort 59, 07610 Can Pastilla

Based on the beachfront, 5 minutes from the airport they stock Moozes road bikes as well as a wide range of other bikes.

Other road bike rental Mallorca

Tramuntana Tours

Two shops, one in the centre of Sóller (Calle de la Luna, 72) and the other in Puerto Sóller (Paseo de Traves, 12).

A tour company but also a Trek test centre, they stock a range of Trek road, mountain, hybrid, electric and children's bikes. 

They can deliver and collect bikes for an additional cost.

Cycle computers are fitted as standard to most of their bikes.

Mallorca Bike Hire

Claim to be “Majorca’s best bicycle hire company” and stock ultegra equipped carbon fibre race bikes from Ridley, Cannondale, Felt, Orbea & Moda. They deliver within the Pollensa/Alcúdia area. Other delivery may be possible on request for an additional charge. 

They have their bikes set up with the front brakes on the right hand.

Stephen Roche Cycle Hire

Ponent Mar Hotel in Son Caliu

Carbon fibre Pinarello road bikes and city bikes.

Bike Experience Mallorca

Hire Trek and Cervelo road bikes as well as Giant mountain bikes.

They provide guided routes and delivery all over the island (free if you spend more than 150 euros).

Bike Sancho

P. Maritim, nº13 07559 Cala Bona

Running since 1972 and offers road bikes, including Pinarello, Corratex and Opera. Also hire mountain bikes, electric bikes, kids bikes and tandem bikes. 

Their workshop includes an express service which allows you to get your bike fixed on the spot.

Their website is not as flash as others.

Embat Ciclos

Avenida Bartolomé Riutort, 27, 07610 Can Pastilla

Carbon and aluminium road bikes and a full range of other bikes too.

Velo Sport Team Mallorca

Gomila, Calle Juan Capo 7, 07200 Felanitx

Based in the east of Mallorca and rent road bikes, mountain bikes and trekking bikes.

TramuntBike

Avd. Jaime I nº 54 Loc. 507180 Santa Ponsa

Specialise in mountain bike hire but also have some road bikes and electric bikes.

Tips:

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    • Book your bike in advance, particularly in peak season.

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    • Remember to bring your pedals, shoes and helmet. This packing list may help!

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    • Check which way around your brakes are set before you ride away. The front brakes may be on the right hand (as is usual in the UK) or on the left (as is usual elsewhere in Europe). 

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      • Carefully check the Ts and Cs of the hire contract - particularly the insurance.

Undecided on whether to hire a bike or bring your own? Read this.

When to go

Mallorca’s reputation is built on being an awesome place for early season training. But if you want to play it safe, don’t go too early. Snow is possible in January and February. November to the end of February is a quieter period for cycling in Mallorca and many cycling facilities (bike hire shops, hotels etc) may be shut or only open for limited hours during this period.

If your priority is cycling, we’d avoid June to August (especially school holidays) as the roads get pretty clogged up, and the heat can be searing.

We have visited three times, all early season - end of February and March. The skies have been blue and the roads blissfully quiet, though the temperatures have still required arms and legs to be covered.

November

Professional cycling teams descend in winter, but don’t expect all the bars, restaurants, hotels and bike hire shops to be open. It can be pretty chilly, and you may get some rain - or even snow in the mountains (November is historically the wettest month). But there should be plenty of sunny days too!

On the plus side, this is low season for the main Mallorca tourist industry, so the roads are quiet. In February you’ll also see the incredible almond blossom.

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    Average highs: 15-19℃
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    Rainfall: 37-59mm, 6-7 days per month

December

January

February

March

Spring starts to arrive in March and temperatures begin to rise. March to May is peak season for amateur cycling, and from March onwards lots of restaurants and hotels are now open.

If Sa Calobra is your focus, note that the restaurants at the bottom open from mid-February. By May you’ll need to get to Sa Calobra and Cap Formentor early in the morning to avoid getting stuck behind traffic (plan to be away by 11 am).

June sees the start of high season for the main tourist industry. Days are hot and evenings warm.

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    Average highs: 17-27℃
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    Rainfall: 11-39mm, 2-5 days per month

April

May

June

July

Peak tourist season, with July and August being most busy. 

High temperatures can make riding hard work. Consider setting your alarm for sunrise to avoid the tourist traffic and midday sun. Cycling in the evenings is ok, but the roads release the heat they have absorbed during the day, so mornings are better.

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    Average highs: 29-30℃
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    Rainfall: 6-22mm, 1-2 days per month

August

September

Temperatures cool and the package holiday industry slows down. However, in September, you’ll still need to leave Sa Calobra and Cap Formentor before 11 am to beat the traffic.

September-November has statistically the highest amount of rainfall but still, much of each month can be expected to be sunny or mostly sunny.

October

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Books

Mallorca guide books

Our favourite general guidebook on Mallorca is Lonely Planet Mallorca. It gives useful general information about the island and is a good guide to Mallorca resorts. The sections on island history, local customs, culture and food are well-written.

If you’re only in Mallorca for a few days, and want something a bit lighter, try the DK Eyewitness Top 10 Mallorca. It gives you the essential places you need to go in a convenient pocket-size, but doesn’t dwell on the details.

It's also worth reading this article, which offers an excellent personal guide to Mallorca for first time visitors.

Mallorca travel writing

Not cycling related, but if you want to get a feel for Mallorca away from the “Brits boozing it up in Magaluf” cliché, these books by British expat Anna Nicholas are for you.  Part travelogue for the armchair traveller and part practical guide for those that like to get off the beaten track, the books will make you want to get a trip planned as soon as possible. If you want to read them in order:

Peter Kerr’s books offer a more humorous take on life in Mallorca. We love the vivid, spikey descriptions of places, people and local cuisine that make you want to jump on a plane. If you want to read them in order:

Winter in Majorca by George Sand is the classic book about Mallorca. George Sand was Chopin’s lover. They lived in Valdemossa during the winter of 1838-39 while Chopin was suffering from tuberculosis. Sand’s book is an interesting read and shows her love for Mallorcan nature - though she seems to have pretty much hated everything else!

Films

Unsurprisingly, Mallorca’s fine vistas have been used as the backdrop for a number of famous TV series and films. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than via the big screen?!

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    • 2014 film “A Long Way Down” starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Aaron Paul.

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    2013 film “Cloud Atlas”, a Hollywood big-budget movie by the Wachowski brothers, featuring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Filming locations included Sa Calobra, Sóller and Formentor. 
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    Mad Dogs”, a British psychological thriller TV series. It aired between 2011 and 2013. 

Mallorca cycling map

We used the Bike Mallorca cycling map when we visited. Even if you have a Garmin, it’s helpful to have a physical map too. This one is on waterproof, tear-resistant paper and is at a useful scale (1:100,000) to show gradients and class of road. It is double sided (east on one side, west on the other) and also provides six Mallorca cycling routes. Highly recommended.

Good to know

Where is Mallorca?

Mallorca is the largest of the Spanish Balearic islands. It is found in the Mediterranean, east of the Spanish mainland.

How do I get to Mallorca?

Though there are ferries to Mallorca from the Spanish mainland (Barcelona and Valencia), most people get to Mallorca aboard an aeroplane. 

Thankfully Mallorca is well-served with flights and flight times from the UK are about 2.5 hours. In summer more than 14 flights per day leave London Gatwick alone. There are fewer flights out of season, but it’s still possible to get to Mallorca cheaply since both national carriers, such as BA, and budget airlines, such as Easyjet, Ryanair and Monarch fly to Palma.

Palma de Mallorca Airport is located 11km (6 miles) southeast of Palma.

Mallorca or Majorca?

Is it Majorca or Mallorca? We think Mallorca. “Majorca” is a British invention, needed because they couldn’t get their tongues around the fact that double “ll” is pronounced “y”.

Talking of names, did you know that Alcúdia and Port d’Alcúdia are different places - as are Pollença and Port de Pollença! But some guides talk about Pollença or Alcúdia when they mean the ports - so be careful. You’ll see Port de Pollença also referred to as Porto de Pollenca, Puerto de Pollenca, Porte de Pollenca, Port Pollenca, Porto Pollenca - as well as all of these but with Pollensa or Pollenca instead of Pollença. They’re all the same place!

What's more, everyone knows the popular climb as Sa Calobra, but its official name is the Col dell Reis.  Sa Calobra is the name of the town at the bottom.

Mallorca’s roads

For a small island, Mallorca has a vast road network: 1,250km of roads of which 675km are local and secondary roads with an average width of 6.5m.

Sa Calobra was created by the engineer Antonio Paretti in 1932. 31,000 m3 of rock was removed in the course of construction.  The very same Antonio Paretti built the road to Formentor.

The lighthouse at the edge of Formentor was built in 1863 and, before Paretti built the road, it could only be accessed by boat or mule track.

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