With its blend of year round sunny weather, incredibly challenging climbs and smooth as silk Spanish roads, Mallorca has become a hot spot destination for the world’s best cyclists.
Just a short flight from the UK, Mallorca is the ideal destination whether you need an off-season training camp before a big cycling challenge or want to enjoy a spin during a family holiday. Compact enough that you can see everything with ease, and with the perfect mix of flat and easy going terrain and tough mountains, Mallorca has something to offer cyclists of every level.
Take the Hassle out of Cycling: Mallorca Bike Hire Shops
If you don’t want the hassle of travelling with your bike, then Mallorca has a wide range of top quality bike hire shops. Whether your preferred ride is a top of the range Colnago or Cannondale like the pros, or you need a child’s bike for a day spent sightseeing, there’s a huge range of choice – just remember to book online before you go, particularly if you’re visiting in high season.
Cycling has become a big focus for the largest and most beautiful island in the Balearics. You can take your pick from high-end cycling shops, then treat yourself to a post-ride massage, before dining at the famous Tolos restaurant in lovely Port de Pollenca where you enjoy traditional cuisine and fantastic bike memorabilia in Bradley Wiggins’ favourite restaurant.
Where to Ride in Mallorca
If there’s one climb you must ride when you’re in Mallorca, it’s the Sa Calobra. This incredible mountain pass is one of the best in the world thanks to the way the switchbacks twist and turn up and down the mountainside.
One of the jewels in Mallorca’s crown, this extraordinary road was designed in the 1930s by Antonio Parietti, an Italian engineer responsible for some of the best of Mallorca’s infrastructure.
Perhaps unique in European mountain climbs, the road first plunges from the summit towards the little fishing village in Sa Calobra before beginning its breathtaking ascent back to the summit at an average 7% gradient.
If you want to experience Sa Calobra while taking in Mallorca’s stunning scenery, then book yourself a place on the incredible Mallorca 312 sportive, a single 312km lap of the entire island.
Coll de Soller
Other unmissable climbs are the Coll de Soller, like a Mallorcan Alpe d’Huez, and the ascent to the lighthouse at Cap Formentor with its incredible views over the island and out to sea.
Or test yourself against World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski on the slow grind up the Puig Major – it’s one of the island’s sternest tests, where the Sky rider holds the time for the fastest ascent.
Enjoy Your Downtime
Of course, there are plenty of things to do in Mallorca off the bike, too. The island’s capital Palma makes a great city break thanks to the wealth of attractions within easy reach including a visit to the vineyards of Binissalem and a stroll through the exquisite Alfàbia Gardens.
For a longer stay, why not rent one of our villas with pools in Mallorca? Whether you visit with family or friends, there’s no better way for the keen cyclist to enjoy one of the best cycling destinations in the world, so contact us today to book your villa holiday!