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The Ten Best Undiscovered Cycling Routes in Mallorca Following on from our review of the The Best Cycling Routes in Mallorca, we would like to offer a further ten great rides which explore lesser known parts of the island. Many cyclists come back to Mallorca several times, lured by its superb cycling terrain, quiet roads and good year-round weather. However, rather than cycling Sa Calobra or Cap de Formentor for the fifth time (enjoyable as it is!), why not consider one of these excellent alternative rides?

Likewise, if you are the kind of rider who likes to go away from the (cycling) crowd, you may be more tempted to try these realtively undiscovered rides, rather than the more famous routes. Several of these routes are used on our Mountains of Mallorca and Rural Mallorca cycling holidays, and they have been proved to be extremely popular options.

Let us know in the comments below if there are other lesser known routes in Mallorca which you would recommend.



10) Port des Canonge

Port des Canonge

Situated on the west coast, Port des Canonge is an isolated former fishing village which is home to a fantastic beach and the start of a couple of highly enjoyable coastal walks (including a superb hike along the Cami de Sa Volta des General to Banyalbufar).

From a cycling perspective, the winding road down to the village is a delight to ride. The turn off to Port des Canonge is situated on the MA-10 between the villages of Esporles and Banyalbufar and it is a 5km descent down to the coast from here. And what a five kilometres! The road is jam-packed with tight hairpin bends, which wind down through picturesque forest scenery. Near to the bottom of the climb is a rather incongruously situated polo field, before you continue to the beach and fine coastal area.

You then turn around and climb back the same way into the Tramuntana Mountains. The road is in excellent condition and almost completely empty, making for a really enjoyable shortish extension to a longer route.



9) Cap des Salinas

Cap ses Salines

Situated on the other side of the island to Port des Canonge, Cap des Salinas is the southern most point in Mallorca. A round trip from the nearby village of Ses Salines is 24km in length and the route is very gently downhill on the way there and slightly uphill on the way back; however, it is an easy ride and suitable for cyclists of all levels.

The road is lined by traditional Mallorca dry stone walls and delivers you to a beautiful rocky beach at Cap des Salinas, which is also home to a working lighthouse. From the beach you can see across to the picturesque island of Cabrera, which is also a National Park.

Cap des Salinas is a nice ride for an hour or two, although more ambitious cyclists can continue to Felanitx and tackle one of the two excellent climbs there - Castell de Santueri and San Salvador. Situated close to Ses Salines is Botanicactus - a botanical garden specializing in different types of cactuses from around the world.



8) Ermita de Betlem

Cala Mezquida, Llevant Natural Park

The Llevant Natural Park in the north-east of Mallorca is predominantly known for its hiking trails, but it is also home to some great cycling routes of relatively short length. The routes here are rolling with some sustained climbing (including short sections with gradients over 10%), and they are fantastic for riding, with almost no traffic and superb scenery throughout the routes.

The best in this region is the climb to Ermita de Betlem, a small chapel overlooking the coast and the village of Betlem. Starting from the historic town of Arta (which is also well worth visiting), the route is just over 9km in each direction. The first part is relatively flat, before kicking up towards the end with the climb to the Ermita. The road is extremely quiet and stunningly beautiful, with hairpin bends snaking up the mountain, occasionally breaking out of forest to offer incredible views of the coast.

If you wish to cycle further, you can return to Arta and follow the narrow roads to the fine beaches at Cala Mitjiana and Cala Mesquida.



7) Albufera Natural Park

Albufera Natural Park, Mallorca

Situated close to the very popular cycling town of Port d'Alcudia, the Albufera Natural Park is a good option for families and other cyclists that prefer to go on pleasant off-road rides. After checking-in at the visitor center, you can explore the various trails around this wetland area, with a nice range of lengths and difficulties.

The Albufera is a very pleasant and peaceful area, and is known throughout Europe for it bird-watching. The park is home to a wide number of both residential and migratory species, including the Moustached Warbler, Purple Gallinule and Crested Coot.



6) Full Island Circle

Full Island Circle

Mallorca is a deceptively large island, but that does not stop some cyclists from attempting to ride around the entire perimeter. A local sportive - known as the Mallorca 312 - invites challengers every year; the 312 in the name referring to the total number of kilometres that must be covered!

The route begins in Port Pollensa, crossing the entire Tramuntana Mountains before loosely running parallel the coast along the east and northern sides of the island. In terms of scenery and enjoyment, there are a lot better ways to ride 312 kilometres in Mallorca. Some of the roads on this extended circle are busy and without great views. However, for challenge seekers, this is a great option and certainly an achievement that you can be proud of accomplishing.



5) Mallorca's Wine Region

Mallorca Wine Region

Like almost every region in Spain, Mallorca produces its own excellent wine. While it is not as famous or as widely exported as the likes of Rioja or Ribera del Duero, it remains a relatively important and proud local industry.

A cycling route around the wine region passes through picturesque vineyards and historic villages along quiet country lanes, making for an enjoyable day in the saddle. Centered around the villages of Binissalem and Santa María, there are various different routes you can take around this area. A nice shorter loop connects the villages of Costitx, Sencelles, Biniali and Santa María, while a longer ride could be extended to include the wonderfully picturesque villages of Selva, Moscari and Campanet, situated in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains.



4) Cap d'Alcudia

Cap d'Alcudia

Cap d'Alcudia is situated on the other side of Pollensa Bay from the legendary Cap de Formentor. It is not as long or hilly as its more famous cousin; however, it is also considerably quieter and with a considerable charm of its own - making it a nice option for riders who are slightly intimidated by the amount of climbing on Cap de Formentor.

Beginning in the town of Alcudia - home to a fantastic Roman site in the city center - the route heads through the village of Mal-Pas along the peninsula. Here you pass by several enormous villas and hidden coves, before the route becomes increasinly rural and undulating. The views across the bay to the Cap de Formentor are spectacular and offer a unique perspective on this part of the island. The very tip of the Alcudia Peninsula is closed to the public as it is home to a military radar, but the ride is certainly still worth doing.



3) Puig Major & Cala Tuent

Cala Tuent

Puig Major is the highest road climb in Mallorca and doesn't really belong on this list, as it is very well known by cyclists. However, while many riders continue along the undulating road to Sa Calobra, very few take the opportunity to explore the equally spectacular Cala Tuent.

The route begins in Soller, climbing the magnificent Puig Major for nearly 15km before a descent towards the junction with Sa Calobra. Continue here towards Sa Calobra, descending the stunning hairpin bends, but 3km from the bottom, take a deviation towards Cala Tuent. You will be amazed at how quiet the road quickly becomes, and the scenery here is really beautiful as you descend to a beautiful beach at the bottom. The climb back up is not for the faint hearted, but the subsequent descent of Puig Major is the most enjoyable on the island, with a wide road and sweeping bends making it possible to maintain a good speed throughout.



2) Sobremunt & Es Verger

Sobremunt

Many cyclists visiting Mallorca are under the impression that Sa Calobra is the most challenging climb on the island. It isn't - Sobremunt is. This quiet climb, hidden in the southern part of the Tramuntana mountains near to the towns of Esporles and Puigpunyent, is characterized by steep gradients over its 7km length. There are several sections at 20% and numerous long ramps in excess of 15%. The steep grades are compounded by the road surface, which deteriorates in the last 2km of the climb (although it remains perfectly fine to ride on a road bike).

Sobremunt is not an especially picturesque climb by Mallorca's standards; it is forested and with very few open views. However, it is very quiet and peaceful, allowing you to suffer in silence as you fight against the unrelenting slopes.

From the top you can descend down Es Verger - another climb which is steep towards the top. This descent is on a very good road surface and is highly enjoyable, finishing in the village of Esporles, from where you can join up with some better known and easier routes - including number one in this list!



1) Southern Tramuntana Inland

Galilea from Es Capdella

The southern part of the Tramuntana mountains are not undiscovered, but are certainly not as popular as the higher climbs in the northern part of the range. And nestled right at the heart of the southern slopes is this stunning route from Andratx to Esporles.

Number one on our list of The Best Cycling Routes in Mallorca took the coastal route between these two towns - and this is the inland route. The two can be combined to make the best circular ride in Mallorca, if not the whole of Spain.

Southern Tramuntana Inland, Mallorca

Starting from Andratx, the route heads inland over a short winding climb to Es Capdella. From here, you head into the heart of the mountains, through the village of Galilea and into the Puigpunyent. The route then finishes by climbing the tight hairpins of Es Grau and descending down to Esporles.

The route has everything that you could wish for on a perfect cycling ride. The scenery is beautiful through the forested mountains and with the impressive Galatzo peak in the distance. The traditional villages that you pass through are incredibly picturesque and make for great coffee or lunch stops. And the terrain is varied, with superb ascents and descents that are really fun to ride, on roads which carry almost no traffic.