Mountains of Mallorca - Cycling Holiday
- Guided / Self-Guided
- 6 Nights
- Arrive/Dep. - Palma
- Difficulty: Medium - Challenging
- Price - From €1030
- Dates - Year Round
Mallorca is an amazing island for cycling. Many professionals are based here and do their winter training on the mountains of the island. On this tour you may well see some as you take in the most beautiful climbs on the island!
This cycle tour crosses the Tramuntana Mountains on the north-west of Mallorca, and includes the classic routes to Cap de Formentor, Sa Calobra and Puig Major.
This tour is rated as medium to challenging. There is the option to do significant climbing, but the minimum daily distance is kept fairly short and with the option to avoid the longer climbs, making the cycling tour accessible to a wider range of riders.
Day 1 - Port PollencaWe will transfer you from Palma airport or ferry terminal to Port Pollenca in the north of the island. The Port Pollenca region is the cycling capital of Mallorca, with part-time local residents including recent Tour de France winners Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
As well as having great beaches it retains much of the charm of Mallorcan culture, including a Roman site and city walls dating from the 14th century.
Day 2 Coll de Sa Batalla & Lluc MonasteryThe first day of the cycle tour sees you head inland towards the village of Campanet with its historic caves. From here, the route climbs into the Tramuntana Mountains, crossing the Coll de Sa Batalla, a 7.5km climb at an average gradient of around 6%.
At the top of the climb you will reach the village of Lluc, home to a 13th century monastery, and an excellent place to stop for lunch. The route then continues mostly downhill back to Port Pollensa.
Distance: 62-84km - plus possible extensions
Day 3 Cap de FormentorThe route today takes you to one of the most iconic parts of Mallorca - the Cap de Formentor.
The long and undulating road to the Cap offers incredible views to really enjoy the cycling. Depending on the time of year you go, there is a good chance of being passed by groups of professional cyclists doing training rides on this route.
The 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins holds the unofficial record to the Cap de Formentor and back, apparently completing the hilly 38km in exactly one hour!
Distance: 55-78km - plus possible extensions
Day 4 Tramuntana & Sa CalobraToday is the most challenging and the most beautiful day of the cycle tour. The route heads into the heart of the Tramuntana mountains.
After passing the historic village of Lluc, the route continues towards Soller, climbing to Puig Major - the highest road on Mallorca at around 1000m. There is also the option to take the beautiful hilly diversion to Sa Calobra, a spectacular 12km road consisting of numerous hairpin bends. The destination for the evening is Puerto de Soller, a small, pretty fishing village on the west of the island.
Distance: 64-87km - plus possible extensions
Day 5 Deνa & ValldemossaToday you return to the mountains doing a really pleasant loop taking in the picturesque villages of Deia and Valldemossa. The coastal road takes in the rugged cliffs at Deia and the 14th century charterhouse at Valldemossa.
From Valldemossa, the route continues along the beautiful coastal road, heading south to the village of Banyalbufar, a traditional Mallorcan village, perched on a steep hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Distance: 42-64km - plus possible extensions
Day 6 Inland VillagesThe final day in the saddle is a circular route through the southern part of the Tramuntana Natural Park. There is around 1,000m of climbing on this undulating route which follows the coastal road before heading inland to the pleasant village of Puigpunyent - a nice place to stop for lunch.
The route continues climbing numerous hairpins through Mallorca's wine country, before a fast descent back into Banyalbufar to finish the day.
Distance: 62-79km - plus possible extensions
Day 7 DepartAfter breakfast our tour ends. We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
Alternatively, if you prefer, we can arrange for you to continue your holiday in Palma, or one of the other beach resorts on the island.
Please see our extensions page for more details.
Prices & Dates
|Price (per person)*||Single Supplement||Bike Hire (Optional)|
|7th - 13th April 2019||1170||300||100|
|19th - 25th April 2020||1170||300||100|
|Other Dates||contact us|
|Price (per person)*||Single Supplement||Bike Hire (Optional)|
|Oct - Dec & Jan - April||€1030||€300||€100|
|May, June & Sept||€1110||€310||€100|
*Based on two people sharing a double or twin room. If you would prefer to stay in a single room, the single supplement is applicable.
Guided TourGroups of six people or more contact us to arrange a private guided tour starting on any date.
The following is included in the tour:
- Six nights accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite. Please see price list for details of single supplement.
- Transfer to and from the arrival/departure points
- Continental breakfast every day
- Luggage transferred between hotels
- Detailed maps and route information for each day, with clearly marked points of interest.
- Route extensions every day for those of you who wish to cycle
- 6 x lunches in local restaurant (Guided Tour Only)
- 1 x evening meal in local restaurant, with wine and soft drinks included (Guided Tour Only)
- Experienced guide cycling the route with the group (Guided Tour Only)
- Support vehicle along the route (Guided Tour Only)
The following are optional extras available for an additional charge:
The following is not included in the tour
- Lunches and Dinners (Self-Guided Tour)
- Any transfers not stated above
- Travel Insurance
- Entry to any attractions (e.g. museums, churches) except were explicitly stated
Frequently Asked Questions
Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.
How far do I cycle each day on this tour?
The average daily distance is around 60km (37 miles). There are extensions every day for those that wish to cycle further.
How difficult is this tour?
This tour is rated as challenging as it contains significant climbing on most days.
The climbs in Mallorca are not especially steep (average gradients are 4-7%; however, there are several climbs of 5-18km in length. The average amount of climbing is around 800m per day.
In order to enjoy the holiday it is necessary to have a reasonable level of fitness. However, because the minimum daily distances are quite low, you certainly don't have to be of a club standard to have a great time on this tour.
The routes have plenty of places to stop at cafes or restaurants and so this is a great cycling tour for riders that enjoy mountain scenery and steady climbs, without wanting to race them.
If you would like an easier cycling tour to Mallorca, you may be interested in our Mallorca Villages Cycling Holiday.
Can I personalize or change aspects of this tour?
Absolutely! We have designed a tour that we feel strikes a great balance between cycling routes, accommodation and interesting towns. However, if, for example, you would like to do the tour
for a different number of days, stay in a different level of accommodation, or extend the route to a different location, we would be happy to discuss the options with you.
What is a single supplement?
Our prices are based on two people sharing a hotel room (in a double or twin room). For cyclists that wish to stay in their own room, the single supplement is payable.
The cost is made up of the extra cost of accommodation when the room is single occupancy and also the greater cost of the transfers (luggage and people) when it is not split between two or more cyclists. We have made every effort to keep this to a minimum wherever possible.
What are the arrival and departure points?
Palma is the arrival and departure point for this tour. It is the capital and by far the largest city in Mallorca, and has a large international airport and ferry terminal.
It is easy to find low cost flights to here from most European countries throughout the year.
We will pick you up from here at the start of the tour and drop you off at the end.
What type of bikes do you hire?
For this tour we recommend road bikes. The amount of climbing and the distances are more suitable for road bikes (which are all fitted with a compact chain set).
However, we can also provide hybrid bikes if you would prefer to do the tour in a more upright position.
Please see our bicycles page for further details.
When can I do this tour?
This tour is available starting on any day throughout the year, although we generally advise against July and August as the roads get busier and it is very hot.
The most popular period is from late September through to early June. This is when the weather is warm, but not too hot, and the island is not as busy as in the height of summer.
What is the weather like on this tour?
Mallorca has a fully deserved reputation for fine weather throughout the year. Rain is uncommon throughout the year, although is slightly more likely in late winter.
Good weather is never absolutely guaranteed in Europe; however, there is as good a chance of a completely sunny week in Mallorca as there is almost anywhere on the continent
Which famous mountains will I climb?
The following are among some of the most famous and spectacular mountains that you will climb on the holiday:
Sa Calobra (L)
Cap de Formentor
Coll de Sa Batalla
Coll de Soller
(L) = On longer route only (E) - Available as an optional extension
What are the altitude profiles for each day?
We believe that the hotels that you stay in are just as important as the towns that you visit and the scenery that you ride through. On this tour we have chosen accommodation that
is of a high quality and is typical to the area.
Port PollencaThe tour begins in Port Pollenca, a beautiful town on the north of the island. You stay in a delightful **** hotel situated just a short distance from the large beach and the heart of the town.
Port SollerHere you stay in a superb hotel located directly opposite the beach. There are excellent views of the bay and the hotel also has a swimming pool and an excellent restaurant.
BanyalbufarThe final two nights are spent in Banyalbufar - one of the most remote and visually stunning villages in Mallorca.
You stay here in a stunning boutique hotel with fine views of the sea. The hotel is locally run with high quality rooms and a large outdoor terrace.
To find out more about how we select our hotels, please see our accommodation page.
To reserve a place on the tour, please follow the link below to continue to our reservation form.
Once we have received the form, we will be in contact to confirm the booking and to arrange for the payment of the deposit.
If you would like to do this tour in a group of more than six people as a guided tour, please contact us and we can arrange a private guided tour.