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What do you need for your Majorca cycling getaway

Fancy to enjoy a Majorca cycling getaway without missing out on the essentials that you will find on the island?

Majorca is by far one of the most important cycling havens in Europe. It is not in vain that the big prof teams choose this destination for their pre-season stages, but also as quality blocks before the big tours: Movistar, Team INEOS or Jumbo, among many others.

Obviously enjoying Majorca as a triathlon lover gives your experience a plus, so before we get started here is our Mallorca cycling guide. Providing detailed information on the best cycling accommodations, routes, climbs, coffee stops…. And all this for free.

In case you want to skip a step….

  1. North, South, East or West of Majorca?
  2. Bike hotels
  3. Top Cycling Routes
    1. Playa de Palma – Santuari de Cura
    2. Playa de Muro – Formentor
    3. Inca – Sa Calobra
    4. Palma – Santueri – Sant Salvador
  4. Iconic climbs
    1. Sa Calobra
    2. Puig Major
    3. Coll de Femenía
    4. Coll de Soller
    5. Formentor
  5. Cycling events in Majorca
    1. Mallorca 312
    2. Challenge Paguera Mallorca
    3. Triathlon Porto Colom
    4. Zafiro IRONMAN 70.3 Alcúdia – Mallorca
    5. IRONMAN Mallorca

North, South, East or West of Majorca?

Difficult choice, right? No doubt, the north of Majorca is the one that has strengthened itself as a benchmark cycling destination. Pollença, Alcúdia, Playa de Muro … all the coastal towns which have the two emblematic climbs of the island within easy reach: Sa Calobra and Cap de Formentor.

However, investments in infrastructure for cyclists have spread all over the island, creating very attractive routes that cross the borders of the Serra de Tramuntana.

For example, inland roads have the comparative advantage of accessibility and low gradient, as well as wide roads that allow less experienced cyclists to feel safe on the road.

In the south of Majorca we have a wide range of coastal routes. If you’re a cycling enthusiast while enjoying the cliffs and coasts around you, this area might be the one for you, hiding some must-see gems.

Finally, the northwestern region of the island connects the Serra de Tramuntana with Calvià, which can intersect easier routes along the coast, easier routes along the coast, with others that are slightly more rugged at the entrance to the mountain. From Calvià you can cycle to charming towns such as Galilea or Valldemossa, through el Coll de sa Creu, and if you are a seasoned cyclist, join Soller.

Bike Hotels

The wide range of hotels for cyclists has grown over the years. As Majorca has become a growing destination for cycling enthusiasts, accommodations have realized that the quality is key role for the customer who loves cycling.

In fact, many of the island’s accommodations already have their Cycling Friendly certifications, with the provision of a Cycling Center to store your bike and adapt it to each route.

There is a wide variety of accommodations, some more affordable than others. To the north, there are Gold certified hotels, such as the PortBlue Club Pollentia Resort & Spa or Hotel Bahía de Alcúdia. In the south-east you will also find other Gold certified hotels such as the Hotel Son Caliu Spa Oasis. And if you prefer to stay in the city of Palma, you have the option at the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel.

1. PortBlue Club Pollentia Resort & Spa

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One of the benchmark hotels for cycle tourism in Majorca, located between the Bay of Puerto de Pollensa and the Albufereta Natural Park. It is a unique place to enjoy the best cycling routes in Majorca. Ideal for cycling and triathlon enthusiasts.

2. Hotel Bahía de Alcúdia

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In Alcúdia, this hotel offers different types of rooms and a wide gastronomic offer to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine. The atmosphere is warm, close and familiar, in a privileged environment, one of the most popular in Alcúdia, just 150 meters from the beach.

Hotel establishment specializing in cycling and triathlon, offering all the equipment necessary for its practice: bicycle center, bicycle rental, shop and workshop. Ideal hotel for triathletes, cyclists and sports enthusiasts who wish to combine cycling and swimming.

3. Hotel Son Caliu Spa Oasis

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Located between Portals and Palmanova, you can fully enjoy the best cycling in Majorca thanks to the excellent routes with sea views and the mountain routes in the Serra de Tramuntana, near this beautiful property. You will certainly appreciate the full range of exclusive services for cyclists at Son Caliu Spa Oasis, with an exclusive workshop, parts store, laundry room and a wide variety of cuisine for cyclists.

Top Cycling Routes

You are going on vacation to Majorca for a week and of course you want to travel through the island. After all, it’s a small island and you have to take the time. But when we tell you that you can find over 700 cycle routes in Majorca on our website you might realize that you can’t cover everything.

Don’t worry, we’re here to tell you which ones you shouldn’t miss.

1. Playa de Palma – Santuari de Cura

If you leave from Playa de Palma, 60 km await you on this route of medium difficulty. Views of the entire center of the island and a renovated asphalt to fully enjoy cycling. Are you going to miss this beautiful bike route?

Santuari de Cura, Mallorca

Image of Frank Vincent.

2. Playa de Muro – Formentor

Essential route for all cyclists who come to visit our island to enjoy some of the best views in the world, with the panoramic view of Sa Talaia d´Albercutx, and the uniqueness and spectacular nature of the Faro de Formentor (Lighthouse). 71 kilometers from Playa de Muro, with an elevation gain of 1378 meters

Faro de Formentor

The section that goes from Playa de Muro to Port de Pollença is a warm-up for an ascent that alternates sections with demanding slopes and others that combine less steep climbs and descents.

Be especially careful with goats and other animals that may graze in the area, neither you nor the animal want to be shocked.

3. Inca – Sa Calobra

One of the most characteristic and demanding routes in Majorca, where you can enjoy the climbs of Coll de sa Batalla and sa Calobra. Enjoy the exceptional view of the Serra de Tramuntana from Sa Calobra. A photo of the famous “tie knot” is a must have in every cycling album. A 70 km route from Inca with a positive slope is not suitable for all target groups (2024 m).

Sa Calobra

4. Palma – Santueri – Sant Salvador

Route starting from Palma, suitable only for the most prepared. In the Felanitx region you have the two main climbs: Castell de Santueri, with two very hard last kilometers, and the famous Puig de Sant Salvador. Enjoy incredible views and the best back roads in Majorca. 140 kilometers with a positive slope of 15,715 meters on this medium difficulty course. Do you dare to take up this demanding challenge?

Sant Salavador, Mallorca

Iconic Climbs

We tend to think of ourselves as living in linear time that is constantly traveling into the future and whose present is impossible to remember. However, there are times when everything stops, the world freezes and inside we realize that we are facing a unique spot that we will preserve until the end of our days.

This is probably the feeling more than one person has felt after conquering one of the most iconic climbs on the island, and here we bring you 5 that you should not miss.

At each port conquered a piece of soul remains there, but it gives us a moment of life.

1. Sa Calobra

10.36 km | 665 m

The most emblematic ascent of the island. A 10 km with an average slope of 7% and short ramps, which… in some cases exceed 20%!

2. Puig Major

14.29 km | 863 m

The longest climb on the island, with more than 14 km. An essential climb for any cyclist, with a very constant slope, on average 6%.

3. Coll de Femenía

7.49 km | 410 m

Starting in Pollença, the ascent to the Coll de Femenía reflects how little the beauty of the Serra de Tramuntana is. 8 kilometers at 6% average slope!

4. Coll de Soller

5.17 km | 257 m

Bike paradise where you can enjoy 6 km of ascent with an incline of 5%. The most famous horseshoe curves on the island!

5. Formentor

3.12 km | 1571 m

The ascent to the Faro de Formentor (lighthouse) begins with a 3.2 kilometer steep climb to the Coll de Sa Creueta, with a slope of 6% whose reward is the spectacular view. After a mandatory break to contemplate the magnificent views, we will proceed to a steep descent that continues to the beach of Formentor, then a gradual climb but less difficult than from there to the Faro de Formentor (lighthouse). A section to enjoy with every pedal stroke.

Atttention! It is important to save energy for the return trip, mainly for the first part of the return from the lighthouse and for the ascent to the belvedere, with steeper slopes than on the outward journey and which caused more than a bonk.

Between June 15 and September 15, car traffic is restricted, so if you don’t melt in the heat, you can take the opportunity to have a clear road.

If you are an experienced cyclist, you can take advantage of the conquest to visit Sa Talaia d’Albercutx.

Cycling Events in Majorca

Discovering a destination through its sporting events is one of the most enriching experiences that a big fan of cycling must have at least once in his life. And how could it be otherwise, Majorca offers top-level cycling events, from the Mallorca 312 cycling tour to the IRONMAN organized in the Alcúdia cycling zone. Here we leave the most remarkable to you.

1. Mallorca 312

The Mallorca 312 is, without a doubt, the most important cycling tour in Majorca and one of the most important in the world. This great event, whose capacity for this year will be 2000 people and which will be held on October 24; three distances depending on the ability of each cyclist:

  • 312 km and 5050 m slope.
  • 225 km and 3973 m slope.
  • 167 km and 2475 m slope.

With more than 10 editions, this racing bike event is a long, tough and fun route that crosses the entire Sierra de Tramuntana from Andratx to reach the Artá area in Levante.

2. Challenge Paguera Mallorca

The Challenge Peguera-Mallorca is a unique triathlon! You will enjoy swimming in crystal clear waters (Playa Torà | Peguera), a technical bike segment and a foot race along the coast. The event that MD triathlon lovers cannot miss! The 2021 edition will be held on October 16 and expects to host 2,000 participants. Ready for the occasion?

3. Triathlon Porto Colom

The Portocolom Triathlon is one of the best triathlons in Majorca and one of the first of the season. Swimming in paradisiacal waters is only the beginning of a test which will not leave you indifferent. In addition, it has two distances to accommodate different profiles of participants:

  • The average distance is 500 m of swimming, 50 km bike and 5 km of running.

  • The large distance is 1 km of swimming, 100 km bike y 10 km of running.

Its next edition is scheduled for April 10, 2022. Could this be your next challenge?

4. Zafiro IRONMAN 70.3 Alcúdia-Mallorca

The Zafiro IRONMAN 70.3 Alcúdia-Mallorca awaits you in October! A unique triathlon, one of the main sporting events in Majorca, gathers participants from more than 65 different nationalities The swimming will start (with Rolling start format) in the Bay of Alcúdia, followed by a mountainous circuit on the bike and a segment of a race on foot, very flat. Ironman 70.3 distances: 1.9km 90km 21.1km.

5. IRONMAN Mallorca

On the same weekend, and with departure and arrival at the same point, IRONMAN organizes its long distance. A test suitable only for the brave: 3.8 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers of cycling segment that will take participants to Port de Pollença and the emblematic areas of Santa Margalida, Son Serra de Marina and Artà and a final marathon (with its 42 kilometers) through the streets of Alcúdia.

Now that we have convinced you that you should spend your next cycling holiday in Majorca (yes, we are convinced that we have succeeded), it might be time for you to take a look at some of the accommodations in Majorca.

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