Mallorca is best known for its party mile and beaches, but cycling enthusiasts will also get their money’s worth on the Spanish island.
They’re back! The island is waking up from its corona mode. Many Mallorcans are happy and newcomers rub their eyes in amazement. Where do cyclists come from? Small pelotons whizzed by again and again. Mostly hobby cyclists in colorful jerseys and tight pants.
Their paddocks are concentrated on Mallorca’s longest beach in Alcudia Bay. Every spring morning there is an atmosphere and bustle almost like before a bike race: bicycle check, pack provisions, fill water bottle, adjust bike computer, adjust helmet and goggles, stretch your muscles a bit.
Perfect roads for cyclists
Many beach hotels offer the perfect infrastructure for cycling enthusiasts, including attached bike rental station and accessory boutique. Before Corona there were around 200 hotels on Mallorca that specialized in cycling holidays. Mallorca’s advantage for cyclists are the countless good roads and farm tracks in a beautiful landscape.
“Nowadays, the roads on Mallorca are almost sensational. And the motorway also relieves the country roads. In the past, cyclists were exhausted from the potholes and not from the daily kilometers,” explains Max Huerzeler with a smile, ex-cycling world champion and founder of the largest bike station on the island .
Mallorca seems to come to terms with cyclists. Local drivers and the police are usually very considerate. Only the Spanish helmet requirement should not be neglected.
Comfortable bike tour including small talk
By the way, it’s also comfortable. Not all cycling holidaymakers on Mallorca imagine themselves in a mass training camp. The tip for Huerzeler is “chat group”. noun est omen. The guide chooses the speed just high enough for his little flock to be able to hold some small talk on tour. At least one café stop is mandatory. And it can also be ridden with the somewhat slower but more comfortable touring bike or with the e-bike.
The perfect tour for beginners
A tip for beginners is a leisurely round from Playa de Muro to Cala Sant Vincenc and back. Mainly on small streets past rows of olive trees, grazing sheep, fat black pigs and old fincas, you get to the old town of Pollenca without any significant climbs.
A sunny spot for a café-con-leche stop awaits at the long staircase up to Calvary. Some guides prefer to stop here, because there are often enough other cyclists to occupy the few spots in the cute beach bar on the Cala.
If there is not so much going on in the Bar Mallorca in the bay, a little snack tip: “Pa amb oli” tastes particularly good here. The Mallorcan “Butterbrot” is toasted, spread with olive oil, rosemary, garlic and chopped tomatoes. Dried ham, goat cheese and green olives are served with it.
After a round of the small rocky bay, the group rolls to the palm-lined beach promenade in Puerto Pollenca, which means a tapas stop with sea views. Along the Bay of Pollenca with a wonderful view of kite surfers and the peninsula of Cap des Pinar, the bike trip leads back to Playa de Muro.
300 kilometers on the way
La Luminosa, the enlightened one, as many Spaniards call Mallorca, can also be discovered in a large circular tour. You should allow eight to ten days for this and be fit enough for around 300 kilometers by bike. Cyclists can plan the individual stages very well with the help of tour portals such as Komoot and Outdooractive and with the ADFC cycle tour map Mallorca.
If you want it to be easier and more comfortable, you can book an individual eight-day tour of Mallorca with a cycle tour operator. The overnight stays after the individual stages are then already booked and the luggage will be taken care of by hotel transported to hotel. This allows everyone to focus more on the highlights along the route, such as the white sandy beach of Es Trenc, the Dragon Cave in Porto Cristo and the picturesque village of Fornalutx.
Hardly any bike tourists from June
At the latest at the end of May, at the beginning of June, the picture changes on Mallorca: Then the cyclists will be significantly fewer. Surfers, sailors and bathers take over the regiment. The large bike stations reduce their activities to summer mode from June to the beginning of September. Only die-hard cyclists can cope with the heat and the increasing tourist traffic.
Perhaps then at least the well-developed 30-kilometer cycle path from El Arenal to Palmanova will enjoy increasing popularity among beach holidaymakers.