The best places for bike holidays in Mallorca
Mallorca is one of, if not the, most popular bike riding destination in Europe and for good reason. Combine an island full of bike friendly routes, epic climbs, beautiful coastlines with a helping hand of Mediterranean cuisine and an agreeable climate. That’s what we call a cycling paradise. The Balearic Island-based bike holiday is a traditional ritual undertaken by amateurs, local clubs and professional teams alike. As a result, the island caters excellently for its two-wheeled guests. When looking to travel to Mallorca though, one of the biggest hurdles is inevitably the question: Where are the best places for bike holidays in Mallorca?
The best of the bike riding on Mallorca can be found in and around the craggy Tramuntana Mountains on its northwest coastline. So when looking for a cycling base the majority look for hotels and houses in the north of the island. This is your best port of call because the accommodation here is used to cyclists and more often than not encourages and caters for riders. The proximity to the famous climbs, golden beaches and postcard villages makes this area of the island better suited to cycling parties than the south coast resorts like Magaluf which are more orientated towards night-time revellers. So, let’s look at some of the best places to stay.
- Port de Pollença in the north of Mallorca
- Port d’Alcúdia – one of the best places to stay in Mallorca
- Cycling holidays in Sóller
- Bike riding in Campanet
Port de Pollença in the north of Mallorca
Located 6 km east of the inland town of Pollença, Port de Pollença is the most popular destination on the island. As it encompasses all there is to love about a Mallorcan bike holiday. The coastal town is on the doorstep of the Tramuntana Coastal Road. So it’s easy to get to the popular climbs of Cap de Formentor, Puig Major and Sa Calobra.
As well as its proximity to the best of Mallorca’s bike riding, Port de Pollença is home to bike rental stations, has a picture-perfect Mediterranean beach to cool off at after a long day’s pedalling. In Pollença is also a great choice of restaurants. Including Sir Bradley Wiggins’s favourite ‘Tolos’ restaurant where the seafood is to die for, not to mention well deserved after a long day pedalling.
Another plus point is the town’s favourable position in regard to Mallorca’s weather schedule. There is usually a south-westerly wind blowing across the island. Having a base in the north-east means that the latter half of your rides will have the aid of a tail wind. Perhaps its only downside is its distance from the Palma airport. At 65 km it might sound like a casual road bike ride but straight off the plane with all your luggage, it’s probably best to take the hit and book a taxi or group bus ride. On the plus side, you will get a chance to recce some of the island’s flatter roads on your way north. Looking for a nice hotel in Port de Pollença?
Port d’Alcúdia – one of the best places to stay in Mallorca
10 km down the road in the shelter of the next bay is the historic town of Port d’Alcúdia. This is a good option for riders who want more of a slice of authentic Mallorca rather than the modern Port de Pollença. But still there is that proximity to the best cycling routes. Port d’Alcúdia is not to be confused with Alcúdia, a beautiful Roman town conjoined to the popular tourist destination.
Port d’Alcúdia is the north-east coast’s best kept secret. Many professional teams choosing it over Port de Pollença as their winter training camp base. Thanks to its access to both the northern mountains and the rolling central Orient Valley Alcúdia is the perfect spot. For beach lovers, the sun disappears behind Alcúdia’s headland sooner than it does in Port de Pollença. Which is something to keep in mind if you’re looking to soak up the rays after a day’s ride.
Like Pollença, Port d’Alcúdia is a fair way from the airport. So if you want to reduce transfer time and would rather be city based, start looking for accommodation around Palma, Mallorca’s capital. If you are fine with getting to Alcudia, here is our hotel suggestion – Hotel in Port de Alcudia.
Cycling holidays in Sóller
Sóller is a beautiful inland town situated on the north side of the Sóller pass. It is an ideal bike travel spot for riders who prefer a slightly more secluded resort away from the hustle and bustle of the coast. It is a great location for climbers. Every ride out of town starts on a gradient because all the roads, bar the one to the beach, are uphill.
If you stay in Sóller you will have to make the most of its positioning and take on as many of Mallorca’s famous climbs as possible. Away from the bike riding, Sóller’s accommodation is less bicycle orientated than the coastal areas. The hotels are smaller and have more of a B&B boutique vibe. But for many visitors to the area, that’s exactly what they’re after. The beautiful main square, lined with authentic cafés and restaurants, is a particular highlight of the town’s charm.
There’s also the picturesque coastal village of Port de Sóller in a large horseshoe-shaped bay. It is just a few kilometres down the road. It’s considered one of the island’s best kept secrets and is well worth a visit. Looking for a bike rental station in Soller? Here comes our recommendation – Tramuntana Tours.
Bike riding in Campanet
Campanet is a small village off the beaten tourist track to the south-east of the Tramuntana range. The bike riding variety that Campanet offers is vast as it’s nestled between the mountains and the rolling Orient Valley. You could have a heavy day of climbing to Lluc by turning north. Followed by an easier rest day rolling on the quiet Camí Vell de Pollença valley route heading east. As well as the variety of cycling options, Campanet is a sun trap for the beautiful Mediterranean sun. Even in the winter months, as it’s not sheltered by the craggy mountains. Check out the most beautiful fincas and hotels in Campanet.
Resume – These are just some of the best places for cyclists to stay and ride bikes in Mallorca. Though there are plenty more options out there, this should help you to narrow things down, not to mention dialling up the levels of excitement! Next up is to make bike travel arrangements and start planning how to get the most out of your sunny days on the bike.
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