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Climbs, Views and Chills: Three of the Best Road Cycling Routes in Mallorca

Words by Love Velo & @peteskilebowski Photos by Love Velo

Easily accessible from the UK, Mallorca offers a bounty of smooth, safe and scorchingly fast routes for the sun-seeking road cyclist. From the dramatic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range to the rolling farmland and quiet country paths of the north east, Mallorca's mixed terrain makes it an ideal destination for new and experienced road cyclists alike. 

Port Pollensa is the ultimate playground on the island. With iconic rides on your doorstep and some of the best cycling roads in Europe, Port Pollensa is the place to stay in Mallorca. We love the spins out to Cap Formentor, Sa Calobra, Soller and Lluc. Most of all, we love 300 days of sunshine a year on an island that is just a couple of hours from the UK.

We’ve put together a trio of routes that showcase Mallorca’s many charms, including the climber’s delight of Port d'Andratx to Sa Calobra, breathtaking views from Port Pollensa to Formentor, and a family-friendly flat 40km towards Mallorca's rural heartlands. Along with helpful details about the route’s length and amount of climbing, you’ll also find downloadable GPX files, so you can store and start the rides from the comfort of your cockpit.

Road Cycling in Mallorca

Best Route for the Climbers

The Ride: Port d'Andratx to Sa Calobra
Distance: 100km
Climbing: 2,500m
Difficulty: Hard
GPX File: https://goo.gl/B8dRq1

The ride from the beautiful old fishing port in the south, through the Tramuntana to Sa Calobra, is one of our favourite rides in Europe. Starting in the port, you head to Estellencs where a winding coastal road gives you unrivalled views over the Tramuntana. Head further north deep into the mountains, and you will arrive in the medieval village of Valdemossa. A stunning little town surrounded by the mountains, this is a great place to stop for a coffee or visit centuries-old buildings. The beauty of the ride then continues as you skirt Soller (with the option of a ride down to the port) and reach the crystal blue waters of the Cuber Lake and Gorg Blau. After you pass the lakes, you can then head down to the Port Sa Calobra where you can finish for the day, or have one blast up the hallowed 9.5km climb that regularly tests the pros on their training rides.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Route for the Views

The Ride: Return Ride from Port Pollensa to Formentor
Distance: 40km
Climbing: 950m
Difficulty: Medium
GPX File: https://goo.gl/SvLtth

The iconic ride out to Cap Formentor lighthouse from Port Pollensa is probably the most stunning 40km ride in Europe. You will traverse the winding road as it snakes through limestone jagged rocks. The roller coaster takes you through a quiet forest and out on to exposed sections of road with the cliffs plunging into the sea below. Enjoy a coffee at the lighthouse before making your way back and enjoying the rest of your day on or off the bike. Without doubt a Mallorcan highlight

The Best Road Cycling Routes in Mallorca with GPX Files

Best Route for Families or Less Experienced

The Ride: Port Pollensa to Arta
Distance: 40km
Climbing: 450m
Difficulty: Easy
GPX File: https://goo.gl/13334r

This is a perfect ride for anyone who is not hugely experienced on a bike, wants flatter riding, or is with family. Your ride will keep you on a cycle path from Port Pollensa, all the way down the bay in Alcudia. No traffic worries and stunning views of the bay are a feature of the ride as you head towards Mallorca's rural heartlands. Arta is a beautiful medieval town and if you want to add a few kms to your ride, just north of the town is a 20km disused railway line turned cycling route. Continue your traffic and worry-free riding through old towns, orange groves and past rural fincas.

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