Mallorca Cycling Guide

Experience the best of Mallorca cycling. Uncover the island’s beauty through scenic routes and treasured spots. Your cycling adventure starts here.

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With beautiful coastal, countryside, forest and mountain landscapes, Mallorca is a prime spot for biking enthusiasts. Mallorca cycling is one of my favorite pastimes, and dozens of bike routes are available for all skill levels, from short city tours with sightseeing to more challenging trails.

In this article, I’ll highlight the most popular and showcase some unique things to do in Mallorca during your trip.

Why Choose Mallorca for Your Cycling Adventure?

Mallorca’s geographical diversity makes it an interesting island for a cycling adventure. You can cycle in Palma in the southeast – a historic city brimming with architectural gems, fine restaurants, and the famous La Seu Cathedral.

Crystalline coves and fishing villages along the east coast welcome visitors with typical Mallorquin seafood and beautiful sandy beaches.

In the north, forests and rugged landscapes await beside charming towns and harbors. And in the west, mountain villages and upscale resorts dazzle with art galleries, historic sites, and pretty coastal trails.

For those considering other Spanish islands, check out this comparison between Ibiza and Mallorca.

Mallorca’s Unique Cycling Charm

During my vacation visits, I discovered my favorite Mallorca cycling routes showcasing the island’s distinct charm.

Abundant bike trails lead you from the north to south of the island, through the central interior and mountain ranges, along coastal routes, and to national parks and unspoiled beaches.

If you’re short on time, bike tours are available in Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital. Ranging from one to six hours long, some even include entrance to tourist attractions, rooftop paella workshops, or a tasty tapas lunch. It’s one of the best things to do in Palma de Mallorca.

Ideal Cycling Conditions and Scenery

The best time to visit Mallorca for cycling is from late February until the end of May and during September and October. The weather is pleasant for longer rides, plus you avoid summer tourists, searing heat and colder winters.

There are several amazing bike routes to cycle, each with varying terrains. My personal favorites include the Sierra Tramuntana trails winding through ancient olive groves, orange trees and past wild donkeys.

I also love the Sa Calobra ride. The winding road in the northwest has 26 challenging hairpin bends leading to a picturesque fishing village. You can conclude the descent with lunch by the beach and a cooling dip in the sea!

Navigating Mallorca: Bike Rentals

If you’re serious about cycling, one of Spain’s most popular sports, you must know the best places to rent a bike. I personally use, as they operate in 1700 locations globally. The company rents out premium motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, and bicycles through its location affiliates. The website is convenient and easy to use, and you can reserve your bike online day or night with a deposit.

An e-voucher arrives shortly after booking to be presented on arrival at your bike collection destination. It’s a convenient way to rent a bike in Mallorca and a fast and easy service to use.

Essential Cycling Routes to Explore in Mallorca

I briefly touched on some of my favorite cycling routes in Mallorca earlier. In this section, I’ll delve a little deeper into what to expect and showcase other trails equally as thrilling!

Port de Pollensa to Cap de Formentor

One of my favorite Mallorca cycling routes concludes at the historic lighthouse of Cap de Formentor on the island’s north.

With Instagram-worthy views, rugged terrain, and fragrant pine forests to navigate, you can take your time on this scenic 20-kilometer ride from Port de Pollensa. Stop off at Mirador de Es Colomer to admire the views or detour to Cala Figuera for a swim in the sea.

The route is hilly but not overly steep, and as the road surface is smooth with limited traffic, riding early in the morning is also really pleasant.

Sierra Tramuntana & Mountain Villages

Several cycle trails pass through the Tramuntana Mountain Range. You can cycle the island’s entire length from Pollensa to Andratx, a mammoth 110-kilometer journey taking in the island’s highest peak. Or cycle between the picture-postcard towns of Sóller, Deia and Valldermossa if you don’t wish to travel too far.

If you’re starting out, I recommend the 17-kilometer Mountain Village loop trail from Puerto Sóller to Sóller, Biniaraix and Fornalutx. The road is peaceful so that you can cycle at your own pace, plus there are places to stop for coffee; you can wander narrow village alleyways and see almond and olive terraces.

Sa Calobra to Colls dels Reis

Sa Calobra is one of the most challenging routes on the island. It is located in northwest Mallorca and has 26 hairpin bends and stunning views around every turn. This route covers 9.4 kilometers with a 7% gradient and elevation of 670 meters.

The category one climb from Sa Calobra to Colls dels Reis is a popular technical route for professional cyclists who train here for events. Due to heavy tourist traffic in the high season, this is one to cycle early in the morning in spring or fall.

Palma de Mallorca to El Arenal

This family-friendly cycle tour begins in Porto Pi, around the Bay of Palma, where you can observe historic attractions and architecture on one side and the glistening sea on the other.
The route covers just over 16 kilometers, traversing through Portixol aside golden beaches until you reach the lively resort of El Arenal.

Exclusive Bike Tour Experience in Palma de Mallorca

The Palma de Mallorca Easy Bike Tour is a great way to spend a leisurely morning in the city. With easy paved routes, historic sites and picture-postcard locations, this tour offers a great introduction to the city without having to walk! The guided tour includes Palma’s main attractions, including La Seu Cathedral, Almudaina Royal Palace, the Church of Santa Eulalia and Paseo del Borne.

If you adore Spanish food, get to know Palma on a bike tour with tapas and a drink included. Cycle along the promenade towards the famous cathedral, venture into the Old Town, and stop at a local bar to feast on traditional dishes.

Arriving in Palma for the day on a cruise ship? These bike tours are a perfect introduction to all the city sights.

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Seasonal Guide: When to Cycle in Mallorca

The best time to guarantee warm, pleasant weather for cycling is between March and late May and from mid-September through October.

Mallorca gets very busy in the summer; the weather is dry and humid, and temperatures can reach up to 31°C (87°F) from June to early September – making it hot for daytime cycling.
In winter, temperatures average 12°C (53°F), the coldest month being January. There’s also a greater chance of rain and stronger winds, although it’s still a great time for flat terrain and city cycling with cheap accommodations on offer.

Benefits of Off-Peak Season Cycling

There’s something magical about cycling in Mallorca off-peak. The resorts and roads don’t have as much traffic, mountain trails are quieter, and you feel like you have the island to yourself in certain places.

Websites like run off-season discounts on bike rentals too. Flights are usually cheaper, and with less demand, you can pick up a luxury hotel room or apartment while reducing costs.

Peak Season Cycling: What to Expect

April, May, September, and October are peak seasons for cycling on the island, with cooler temperatures, open amenities, and less road traffic.

In late April, some roads close near Cap Formentor and Sierra Tramuntana as the 312 Sportive takes place – Europe’s longest amateur cycle event.

If you plan to cycle during peak season, reserve your bike early through

Tips for a Smooth Mallorca Cycling Experience

The first question most people ask is whether to rent or bring their own bike. As Mallorca is an island, it’s easier to rent. It cuts out transportation hassles and you can try to reserve a bike similar to your own.

There are also a few legal things to remember while cycling in Mallorca. First, headphones or mobile phones shouldn’t be used while riding a bike. Cyclists should respect the country’s alcohol levels and ensure plenty of rest between long journeys.

Safety Measures and Protected Cycling Routes

Mallorca’s roads are great for cyclists, but as with every destination, there are things you should look out for too. In the Tramuntana Mountains, streets are narrow, making it difficult for cars to pass. There is a high level of awareness from drivers, but it’s always wise to wear reflective clothing and have adequate lighting on your bike.

The good news is 94 kilometers of roads in Mallorca are protected for cyclists. These encompass the routes from Lluc to Valldemossa, Llucmajor to Porreres and from Tolleric to the junction south of Campos.

What to Bring Along: Essential Packing List

Wearing a helmet for cycling is mandatory on the island and these can be hired along with your bike rental, or you may wish to bring your own.

If you plan to ride with younger family members, you may also need to travel with, or hire the correct seat for children aged under seven.

Packing the right gear also depends on the seasonal weather. I recommend a foldaway waterproof jacket with reflective markings, a gilet, leg and arm warmers and a spare set of lights for the tunnels. Also, don’t forget your water bottle and lots of nutritious snacks!

Where to Stay in Mallorca: A Cyclist’s Guide

Finding the right accommodation in the right location is key to a great holiday. Below I’ve detailed some of the best places to stay in Mallorca for cyclists. Each hotel or apartment has bike storage, spacious rooms, and leisure facilities, and they are close to start and finish points for the island’s most popular bike routes.

In Port de Sóller in the west, this delightful hotel is the perfect base for accessing Sierra Tramuntana routes. It has a modern yet traditional decor, great bike storage facilities and maintenance equipment. It’s a quieter hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with gardens, a spa, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool.

Aparthotel Duva & Spa, Puerto Pollensa

This popular aparthotel in Puerto Pollensa is an ideal starting point for exploring the Cap de Formentor or the Tramuntana cycle routes.

The hotel caters to cyclists with a bike workshop and you can even store your bicycle in the secure garage. Following a day of cycling, dive into the sparkling pool, take a sauna, or organize a sports massage at the spa.

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Google rating: 4.1 stars (200 reviews)
Carretera de Pollensa a Puerto de Pollensa, Km 58, 07470 Port de Pollensa, Spain
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H10 Casa del Mar, Santa Ponsa

If you’re cycling the north-to-south route, this modern four-star hotel near Andratx is bike friendly. It’s popular with both amateur and pro-cyclists, with a Turkish bath, hot tub, and spa. Located on the beachfront of lively Santa Ponsa in Mallorca’s southwest, it has a delightful chill-out terrace and an adults-only swimming pool.

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Google rating: 4.5 stars (1798 reviews)
Gran Via Del Puig Major, 2, 07180 Santa Ponsa, Spain
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Occidental Playa de Palma

Located 200 meters from El Arenal, this four-star hotel is popular with cyclists and teams. There are abundant relaxing amenities, including a heated pool, spa, and wellness center, golf, diving, and hiking can be organized for leisure days. The hotel caters to sports diet requirements; hypoxia rooms are available and offer exclusive cycle packages.

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Google rating: 4.2 stars (2161 reviews)
Fra Joan Llabrés, 16, 07600 Playa de Palma, Spain
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Concluding the Mallorca Cycling Experience

I hope this article has inspired you to book your trip to Mallorca. It’s a beautiful island and one of my favorite places for cycling in Europe.

If this is your first time here, I recommend exploring the shorter routes in the north, the mountain villages in the west, or the southern resorts near Palma.

Seasoned cyclists will adore the epic route from Pollensa to Andratx, Sierra Tramuntana and the hairpin bends of Sa Calobra!

Memorable Moments and Personal Experiences from Mallorca

A few memories from my own cycling trips include watching the sunsets with my trusty bike. Sampling orange juice fresh from the orchards of the Tramuntana and plunging into the sea for a swim after a morning of challenging hairpin bends! These memories will last a lifetime. I hope your experiences in Mallorca are equally as amazing!

Why I’d Return to Mallorca for Another Cycling Trip

There’s something about this island that keeps drawing me back. The scenery, people, gastronomy, beaches, and cultural traditions all add up to a unique and memorable experience. I have yet to cover the entire island by bike – there’s always another route to discover and I can’t wait to return again soon!

Are you feeling weary from all the cycling? Swap your two wheels for four and enjoy a more relaxed journey with a rental car in Mallorca.

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