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The Coast of Mallorca

Spain - Biking in Spain

A wonderful moderate cycling tour, where you can enjoy the contrasts between the tempting sea, the enchanting mountains and the peaceful little villages at your own pace.

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CYS-410

Vuelta a Mallorca

Flowering almond trees, lush landscapes, dramatic rocky shores and small white beaches. Lazy villages and small local bars. This tour of Mallorca is one of the rare cycling routes, where you can swim and enjoy the contrast between the sea, mountains and small towns while still cycling safely along the coast. As a cyclist, you are spoiled by a foresighted tourism sector, as you easily and painlessly move from the centres of tourism to peaceful and beautiful landscapes. Spring and Autumn is the ideal times for the leisure cyclist, as the weather is comfortably warm at this time.
The professional road racing cyclists train in Mallorca during the winter, while the serious amateur cyclists arrive in the spring to start up the cycling season with training under the warm skies.

The ideal tour for the cyclist who wants to really see Mallorca.

Accommodation

You'll stay 7 nights at good 3-4* charter hotels, close to the sea and beaches, however the hotel in Puerto Soller has just 2*. Most of the hotels have their own swimming pool. The tour is incl. breakfast and dinner, and as the hotels usually caters to the traditional charter crowd, the food usually consists of an extensive breakfast (which is great for cycling) and a large buffet for dinner. If you wish to eat a more Spanish cuisine and enjoy the atmosphere of the charming little restaurants found everywhere, we recommend that you skip the hotel dinner for an evening or two and instead find a little restaurant of your choice. It's both cheap and cozy.

Degree of difficulty and maps

With a degree of difficulty of 3 and easy to moderate hills, a fairly good level of fitness and low gearing it recommended. On this tour, you will cycle 2/3 of the way around Mallorca. Only the western and very mountainous part is skipped. Therefore, you'll only be challenged by short climbs followed by comfortable descents. You cycle on cycle paths or small peaceful roads/paths. On a few parts of the route, you'll be cycling on relatively busy rural roads. But do not fear. The Mallorcans are very considerate drivers. Every year, the island is visited by 60,000 cyclists, making them an important part of Mallorcas tourism, so the protection of the cyclists is highly prioritized.
You cycle on asphalt or other solid surfaces, except for on one of the day stages, where part of it will be on dirt road.
It's easy to find your way. Partly by means of a detailed road book in English, German and Italian and good maps, and partly by means of signposting along the route.
Keep in mind that the indicated distances (km) are indicative.

* We note that the map is indicative and therefore does not contain precise route information.

Itinerary

Day  1. Arrival in Palma (El Arenal / Cala Blava).
Overnight in a nice 4* hotel located in the peaceful part of Palma Bay, close to the beach.
Normally, you'll stay at Hotel Delta, but if they are fully booked, you stay e.g. at the El Cid or Golden Playa hotels. 

Day  2. To Colonia-San Jordi. 55 km.  
The day starts with the delivery of your bike and route description. You'll follow the cycle path, detouring slightly from the coast and going inland, partly on rural roads with bike lanes and partly on peaceful secondary roads. Here in the highlands, almond and olive groves mix with pine trees and open landscapes - and here you'll find complete silence. Back by the coast, you'll be met by Cala Pi, a beautiful bay with a lovely sandy beach squeezed into the steep rocky coastline. You'll wind your way onwards, partly along the sea and partly going inland, past small summer residences and a harbour. Optionally, you can take a detour from the route to the beach Es Trenc, a lovely and long sandy beach backed by dunes, which is used mainly by the Mallorcans themselves. Later, you'll pass by the great salt lakes "Salines de Llevant" before reaching your hotel in Colonia-San Jordi. Here, modern hotels make themselves right at home with the picturesque harbour, where fishermen repair boats on the quay while tourists and locals find their way to the cafes and restaurants. Overnight at a 3-4* charter hotel.

Day  3. To Porto Christo. 60 km.  
Today, the route turns inland to a plain-like area occasionally interrupted by almond groves and small farms with their own watermill. You pass by Ses Salines, a nice Mallorcan village. The area's large salt production becomes obvious when you see the big bags of salt in front of the shops. The stage continues on to Santanyi , where you can take a break at one of the cafés located by the town's church, built in beautiful golden stones. You'll now cycle down to the coast and Cala Santanyi with the famous "Es Pontas " (bridge) in the sea. The route turns away from the coast, and you'll wind your way through small villages and lonely houses. The last 15 km to Porto Christo you'll be on a bike lane along the main road (some traffic but considerate drivers). Try to reach the city before 16:00 if you wish to visit the amazing limestone cave "Coves del Drach ". Overnight at 3-4* hotel in Porto Christo directly by the beautiful natural harbour.  

Day  4. To C'an Picafort. 55 km.  
Today's stage goes inland via Son Carrio, where in the church, you can admire Gaudi's leaded, stained, glass rosettes to Manacor, Mallorcas second largest city and known for its pearl mills. You cycle along lush vegetable and melon fields, past small farmhouses and nice farms. You'll cycle a few kilometres "off road" on an uneven dirt road to Petra, a small and sleepy, but very well kept village, with a cozy square. You'll continue on, first to Santa Margalida, an ordinary town with a majestic and high-situated church, and from there on to C'an Picafort. Overnight at a 3-4* charter hotel directly by the beach.

Day  5. Free day in C'an Picafort. 45 km.  
You can laze by the beach or the hotel pool. You can explore the beach shops in Can Picafort, or you can choose a cycle tour through the protected wetlands of S'Albufera, rich in birds especially, to the port of Pollenca, with a detour to Cap Formentor and the stunning view of the dramatic coastline. Cycle along the Alcudia Bay, and make a stop in the town centre of Alcudia, surrounded by a well-kept old town wall, it is worth a visit. Overnigt at the same hotel.  

Day  6. To Inca and Puerto Soller. 45 km. + bus transfer.
A beautiful and peaceful day of cycling along well-kept gardens and lush fields, as we are still in Mallorca's fruit and vegetable growing region. You'll come through cozy little villages, while making the climb up to Inca. From Inca there is a transfer to the Lluc Monastery, where there is time for a visit and lunch, before the transfer continues to a high mountain pass. From here, you'll again jump on your bike and make the descent to Puerto Soller, located by an almost circular cove in the midst of the high mountains, which previously isolated the city from the rest of Mallorca. Remember to enjoy the formidable views from the "Mirador de Ses Barques" and the charming village of Fornalutx. Overnight at 2* hotel in Puerto Soller (breakfast included).

Day  7. To Palma and El Arenal (possiblyCala Blava ).Train transfer + 20 km.  
Bikes and luggage to be left at the hotel in Puerto Soller. You'll take the historic tram or the bus to the Soller Train Station. From here, the tour continues with one of Mallorca's major attractions: the picturesque train to Palma. The train rattles along, rumbling and creaking, through tunnels and over mountains to the other side of the island. Here you'll be met at the train station at 12 o'clock by a local English and German speaking guide, whom for the next couple of hours will show you around in Palma's historic old town. Among other things, you'll visit the market hall and the La Seu Cathedral. Late in the afternoon, you'll again get your bike, on which you'll ride the last 15 km of the tour to the hotel in El Arenal/Cala Blava. For most of the stretch you'll follow the cycle path along the coast.

Day  8. Departure Day
Departure after breakfast.

Bikes and cycling equipment

The rental bikes are unisex with low entry. You can choose a bike with 7 gears and foot brake or one with 21 gears and hand brakes. It's also possible to rent electric bikes.
Bikes with men's frames are available in a limited number, and only for a minimum height af 185 cm.
The bikes are equipped with luggage racks, rear seat bags, bar bag and a drink bottle.
At least one bicycle per room will also be equipped with lock, pump and repair kit.
It's also possible to rent racing bikes - these however do NOT have luggage racks.
It's also possible to rent GPS (25 EUR) and helmet (15 EUR). Must be booked from home.

How to get there

There are many flight options to Palma de Mallorca. You can check the possibility for flight-only at the charter companies, as well as the scheduled airline departures.

For groups of 6 people or more, we can assist with the booking of flights as well.

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1 person. Singleroom

From EUR 1,022,-

2 persons. Doubleroom

From EUR 812,-
Practical information

Included in the price/person:

  • 8 days/7 nights stay in double room
  • 6x half board, 1x breakfast (Puerto Soller)
  • 1x paella lunch (Day 6)
  • Detailed maps and route description in English and German
  • Luggage transport and hotline service
  • Transfer by minibus Inca-Lluc-1200 meters altitude (If you want to take the transfer to Puerto Soller, this is arranged in advance)
  • Transfer by train Soller-Palma
  • Guided tour of Palma

Not included in the price:

  • Transport to and from Denmark
  • Bike rental
  • Any tourist taxes

Reservations:

Ruby Rejser is the agent and intermediary for this trip. The organizer is www.sunbike.info and the trip takes place according to the organizer's conditions.

Your trip is still covered by Ruby Rejser's membership of the Danish Travel Guarantee Fund, member no. 206.

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