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Hidden Mallorca Cycling Holiday
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Highlights

  • Cycling past rolling vineyards, olive and citrus orchards
  • Medieval hermitages, located on hilltops with breathtaking views
  • Historical Pollença, one of Mallorca’s most beautiful towns, full of character & charm
  • Authentic Spanish culture
  • Perfect Mediterranean climate

Explore hidden Mallorca by bike staying at authentic country hotels in the heart of rural Mallorca. Mallorca is a paradise for cycling which offers quiet roads, almost year round sunshine, great food, wine and comfortable rural hotels where you can get away from it all. Each day you have a choice of cycling routes through the rustic Mallorquin countryside, a patchwork of rolling vineyards, citrus orchards and hidden valleys scattered with windmills and ancient villages.

Your cycling adventure starts in the sleepy village of Ruberts, where you spend your first four nights at the boutique Hotel Rural Son Jordà. A beautifully restored 15th century estate the hotel is the perfect base to explore the central plains of Mallorca. You will discover quaint hilltop villages cluttered with ochre coloured houses decorated with bright green shutters. Here life is simple and laid back. Take the time to stop at cathedrals, ruined villages and monasteries along the way and immerse yourself in the island’s rich cultural history.

Leaving Ruberts you pedal north to the historic town of Pollenca nestled beneath the Tramuntana mountains, where you spend your remaining three nights at Hotel Son Sant Jordi. Located on the Sant Jordi Square, in the heart of the historic old town of Pollensa, in a collection of restored houses dating from the XVII century this boutique family-run hotel is a treat. This twin centre holiday offers a variety of cycling routes allowing you to tailor your trip as you wish. From leisurely days cycling to the more strenuous hills of the Tramuntana mountains you can uncover the hidden gems that make this island unique.

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DAY 1: Arrive In Ruberts

Your holiday begins in Ruberts, a small village located in the mountainous region of Sencelles, central Mallorca. Spend the next four nights, staying in a beautifully restored 15th century estate.


Steeped in history the Hotel Rural Son Jordà is a boutique style hotel in the heart of the village providing the perfect base to explore the island. The hotel has a 20 comfortable rooms that are fully furnished, a tennis court, swimming pool, beautiful landscaped gardens and a restaurant serving typical Mallorquin dishes.


Overnight: Hotel Rural Son Jordà, Ruberts


DAY 2: Ruberts to Sineu & Petra

A pleasant day’s cycling meandering through the rustic Mallorquin countryside among olive groves and vineyards to reach the ancient hilltop town of Sineu, where local historic traditions and charm have been preserved. Walk through the narrow streets of the historic quarter passing impressive ancestral homes and monuments.


Every Wednesday morning the weekly market takes place in the town and is the main meeting point for the people of the area. If your itinerary permits enjoy the local market soaking up the lively atmosphere sampling the local dish ‘frit’ , a healthy vegetable and meat soup, traditionally eaten on market day.


Continue your journey to the sleepy town of Petra, birthplace of Fray Juniperus Serra (European ‘founder’ of California). A visit to the house where Serra's parents lived and the museum devoted to his life and work is worth a visit. Follow the quiet country roads back to your hotel and perhaps stop at the hilltop hermitage of Bonnay, a prime spot to stop and reflect on the days events.


Cycle: 33km/47km, Ascent 155/325m, Descent 155/325m


Overnight: Hotel Rural Son Jordà, Ruberts


DAY 3: Ruberts to Alaró & Santa Maria

Your journey today continues deeper into the rural countryside providing a true slice of authentic Spain. Traverse the almond and olive orchards on the slopes of the Tramuntana mountain range to reach the charming village of Alaró, surrounded by aromatic pine trees and peaks.


Regain some energy on route to Alaró castle with a stop at the famous village restaurant, Es Verger also known as ’The Lamb Restaurant’ and try their delicious roasted lamb. As you cycle back to Ruberts you will feel the presence of untouched, natural historic beauty as you pass by quaint villages and centuries old Mallorquin estates.


Cycle: 47km, Ascent 200m, Descent 200m


Overnight: Hotel Rural Son Jordà, Ruberts


DAY 4: Ruberts to Llucmajor & Montuiri

Your companions for much of todays journey will be the classic Mallorquin windmills and medieval hermitages as you head south. Ascend up Puig de Randa (extra 450m ascent), or choose to cycle directly to Llucmajor then around the Puig, both routes offering a delightful cycling experience.


Beautiful coves, beaches, cliffs and some spectacular views of the South Mallorquin coastline await you as you arrive in Llucmajor. Enjoy the remainder of your cycle back to your hotel stopping at Montuiri, a traditional village perched on the hillside surrounded by old stone windmills.


Cycle: 45/56km, Ascent 235/285m, Descent 235/285m


Overnight: Hotel Rural Son Jordà, Ruberts


DAY 5: Ruberts to Pollença

Today you bid farewell to your hosts at Hotel Son Jordà and travel north towards Pollença. Enjoy a relaxed and pleasant days cycling through a quiet valley among carob plantations and almond orchards. Ensure you stop and appreciate the postcard perfect views out to the bay at Puerto Pollença.


Nestled beneath the Tramuntana mountains sits the historic old town of Pollença where you shall spend your remaining three nights. Narrow medieval cobbled streets, ochre coloured stone houses and the echo of the Baroque church clocks chiming, paint the perfect picture of this traditional picturesque town. Unmistakably the Plaza Major is the heart of this town. Lined with inviting cafés and restaurants both locals and tourists alike congregate here to soak up the relaxed and chic atmosphere.


Cycle: 42/67km, Ascent 60/150m, Descent 60/150m


Overnight: Hotel Son Sant Jordi, Pollença


The Hotel Son Sant Jordi is located in the charming Sant Jordi Square, in the heart of the historic old town of PollençaIt comprises an inviting collection of houses dating from the XVII century, restored and converted into a boutique family-run hotel. All rooms are tastefully decorated, each one unique, retaining the charm of Majorcan style. The hotel offers a beautiful garden with swimming pool, sauna, a relaxation area with sofas and free wi-fi, massage can be arranged in your room or the garden.The Mediterranean restaurant specializes in meats, salads, Mallorquin dishes and selected wines, with service by the pool or an outdoor terrace in the little square at the front and a garden to the rear.


DAY 6: Pollença to S’Albufera

Pedal alongside the brightly coloured artichoke fields towards the town of Sa Pobla.(with an optional excursion to Muro & Santa Margalida). With a relaxed and laid back ambience, amble through the small quaint streets that contain local authentic shops selling a wide range of locally produced arts and crafts before a stop in the vibrant old quarter for a coffee.


Your final stop today is the S’Albufera National Park providing the perfect opportunity for some for some lovely walks and bird watching.


Cycle: 25/51km, Ascent 50/100m, Descent 50/100m


Overnight: Hotel Son Sant Jordi, Pollença


DAY 7: Pollença to Alcudia or Lluc

Today you have the choice between an easy ride to the beautiful beaches on the north coast where you can enjoy a day relaxing and possibly a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea or for the more energetic a strenuous ascent to Lluc Monastery.


Cycle: 51km, Ascent 525m, Descent 525m


Overnight: Hotel Son Sant Jordi, Pollença


DAY 8: Depart Pollença

Your holiday ends after breakfast.

Accommodation

This is a twin centre holiday staying in boutique, rural country hotels. Providing a truly authentic Mallorquin experience!


Alternate accommodation

During high season, or when your stay falls on a closing day, you might be booked into a different accommodation which is not listed in the description. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.


Single Rooms & Solo Travellers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.This holiday is available for solo cyclists but as some costs are not shared there is a supplement payable.



 



 




Hotel Rural San Jordà - Ruberts

Steeped in history the Hotel Rural Son Jordà is a boutique style hotel in the heart of the village providing the perfect base to explore the island.
The hotel has a 20 comfortable rooms that are fully furnished, a tennis court, swimming pool, beautiful landscaped gardens and a restaurant serving typical Mallorquin dishes.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Son Sant Jordi - Pollença

The Hotel Son Sant Jordi is located in the charming Sant Jordi Square, in the heart of the historic old town of Pollença. It comprises an inviting collection of houses dating from the XVII century, restored and converted into a boutique family-run hotel.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Grade

This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate, with one long day on hilly terrain. Daily distances range between 41– 52 km with between 60-525 metres of climbing each day. The cycling route follows secondary tarmac roads and some dirt tracks. Inevitably near the larger towns there is more traffic.


Navigation

We supply you with detailed route notes and maps for each day’s journey, so you should have no problem following the route.


Meals

A delicious breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. You can pick up a picnic lunch before you set off or stop along the route in one of the villages. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby restaurants.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between Ruberts and Pollença on day 5. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Equipment

You will need a helmet, cycling clothes, as well as casual clothes for the evenings. Your info pack will have a detailed equipment list.


Rental Bikes (not included)

Hybrid or road bikes are ideal for this trip and both are available to rent from ourselves.

Time of Year

This trip is best enjoyed in early Spring and Autumn as the summer months can be very hot.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party then we would be happy to help, subjest to paying a single room supplement. Solo cyclists are also welcome but there is a small supplement as some costs are not shared.


Grade & Terrain

This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate, with one long day on hilly terrain. Daily distances range between 41– 52 km with between 60-525 metres of climbing each day. The cycling route follows secondary tarmac roads and some dirt tracks. Inevitably near the larger towns there is more traffic.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

We supply you with detailed route notes and maps for each day’s journey, so you should have no problem following the route.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between Ruberts and Pollença on day 5. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Rental Bikes (not included)

Hybrid or road bikes are ideal for this trip and both are available to hire as an optional extra. Please let us know your height if you are hiring a bike through us.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.


Getting to Mallorca

By Air: Mallorca has direct flights from most major airports in the UK and flying time is just over two hours from London. Airlines include: Easyjet, British Airways, Ryanair, Thomson Flights, Fly Thomas Cook, Flybe & Jet2.


To/From Palma Airport: A private transfer will collect you from Palma airport and take you to your hotel in Ruberts, Rural Hotel Son Jordà.


On return you will be collected from your hotel in Pollença and transferred back to Palma airport for your return flight.


You may find some helpful information here at Mallorca Tourist Information

Included

  • Four nights at Hotel Rural Son Jordà, Ruberts
  • Three nights at Hotel Son Sant Jordi, Pollença
  • Baggage transfer on day 5
  • A detailed info pack, route notes and map.
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
  • Arrival transfer from Palma airport to Ruberts
  • Return transfer from Pollença to Palma airport.

Excluded

  • Travel to and from Mallorca.
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Single room supplement
  • Solo traveller supplement
  • Bike hire
  • Extra nights

Options

Type Name Price From
Accommodation Single Room Supplement US$335

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially in Spring. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

The cycling is graded easy to moderate so you will enjoy the holiday more if you enjoy an active lifestyle. Daily cycles follow quiet roads and tracks and average 41 - 52 km per day which is equivalent to around three hours cycling.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred between your two accommodations. Just ask the hotel staff where to leave the bags in the morning and they will be picked up and taken onto the next hotel

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable cycling clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

When is the best time of year?

This holiday is available from beginning of February to the end of October. The busiest months are from February through to May. July and August can be extremely hot.

What happens if I can't cycle a stage?

As this is a twin-centre trip you can skip any rides that you don't want to do and relax at your accommodation. For the day where you cycle between hotels you can take public transport or a taxi if you don't want to cycle.

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