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Highlights

  • Cycle the serene Mediterranean coastline of Mallorca.
  • Roll through fishing villages and explore hidden coves.
  • Pedal the Bay of Pollenca and S’Albufera wetland nature reserve.
  • Refuel with a traditional Paella lunch and recharge with siesta!
  • Visit the Lluc Monastery, deep in the UNESCO Serra Tramuntana mountains.

Discover the tranquil back roads and paths of Mallorca by bike; the island is a haven for cyclists with a web of traffic-free routes. Cycle through blossom-filled orchards and alongside azure Mediterranean coastlines dotted with charming fishing villages and golden beaches.

Besides superb cycling, indulge in Mallorca’s fantastic natural larder of fresh seafood, and explore its pristine natural habitats; salt pans, caves of stalactites, bird-filled wetlands and a myriad of tiny swimming coves all waiting to be discovered. With an average of nearly 2800 hours of sunshine each year, you can be sure of a healthy boost of vitamin D!

Day 1: Arrive El Arenal/Cala Blava

Arrive at Arenal or Cala Blava, and relax into the laid-back pace of life of these charming villages.  Mallorca is the largest of Spain’s Balearic archipelago, and over the next few days you’ll discover the cultural, foodie and historic gems of this sunshine island.


Overnight: El Arenal


Day 2: Coastal cycle to Colonia de San Jordi

After breakfast and a welcome meeting, set off on your bike tour along the picturesque coast. Pass the Gothic church of Sa Torre to Capocorp Vell, the Kingdom of Cyclops with settlement ruins, to the lovely swimming bay of Cala Pi.


Continue on to the beautiful white beach of Es Trenc, another ideal spot for a dip in the turquoise and crystal-clear Mediterranean. Your first day of cycling finishes in the fishing village of Colonia de San Jordi, with its glittering blue and pink salt mountains. These are some of oldest salt pans in the world, and a haven for many species of migrating birds from Africa.


Cycle: 55 km, 220m ascent, ride profile


Overnight: Colonia de San Jordi


Day 3: Cycle via Cuevas del Drach (caves) to Porto Cristo

Begin today with a cycle through the pretty residential town of Ses Salines, with its long straight Roman streets and historic sandstone buildings that seem to glow in the sunshine. Thanks to its unspoilt landscapes, this is a designated ‘Area of Special Scenic and Rural Interest’. You may like to stop off at Botanicactus, the biggest botanical garden in Europe, before continuing on to the picturesque bay near Cala Satany.


Pass through small fishing villages to the famous natural bridge ‘Es Pontas’. The Cuevas (caves) del Drach are found near Porto Cristo—and are definitely worth a visit, with their impressive stalactites.


Cycle: 60km, 270m ascent, ride profile


Overnight: Porto Cristo


Day 4: Cycle C’an Picafort, Bay of Alcudia

Cycle through the sleepy village of Son Carrio, home to the Versade Village Church, created by famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. Reach the town of Manacor, which is famous for its shimmering Mallorca pearls, before pedalling on to Santa Margerita and into the Bay of Alcudia.


Settle in at your hotel in C’an Picafort, where you’ll spend the next two nights.  The resort has a wide traffic-free beachside promenade, which is lined with restaurants and bars running from the marina and fishing harbour. The town is usually busy with visitors, but is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside by bike.


Cycle: 55km, 310m ascent, ride profile


Overnight: C’an Picafort


Day 5: Loop cycle to the Bay of Pollenca and Alcudia

Head back into the peaceful countryside, on a loop cycle through the nature reserve and wetlands of of S’Albufera. This former lagoon is separated from the sea by a belt of dunes, and is possibly the most extensive and bird-rich wetland of all the Mediterranean islands.


Cycle on to the Bay of Pollenca on the north-west coast, where you can wander the 18th century narrow streets or relax on one of the natural beaches in the area.  Continue on a coastal route to the oldest town on the island, Alcudia, then back to C’an Picafort.


Cycle: 50 km, 50m ascent, ride profile


Overnight: C’an Picafort


Day 6: Cycle to Serra Tramuntana, bus transfer to Lluc Monastery, cycle to Porto Soller

Head into the interior of the island, through the small towns of Muro and Inca to Serra Tramuntana. Take a bus transfer (or you can cycle) up to the Lluc Monastery, and on to the highest point of the tour at 1200m. It’s then downhill to one of Spain’s prettiest villages, Fornalutx, where can indulge in a slice of almond cake—a sweet Mallorcan treat!  


In springtime, groves of orange and lemon trees give out an intoxicating scent, and you end today’s cycle upon reaching the Roman fishing harbour of Porto Soller.


Cycle: 45 km, 120m ascent, ride profile


Overnight: Porto Soller


Day 7: Red Bolt tram to Palma, tour of Palma, coastal cycle to El Arenal/Cala Blava

Your final day in the saddle begins with a ride of one of Mallorca’s oldest trams, the ‘Red Bolt’. Climb on board as the track winds through a valley of orange groves and tunnels, to Palma. Take a tour of Mallorca’s capital, with Gaudi’s famous cathedral, then continue along the coast by bike to El Arenal/Cala Blava, completing your loop tour of this lovely island.


Cycle: 20 km, 30m ascent, ride profile


Overnight: El Arenal


Day 8: Onward Travel

After breakfast check out and continue your onward journey. 

Accommodation

7 Nights accommodation is included in your trip, in rooms with private bathroom.


The hotels featured on this tour offer great value, delicious food and a warm welcome to cyclists. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary however is subject to availability at the time of booking; alternative properties of the same or better standard may be offered.


You can add extra nights at the start or end of your trip, however due to luggage transfer logistics, we regret that it is not possible to add nights during the trip itself.


Meals

7 Breakfasts and 6 dinners are included in your arrangements. 1 Special paella lunch with a glass of wine is also included (this is usually in Fornalutx). Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop on the way. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.


Single Rooms and Solo Cyclists

This trip is available to solo cyclists. Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable.



 

 

 



Hotel THB El Cid - El Arenal



Hotel THB El Cid - El Arenal

This tranquil, recently refurbished hotel has a lovely swimming pool and is located right on the beach. Only 5km from the airport it is ideal for your first night.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Sur Mallorca - Colonia de San Jordi



Hotel Sur Mallorca - Colonia de San Jordi

This lovely hotel is right on the water. The modern rooms have free WiFi and impressive sea views, and there is a very nice pool.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Felip - Porto Cristo



Hotel Felip - Porto Cristo

Modern Hotel Felip is on the beach, and has a wellness centre with a gym, jacuzzi, heated pool, sauna and hammam to relax at the end of a day in the saddle. You can book massage and body treatments (payable locally). The 96 rooms all have free WiFi.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Platja Daurada - C'an Picafort



Hotel Platja Daurada - C'an Picafort

This popular beachfront hotel has gardens with large swimming pools, a solarium and sunbeds. Evening entertainment is also available for guests.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Marina - Porto Soller



Hotel Marina - Porto Soller

Popular with hikers as well as cyclists, the hotel’s Mallorquin style restaurant boasts a sea view terrace; the perfect spot to devour fresh seafood paella at the end of the day.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your cycle tour on Sundays in March-June and September-October. During the summer months the weather is too hot and Mallorca can be very crowded.


Grade and Terrain

This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate, as you will be cycling 20-60km each day, with a mix of short ascents and enjoyable descents; any really challenging sections will be bridged by bus. You should however have a good level of fitness to make the most out of this tour. You will cycle on quiet side roads, field paths and some hiking paths, always with as little traffic as possible. Inevitably there will be more traffic near the larger towns. Our local partners operate a support bus for the duration of the tour.


Navigation


We supply you with with detailed route notes so you will be able to easily follow the route.  You will have a welcome meeting after breakfast on Day 2 (the first day of cycling) to talk you through the route and assist you with any questions you may have.   


Baggage Transfers


Baggage transfers included in your arrangements. Your luggage will be transferred between your accommodation each night (please limit your bags to up to 20kg per person).


Rental Bikes (Not included)

You can hire a hybrid rental bike for the tour (optional extra, supplement payable). Hybrid rental bikes are 21, 14 or 7 gears and come with a small repair kit, pannier, handlebar bag, pump, spare tube and a water bottle holder.


 


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 ascent/descents are
approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing
all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants),
sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment
list which includes standard cycling gear such as good cycling footwear, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and
lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack

Getting to and from El Arenal/Cala Blava

By Air: Palma is the best airport for the tour and is just 15-20 mins from El Arenal/Cala Blava. There are many carriers flying into Palma from the UK and across Europe, including British Airways, Iberia, and the low-cost airlines Ryanair, EasyJet, Jet2.com.


From Palma Airport it is just an EUR10-20 taxi ride to El Arenal/Cala Blava, or you can take a bus for just a couple of Euros (approx. 25 mins, departs every 30 mins). Full details will be given to you in your information pack.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3* and 4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts,
  • 6 Dinners
  • 1 Traditional paella lunch with wine
  • Baggage transfers
  • City tour of Palma
  • Red Bolt tram from Soller to Palma
  • Transfer from Inka via Lluc to Serra de Son Torella (Day 6)
  • Route notes, maps and detailed information pack
  • 24/7 support from our UK office and local partner

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Mallorca
  • 1 Dinner & Lunches (except on one day, when a paella lunch is included)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Bike Hire (available at a supplement)

Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the cycle
  • Rental bike
  • Single room/solo cyclist supplement if required

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Don't hesitate to contact one of our Italy specialists if you have any further queries.

When is the best time of year?

This tour is available from March to June, and from September to October. The summer months of July and August are the hottest in Mallorca, and it can also be very busy at this time, which is why we don't offer the tour for those months. 

How fit do I need to be?

This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate, as you will be cycling 20-60 km each day, with a mix of short ascents and enjoyable descents; any really challenging sections will be bridged by bus. You should however have a good level of fitness to make the most out of this tour. You will cycle on quiet side roads, field paths and some hiking paths, always with as little traffic as possible. Our local partners operate a support bus for the duration of the tour, should you need it.

How does it work with the baggage transfers?

You'll be given luggage labels to attach to your bags, and they will be transferred each day between accommodations, so that you only cycle with the essential things you need during the day.  We suggest that you limit your luggage to up to 20kg per person.

What are the cycle paths like?

This tour follows the backroads; quiet side roads, field paths and some hiking paths, always with as little traffic as possible.

What happens if I have a problem with my bike?

You are expected to be able to take care of minor repairs and punctures. In the case of a major mechanical problem we would send our representative to assist, and there is a support bus available for the duration of the tour.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Mallorca is popular, and there is only one departure a week (on Sundays).

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need normal cycling clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers and warm clothes in the early or late summer. A detailed kit list will be provided in your information pack.

Which is the best airport?

Palma is the best airport for the tour and is just 15-20 mins from El Arenal/Cala Blava. There are many carriers flying into Palma from the UK and across Europe, including British Airways, Iberia, and the low cost airlines Ryanair, EasyJet, Jet2.com. 

From Palma Airport it is just a EUR10-20 taxi ride to El Arenal/Cala Blava, or you can take a bus for just a couple of Euros (approx. 25 mins, departs every 30 mins). Full details will be given to you in your information pack.

Highly recommended as first adventure holiday!

4

I think this tour was perfect for someone who hadnt done anything similar before! It was well organised and gave you an experience of how these trips work and what sort of stuff you need. For me, I would of liked slightly longer cycles on some of the days, and the hotels were mega fancy which was lovely but when you arrive around 6pm and have to check out and leave your bags all ready to be taken by 9am it seems a bit of a waste! But maybe thats just me? Was great scenery and very varied and we all enjoyed it despite a few sessions of heavy rain!

Heebs

Bournemouth

true

Ok trip

3

Good way to see Mallorca but not all accommodation was up to standaard.

Mike

South Africa

true

Backroads of Mallorca

3.5 2

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