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Backroads of Mallorca

8 Days & 7 Nights 3.5 Read 2 reviews
  • 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 local wine
  • 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!

What To Expect

If you’re looking for sunshine, great food and a network of quiet backroads to discover on two wheels, then Mallorca is everything you could wish for. There is so much more to this Balearic gem than tourist resorts — salt pans, golden bays, caves, wetlands and the Serra Tramuntana mountains. This loop tour takes in the highlights, with transfers to avoid the steeper ascents.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails

Grade & Terrain

This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate, with minimal ascents and enjoyable descents over daily dstances varying between 20-60 km. Sections of challenging ascent are skipped by local tram/bus transfer. We recommend a good level of fitness to allow you to make the most of your holiday. Cycle largely on quiet side roads, field paths and some hiking paths, always with as little traffic as possible. Inevitably there is more traffic as you near towns. Our local partner operates a support bus for the duration of your trip for support if needed.

Navigation

We supply you 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 (your first day of cycling) to talk you through the route and assist you with any questions you may have.

Accommodation Information

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

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

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 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Mallorca
  • Bike hire (hybrid or e-bike)
  • 1 Dinner
  • Lunches, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights at the beginning or end of the trip
  • Bike hire
  • E-bike hire

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Palma is the best airport for the tour and is just 15-20 mins from El Arenal. Many carriers fly 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 a 10 minute taxi ride to El Arenal (approx. 15 EUR), or a 25 minute bus for a few EUR. Full details are available in your information pack.

Baggage Transfer

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

General Information

Equipment

Hybrid (21 gear) bikees are available for rental and come equipped with a small repair kit, 1 rear pannier, handlebar bag, pump, spare tube and a water bottle holder. E-bikes are also available if you'd like a little battery-powered assistance along the way.

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants) for any showers, sunglasses, sun hat and sunscreen. 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, along with a day pack.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in El Arenal Day 2 Cycle to Colonia de San Jordi 34 miles / 55 km Day 3 Cycle to Porto Cristo (via Cuevas del Drach) 37 miles / 60 km Day 4 Cycle to C’an Picafort around the Bay of Alcudia 34 miles / 55 km Day 5 Loop cycle to Alcudia 31 miles / 50 km Day 6 Explore the Serra Tramuntana (bus to Lluc Monastery, cycle to Port de Soller) 28 miles / 45 km Day 7 Palma city tour and cycle to El Arenal 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 8 Onward travel

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