10 reasons to cycle in Mallorca
A cycling holiday in Mallorca has so many plus-points, as I recently discovered. Here are my 10 top reasons to head to the sunny Spanish island.
1) Oh-so-smooth roads: The tarmac on almost all roads on the island appears to have been laid and smoothed out like royal icing simply to suit the many thousands of cyclists that head to Mallorca for a holiday.
It is a joy to ride roads that have very few pot-holes and are wide enough for both cars and cyclists.
2) Courteous drivers: Roadside signposts inform drivers of a 1.5m rule when overtaking cyclists. Amazingly, most drivers uphold this safety guidance and give riders plenty of room. It’s often possible to cycle two abreast, or in large groups, without causing drivers to become annoyed or beep their car horns.
3) Great climate: April and May or September and October are ideal for a sunny and mild weather cycling holiday. There is a very good chance of enjoying day after day of fair weather. In June, July and August, Mallorca can be very hot but thanks to the cooling breeze created by pedalling, the summer months are also well worth considering for your cycling holiday.
4) Good value for money: Eating out in bars, cafes and restaurants is generally cheaper than in the UK. Food and drink bought in supermarkets is also very affordable, especially if you seek out local produce, such as olives, fruit and veg.
Our tip is to look for places to eat and shops in less touristy side streets and small towns and villages for even more favourable prices.
5) Readily available hire bikes: Whatever your choice of bike, from mountain bike to hybrid to hi-tec carbon fibre racer, you’ll find plenty of bike hire outlets. Many hotels also hire a good selection of bikes.
Cyclists heading to Mallorca might find it easier and cheaper to hire a bike than to take their own bike with them. See our recent blog Should I hire a bike or take my own on holiday?
6) Beautiful scenery: The landscape of Mallorca looks like a combination between southern France and Spain. In late April, when I visited, the north of the island was a feast for the eyes with large fields of barley mixed with pretty poppies, roadsides edged by blankets of colourful wildflowers, thriving olive groves, fledgling vineyards, blossoming trees and a stunning coast of sandy beaches and turquoise seas.
7) Cycling for all: Whether its long, flat roads, or epic mountain climbs, and every kind of terrain in between, there is a route to suit all types of riders.
8) Camaraderie: If you have every enjoyed the atmosphere of a cycling sportive, Mallorca is similar but on a far larger scale. Wherever you ride there are many other cyclists and the atmosphere is up-beat and cycling friendly.
If you want to ride fast, simply jump on the back of a peloton of riders as it flies past you. If you want to ride slower, watch in awe as the faster riders whoosh past you.
10) Cosmopolitan: Mallorca attracts cyclists from all over Europe, which means you can enjoy chatting with like-minded holidaymakers from many different countries and even practise your languages!
See Hidden Mallorca Cycling for a great holiday idea and a new tour called the Backroads of Mallorca.