Alternative Cycling Routes in Mallorca

Written by Bethany McAtee on 20th January, 2020

We bet you’ve heard of the climb, ‘Sa Calobra’ in Mallorca. Any passionate road cyclist has. The 9.5km winding road deep in the Tramuntana mountains draws in those on two wheels like a magnet. Yet the Spanish island isn’t just named a cycling paradise because of its collection of iconic climbs. Choose a point on nearly any road in Mallorca and we guarantee picturesque scenery, a charming town or sparkling coastline. Epic routes extend North, East, South and West, so you really can’t go wrong. For those who believe they’ve tackled Tramuntana, we’ve got a bunch of alternative cycling routes in Mallorca just for you. 

THE WESTERN COAST

Mallorca’s Western coast is especially beautiful, laced with undulating terrain and coastal cliff-top tarmac roads. Situated in the South West of the island is the stylish Port Andratx, where fishermen still haul in fresh fish. Because Port Andratx is easily accessible to the Ma-10 coastal road, it makes for an ideal starting point. The Ma-10 will take you 60km North to Deia, a gorgeous hilltop town known for being home to artists. Nearly all of the Ma-10 looks out onto the deep blue Balearic Sea, crashing against rugged cliff faces.

a cyclist takes a selfie high up a cliff in mallorca, with the blue sea in the background 

Along with the awe inspiring coast to keep you company, typical Mallorcan towns are also dotted throughout the route. Our two favourite towns are Banyalbufar and Valledmossa. Quaint and rich in history, Banyalbufar is nestled between mountains overlooking the sea. Trust us, it’s going to be hard to resist a stop in each lay by for the spectacular coastal views! Valledmossa is equally gorgeous. Stop here amongst the rustic buildings for a coffee and Coca de Patata pastry, the town’s delicacy. 

MALLORCA’S HEART

Away from bustling tourist hotspots, the heart of Mallorca takes you closer to the traditional towns and lifestyles of locals. If you’re looking for alternative cycling routes in Mallorca, look to the heart. The terrain is also a lot flatter than the neighbouring Tramuntana Mountains, attracting families and cycling novices. Because the island’s centre is predominantly countryside, you can explore small, quiet roads amongst a patchwork of vineyards and orange groves. Rustic windmills are also dotted about the landscape, making for some very picturesque scenes.

a road cyclist in the flatlands of mallorca, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves

It is possible to cycle through Mallorca’s heart in 1 day within 60-70km, travelling from Llucmajor to Campanet. However, if you’d like to spend more time wandering around the beautiful towns en route, break it into 2-3 days. Sineu, an old Roman town features stunning architecture and the most popular market in Mallorca every Wednesday between 8am-1pm. Similarly, Muro is full of sandstone buildings, dating back to 1232. In particular the 17th century gothic church of Església de Sant Joan Baptista can be seen far across the plain. Another fascinating town, Sa Pobla, is full of lively events, such as the Potato Festival in May and Jazz Festival in August.

THE EASTERN COAST

For the beach babes, this route is for you. Nearly every stretch of road is bordered by a beach, and not just any beach. Think crystal clear water, delicately fine sand and hidden coves where nobody goes. The total route distance is around 70km starting in Santanyi and ending in Arta. You can either choose to ride at a leisurely pace and stop overnight in coastal towns, or kick up some speed. After all, whilst the terrain is undulating, ascents rarely top 100m. Even if you’re a speed demon, we recommend spending an hour relaxing on the beach!

a road bike in front of the bright blue sea on one of the alternative cycling routes in mallorca

Cala d’Or is an especially loved area for gorgeous beaches, with 5 stretching out along the coastline. Surrounded by pine forests and sheltered coves, each one is unique yet all are just as picturesque as the other. Further along the coast sits Cala Millor, which boasts a large promenade overlooking the golden sands and sea. If you don’t have the chance to visit Cala d’Or’s beaches, or discover a cove for yourself, definitely take a pit stop at Cala Millor. Your final destination, Arta, is a medieval gem tucked into a valley amongst the Llevant Natural Park. Here, you can wander around the Santuari de Sant Salvador, a medieval fortress or the Arta to Ses Paisses, a well-preserved Bronze Age settlement.

TRAMUNTANA MOUNTAIN RANGE

Of course, no list of cycling routes is complete without the Tramuntana Mountain range. Even if they are more popular than the rest of the routes in our alternative cycling routes in Mallorca list! Yet we wanted to use this blog to give you a handy tip. Cycling Coll de Soller from the South side is much quieter than approaching from the North. Due to the South side sitting in the sun for longer, it tends to be slightly hotter, deterring some cyclists. Therefore, especially in the morning you’ll find that Coll de Soller can be just as quiet as Mallorca’s flatlands.

the switchback roads of coll de soller in mallorca, popular with road cyclists

Whilst Sa Calobra and Cap de Formentor are Mallorca’s poster climbs (and rightly so), Coll de Soller is just as exhilarating. 5km of hairpin heaven never goes amiss in our books, particularly when it leads to a summit cafe serving up cake. Base yourself in Port Pollensa, which has easy access to all of the Tramuntana’s iconic climbs. From here, the route to the South side of Soller is 70km – not for the less experienced! Descend into Port de Soller, a small town with unwavering beauty. Before the Soller tunnel opened in 1997, the town was virtually untouched by the commercialism seeping into other major towns. Consequently, there is an atmosphere of authenticity in Port de Soller, which makes the climb there (and back) worth it. 

Ready to ride? Contact our cycling specialists to book your tailor made Mallorcan cycling holiday in the destination of your choice. We will provide you with our hand crafted GPX routes, which come with route descriptions and tips attached.