Listen, let’s not beat around the bush, cycling from Palma in Mallorca is not the choice for most cyclists. However, we are hear to tell you how you can tack on some absolutely incredible cycling, to a cultural trip to Mallorca’s capital, or some varied and beautiful routes if you only have a couple of days to spend in Mallorca, and don’t want to waste time travelling to the north.
Most people who go to Mallorca for a cycling holiday will stay in Port Pollensa in the north, or perhaps in the mountains in Soller. However, there is plenty of cycling from Palma in Mallorca, so long as you stay in the right part of town.
Staying East of Palma for the Coll de Randa, Llucmajor, Es Trenc Beach
We recommend that you stay in the east of Palma if you want to enjoy cycling along the flatlands and exploring more rural Mallorca. Anywhere east of the port (or even dare we say it by the port) is fine because you can head out towards the flatlands via the roads that run parallel to the motorway. The road is not pleasant from an aesthetic point of view but it’s perfectly safe and within 10km, you will be able to exit into the quiet country lanes of the flatlands.
Coll de Randa
Head towards the Coll de Randa, a climb that unlike the usual suspects of Mallorcan routes, is not situated in the mighty Tramuntana mountains, but rather resides in the heart of the flatlands of central Mallorca.
Staying north of Palma for the Tramuntana climbs
The famous climbs
The further north you stay, the easier it is to get into the mountains. You can certainly enjoy the southern Tramuntana and if you’ve got the legs for a 1020/130km day, you can even reach Sa Calobra.
From the north of Palma, you can head through the flatlands and ride the Coll d’Honor, visiting the beautiful mountain village of Orient. From here, you can also ride a stunning Mallorcan loop taking in the famous Coll de Soller before dropping down to Port de Soller. If you fancy a slightly longer day, head right between Soller and the Port, taking on Mallorca’s highest climb up to the Monnaber tunnel where you will have conquered Puig Major.
The hidden gem
There are very few true hidden gems in Mallorca but Sobremunt remains one.
Sobremunt is one of the toughest climbs in Mallorca for gradients (and road surface!), with less than 500 riders having registered an effort up the climb on Strava. Located 10 kilometers from Palma, the climb can be reached by heading north along the Ma-1041 road. The climb starts with a gentle 2 kilometres before steadily increasing to around 3% gradient. At 5 kilometers from the summit, the climb becomes much steeper with short ramps of up to 20% gradient, tough hairpins, and worn-out tarmac and gravel. The top of Sobremunt offers stunning views of the Palma bay and is a highlight for anybody cycling from Palma in Mallorca.
The west for Andratx and Estellencs
If you stay west of the Palma, make sure you head to Port d’Andratx, a picturesque town located on the southwestern coast of Mallorca. It is a popular destination for tourists due to its stunning natural beauty, crystal-clear waters, and relaxed atmosphere, and the riding down to the port is beautiful. Ride it via Puigpunyent the further north you stay in Palma, or via Calvia the further south west.
The town features a scenic harbour that is lined with restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as a range of boutique shops and galleries. With its charming character and stunning surroundings, Port d’Andratx is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Mallorca.
Ii you’re planning any cycling from Palma in Mallorca, there’s one route that simply cannot be missed. We’re talking about the jaw-droppingly beautiful coastal ride that spans the entire western coast, featuring some of the toughest cycling challenges on the island. While the Andratx to Pollensa route is certainly worth exploring, we’re here to highlight a section that’ll take your breath away: Andratx to Estellencs, arguably the most stunning coastal experience on the island.
Get ready for a picturesque journey through a coastal village that’s tucked away in the southern reaches of the Tramuntana mountain range. Estellencs is a feast for the senses, with its awe-inspiring views of the Mediterranean Sea, rugged cliffs, and lush greenery. The winding roads along the coastline offer a front-row seat to hidden coves and crystal-clear waters, as you bask in the refreshing sea breeze and soak up the warm sun on your back. This is a ride that’s not to be missed.