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Cycling from Palma in Mallorca

9th April, 2023

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.

As you embark on this climb, one can’t help but notice the peaceful surroundings – this climb is a hidden gem that only the most intrepid cyclists can appreciate. It’s a refreshing change from the usual touristy routes in Mallorca. But what makes the Coll de Randa truly special is the ride up to the Santuari de Cura – an ancient Christian holy site dating back to the 13th century.

The sign indicating the start of the Coll De Randa

Starting from the quaint village of Randa, situated some 30 kilometers away from Palma, this journey will take us to the summit at a towering 545 meters above sea level. The ride up to the summit is nothing short of breathtaking, with awe-inspiring views of the rolling countryside. The best part is, it’s a 60km round trip with very little ascent prior to the Coll, so there’s plenty of riding to take in outside of Randa.


With its pristine roads and breathtaking landscapes, Llucmajor is a must-visit destination if you’re exploring the flatlands.

The town’s location in the south of the island makes it the point to explore the rural countryside, with it being only 30km from Palma. The absence of heavy traffic (other than a bit of farm traffic) makes for quiet cycling, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the surrounding nature.

views of a stone lined road and fields int he background in mallorca

The almond blossoms in Mallorca typically bloom in late January to early February, and the peak of the blooming period usually lasts for about two weeks so if you’re riding very early in the season, this is a sight to behold. If you’re here in the summer, enjoy orange and olive groves.

Es Trenc beach

Cycling from Palma in Mallorca can take also take you to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Es Trenc. The beach, located in the southeast of Mallorca, is known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, white sand, and untouched natural surroundings. The ride to Es Trenc Beach is a scenic journey through the island’s countryside, passing through quaint villages and lush vineyards along the way. The route is relatively flat, making it suitable for cyclists of all levels, from beginners to experienced riders.

The golden sands of Es Trenc Beach

As you approach Es Trenc Beach, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the golden sand stretching out in front of you. The beach itself is a nature reserve, so the surroundings are still largely untouched by development, giving you the feeling of being at one with nature.

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.

Cyclist descending out of the Monnaber tunnel

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

Port d’Andratx

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.

view of port d'andratx from the sea

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.

View of the sea and the cliffs at Estellencs in Mallorca

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.