So you’re trying to work out where to stay on your next cycling holiday in Mallorca. We have 1 very simple question to ask yourself. What do you want to get out of your time cycling in Mallorca. If you want to hit the biggest and best climbs that the island has to offer, you simply have to stay in Port Pollensa, or deep in the Tramuntana mountain range itself. If you want some good climbing interspersed with some leg spinning flat options, pretty much anywhere from Port Pollensa to Can Picafort would suit you. However, if you want rural Mallorca, flat riding, quiet roads and a bit more off the beaten track experience, it has to be a boutique finca in somewhere like Sineu or Sa Pobla.
Choosing the right place to stay on the island can make all the difference in your cycling holiday experience. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best places to stay in Mallorca for a cycling holiday, whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or a lively town with plenty of amenities.
It’s difficult to look past Port Pollensa as the go to place for Mallorca cycling holidays. There is a reason that in 2022, we sent over 5,000 riders to the town. Quite simply, it’s a cycling haven with the mountains on your doorstep and the stunning bay stretching out in front of you.
The town’s location at the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains provides cyclists with easy access to some of the island’s most scenic and challenging routes. Most riders will want to tick off some bucket list climbs such as Sa Calobra or Cap Formentor and the port couldn’t be better positioned for this. You can be on the Cap Formentor route inside 3km from the port, whilst the mountains, albeit a little bit further away than that, can allow you some truly epic days in the saddle, riding from the port.
The town also has a bustling cycling scene with plenty of bike rental shops, repair services, and cycling cafes. A golden sandy beach overlooking Pollensa bay also hits the spot after a day of cycling in the Tramuntana mountains!
Alcudia is another northern town that caters towards cyclists. It’s further down the coast than Port Pollensa and so further from the mountains, but it’s also superbly positioned for a bit more exploration into Mallorca’s north eastern rugged coast, and the flatlands due south.
In addition to its cycling opportunities, Alcudia also has a rich cultural heritage. The town’s old town, surrounded by ancient walls dating back to the 14th century, is a charming labyrinth of narrow streets, ancient buildings, and beautiful squares. The town also has a weekly market that is popular among tourists and locals alike, where you can find everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. It’s worth taking spending some time in the authentic Alcudia old town.
Playa de Muro
The West and the Mountains
The Hilltop Villages
The Tramuntana mountains are known the world over and the cycling routes are to die for. Each town is beautiful, authentic and there are few more picture perfect than Deia, Orient and Valdemossa. If it’s a romantic break you’re after, or even just a bit more of a boutique experience, pick a converted finca in one of these hilltop towns and enjoy absolute tranquilitiy. Be aware though that the towns are really small and so going out for a meal or a drink, especially off season, will mean you might be sitting on your own!
To experience the mountains but also get the buzz of a town, there’s really no place like Port Soller.