Highlights of Mallorca's Best Route
Cycling on Mallorca simply doesn't get better than this. This Mallorca cycle route takes in some of the finest Mallorca cycling climbs, some of the most stunning views and is a challenge for nearly all cyclists. The ride takes in the Coll d'Orient, the Coll d'Honor, the Coll de Soller, Puig Major and if you are a glutton for punishment, there is the option of throwing in Sa Calobra whilst you're at it. You will ride 135km climbing 2,500m of Mallorcan roads on this epic road ride.
Port Pollensa to Campanet 22km and 275m of ascent
You will ride out of Port Pollensa towards the town of Pollensa before branching away from the mountains. Ordinarily this would be unremarkable as there are no real climbs but we just love this section of the ride. The roads are incredibly quiet from Pollensa as you head towards Campanet. The flatlands lay out in front of you and you will ride past orange groves and almond blossoms, with the odd traditional rural finca dotting the horizon. To your right, you will see the foothills of the Tramuntana. If you're riding this route, you will not want to stop so early but on another day, visit the Campanet caves. Over 10 million years old, these caves were completely undiscovered until 1945 when a farmer stumbled across them. Guided tours are now available and you can head deep underground into another world.
Campanet to the Coll d'Orient summit 25km and 580m of ascent
The next section of this epic tour of Mallorca's most famous cycling climbs will take you to the Coll d'Orient. The coll itself is not too difficult as it's a relatively gentle 5km at approximately 5%. It takes you out of the Orient valley and up into the heart of the Tramuntana. The climb is almost dead straight until it bears west towards Orient for the last few kilometres. From here you will have a lovely descent into the town of Orient, a beautiful typically Mallorcan town.
Coll d'Honor summit to the Coll de Soller summit 15km and 350m of ascent
From the Coll d'Honor you will descend pretty rapidly to Bunyola. It's not technical at all and the road surface is in good condition. From here, you will head up north and begin your ascent of the Col de Soller. We love the Coll de Soller from the south. It's 5km in length and averages about 5%, so it's shorter and less steep than the northern side. If you want to read about what it's like to cycle the Coll de Soller, read our in depth review of the climb here.
Climbing Puig Major is one of the highlights of any road cycling holiday in Mallorca. It's just shy of 15 kilometres in length with an average gradient of just over 6%. Cycling in Mallorca offers unrivalled views and Puig Major in particular provides some of the best. At the top of the climb, just before you reach the Monnaber tunnel, the lookout is absolutely breathtaking. The other side of the tunnel provides even more stunning views of Gorg Blau as you begin your descent. If you want a more in depth look at climbing Puig Major, click here.
Puig Major to Lluc 20km and 225m of descent
As soon as you're through the Monnaber tunnel, you will begin an epic descent past the lakes before the ride kicks up just before the turning down to Sa Calobra. If you are feeling really strong, you can descend Sa Calobra and climb it again. Sa Calobra is 9.5km and is the most famous climb on the island for its stunning switchbacks and tough ascent. If you're going to add 20km and another 750m of vertical ascent to your ride, make sure you've read our guide to Sa Calobra so you know what you're in for.
From the top of the Sa Calobra climb, you will have a gentle climb before descending towards Lluc and its famous monastery. The monastery has been a place of worship since the 13th century when a statue of the Virgin Mary kept reappearing in the cave. It's now a place frequented by religious Christians who come to pay their respects, as well as many tourists. Our route doesn't pass by the monastery so turn off the route at Lluc if you want to visit it.
Lluc to Port Pollensa 25km and 150m of descent
Your final 25km back to Port Pollensa will be relatively chilled with very little elevation. You will pass through Pollensa where the roads will become busier, before you arrive back at the port. Grab yourself a beer and reflect on the fact that you will have ridden one of Mallorca's best cycling routes and climbed nearly all of Mallorca's most famous climbs.
Check out Ca'n Topa at the summit of the Coll de Soller at kilometre 67. The rural old finca has been converted into a cafe selling drinks, pastries and quick takeaway foods like pizza slices and sandwiches.
Hopefully you won't need a stop just a few kilometres out from Puerto Pollensa but if you do, there are a range of options in Pollensa town.
Top Tips for this Mallorca Route
Take a gillet with you as the descents first thing are cold.
The Coll de Soller is busier on the north side. You will be descending that so make sure you ride with caution as there will be cars and other cyclists to watch out for.
The north side of the Coll de Soller gets less sunshine in the morning so can be damp. Again be really careful on your descent.
Take lights for the Monnaber tunnel. Remember too to take your sunglasses off as the sudden loss of light will disorientate you if you're not prepared.
Only ride Sa Calobra if you really do feel great. This route is really tough and adding Sa Calobra to it could mean you struggle if you're not prepared.