Mallorca is one of Spain's best destinations for road cycling, thanks to its near-perfect road surfaces, variable terrains, and excellent weather all year round. The island has cycling trails for all levels of cyclists, taking you to breathtaking coastal roads, rolling hills, and steep mountain passes. Given the island's diverse range of terrains, you will find a trail to suit you, whether you're an experienced cyclist or just looking for a leisurely ride.
Here are the best places for luxury cycle trips in Mallorca.
Expert cyclists looking for a trail to test their skills should aim for the road to Cap de Formentor lighthouse. At 35km long, the trail requires almost 1,000 metres of climbing, but the dreamy views and near-perfect tarmac will make it all worth it. The first few kilometres of the trail offer spectacular views of Pollensa Bay before taking you to a more remote spot along the coast before arriving at the lighthouse, which sits beautifully at the end of the road.
The road to the Cap de Formentor lighthouse is in excellent condition, having recently been repaved. During the first part of the climb, you could encounter some cars, but will be all tourist traffic and not bothersome for cyclists. The volume of traffic reduces considerably after the first part of the climb.
If you want to take breaks, get off your bike at the viewing point of Mirador de la Creueta, where you can marvel at the exhilarating views. The panoramas are breathtaking, though it gets even better if you don't mind walking down to the end of the viewing point, where you can enjoy even better views of the towering rocks and the islands jutting out into the sea.
If you're keen on cycling along a picturesque village, head to Port de Soller, a charming resort village along the west coast of Mallorca. Nestled in a large horseshoe bay, it is one of the island's best-kept secrets, which you can best explore on a cycling adventure.
Port de Soller's location at the foot of Serra de Tramuntana means it was difficult to get to, until the construction of the Soller tunnel in the 1990s. On your cycling adventure, you'll have an incredible chance of cycling through the tunnel, which makes for an exciting experience. Because of the village's isolation, Port de Soller did not undergo overdevelopment and still has its traditional charm.
Surrounded by the stunning Tramuntana mountains, Port de Soller is one of the few villages that boasts spectacular sea views and surrounded by mountain scenery in Mallorca. And since it's on the west coast, it also affords some of the best sunset views.
You'll find sandy beaches in Port de Soller, which offers the perfect setting to relax and enjoy a refreshing dip. Or you can visit the pedestrianized promenade lined with restaurants and cafes for snacks and refreshments.
Puerto Pollensa is another popular destination for a cycle trip in Mallorca. It's an excellent place for those wanting to partake in the Mallorca 312 cycling experience since the famous cycling route passes here. The lovely town sits in a sweeping bay with a spectacular mountainous geography and a gorgeous place to explore on a bike.
If you're not interested in joining the race but want a leisurely ride, you can cycle along Port Pollensa's long seafront promenade that seems to extend forever along the bay. It's a fun place to enjoy outdoor activities, including cycling.
Even kids will enjoy riding their bikes on Port Pollensa's lovely promenade. While bustling with life in the evening, the promenade is quieter in the early morning, offering the perfect condition for cycling. In addition, the views are more spectacular in the morning, with mist rising over the stunning bay. Port Pollensa is also a popular stop-off point among cyclists tackling the Cap Formentor.
Alcudia is a charming historic town that makes for a perfect stop on your cycling adventure in the island's northern section. Nestled just one kilometre inland from Port d'Alcudia, Alcudia is an ideal place to soak up Mallorca’s rich heritage without going far off the beaten path.
As you cycle around Alcúdia, you'll come across interesting places worth a stop, including Spain's smallest Roman amphitheatre. It's about a kilometre south of the town, close to the harbour and forms part of the Roman city of Pollentia. It also has the forum and the La Portella, the site used as a necropolis during ancient Roman times.
When you visit Alcudia on Tuesday or Sunday, don't miss the chance to stop by the famous open-air market. It has two sections - one for the farmers selling local produce and another for accessories, handbags, shoes, clothing, souvenirs, etc.
When it's time to eat, park your bike near Alcudia's pedestrian area, where you'll find delightful restaurants and cafes with beautiful terraces. These are the best places to sample delectable Mallorcan cuisines. After your meal, stroll through the pretty cobblestone streets, taking you to the beautiful medieval houses and towards the town hall.
Your cycling adventure to Mallorca won't be complete without stopping by Palma, the island's capital city. Dubbed the "pearl of the Mediterranean," Palma offers a vibrant lifestyle and brimming with Mediterranean flair, attracting millions of tourists each year. Make the most of your visit to the capital by staying in one of the city's five-star luxury stays, which overlooks the stunning views and only steps away from Mallorca's top beaches.
While in Palma, drop by La Seu or the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, a Gothic Roman catholic church. You'll also find some museums to explore, such as the Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, which features a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and ceramics by some of Spain's most famous artists.
The seaside promenade is a fun place to cycle, where you can enjoy marvellous coastal views. It winds past long sandy beaches, scenic bays, and stylish beach clubs. If you want to take a break, look for a shaded spot to relax and watch the world go by.