Majorca is the spot for cycling fans. Thousands of cycling enthusiasts visit the island every year and the number just keeps growing. With around 300 days of sunshine annually, this Spanish island offers excellent conditions for a cycling holiday all year round. However, the most popular times for cyclists are in spring from around February to May and in late summer and autumn. Up until the beginning of May, the roads belong to cyclists. Outside the main tourist areas, even during the high season, there is little traffic on the island's roads and cycling in Majorca is very safe. There are also quieter paths, camís, which are great for more leisurely adventures. The island also has various tours which you can join and a well-signposted network of cycle paths.
Whether you are an experienced road cyclist, a mountain biker or simply after a leisurely excursion with or without kids, there is a route for you in Majorca. And of course, a beautiful landscape is guaranteed! Here are some tips and a selection of cycling hotels for your perfect cycling holiday in Majorca.
Across the island, there is a network of perfectly maintained roads and beautifully laid out tarred paths for cyclists (camí). The terrain varies from flat to mountainous and thus offers ideal routes for beginners and professionals alike. On many of the cycling routes, there are viewpoints where you can stop for a breather and admire a fantastic panoramic view. The cosy cafés in the island's quaint villages are also worth a stop. After a slice of delicious Majorcan almond cake, you can get back on the saddle with a burst of energy.
Majorca is also very easy to reach. There are daily flight connections from the UK’s main airports, as well as good and inexpensive bus connections from the airport to holiday resorts across the island.
On top of that, thanks to a large selection of cycling stations and cycling hotels, you have the opportunity to rent equipment and the latest bicycle models for your cycling holidays at relatively low prices.
Finally, you never cycle alone, especially in spring. This is when the streets of Majorca belong to cyclists rather than drivers.
Alcúdia is a great spot for flat terrain. The centre and south are also relatively flat and well suited for beginners. The west and north with the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range are a paradise for experienced cyclists. Racing cyclists love the ascent to the highest pass on the island at Puig Major or a ride down the legendary Serpentine Road of Sa Calobra. You can also discover the entire island in about eight days on organised group tours. However, you should be experienced for this, as you will cycle an average of 100km per day on hilly routes.
Our lastminute.com cycling expert Susanne, who regularly rides a racing bike in Majorca herself, highly recommends the following racing bike tours:
Lluc Monastery: 80 km from Can Picafort
Cap de Formentor: 77 km from Can Picafort
Randa & Petra: 114 km from Playa de Muro
Sóller to Puig Major: 145 km from Playa de Muro
Over the Sóller pass to Port Sóller and by boat to Sa Calobra beach: 146 km from Playa de Muro
Cala Sant Vicenç and Campanet valley: 80 km from Playa de Muro
Port d’Andratx to Alcúdia: 136 km
Orient via Bunyola: 137 km from Can Picafort
Cala Llombards: 168 km from Playa de Muro
There are numerous hotels on the island that specialise in cycling holidays. Many cycling hotels are located in the region around Playa de Muro, Alcúdia and Pollença. Here are some of the services and advantages that these cycling hotels offer:
Playa de Muro is the heart of Majorca's cycling scene: this is the start and finish line of the M312 cycling marathon, this is where the RoadBIKE Festival takes place every year, and this is where cycling hotels and cycling stations line up. Playa de Muro is also an ideal starting point for exploring the island by bike. After a long ride, the beautiful beach at Playa de Muro invites you to a well-deserved rest.
Here are some of the best cycling hotels in Playa de Muro:
Puerto de Alcúdia and Pollença are a perfect starting point for cycling tours through the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. Less demanding routes on flat terrain are also easily accessible from these towns.
Here are some cycling hotels to consider in Alcúdia & Pollença:
From Can Picafort you can reach the cycling routes in the inland and south-east as well as in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. Many of the popular cycling routes lead to and from Can Picafort.
Here are some popular cycling hotels in Can Picafort:
The cycling hotels in Paguera and Santa Ponsa are also well-located for tours around the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. Mountain bike fans will also love the nearby trails. There’s also a classic coastal route that starts in Andratx worth riding.
Here are our top three recommendations for cycling hotels in this area:
The bike hotels in Palma de Majorca and Playa de Palma are a great option if you’re looking for the perfect combination of city, beach and bike holidays. The 14-kilometre-long cycle route along the promenade from Palma to El Arenal is popular with cyclists. The mountains and the cycling routes in the island's interior are also easily accessible from your cycling hotel in Palma. The bike rentals are open all year round.
Here are some cycling hotels in Palma de Majorca and Playa de Palma:
On the south coast of Majorca, the cycle paths are flat and suited for beginners and novices. On the east coast, you can enjoy undulating paths through nature, going past pine forests and beautiful bathing bays. Randa, San Salvador and the centre of the island are also easy to reach from a cycling hotel on the south and east coasts of Majorca.
Here are some popular cycling hotels on the south and east coasts of Majorca: