All About Bike Hire in Port de Pollença

And why to explore Majorca on two wheels

When to visit

Where to hire

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Bike hire info

Overview of shops

Cycling routes

Majorca is a cyclist’s dream. The sunny island is popular for its fantastic conditions, winding climbs and sweeping vistas. Each year it plays host to many popular cycling events including the legendary Majorca 312, Challenge Majorca and Iron Man 70.3 events, and is the training-camp base for cycling teams like the Ineos Grenadiers.

It’s as loved by pro athletes as by hobby cyclists simply looking for a fun way to explore the isle. Between February and May, hundreds of thousands of amateur cyclists flock the island and roads are taken over by bikes. Join the crowds and expect sea views and epic ascents, gorgeous switchbacks and mountainous scenery or, if you prefer, flat and scenic sojourns through local villages – the island is your oyster. If you rather stay on the sidelines and watch your friends or partner cycle, here are the top things to do in Pollenca.

When to visit on two wheels

Majorca’s summer is delightfully hot, but maybe not so delightful for a challenging ride. The prime time for cycling trips to Majorca is during spring, starting as early as February and going on until early June. The busiest time is at the end of April when the most famous cycling event M312 takes place. Book early for this peak season as bike hotels and rental bikes get sold out quickly. Early autumn is also great weather and a little less crowded than the peak spring cycling season. If you just want to use the bike to make your way from A to B, or just fancy a casual day’s ride not at race pace, then summer season may suit you too, when you can fully enjoy the beaches of Pollença.

Where to hire bikes

There are dozens of professional shops for bike hire in Port de Pollença. They offer equipment for every level of cyclist and every type of route, with most shop staff speaking fantastic English. The staff are usually not only knowledgeable about the bikes but also incredibly passionate about cycling in Majorca and can give you great tips on routes, pit stops and insider knowledge.

We’ll give an overview of some individual shops below, however, usually you can expect the shop to have a range of bike types in a range of styles. Apart from the road bikes for the race cyclists, most stores usually also carry hybrid and e-bikes for men and women (and often for kids too). Most shops have recommended routes they’d love to share with you, usually available to download on your favourite apps (such as Strava and Komoot) and the staff love to talk you through them. Alternatively, many companies offer the option of booking a guided ride with their local experts, ensuring a fun-packed day and taking the navigation off your plate. Some shops are also offer to deliver the bike right to your accommodation in Port de Pollença. You can also hire helmets (sometimes included in the price) and equipment like jerseys and shoes from most of the stores, so you needn’t take up luggage space with your own. Of course, you’ll find many of the shops selling unique Majorcan cycling jerseys too, in case you want a souvenir from your epic ride.

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What to expect from Pollença bike hire

Once you’ve sorted your bike hire in Port de Pollença, you’ll want to plan a route (or several). Cap de Formentor is one of the most popular routes for good reason. The cape starts right outside of Port de Pollença, and the winding road takes you over 20 km and several climbs all the way to the lighthouse end point, which marks the Northern point of Mallorca . The views are absolutely breathtaking and, if you need refreshment, you’ll find a café at the top. Cars are blocked from the road starting in June, if you want to ride up there before, make sure to start early as it gets crowded.

For a flatter route, try heading for the pretty inland town of Petra which is famous for the best almond cakes in one of the caés around the idyllic market square where hundreds of cyclists rest every day, or to the ancient Roman town of Sineu, which has its own open-air velodrome, open to the public, if you fancy a lap or two.

Sa Calobra is a famous road to nowhere – you descend from Col des Reis at an altitude of 728 metres down into a little bay with a port and some cafés. And if you don’t take the boat from there to Port de Soller, you will have to climb back up 9.5 km with a 7% gradient and sweeping hairpin bends towards the top. It’s best done early, before the coaches arrive to catch the view, but it’s 100% worth it!

Two other famous ascents are the Puig Major (offering epic views of the Gorg Blau reservoir on the descent) and Col de Soller. You can also find routes to the two monastery hills Sant Salvador and Randa, or to the famous Santuari de Lluc via Col de Sa Batalla or Col de Femenia– to name but a few.

Overview of shops

Bike Island Mallorca

Delivery to accommodation: Yes

Routes: Yes, downloadable

Guided tour: Yes, customised

Bike brands: Liv, Ghost, Giant

Rental: Per day, with discounts for longer hires

Helmets: €1/day

Website: bikeislandmallorca.com

Bike types rented per day:

Carbon road bikes: €37

Female-specific carbon road bikes: €25

Kids’ road: €14

MTBs: €14

Electric-assisted cross-bikes: €39

e-MTB: €39

Road e-bikes: €45

Hybrids: €14

Gravel: €35

2goCycling

Routes: Yes, downloadable to Bikemap

Rental: Per day, with discounts for longer hires

Helmets: €1/day

Also available: Electric scooters, trailers, GoPro, Garmin

Extras: Insurance €5/day, coffee shop in store

Website: 2gocycling.com

Bike types rented per day:

Road: from €11

MTB: from €12

Hybrid: from €8

City bike: from €6 (cargo bikes & tandem available)

e-Bike: from €17

Kids’ bikes: from €4

Fatbike: from €13

Pinarello Experience

Routes: Yes, downloadable to Strava/Komoot

Bike brands: Pinarello

Rental: Min. hire period 2 days (4 days in peak event season), discount for groups 10+

Extras: When placing rental order you can customise your fit, pedal type and frame size

Helmets: Yes

Pedals: Free (optional, you can bring your own)

Website: pinarelloexperience.com

Bike types rented per day:

eRoad bike: from £48

Road bike: from £20 a day (Pinarello bikes from £50)

City bike: from £15

Clips Mallorca Cycling

Routes: Yes, Garmin provided

Guided tour: Yes, you can also join a large-group ride

Bike brands: Eddy Merckx, Ridley

Rental: Per week

Website: mallorcacycling.com

Bike types rented per week:

Road bikes: from €90–235

e-MTB: from €165

Road ebike: from €160

ProCycleHire

Delivery to accommodation: No

Guided tour: Yes

Special ride: “The Lap” – cycle 327 kilometres in a single day, fully supported by an experienced team.

Group rides: From the Pro Cycle Cafe at 9am every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Bike brands: Massi, Colnago

Rental: Per day, discount for groups of 8+

Extras: Café on site

Website: procyclehire.com

Bike types rented per day:

Road bikes: €17–45

Ultimate Bike Hire

Delivery to accommodation: Yes (~£20)

Routes: No

Guided tour: Yes (~£100)

Bike brands: BH, SwiftCarbon

Rental: Tailored

Helmets: Yes (~£10), plus shoes (~£30) and pedals (~£10)

Website: ultimatebikehiremallorca.com

Bike types rented:

Road bikes per week: £140–280

Road bikes per day: £55–95

Road bikes 2 days: £75–120

Good Cycling Routes from Port de Pollença

Once you’ve sorted your bike hire in Port de Pollença, you’ll want to plan a route (or several). Cap de Formentor is one of the most popular routes for good reason. It’s round 20 km from Port de Pollença all the way to the lighthouse end point, with several climbs, long tunnels, and delightful descents, twists and turns marking the woody route. The views are absolutely breathtaking and, if you need refreshment, you’ll find a café at the top. For a flatter route, try heading for the pretty inland town of Petra or to the sleepy town of Sineu, which has its own open-air velodrome, open to the public, if you fancy a lap or two. Sa Calobra is a famous road to nowhere – a 9.5 km climb with a 7% gradient and sweeping hairpin bends towards the top. It’s best done early, before the coaches arrive to catch the view, but it’s 100% worth it and you can roll it in with the Col de Femenia. Two other famous ascents are the Puig Major (offering epic views of the Gorg Blau reservoir on the descent) and Col de Soller. You can also find routes to Sant Salvador, Lluc and Valldemossa – to name but a few – or ask fellow cyclists or the staff at the cycle shop if they can recommend their favourites. Many shops will tailor a guided tour to your requests.

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