Mallorca Cycling CampA cycling mecca where the mountains meet the sea
Head to this Mediterranean cycling hub to ride across a variety of majestic landscapes and experience local Spanish culture.
The rugged island of Mallorca was a well-kept secret until professional cycling teams (like Team Sky) discovered it was the perfect winter training destination. It’s no surprise why cyclists are drawn to this Spanish paradise, given its temperate climates, European cultural influences, dramatic mountains and breathtaking Mediterranean backdrop. Expect challenging days with mountain ascents balanced by mellow, rolling inner-island rides featuring significantly less climbing. No matter the route, you’re guaranteed spectacular views and café stops for espresso, pastries or traditional Spanish treats. Off the bike, you’ll have the opportunity to explore local Mallorcan culture and experience the traditional food and wine of the region.
- Six days of guided, supported rides through mountains and vineyards and along the coast
- Stay at The Petit Hotel Alaró in the quaint village of Alaró
- Eat chef-prepared, daily meals featuring Mallorcan and Mediterranean cuisine
- Taste wine at a local vineyard
- Enjoy a special dinner at DaiCa, considered one of the best restaurants on Mallorca
- Climb to Cap De Formentor, a lighthouse perched on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
- Traverse the entire island to reach Sa Calobra, considered a classic climb of Europe
Everyone comes to Mallorca for the cycling, but some of your favorite memories may be of the local food. Every morning starts with a casual breakfast and espresso before heading out on the day’s adventure. Our chef prepares Mallorcan and Mediterranean cuisine featuring authentic Spanish food, and dinner is served family-style. We will eat a few meals at our favorite local restaurants, including one special gastronomical experience at DaiCa. It’s considered one of the best restaurants on the island for its traditional Mallorcan and Catalan recipes combined with innovative cooking techniques.
Set at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, The Petit Hotel Alaró has been our Mallorca base since 2018. Far from popular tourist spots, the small town of Alaró is quaint, with narrow cobbled streets and traditional Spanish charm. The proximity to the quiet countryside and beautiful mountain roads makes this bike- and hike-friendly hotel a fantastic home for the week. Settle in with a glass of Spanish red wine in the flower-filled courtyard and indulge in the authentic, chef-prepared meals.
Welcome to Mallorca!
Riders arrive at the Palma de Mallorca Airport, and we’ll shuttle you to our home base for the week, the Petit Hotel Alaro. We’ll work on building personal bikes and fitting rentals. We’ll eat lunch at 1 p.m., followed by an easy arrival day spin at 3:30 p.m.
Arrival Day Spin: 22 miles, 2,100 feet of climbing
Cap de Formentor
We kick off our week with one of the trip’s highlights: cycling to the Cap De Formentor, a lighthouse precariously perched on a cliff overlooking the Meditteranean Sea. We will start the day by shuttling to Pollenca, where we’ll begin with a nice warm-up on the way to Port de Pollenca, where the riding and views go from good to incredible. We’ll pedal along a newly paved out-and-back road to reach the northernmost point of the island, where we’ll find the lighthouse and spectacular views. We’ll follow the same route back to Pollenca and offer an option to ride back to Alaro, where we will have lunch. In addition, we will have an option for an out-and-back ride, starting and finishing in Alaro.
Cap De Formentor: 35-55 miles, 3,500–5,500 feet of climbing
Optional out-and-back from hotel: 78.5 miles, 6,500 feet of climbing (this is the longer option)
We balance our bigger elevation days with more relaxed riding along the rolling terrain of the inner island, which has significantly less climbing. We’ll go deeper into the countryside and some small villages of Mallorca, with a few small gradual climbs along the way. Our main stop for the day will be in Sineu for espresso, pastries. After a cortado (small espresso with steamed milk) and pastry in Sineu, we make our way onto the Cami D’Muro, a small road that has turned into the main bike route across the island.
Inner Island Route: 50 miles, 2,000 feet of climbing
There will be options for extending this ride for those who are looking for more mileage.
It’s impossible not to mention Sa Calobra when talking about cycling in Mallorca. This famous route is the reason many riders make the journey to the largest of the Balearic Islands. The route descends from the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains, which traverse the entire island all the way down to the Port de Sa Calobra. The rollercoaster, hairpin turns are just one of many distinguishing features of this route. In fact, one turn even loops under itself – one of only five turns that do this in all of Europe. The main climb, which ascends 2,000-plus feet on an out-and-back road, is considered a European classic and is well known among professional cyclists and those seeking the most prestigious Strava KOMs. There’s a small cafe overlooking the climb where we’ll regroup and celebrate a huge accomplishment with an espresso.
Sa Calobra: 60-75 miles, 6,500–8,900 feet of climbing
Shuttle options are available with less mileage and elevation.
Randa, easier day
After a big day in the saddle, we’ll head out on a shorter ride with a relatively easy climb that brings us to the Randa monastery, built in the 13th century. We’ll enjoy a post-ride lunch at Cycling Planet in Alaro.
Randa: 38-45 miles, 1,500–2,800 feet of climbing
The Costal Ride
On our final day of riding, we’ll break into two groups in Puigpunyent for shorter (65 miles) or longer (92 miles) route options along the rugged West Coast. Today’s undulating route follows the dramatic, rugged coastline. The climbs are not particularly long, but the flats are few and far between. We’ll ride through the beautiful village of Deia, home to the famous poet Robert Graves amongst several other notable people, where we’ll stop for lunch. After lunch, we will descend into Soller, a village well known for exporting olives and citrus fruits. The climb Col de Soller back over the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, then have an exhilarating descent with over twenty hairpin switchbacks back towards Alaro.
Coastal Route: 65–92 miles, 5,800–10,000 feet of climbing
There are many options this day for shortening or extending the ride.
Depending on flight times, riders have the option to go for a final spin on the island before leaving. The last shuttle will depart for the Palma de Mallorca Airport at noon.
Shuttles to Palma
- May 8 - 14 $4,285 / Person
- May 16 - 22 $4,285 / Person
- May 24 - 30 $4,285 / Person
- Oct 2 - 8 $4,285 / Person
- Oct 10 - 16 $4,285 / Person
- 6 nights/7 days accommodations (double occupancy)
- Airport transfers to/from Palma de Mallorca Airport
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Mechanical support (including bike build and breakdown)
- Professional trip guides
- Daily sag support
- Ride nutrition products
- High-quality ride photos
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What's Not Included
- Bike rentals
- Gratuity for guides
- Mid-ride café stops
- Personal shopping
- Massage therapy
- Beer and Wine
- Trail runs or hikes in the Serra De Tramuntana Mountains
- Relax at the beach or hotel pool
- Wine tasting (+$)
- Core/stretching sessions
- Stroll to the main square for a glass of wine or scoop of Gelato
Rent A Bike
Traveling through the airport with a bike—and paying for it to fly—is not everyone’s idea of a fun way to start a vacation. Fortunately, we offer high-quality, full carbon bikes on all of our trips across the United States and Europe. Want to just show up and ride? Just bring your shoes, pedals, helmet, and saddle (if you want), and rent one of ours.
Bring Your Own
Your bike is yours—we get it. Bringing your own bike has obvious advantages in terms of individual comfort. Before your trip, we suggest getting a tune-up at your local bike shop so it’s ready to roll for your week of riding. Once you arrive, we’ll be sure to have our mechanics build it and help with any necessary tweaks. Check out some helpful resources here:
Skip The Bike
If you or your travel partner want to enjoy the trip and explore a new destination without a bike, drop us a line and we’ll discuss options. Some trips are better suited for non-rider participants than others.
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