Mallorca RoadA 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 (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 the local Mallorcan culture and experience the traditional food and wine of the region.
- Six days of guided, supported rides through mountains, vineyards, and along the rugged coastline.
- Stay at The Petit Hotel Alaró in the quaint village of Alaró
- Eat chef-prepared, daily meals featuring Mallorquin and Mediterranean cuisines.
- Wine tasting at a local vineyard.
- Climb to Cap De Formentor, a lighthouse perched on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
- Traverse the entire island to reach Sa Calobra, considered a European bucket list climb.
Everyone comes to Mallorca for 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 Mallorquin and Mediterranean cuisine featuring authentic Spanish food, serving family-style dinner.
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 Spanish red wine in the flower-filled courtyard and indulge in 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 around 1 p.m., followed by an easy arrival day spin-off afternoon into the Serra De Tramuntana mountains.
Arrival Day Spin: 22 miles, 2,100′
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 start the ride from Petit Hotel Alaro and make our way over to the Serra de Tramuntana mountains and head up the first Col of the day, Col De Sa Batallia. The climb is forested and is one of our personal favorites. After the climb, we only have a couple of kilometers uphill before enjoying one of the most magnificent descents on the island, the Col D Femina. The descent will take us to Pollenca, and we will enjoy a few flat kilometers before heading up towards the Cap De Formentor. 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 Playa Formentor, where we will end our ride with a picnic lunch and swim at the beach. We will shuttle home from Playa Formentor.
Cap De Formentor: 53 miles, 4,800′
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 daily stop will be in Sineu for espresso, and 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′
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 why many riders journey to the largest of the Balearic Islands. The route descends from the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains, traversing the island down to the Port de Sa Calobra. The rollercoaster and hairpin turns are just one of many distinguishing features of this route. One turn 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 massive accomplishment with an espresso.
Sa Calobra: 50 miles, 6,700′
Sa Calobra Epic: 73 miles, 8,900′
Shuttle options are available with less mileage and elevation.
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 miles, 1,600′ (w/out the climb)
Randa: 45 miles, 2,700′
The Costal Ride
The Coastal route is rugged and if you look at the ride profile it resembles a saw blade, with lots of 5k ups and downs. The climbs are not particularly long, but the flats are few and far between. Today’s coffee stop is perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, which might be Mallorca’s best coffee shop view. We’ll ride through the beautiful village of Deia, home to the famous poet Robert Graves amongst several other notable people. After Deia, we have one final climb before a twisting descent towards Soller. We will finish on the beach in Soller and have lunch and a swim before shuttling home.
Coastal Route: 38 miles, 4,300′
Coastal Route: 49 miles, 5,500′
Epic Coastal Route: 71 miles, 6,300′
There are many options this day for shortening or extending the ride.
Depending on flight times, riders can 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
- Apr 29 - May 5 $4,285 / Person
- May 7 - 13 $4,285 / Person
- May 15 - 21 $4,285 / Person
- Sep 30 - Oct 6 $4,285 / Person
- Oct 8 - 14 $4,284 / Person
- Oct 16 - 22 $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
- Wine tasting at a local vineyard
- Question about COVID-19 and what we do to keep our guides and guests healthy and travel responsibly. Check out this article or contact us.
What's Not Included
- Bike rentals
- Gratuity for guides
- Mid-ride café stops
- Personal shopping
- Massage therapy
- Beer and Wine at Dinners
- Trail runs or hikes in the Serra De Tramuntana Mountains
- Relax at the beach or hotel pool
- 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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