Six of the Most Magnificent Places to Cycle on Majorca

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Jul 05, 2013 / 0 comments

A Scalextric set for cyclists’ – that’s how 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins once described Majorca, and with a dramatic terrain of steep climbs and winding roads that give way to breath-taking panoramic views, it’s easy to see why so many other cyclists choose to escape the British weather in favour of training here. However, you don’t have to be an Olympic cyclist to enjoy Majorca on two wheels, and here are six spots on Majorca that are best experienced from the saddle.



Formentor Peninsula


Formentor Peninsula, Majorca 



Perhaps Majorca’s most famous spot for cyclists is the Formentor Peninsula, a hilly course in the north of the island that’s notoriously tough. In fact, if you dare to take on the Formentor Peninsula, you may be sharing the road with Mr Wiggins himself – he bought a house here, so that he could dedicate more time to tackling this challenging route.



Palma de Mallorca


Palma de Mallorca 



As you can see, Majorca’s capital city is a favourite among all types of two-wheeled vehicles, because the smooth, flat roads simply offer the perfect conditions for cycling. Plenty of bike tours operate around Palma but you could easily hire a bike and embark on your own, plus the hills just outside of the city offer a challenge on the cooler days.



Serra de Tramuntana


Serra de Tramuntana, Majorca 



The iconic winding roads that climb into the Serra de Tramuntana certainly aren’t for the faint-hearted. That being said, it’s worth it for the scenery and you’ll seldom share the road with anyone but fellow cyclists, plus you’ll be fully entitled to the bragging rights.



Puig Major


Puig Major, Majorca 


Although found in the Serra de Tramuntana, the Puig Major peak is very much its own beast and can make even the most experienced cyclists go weak at the knees. You’ll have to tackle a climb of 854m before you reach the Puig Major’s famous tunnel, and it’s sincerely recommended that you don’t do it in the summer – but when you do, you can look forward to a seriously fun descent.



Port de Pollenca


Port de Pollenca, Majorca 


The Port de Pollenca is where many cyclists on Majorca choose to begin their trips, and if you don’t feel like heading up any steep inclines (especially in the summer heat) you’ll find plenty of gentle and flat roads to explore close to the town and along the seafront. Port de Pollenca also boats numerous cycle hire shops, so you won’t have to worry about bringing your own bike, plus luxurious nearby hotels like the Sol Alcudia Center offer a relaxing place for you to rest your tired legs.



Port de Soller


Port de Soller, Majorca 



The Port de Soller is found at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana, and is where many cyclists stay as a base to their cycling holiday, though the town itself is lots of fun to explore by bike. Along the waterfront are winding, flat roads that are perfect for a leisurely ride, plus there are plenty of cafes and restaurants on offer for those all-important refreshments.