As well as clocking up endless sandy beaches, a huge helping of family-friendly hotels and legendary nightlife, the Balearic island of Majorca has another talent up its sleeve – it’s a top-notch base for bike rides. Yep, that’s right. It’s home to everything from flat terrain to hilly mountains, so its’ got cyclists of all abilities covered. Ready for a cycling holiday? Read on to find out more…
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Where are the best places to go cycling in Majorca?
1. The Serra de Tramuntana Mountains – the great all-rounder
The north of the island is the best place to be if you’re looking to saddle up. This is where you’ll find the up-and-down landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains – ideal for hill training. Along the base of the peaks, towards the island’s centre, is spirit level-friendly terrain where you can work on your stamina. There’s a decent dose of shorter routes along the northern coastal roads, too, where you can cycle with superb sea views out ahead. Not taking your own bike? No worries. There are plenty of places offering bike hire – you can pick up both road bikes and mountain bikes.
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Where to stay? After a day’s pedal pushing, you’ll want somewhere comfy to hang up your cycling clobber. Cue the TUI SUNEO Lagomonte in the northern resort of Alcudia. It’s part of our TUI SUNEO range, which means it ticks off everything you need for a relaxing holiday, and has a budget-friendly price tag to boot. Its big pool with in-water sunbathing platforms is just the spot to dip your tired toes after a day on the road. And the buffet restaurant dishes up a huge choice of grub for you to refuel on. Of course, you can rent bikes directly from the hotel, too.
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2. Cap de Formentor – the challenging one
Pro cyclist or just up for a challenge? Cap de Formentor, a rocky peninsula to the far northeast of Majorca is a top pick. Lace-up and make tracks for the lighthouse there. You’ll ride past jagged rocks and around hairpin bends, all on mostly smooth, tarmacked road. The full route from Port de Pollenca isn’t an easy ride though – it’s about a 35-kilometre round trip and there are 1,000 metres worth of climbing – but it’s well worth it for those picture-perfect views of the sea and the coastline. If you need a break mid-day, Formentor Beach or Cala Figuera Beach are both great choices.
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Where to stay? The charming town of Puerto Pollensa is perched right beside this peak. Pick somewhere like PortBlue Club Pollentia Resort and Spa and you can soothe those muscles post cycle in the swanky on-site spa. This hotel’s got a huge pool and a clutch of adults-only areas, too – hello relaxation. Not to mention, it’s only a five-minute walk from the sandy shores of Can Cap de Bou.
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3. The capital of Palma – the family-friendly one
Looking for a family-friendly cycling holiday? Majorca’s capital of Palma is your go-to. The city has a 13-kilometre-long bike lane – that’s well signposted and flat – so you can all cycle with ease along the seafront. The lane’s connected with the rest of the cycling routes in the city, too. Join the route from Palma Bay and head east towards S’Arenal Beach, about six miles away. You’ll pass through the pretty harbour of Portixol and the old fishing village of El Molinar – all while cycling beside the ocean.
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Where to stay? The Riu Bravo Hotel boasts a central spot in Palma, so you’ll be close to all those cycling routes – the city’s just a half-an-hour bus ride away. And when you get back from a busy day of pedalling, you’ve got a trio of places to eat. Plus, there are live shows a few nights a week – perfect for keeping the whole family entertained. And on those chill-out days, you can all take your pick from the three pools. Plus, grown-ups can unwind in the wellness centre’s whirlpool bath.
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