Cycling in Majorca

My first trip to Majorca was in 2009 and though I was an avid cyclist I was somehow unaware of the opportunity that existed there. I have since been back on average twice a year and though I’m the least spiritual person you are ever likely to meet I am definitely closer to god when I’m there!

It is my favourite place in the world; the climate, the bike hire, the roads, the climbs, the cafes and restaurants, great accommodation options and short flight. Pretty much every ‘knob’ is turned up to ten.

We always stay in the north east of the island, in and around Pollenca and Port de Pollenca — the terrain map above shows why! There is a relatively flat 10km warm-up heading west out on the MA-10 towards the hills or there is ample, very pleasant and less challenging riding heading south for the ‘rest’ days.

Bike Hire

On my first trip I packed up my bike and took it on the flight. That was the last time — not least as in trying to remove my pedals I gouged a big hole in my arm which required a trip to A&E and some stitches.

The bike hire on the island is excellent. There are two businesses that I use, both based in Port de Pollenca.

Pro Cycle Hire

These guys are part of the fabric of my holiday and they rent high quality, very well serviced bikes for around 40–50 euros per day.

Pinarello Experience

However, if you have the budget I can also recommend Pinarello Experience. For 80 euros a day you can hire a top of the range Dogma equipped with Dura Ace. I do not have the vocabulary to describe what it is about these bikes that make them so good, but despite enormous expectation every time I get on one again somehow that expectation is exceeded afresh. Simply the Dogma F8 is a qualitatively better bike than anything I’ve ridden before.


Coll de Femenia


There is nothing like getting an early start, roads completely empty apart from the odd goat, with the sun rising. The photographs never do it justice but the views back over the valley towards the see are amazing.

Sa Colobra


I have have to see a photograph that does this road justice. This road should not have been built, but wow, it’s a roller-coaster for cyclists.

Coll de Soller


And just look at the view from the top back over the south of the island.

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Suggested Routes

Majorca ‘167’


Cap de Formentor


Porto Christo


En route through Porto Cristo

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Restaurants and Cafes

Tolos Cafe (Port de Pollensa)

The perfect spot for a coffee before meeting up with the family at Stay (below). They have a bunch of Bradley Wiggins memorabilia and I think it’s his favourite place in Port de Pollenca.

Stay (Port de Pollensa)


And the ideal lunch after an early start and 6 hours of mountains in the legs. Mixed seafood platter, house rose and sparkling water.

Cappucino (Port de Pollenca)


TBC (Caimari)


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