Exploring Majorca by Bike
Majorca has a wide variety of historical, cultural and natural wonders for visitors to enjoy. Whether you stay in the capital, Palma, or enjoy the port of Alcudia, it’s difficult to tear yourself away from the beaches. You can make your experience of this magical island even more unique by cycling around it. You’ll get to see less-touristic areas, take in the landscape and come away with some tremendous pictures! Below we’ve compiled a guide for cycling through Majorca.
Swimming attire is a must, but bring some comfortable shorts for cycling in too. A sun hat is handy, but it’s better to wear something stronger for cycling. If you can make some of these clothing items do double duty, that’s great. You’ll need specific biking gear, though, if you’re using the bike as your main source of transport.
Do some research to make sure you are prepared for different contingencies, climate wise, especially if you cycle off the coastal paths and end up closer to the mountains. Pack things like extra sunscreen, sunglasses, and a waterproof jacket, just in case!
Bring or Rent
A major consideration for avid cyclers may be whether to bring their bike from home or rent one. There are a number of pros and cons.
You’ll be familiar with your own bike and feel more comfortable riding it. Your own bike means that you’ll have it for the duration of the holiday, so you can use it to explore but also get from your hotel to a restaurant or club, etc. even on short notice. The quality of your own bike (if you ride regularly) is probably going to be better than that of a rental.
There are convenience issues when traveling with a bike. Bikes take up space in your accommodation and also on the plane. You’ll likely incur an oversized baggage fee and will have to coordinate boxing or bagging up your bike for transportation. Remember that bike rentals are generally quite cheap in tourist areas now, and local rentals may be better equipped to deal with the local terrain.
Planning Your Route
If you want to plan a good cycling route, there’s a lot to consider. Think about how many attractions you want to visit, and how much uphill cycling might be involved in your routes. Calculate distances in your planning as well. With this in mind, we’d like to suggest a few routes that cater for a range of interests and preferences.
Located near the resort of Alcudia, you can engage in some easy cycling on the 12 kilometre flat route through the S’Albufera National Park. Bikers will see the cool wetlands of the North West while checking out a myriad of birds such as herons, egrets and sandpipers.
You can explore more of central Majorca with a route that starts and ends in Campanet. This 50 kilometre ride takes cyclists into the high mountain and includes a stop at the Lluc Monastery via the Coll de sa Batalla.
Fancy something more challenging? Try exploring the entire western coast of Majorca. Beginning and ending in Palma, the route includes 4, 000m of climbing in 167 km through the Serra de Tramuntana range. You’ll see the towns of Estellencs, Bunyalbufar, Deia and Soller. This is a route for cycling enthusiasts, since it includes no less than seven category 3 climbs!
Majorca is simply a beautiful place. It’s perfect for cycling and for relaxation. Explore it with Falcon Holidays and you can appreciate this fine island with the weather to match.