Spain’s Idyllic Mediterranean Island
You’ll feel Mallorca’s irresistible allure from the moment you ease your bike onto the road. Maybe it’s the steep peaks and plunging gorges of the rugged Serra de Tramuntana. Or the nearly deserted back roads, where vigorous climbs and curlicue descents thrill cyclists of all persuasions – including the pros. Perhaps it’s the forgotten valleys, where ancient olive trees thrive and medieval monasteries keep watch over centuries-old villages. Or the shimmering sea fringed by secret pebble beaches. Come fall in love with it all.
Endless vistas of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea
Pedal the narrow and curvaceous peninsula road to breathtaking Cap de Formentor
The dramatic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range – cycling paradise found!
Savor delectable seafood and other local specialties
Seaside Deià, its stone terraces lush with wild lavender and citrus groves
Day 1 Endless vistas of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea From the resplendent port city of Palma, spin through the countryside, passing picturesque windmills and drystone walls Savor delectable seafood at a former fortress on the Bay of Palma.
Days 2-3 The dramatic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range – cycling paradise found! Ascend the ultra-curvy Orient-Bunyola route through some of Mallorca’s most stunning scenery Overnight in enchanting Valldemossa, once a Moorish hamlet A spin on sinuous lanes leads through pine forests and near the monastery that once hosted Frédéric Chopin and George Sand.
Day 4 Explore the island’s untouched western reaches on a coastal ride Seaside Deià invites a pause, its stone terraces lush with wild lavender and citrus groves Sip fresh local orange juice in the cozy main square of Fornalutx before conquering Mallorca’s highest mountain pass Only the strongest riders will be tempted to brave the road to Sa Calobra, a thrilling rollercoaster of hairpin turns plunging 3,000 feet to the sea.
Days 5-6 Pedal the narrow winding peninsula road to breathtaking Cap de Formentor, a bluff at the island’s northernmost tip offering incredible views Opt for an afternoon of relaxation at the hotel – perhaps an orange blossom body treatment appeals Up for one last spin? Follow flatter terrain along the southern side of the Serra de Tramuntana range into a fertile region dotted with orange, olive and walnut orchards.LESS