A while ago we covered 5 reasons why you should go on a cycling holiday in Calpe, but Calpe isn’t the only European winter cycling destination that offers great riding in the late autumn/early spring season. Mallorca is a long-standing favourite and arguably one of cycling’s most popular winter cycling destinations for getaways and is synonymous with pre-season training camps as teams escape to catch some early-season sun and take advantage of the smooth, well-maintained roads.
In this post we’ll give you 4 rock solid reasons why you should go on a Cycling Ride Camp in Mallorca!
1. Mallorca Weather
Of course, one of the main factors when choosing an off season ride camp destination is the climate. Mallorca has a very favourable climate for cycling during the spring and autumn season with temperatures averaging 17 degrees and only dropping to 10 at night. Rainfall in Mallorca is minimal, with only around 5-6 days of rainfall per month in March/April, which is the best time to visit the island.
2. Food & Culture in Mallorca
Off the bike exploring is just as big a part of a cycling vacation as pedalling and Mallorca offers a rich array of cultural sights and activities, a visit to the capital of Palma is definitely worthy as is a visit to the picturesque village of Deià. In addition to cultural sightseeing, Mallorcan cuisine has to be tasted to be believed. There are a number of Michelin Star restaurants dotted around the island which are definitely worth tasting if you can.
3. Mallorca’s Landscape
The ‘vistas’ or views that can be seen in Mallorca may not rival the high mountain ranges of the Alps or the Pyrenees but they are no less impressive in their own right, the most famous example of this being the iconic Cap de Formentor lighthouse.
4. The Iconic Climbs of Mallorca
Mallorca is home to some amazing and challenging climbs, the most famous of which is Sa Calobra, but there are many more for you to take on during a cycling ride camp in Mallorca, check them out below!
- Climb Stats: 9.4km at 7%
- Sa Calobra is the most well-known climb on the island and one of the most well-known roads in Europe, famous for its spaghetti-like switchbacks the road was designed by Italian engineer Antonio Parietti and built manually in 1932.
Cap de Formentor
- Climb Stats: 17km at 2.8%
- From Pollenca this climb is more of a series of kickers than one long climb, however gradients remain mostly low making it a steady ride with spectacular views up to the iconic lighthouse. It is the Northernmost point of the island and is known as ‘the meeting point of the winds’ and the wind can indeed get quite strong at the top.
Col de Soller
- Climb Stats: North 7.4km at 6%, South 5km at 5%
- The Southern side of Col de Soller from Bunyola is the most popular and easier side to climb with a gentle and consistent gradient owing to the many hairpins, no longer the main road to Soller since a tunnel was built in the 1990s the road is usually empty of cars barring a few. The Northern side of the climb is slightly harder although still not hugely challenging once again thanks to numerous hairpins of which there are more than Alpe d’Huez!
- Climb Stats: 14km at 5.9%
- The only thing which could make this climb challenging is its length. Highest climb in Mallorca, located within the Tramuntana mountains and as such is largely sheltered within woodlands.
- Climb Stats: 5km at 7%
- If you want to take the road less pedalled whilst still experiencing what’s best about Mallorca then Valldemossa is the place to go. Steeper than the majority of other climbs but also much quieter so in our opinion it’s worth it!
Tramuntana Coastal Road
- Through the Tramuntana mountains along the Southern coastline from the town of Esporles to Andratx is the rolling route of the Tramuntana coastal road. As you ride along this road the Mediterranean sea is visible on your right and the Galatzo peak is on your let making for stunning views. The road surface is high-quality and there is very little traffic making this one of the most enjoyable routes on the island.
- Climb Stats: 7km at 10%
- Crowned by GCN as the ‘hardest climb on the island’ this rough stretch of road ramps up to a maximum gradient of 25% and averages 10% – with downhill sections included. At the top is a restaurant which gives the climb it’s name and is well off the regular cyclist trail.
When to go on a Mallorca Cycling Holiday & How to Get There
The island’s capital of Palma hosts the main airport. You can also get a ferry from mainland Spain (although beware that this could take up to 8 hours). Getting to Mallorca is relatively easy but what may be more difficult is choosing which bike you’d like to use from our updated rental bike fleet for 2020! You can of course bring your own bike to Mallorca but as with our cycling tours we can offer you unrivaled bike rental as well as an unforgettable tour.
Mallorca Cycling Ride Camp for Quality Miles
If you’re convinced that Mallorca is the place for your next cycling holiday then why not take a look at our Mallorca Ride Camp for a chance to rack up those quality miles whilst exploring this amazing island. If you’re interested, give us a call now on +34 972 649 131 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to give you more info!
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