Majorca’s long cycling tradition is complemented by its warm, year-round climate and its varied landscape from coastlines to mountains.
The island’s government has launched a set of videos about the cycling paths available in Majorca. These have been grouped into 4 different areas; Bays of Alcudia and Pollença, Calvià Coast, Bays of Cala Millor – Cala Rajada, Palma Beach, and promote the sustainable and healthy aspects of cycling. The type of roads, difficulty, and points of cultural interest are clearly indicated.
With local roads and cycle paths spanning over 2,071 kilometers, there are a total of 16 sustainable cycling routes available for keen cyclists, whether professional or amateur. Athletes can also use Majorca’s sports infrastructure to train for the island’s annual events, from the Challenge Majorca triathlon to the UCI Track Legends cycling race.
Bays of Alcudia and Pollença
The first route in the Alcudia and Pollença areas, Llogarets del Raiguer, is suitable for all abilities and runs through key landmarks such as the Albufera Natural Park, the medieval wall of Alcudia, Ses Fonts Ufanes river and the caves of Campanet. Cyclists can enjoy the route to the spectacular Formentor Lighthouse, located at the northern point of the island. The route to the Ermitas del Raiguer, starting in the tourist area of Can Picafort, offers extraordinary views of the island. For the most experienced of cyclists, zooming down the iconic road Sa Calobra in the northern area of the Serra de Tramuntana Mountain range, is a rite of passage. It is a highly difficult route with tall, winding slopes.
Gliding along Calvià’s coast by bicycle is a recommended route for amateurs or visitors who want to make the most of seeing all the island has to offer, as it connects some of the most visited villages in Majorca such as Peguera, Santa Ponça, and the port of Andratx. The lighthouses of the Southwest point towards Sant Elm, located on the small island of La Dragonera, which is an essential visit for nature and history enthusiasts. The route is suitable for all levels as it is mostly flat coastal sections through the municipalities of Palma, Andratx and Calvià, with a few gentle hills. The “Churches of Poniente” route starts in Palmanova and offers a tour of chapels and small churches including the Sacred Stone that, according to tradition, was visited by King James I during the conquest of Majorca.
Bays of Cala Millor – Cala Rajada
The eastern region of the island offers calm and tranquility on an idyllic cycling route through its traditional towns, such as Manacor, Felanitx and Santanyí. The M2 route explores the region’s lighthouses, including one of the island’s most-visited, the Capdepera Lighthouse. The route returns to Cala Millor through the Mallorcan countryside. For those looking for a challenge, take in the island through viewpoints in the Llevant Mountains. These can be found from the Belén hiking shelter and in the Sant Salvador Sanctuary, with the rewarding end of the journey at the famous Drach Caves in Porto Cristo.
The P1 route is the easiest from the city of Palma. Cyclists of all abilities can discover UNESCO Sites of Cultural Interest throughout their journey, such as in the town of Pina, and regions of Sencelles and Santa Eugenia. Visitors can also travel along the Midday lighthouses route, which takes them through unique island landscapes between the lighthouses of Cap Blanc and Cap de ses Salines. The Sant Honorat, Gràcia and Cura sanctuaries are landmarks on a path for more experienced cyclists, who end their journey at the famous Sineu market for a well-deserved break.