|A line of cyclists on a winding mountain road.|
No matter where you go in Mallorca, you'll see cyclists clad in brightly-colored lycra whizzing by. The mild climate, ample sun, and relatively short distances between towns make Mallorca an ideal spot for cycle touring. In addition, because of the wide variety of terrain on the island, it's possible to enjoy flat rides as well as hills that would challenge even the most fit folks on two wheels. What follow are descriptions of several rides that cover a variety of terrain.
From Soller to Puig Major - This is the longest mountain climb on Mallorca, leading through the Soller Valley. This is a pretty major road (with ample space for cyclists on the shoulder) that winds through rocky mountains and through an occasional tunnel. The road curves around to the Mirador de Ses Barques, a spot with excellent views of the sea. The climb starts to get especially steep as you approach Lake Cuber. From Soller, take the C710 road to the Puig Major turn-off.
Coll de San Lorenc - This is one of the most difficult rides on Mallorca. It's a small winding road that takes you from the coast up to some of the island's most extreme elevations. As you ascend, you'll see Puig Major on one side, and the sea lies far behind you. From Sa Calobra, which is along the coast north of the Port de Soller, take the local C-214-7 road up toward the C710.
Coll de Superna - A more mellow ride through a valley with an easy climb. You'll pass by rustic-looking farms with picturesque windmills, smell orange groves, and see mountains rising all around you. This ride begins in Esporles, south of Valldemossa, and heads toward Puigpunyent on the 110-1 road.
Puig de Cura - This ride, in the central part of Mallorca, takes you through the hills and up to a monastery. You'll begin at a relatively high elevation, on a sort of plateau above the surrounding farmland, then climb up to the Santuari de Cura, making some fairly tight bends along the way. You'll arrive to find stunning views of the surrounding countryside, including the beaches of the southern coast and the faraway mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana. This ride begins west of Randa, heading through that town and up to the historic Santuari de Cura.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication