Majorca's best climbs

A 4 night Cycling BreakAway suggestion, travelling in March for just over £200pp. ‘Cycle Majorca’s Best Climbs’ will include some of the top 5 climbs in Majorca. There are regular flights to Palma de Majorca departing many UK airports starting from as little as £28. I’ve picked up one of the most popular cycling hotel in the south of Majorca the 4* THB Maria Isabel with its own bike shop including Half Board for only £29pppn. The hotel is just 8Kms away from the airport and you can easily reach it, with the local bus service, ‘Route21’ to S’Arenal for just €5. Although there is a bike shop in the hotel we personally prefer Berganti Bikes where you can book online a great selection of bikes, with prices starting from €75 for 3 days.

Day 1

Arrive & explore area.

Arrive at Palma de Mallorca Airport and head to the airport’s bus station outside arrivals hall, locate Route 21 bus for a short ride to your hotel. The hotel is just 3 minute walk from bus-stop 482 (11th stop). Check in and relax for the rest of the day. You can pick up your bike from Berganti Bikes between 9:00-13:30 / 15:30-19:00 every day of the week.

Day 2

Col de Orient & Coll d’Honor

We’ll start our first day with a 104 kms and 1345 metres of elevation loop, cycling towards Alaro to enter deep into Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, climbing Col de Orient , Coll d’Honor , and descending towards Bunyola, before heading to our last climb on the outskirts of Palma, Sa Creu. Ride around the one-way system outside the hotel, turn left and then left again after the tennis courts. Follow the road to the first roundabout and turn right on to MA-19 heading north. Palma’s international airport will be to your left. You will get to know this road well, as you will be using it going in and out Palma on most of our rides. Ride along the MA-19 for 5 Kilometres and towards Manacor and the MA-15 motorway. On the roundabout go over the motorway and turn left over the small road running alongside the MA-15. Ride alongside the MA-15 for 3 kilometres. When you see a petrol station turn right and follow the small country road north. After 1.5 Kilometres turn right on to MA-3011 and then turn left heading north towards Sa Cabaneta. Follow the road, pass Portol and head towards Santa Maria. When you reach the centre turn left onto MA-2020 and immediately right into MA-2021 towards Alaro. Go through Alaro and follow signs towards Orient on MA-2100. Get ready for our first climb of the day, Col de Orient a cat 3 climb. After passing ‘Coll d'Orient’ famous brown sign and take a selfie, follow the road for 2 kilometres to reach the small village of Orient, which is a great refuelling place. Stay on MA-2100 for our second climb of the day, a short 2.7 kilometres over Coll d’Honor with 5% average incline and plenty of hairpins, before start descending towards Bunyola. Head south towards s’Esgleieta and Esporles. Just before you hit Esporles go left over Coll d’en Portell towards Establiments on MA-1040. On the cross road take a sharp right turn onto MA-1042 towards Puigpunyent. Follow the road and bear left onto MA-1016 towards Calvia to start climbing Coll des Tords & Sa Creu. This last climb a mere 6.5 kilometres is the last climb of the day on our way back to the hotel and it can cause a bit of pain to the already tired legs. When you reach the top you will start descending into Palma. When in Palma head for the seafront and jump onto the cycle track running along the coastline for an easy relaxing ride all the way back to the Hotel.

Distance: 105.18kms - Elevation Gain: 1363m

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Day 3

Soller, Sa Calobra, Col de Reis and Puig Major

Today is going to be a tough day cycling to the north over Soller, Sa Calobra, Col de Reis and Puig Major, before descending back into Palma. The route is over 155 Kilometres with a staggering 2888 metres of elevations. Not for the faint hearted... Start your ride around the one-way system outside the hotel, and follow the same road over the MA-15 motorway, left towards sa Casa Blanca, s’Hostalot, towards the MA-13A. Right towards Santa Maria and then left towards Bunyola on MA-2040. While you approaching this charming mountain village you catch a glimpse of Serra de Tramuntana mountain range rising impressively in front of you. Get ready as after Bunyula you will start climbing. Right onto MA-11 towards Soller. The Col De Soller, riding from the south starts straight after the roundabout and you will the popular brown sign indicating the start of the climb. On this climb you will see more cyclists than cars, as since the Soller tunnel open, most car drivers avoiding Col de Soller’s sharp hairpins, unlike us... This is the more popular and slightly easier climb to the summit of Col de Soller. Be careful with the descending riders on the hairpin turns as many take the corners quite wide. Don’t forget a must have picture by the brown sign:) A couple of coffee stops at the top of the Col will be an ideal place for a breather before start descending towards Soller. This, again, is a technical descend with many sharp hairpins, so take care. Stay on MA-11 for Puig Major. After Soller turn right onto MA-10 towards Sa Calobra. The Puig Major climb, from Soller, up to Tunnel de Monnaber, is our second climb of the day and the second most popular one in Majorca after Sa Calobra. It’s a tough one as it is 14kms long, starting from near sea level climbing over 800 metres up until the tunnel at the top. After the tunnel, you can climb even higher, but it is part of a military base and it is not open to the public. Follow the MA-10 and turn left towards Sa Calobra and ride over this short climb before you rich the top of Coll dels Reis. Save your energy, stop and take some essential pictures, admire the spectacular views, before you descend the 10kms or so down to the busy port de Sa Calobra and then face the legendary hairpins of Sa Calobra on your way back up to the summit. Don’t bother, with buying an overpriced coffee or a can, just admire the scenery and start climbing the most popular climb in Majorca. This is one of the main reasons cyclists come to Majorca... In summer, the narrow road can be a bit busy with cars and buses. When you reach the top again, take your time and look around to soak up this beautiful part of Majorca. Take a left onto MA-10 towards Pollensa and ride up towards the outskirts of Lluc. About 3kms after Sa Calobra junction don’t forget to stop for more breathtaking selfies. Then start descending Sa Batalla, another great climb which we can ride another day, towards Palma on the MA-2130. It’s worth having a refuelling stop and a ‘cafe con leche’ at the ‘Coll de Sa Bataia’ restaurant. By this time your legs will be screaming, ‘take me home’ so stay on MA-2130 to Caimari, Selva, then towards Lloseta, Binissalem, Santa Maria and Ma-13A to close the loop and take the same way back to Palma as we rode this morning. Arrive at the hotel and relax. Tomorrows ride will be fairly flat one...

Distance: 155.39kms - Elevation Gain: 2888m Strava Print GPX

Day 4

Flat ride to Cura

Today’s route will take us East towards Cura for a short climb, before we head south to S’Arenal and back to Palma. The route is relatively flat with just 827 metres of elevation and just over 80 Kilometres long. An excellent route to wound down, before head home, the following day. Take the same route out of Palma as usual to Santa Maria and then turn right towards Santa Eugenia and then head south towards Algaida. Take the MA-15E towards Manacor. It’s a flat road running parallel to the motorway. When you hit Montuiri, turn right towards Cura & Randa. Santuari de Cura is a monastery, at the top of the Puig de Randa mountain, with spectacular views of Majorca. On the way to picturesque Randa you will be faced with a short climb over 5.28kms with an average gradients of 2.4%, to warm these legs up for the only serious climb of the day. Puig de Randa is an easy cat 2 climb. There are a few steep sections on the corners, but the average gradient is 4% and it is just over 5km long. It’s not a challenging climb but we don’t want any challenges after yesterday’s tough ride. The top of the climb is the highest point for miles and offers views across the island. It’s great for some spectacular pictures. Descent back down to Randa, where you can have a quick coffee stop at the Celler Bar Randa and head south to Llucmajor. Bypass the town and turn right towards Palma and S’Arenal. Ride leisurely on the coastal road towards the hotel.

Distance: 80.11kms - Elevation Gain: 827m Strava Print GPX

Day 5

Going home day

Get ready for your fligts home. Return the bike at Berganti Bikes and head to the bus stop for the bus to the airport.

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