THE MALLORCA COLLECTIVE

A circumnavigation of the island, taking in the highlights

Dates

15th - 22nd April 2023

 

(MInimum numbers of 10 people)

Price

£995 pp

 

(single supplement of £35 per night)

Experience level

Reasonable level of fitness recommended to ensure you get the best out of your trip!

Mallorca is without doubt the 'mecca' of cycling - the roads are top quality, the sun is (nearly always!) shining, the cake is awesome, and finally (and most importantly!) it has a collection of THE BEST rides - there's mountains, scenic flats, sea views, picturesque towns and stunning landscapes to choose from. This tour will take you on a stunning exploration of this cycling paradise, giving you the opportunity to challenge yourself on some climbs, sample the local cuisine and see first hand what the hype is about.

 

Our journey will incorporate some of Mallorca's most iconic routes, such as Formentor (the Lighthouse Ride), Sa Calobra, and part of the famed Pollenca to Andratx road through the Tramuntana Mountains. In addition we'll travel through scenic flat lands, along stunning coastal roads, and enjoy a couple of days in the north east, the heart of cycling on the island.

 

Day 1: Playa de Palma to Randa (104km, 875m)

We begin our Mallorcan adventure with a ride in an Easterly direction along the wonderful south coast road to Sa Rapita for cake and coffee, before heading towards the pretty town of Santanyi through some of the loveliest and quietest roads on the island.

 

After lunch, we’ll head inland to Llucmajor before taking on the gorgeous climb up to Randa where we will stop for the evening. Your legs will soon forgive you as the sunset views over the Tramuntana range come into view! 

Day 2: Randa to Port de Pollenca (100km, 750m)

Today we pass through some of the island’s traditional towns (Porreres, Petra, Santa Margalida and Muro) on our way to the north of the island. The highlight is the ride through the Bosch valley as we approach lunch in Petra, where we can take in traditional farmlands and enjoy a winding climb out of the valley. Here we really are into the rural heart of Mallorca, an area which many tourists to the island don’t get to see.

 

Our lunch stop is in the square in Petra, with numerous cafes set around a pretty fountain in the centre of the town. In the afternoon we traverse across to Muro via some quieter backroads, and take in spectacular views from the town before our final ride into Port de Pollenca

Day 3: Formentor, the Lighthouse (65km, 1,000m)

Formentor is one of Mallorca’s most famous rides - The views are simply breathtaking. The road to the Formentor lighthouse starts with a 3km climb out of Puerto Pollenca before reaching a stunning lookout over the coast. Here you can catch your breath before continuing on down a few hairpins, through a tree-covered road out to the sea.

 

The route then tracks along the edge of the cliffs before reaching the famous lighthouse at the end. On our way back we'll lunch at a café along the seafront – the sea views are spectacular and this is a view we never tire of! 

Day 4: Sa Calobra (110km, 2000m) - optional rest day

Sa Calobra is the island’s best known climb – at an average gradient of 7.5% over its 11km means its not easy, but the views are superb! Our journey into the mountains is via the Col de Sa Batalla (c.8km). From here we stay on a mountain road for c.10km where we can admire stunning views of the Tramuntana as we edge closer to Sa Calobra. Here you can see below you what’s in store, before enjoying an 11km descent to the town itself at sea level. From here it’s time to get your climbing legs on and settle in for a good chunk of time in the saddle!

 

We’ll return the way we came back along the mountain road, before descending down the Col de Femenia - arguably the best descent on the island!

Day 5: Port de Pollenca to Soller (75km, 1,400m)

Today we leave our seaside retreat and head for the mountains. Our journey takes us through the foothills of the Tramuntana as we pass through undulating terrain on our way to the town of Alaro. We continue from here over the Col D’honor, along the valley where we are surrounded by the mountains, and climb out over the other side to the Col D’Orient.

 

Our day finishes with a final climb over the Col de Soller, which in our opinion is one of the prettiest climbs on the island. It isn’t steep (c.5%) and the hairpins wind their way up the side of the hillside, and the view at the top looking down over them is beautiful. We then descend into Soller, and to our evenings accommodation.

Day 6: Soller to Playa de Palma (110km, 2100m)

We finish the tour with some of the most scenic riding you are likely to do anywhere! After climbing out of Soller through the hillside town of Fornalutx, we pass through the town of Deia, a UNESCO world heritage site, famed for its traditional hillside setting, and also for its appearance in the UK BBC drama series ‘The Night Manager’. We also take in the Coll de Sa Bastida, Coll Des Pi, Es Grau and final the Coll de Sa Gramola before arriving at Andratx.

 

From here we move inland towards Palma, through the town of Calvia and secluded, tree covered roads. Our last few miles take us through the city of Palma, past the striking Cathedral on the seafront, and onto to our hotel. 

Package includes:

- 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation

- Airport transfers to / from Palma airport (based on group arrival)

- Daily ride briefing and route information

- GPX files for guidance

- Ride leader support

- Vehicle support and luggage transfer

Not included:

 

- Travel to and from the tour start / finish points

- Lunches and dinners

- Tourist tax

- Travel insurance

 

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