Mallorca is an amazing island that is widely regarded as a cyclist’s paradise offering quiet roads, breathtaking panoramas, comfortable rural hotels, great food and wine and almost year round sunshine.
Price: €1450 Euros/pp (double occupancy)
Single Supplement: €450 Euros,
Additional charge for July and August tours
Would you prefer a Guided Tour in Mallorca? Contact us for details about Chartering a private tour. You bring the group, and we will handle the rest.
International flights, lunches and dinners, Hybrid bike rental /€100 Euros, Carbon road bike rental / €120 Euros
This tour is rated as moderately challenging; though the distances are not too long, you can always add extra mileage. You will be spending 2 nights in many locations and you can always take a day off the bike. Daily distances average around 60 km and longer loops can easily be arranged.
Mallorca is an amazing island that is widely regarded as a cyclist’s paradise offering quiet roads, breathtaking panoramas, comfortable rural hotels, great food and wine and almost year round sunshine. With its smooth tarmac, steady gradients, snaking climbs and spectacular descents, you can see why many professional cyclists are based here and do their winter training on the mountains of the island.
This cycle tour crosses the Tramuntana Mountains on the north-west of Mallorca, and includes the classic routes to Cap de Formentor, Sa Calobra and Puig Major. You will take in the most beautiful climbs on the island.
Transfer from Palma airport to Alaró, a small village with historical significance, set in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains. At this time we will fit you with your rental bikes. Alaró is nestled in a peaceful valley on the southern slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains. The ancient architecture and narrow cobbled streets create a traditional charm which makes this a great starting point for your tour. There is a castle, built to protect Alaro from attacks by pirates, that impressively overlooks the village and is certainly worth a visit during your stay here.
Today’s route is a wonderful loop ride passing through the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains to the iconic villages of Orient and Bunyola and continuing through the agricultural heartland of Mallorca with fields of orange, olive and almond trees. This is also Mallorca’s wine region. Return to Alaró.
Today you’ll depart Alaró heading along the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains. You will cycle along pleasant country lanes passing by the Caves at Campanet with the option to extend the route into the heart of the mountains and the Col de sa Batalla. The destination is Alcudia, the most picturesque of the towns in this region, that has less of a resort-feel to it than some of the other destinations further along the coast. Alcúdia is enclosed by Mallorca’s only entirely preserved town wall, erected in the 14th century. You’ll be spending 2 nights in a lovely inn within the historical center of the town.
The route today is one of the most famous cycling roads in Spain. You follow the hilly course along the Formentor peninsula to the lighthouse at the Cap de Formentor. After returning along the peninsula, there is the option to extend the ride to Cala Sant Vicenç. Tour de France champion in 2012, Bradley Wiggins, owns a house along this route and holds the unofficial record out and back along the peninsula – timed at just under one hour… don’t worry if it takes you quite a bit longer!
You’ll ride into the heart of the Tramuntana mountains. When you reach the intersection with a road that takes you to the small port of Cala de Sa Colobra, you’ll need to make a choice. The road to Sa Colobra is a world famous downhill on serpentine switchbacks that are positively amazing! We suggest just riding down the switchbacks and then taking the boat from Sa Colora to Port de Soller. You will need to call the boat company prior to departing the hotel to make sure they are operating that day. If you are running late or the boat is not operating, we suggest not going down these switchbacks, but continuing your ride to Port de Soller. This is also a gorgeous route past Puig Major, the highest mountain on the island through a short tunnel and then on another glorious downhill to Port de Soller. Your hotel tonight is close to the sea.
The route follows the scenic coastal road to the villages of Deia and Valldemossa. These are often referred to as classic Mallorcan villages; however, even this is down-playing the charm and beauty of the area. The villages are home to a variety of rock stars and painters, and are wonderfully secluded within the mountains.
The final day in the saddle varies in length depending on how far you wish to cycle. You can follow the scenic coastal road to Estellencs or Andtrax and return the same way, or there is a long and difficult loop ride you could choose to do. Return to your hotel in Banyalbufar.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Palma de Mallorca.
Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this trip.
Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.
Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.
You do not need to be able to speak Spanish, but it can be lots of fun, and our Spanish guide can always help you with the finer points of the language. A small dictionary and some creative sign language are helpful, and many people at airports and hotels speak English.
The currency of Spain is the Euro. You will need Euros for lunches, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for hotel staff. We suggest starting with a minimum of €200 EUR (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).
Most restaurants include a service charge, but an additional 5-10% for exceptional service is always appreciated. We suggest a small amount for baggage and taxi service.
US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
You must have a current Passport. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!
Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.
Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you at the start or end of the tour.
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to travel delays or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
Majorca, or Mallorca, is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, in Spain.
The capital of the island, Palma, is also the capital of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. The Balearic Islands have been an autonomus region of Spain since 1983. The Cabrera Archipelago is administratively grouped with Majorca (in the municipality of Palma). ~ Wikipedia