Cycling in Mallorca
Ever since Sir Bradley Wiggins shot to fame with his Tour de France win and his hoard of Olympic gold medals, Mallorca (or Majorca) has become synonymous with cycling.
‘Wiggo’ has long chosen Mallorca as his ideal place to combine strenuous cycling competition training with a relaxing family holiday. He spends a lot of time on the island and can often be seen getting into tip-top shape around the Port Pollensa area.
Each year hundreds of visitors come to this lovely island to enjoy a cycling holiday. It’s little wonder, as Mallorca offers some of the most challenging and picturesque cycling routes in Europe.
If you are a fan of cycling as a spectator sport, don’t miss the Vuelta Mallorca, the annual cycling challenge race. Each February professional racing cyclists come from far and wide to participate in this fascinating competition; the first event of the year to count towards the cycling World Cup.
Cycling is a marvellous way of getting around Mallorca simply because you can enjoy so much more of the countryside from the saddle than you in a car. If you’re a serious cyclist, you will have to be relatively fit to tackle some of the north part of the island’s steep hills. However, cycling around Mallorca’s flat central plain is a far more gentle pursuit.
“The island and airlines are becoming increasingly accommodating to the needs of cyclists, and are now putting the same level of importance on catering for them as the tourist industry of Mallorca has been doing for many years.”
These days, most airlines allow you to take your bike with you as normal hold baggage – provided you don’t exceed the weight allowance. Don’t worry about replacement parts if anything goes wrong – there are many cycle shops in Mallorca and parts are usually available at car repair shops and garages.
You don’t have to be a ‘serious’ cyclist to enjoy two-wheeled leisure activities in Mallorca, nor do you need to take your own bike. You can hire a wide variety of cycles, at a reasonable cost, from many of the cycle hire shops to be found in most Mallorcan resorts. Simply choose what’s right for you (road, mountain, touring or even children’s bikes), go at your own pace and drink in the sensational countryside around you.
Cycling is a great way to explore Mallorca’s delightful little towns too. Here you can soak up the local culture, experience the gentle pace of local life and enjoy a delicious Menu del Dia in one of the many cafes or restaurants. For information about the best cycle routes there is a wealth of information online. (A word of advice from the team here at Balearic Villas: always make sure you carry photographic ID with you as it can mean a police fine if you don’t!)
It’s not just the beautiful Mallorcan countryside that can be enjoyed on a bike. Palma, the island’s capital, tries to encourage cycling and has created a number of cycle lanes for the purpose. You can hire bikes at many city centre locations, including the main Metro station at Plaza d’ Espana. But at all times ensure you take the utmost care as the traffic in Palma can be heavy at times.
So whether it’s the ‘Wiggins effect’ or simply the sheer joy of exploring Mallorca by bike, cycling in Mallorca is becoming ever popular year on year.
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