Cyclotourism: discover Mallorca by bike

Mallorca has become one of Europe’s top destinations for cycling tourism, being visited every year by more than 150.000 tourists who travel to the island with the purpose of touring it by bike and being, in addition, the chosen terrain for the winter training of a multitude of professional teams.

And this is normal if we consider that the island is located in a privileged location, with the impressive Tramuntana mountain range presiding over it, its mild climate and many other factors that turn Mallorca the perfect setting and the perfect paradise for the practice of cycle tourism and other outdoor sports.

Cyclotourism in Mallorca
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Travel insurance for cyclists in Mallorca

Do you think you have everything ready to practice cycling in Mallorca and fully enjoy your bike? As you may have read, at Yo soy Mallorca we always recommend to contract a travel insurance in order to travel with the best guarantees, even for nearby trips.

You’ve probably already thought about buying your plane ticket, booking your accommodation, equipment for your bike and getting it ready to come to the island, but have you thought about travel insurance for cyclists on your holiday?

Below we tell you why you need a travel insurance policy and we explain its coverage.

On the road, unexpected incidents on two and four wheels are always possible. The road is an environment where you don’t depend on yourself, you also depend on other people. Your bike, your equipment and your life are important. For only €0.50 per day you and your bike will be fully protected.

The travel insurance IATI Escapadas is specially designed for people who want to practice outdoor sports in the destination, covering the medical assistance, the cases of COVID19, road trips also on four wheels and, obviously, in the cycling and cycle touring routes around Mallorca. Your bicycle will also be covered in case of theft with force.

If you are going to practice cycling tourism in Mallorca do not think twice and purchase your IATI Escapadas insurance with a 5% discount for being a reader of Yo soy Mallorca.

Iati insurance

Please note that the IATI Escapadas insurance only covers trips made by Spaniards in Spain, so if you are a foreigner you should take out another type of policy, such as the IATI Estrella insurance with a 5% discount.

Why cycle touring in Mallorca?

Cyclotourism allows you to explore new places from a different perspective and Mallorca offers a wide range of routes that you can enjoy whether you are traveling as a couple or with your family, or if you are part of a group of professional cyclists.

Environment

If there is one factor that makes Mallorca such a special and charming island, it is its varied landscape and unparalleled beauty.

The many mountain roads through the Tramuntana mountain range, the shallow ponds and canals of the Albufera Nature Park, the impressive rugged coasts of Mallorca and the charming inland villages, where cyclists can stop to rest and regain their strength, could hardly be more diverse.

The secondary roads have hardly any traffic and provide cyclists with alternative and diverse scenic routes on a regular basis.

Weather

Mallorca’s weather is another of the main reasons why it is one of the favourite destinations for outdoor sports.

The island has 300 days of sunshine a year and in autumn, winter and spring the weather conditions are perfect for cycling, with mild temperatures ranging between 15º and 23º, and few rainy days.

Routes

Mallorca has one of the most important road networks for cycle tourists in the Mediterranean, which is why it is in such great demand in Europe.

Specifically, it has about 1.400 km of roads, on which more than 450 km cover signposted routes for cycle touring with different levels of difficulty, so that the most experienced sportsmen and women, average amateurs and those who are just starting to enjoy the benefits of cycling will be satisfied.

Safety: protected cycle routes

In 2017, the Spanish government launched a list of protected cycling routes with the aim of improving the safety of certain roads when practising this sport.

These routes have better signage, lower speed limits, a higher number of patrols carrying out breathalyser checks and greater presence and surveillance by police helicopters.

Three of these routes are in Mallorca, covering a total of 94km of roads:

  • From Llucmajor to Porreres.
  • From Lluc to Valldemossa, through coll de Sóller.
  • From Tolleric to Campos.

Access and infrastructure

Palma International Airport (PMI) offers multiple air connections with other Spanish and European cities, even during the winter season. You’ll find cheap flights to Mallorca from most international airports that will take you to the island in just two hours.

Do you want to book your plane ticket at the best price? Then don’t miss this article with all the information and the best tips for booking your flight to Mallorca.

On the other hand, Mallorca has good infrastructures aimed at the cycling sector. The paradigm shift in the tourism model, which aims to increasingly promote a form of travel focused on environmental awareness, invites the practice of activities in nature, including cycling.

As a result, more and more local businesses are catering to the needs of this type of traveller, so you’ll find plenty of bike rental shops across the island, specialised tour operators, bars and restaurants with bike racks, and Cycling Friendly accommodation equipped with everything you may need (mechanical workshops, bicycle storage, etc.) to stay with all the comforts.

When is the best time to cycle around Mallorca?

Thanks to Mallorca’s good weather, any time of year is a good time to cycle around the island.

Even so, the best seasons for outdoor sports are spring and autumn, as temperatures are milder than in summer and there is less chance of rain.

February, March and April are the months most frequented by European cyclists.

Bicycle rental in Mallorca

If you have decided to go cycling in Mallorca, you have two options. You can bring your own equipment with you, whether you’re traveling by plane or ferry, or you can hire a bike from one of the many companies offering this service around the island.

If you choose to rent your bike or the rest of your equipment on arrival, you can do so at Bike Experience Mallorca, with a shop in Puerto Pollença and a pick-up and delivery service anywhere on the island.

The best cycling routes in Mallorca

The island offers us a wide range of options, with many routes and different levels of difficulty. Whether you are an amateur or an expert cyclist, you will want to experience the sensation of cycling these incredible routes around Mallorca.

If you dare to discover the island on two wheels, we have a gift for you: a map with the best cycling routes in Mallorca so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs and preferences.

You can download it and enlarge it at maximum quality from any device, so if you want to consult it at any time during your trip, you can do so from your mobile phone.

Cycle touring routes map in Mallorca

Download the map of cycling routes in Mallorca

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Information about the map of cycling routes in Mallorca

Mallorca has more than 450 km of signposted roads for cycle touring, with ten specific routes that are complemented by other circular routes.

In the map we have prepared for you, we emphasise what we consider to be the best ones, covering different areas, distances and levels of difficulty.

Specifically, what information will you find on the Yo soy Mallorca cycle touring routes map?

  • The ten best routes to discover and enjoy Mallorca by bike.
  • The areas covered by each of the routes, as well as the main cultural and natural attractions that you will find and be able to visit along the way.
  • The total distance in kilometres, with routes ranging from 8 km for beginners to 105 km for more experienced cyclists and the estimated time to complete the tour.
  • An outline of the gradient and difficulty of the route.

Don’t hesitate! If you like outdoor sports… download it, take it with you and enjoy your cycling holidays. We are waiting for you!

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