Majorca is known by many as an ideal sun-drenched holiday destination and by a few as a place for intense physical training. Whilst a small trickle of tourists enjoy cycling in Majorca, during the island’s mild winters, many of the top European cycle teams descend for the start of their year-round training, favouring the range of terrain available, the bright and picturesque light and the pleasant winter conditions.
However, no Olympic medal is required to enjoy Majorca’s famous landscape. While the professionals arrive in January or February, the more popular time to arrive is in the spring. During March and April, the roads of Majorca see more cyclists than cars. This early spring is a great time to visit Majorca for a cycle holiday as the summer sun has not yet found the island, and neither have the package holiday makers.
The island boasts a number of fantastic base towns for cyclists depending on experience. Used to hard treks through the mountains and peaks? Then head to the North-West of the island to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, choosing a hotel in nearby Soller or Inca with a specialized bike service for guests. Hoping for something a little more relaxed? Then look further south near the coast where the tracks are flatter.
Despite the island having a fantastic climate for outside activities, a few precautions are necessary when planning a holiday cycling in Majorca. The high temperatures in summer mean adequate water and heat protection is necessary, especially in the higher elevations as burning is a danger. As snow only occurs a couple of days a year near the tops of the mountain ranges, the risk is small but again adequate precaution is a necessity.
Majorca has made vast improvements in facilities for cyclists. Some hotels offer a combination service, partnering with cycle firms to provide the best experience, whilst others offer bike storage services for those who wish to bring their own. The variety and range of bicycle shops, the well-maintained tracks and detailed local advice mean that Majorca is not just the favoured destination for the professional cyclist, but also increasingly the amateur.