This tour covers much of the northwestern part of the island. We’ll pedal glorious roads into and out of charming towns, both along the coast and inland, as well as cross through the UNESCO site of Serra de Tramuntana. Everywhere we go and all along the way, we’ll savor the best of island food and wine. Mallorcan cuisine is decidedly Spanish, but through visits with local producers, we’ll come to learn and taste what makes this island so special.
Mallorca’s medieval history mirrors that of much of the Mediterranean. First came the Phoenicians in the eighth century, then the Carthaginians. After the Second Punic War, the island fell to the Romans. Under Roman rule, Mallorca began to flourish. (Modern-day Alcúdia, Pollença and Palma, both of which we’ll visit in-depth, were founded in this period.) The local economy was largely driven by olives, wine, and salt. And Roman legions prized their Mallorcan soldiers who were famed for their skill as slingers. The Moors arrived at the turn of the tenth century and catalyzed a new period of prosperity for Mallorca. Palma was expanded, and became known as Medina Mayurqa. Moorish leaders improved island agriculture through the introduction of sophisticated irrigation systems.
After the end of the caliphate in the eleventh century, Mallorca was briefly an independent Taifa (Muslim-ruled principality). However, expeditions of new conquerors wreaked havoc and led to the siege of Palma. The invaders shortly retreated, motivated by other concerns back in their homelands, but it ushered in a tumultuous time for Mallorca. The island changed hands again and again until 1229 when King James I of Aragon launched an invasion, successfully annexing the island to the Crown.
During the Spanish Civil War, Mallorca was a nationalist stronghold. Republicans attacked in August 1936, in what would become known as the Battle of Majorca. They heavily outnumbered their opponents, but superior Nationalist air power, provided by Fascist Italy, forced them back. Since the 1950s, tourism has transformed Mallorca. In this century, urban redevelopment, under the so-called Pla Mirall or “Mirror Plan” has attracted immigrant workers from outside the EU, especially those coming from Africa and South America.
Offering quintessential Mediterranean climate, and some of the most celebrated cycling in the world, Mallorca is a must-see. Or as we like to say, a must-ride! Te estamos esperando! (We are waiting for you!) Nos vemos pronto! (See you soon!)
CYCLING TOUR IN MALLORCA
Minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 16, with a maximum guide-to-guest ratio of 1 to 8
DATES (7 days)
April 19-25, 2020 | October 25-31, 2020 | April 11-17, 2021 | April 19-25, 2021 | October 25-31, 2021
For more info, dates and availability please contact us.
Per person in double occupancy: from $3,790 to $4,190 in 2020 and from $3,890 to $4,290 in 2021
(this tour will feature 4-star hotels and tour price will vary depending on group size)
Single Supplement: $690
In addition, we pledge to donate more than 1% of your trip price to food literacy and environmental non profit organizations
- Discover wine, Jamon (ham), and olive oil over delectable meals, visits and tastings that demonstrate the best of Mallorca culinary heritage
- Exposure to local culture and history with bilingual and experienced Tour Leaders
- Unforgettable meals featuring the local cuisine
- Elegant and traditional accommodation in 4-star hotels
- Exhilarating rides and opportunities to improve your cycling skills with your Tour Leaders
- Discover the must-see towns of Alcudia, Palma de Mallorca, and the villages of Deià, Valldemossa, Soller, Inca, Sa Pobla and Llucmajor
- Traditional, local recipes to bring home with you!
This itinerary has been meticulously designed based on Food.Stories.Travel.’s unforgettable past experiences and favorite flavors. Every single establishment you will visit has been personally vetted, tested and enjoyed.
In some cases we’ll take you to places you could not find by yourself or in a guidebook.
Cycling Route Info on Day 1: Main Route: 26mi/600ft of elevation gain | Extra loop adds: 13mi/800ft
Cycling Route Info on Day 2: Main Route 46mi/1400ft | Extra loop adds: 10mi/200ft
We begin near the inland village of Llucmajor, only 20 minutes’ drive from the capital Palma. After meeting your guides for an introductory meeting over a delicious light lunch, we take a nice ride inland to start our exploration of the island. For the following two nights, we enjoy the unique atmosphere of a Finca, a renovated farmhouse surrounded by agricultural land that makes it feel like a country ranch with all the amenities you might need.
Our second ride of the tour loops us into Palma where we are able to visit to the capital. Palma was founded by the Romans before enduring centuries of conquest, siege, and destruction as the Balearic Islands changed hands. Here, we visit the local market and taste the world-famous (and revered) jamon Iberico and sobrasada. We also explore the cathedral de Palma. Adored architect of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Antoni Gaudí was invited to take over a restoration here in 1901. (While traces of his contributions remain, unfortunately he abandoned the project thirteen years later after an argument with the contractor.)
Cycling Route Info on Day 3: Main Route 45mi/1200ft | Extra loop adds: 10mi/700ft
Cycling Route Info on Day 4: Main Route 41mi/4700ft | Extra loop adds: 9mi/650ft
On our third day, we head to picture-perfect Alcúdia, a resort town near the sea. Also founded under Roman rule, the Alcúdia of today is known for its beaches, including the busy Platja d’Alcúdia in Port d’Alcúdia and Platja de Muro, which punctuate the sweeping Alcúdia Bay. Recently restored medieval walls encircle an impressively preserved town of narrow streets and buildings.
Over our two days here, we explore the surrounding country and coast. One ride carries us inland through the little villages of Binissalem, Inca and Sa Pobla; the other to Cap de Formentor, the northernmost peninsular tip of the island, and its lighthouse. Here we’re afforded incredible views of the sparkling Mediterranean all around us.
Cycling Route Info on Day 5: Main Route 45mi/5200ft | Extra loop adds: 16mi/2400ft
Cycling Route Info on Day 6: Main Route 32mi/3300ft | Extra loop adds: 5mi/900ft
Our fifth day, we head west to Deià, a coastal village tucked in the UNESCO site of Serra de Tramuntana, which comprises the northern ridge of Mallorca. Our route to Deià wends through the mountain range, providing ample time to soak in the scenery. An extra loop on the way to Deià features a famous twisting descent to the seaside village of Sa Calobra, as well as a satisfying climb back up.
For our final ride of the tour, we loop to Valldemossa, also in the Serra de Tramuntana, and onward to Esporles for lunch. A visit to La Granja, a wonderful little museum, serves to round out our 6-day exploration of Mallorcan history and tradition.
- 6 nights of accommodation in 4-star hotels
- 6 breakfasts and 2 lunches
- 5 dinners with either a 3- or 4-course menu
- Guided walking tour at Roman ruins in Alcudia
- Explore Port d’Alcudia, Valldemossa, Sa Pobla, Deià, Palma de Mallorca and other small villages
- Exhilarating rides in a cyclists’ paradise!
- 1 visit and tasting to a local winery
- 1 visit and tasting to an olive oil producer
- 1 visit and tasting to a Jamon (ham) and sobrasada seller
- 1 cooking demo featuring Mallorcan cuisine
- Bike rental (see more info here) and Garmin Touring Edge unit (if you have one, bring yours and we’ll upload the routes onto your unit)
- Comfortable transportation and assistance by 9-seat van for all travel on tour as cited in the itinerary
- Refreshments, snacks, fruits and other local delicacies during our rides
- Two bilingual, professional Tour Leaders
- One group transfer to Palma de Mallorca airport at the end of tour
- Local taxes and gratuities for luggage porters and restaurant servers during tour
- 4 lunches and 1 dinner on your own
- Alcoholic beverages at group dinners (including wine, beer and spirits)
- Round-trip airfare and expenses to/from the tour
- E-bike, upon request and availability, with $100-200 surcharge depending on the type (see more info here)
- Transfer to first hotel from airport
- Trip cancellation, baggage loss or travel delay insurance (this optional coverage is highly recommended and is not provided by Food.Stories.Travel.)
- Gratuities for your Tour Leaders
- Personal expenses, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, laundry, emails, snacks, gifts