Mallorca

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Mallorca

Postby Jem.Jones123 » 26 Feb 2019, 10:15pm

Hello everyone - I'm wondering if anyone can recommend any region/hotel in Mallorca this Easter. I'm relatively new to cycling (1year) and have been once a week aeouns 50.miles. Looking for a nice mix of flat and hills.

Many thanks!

Jem

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Re: Mallorca

Postby whoof » 27 Feb 2019, 12:49pm

Welcome to the Forum.

Most cyclists stay in the North of the island with Port da Pollenca being very popular. I have stayed there but personally found that you are a bit stuck up in a corner and there access to other parts of the island require doing the same out and back rides each time. I also don't find the Ma 2200 into the mountains a very pleasant start end.
Port d'Alucudia is also popular. It's a busy tourist resort again the Ma 12 going along the coast is very busy through the built up areas.

Personally I prefer either Can Picafort (bit touristy but cheap) or possibly Playa da Muro as these give good access to the inland quiet areas and also the Tramuntana mountains as well as the climbs to San Salvador and Cura are very doable. Last year (September) we also got a train from Muro to the outskirts of Palma for less thann 4 euros and did a ride around the mountains to the West of Palma which were very nice and the roads were quiet.

It also depends what you want. If you want beaches and lots of restaurants then it's the coast but it's busier and more touristy. There are plenty of relatively quiet towns inland if that's what you prefer.

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Re: Mallorca

Postby Navrig » 27 Feb 2019, 1:13pm

We have had 2 trips to Mallorca. First time we stayed at Puerto Pollenca and I agree with Whoof the road to get anywhere (MA2200) is really soulless. The next year we stayed at Pollenca and even though just a few miles inland it made a great difference to the start and end of the day on the bike.

From Pollenca you have good access to flat and hilly riding. Fully recommend it. If you head to anywhere on the north coast (Soller for example) you will face a decent climb every morning.

I'd like to head to the south west on the next trip there (Andrtax area).

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Re: Mallorca

Postby LinusR » 27 Feb 2019, 1:19pm

Jem.Jones123 wrote:Hello everyone - I'm wondering if anyone can recommend any region/hotel in Mallorca this Easter. I'm relatively new to cycling (1year) and have been once a week aeouns 50.miles. Looking for a nice mix of flat and hills.


I can highly recommend Port of Alcudia and this hotel https://www.eixhotels.com/en/eix-hotels/eix-alcudia-hotel which welcome cyclists and has secure cycle storage. I also recommend https://www.bqhoteles.com/es/Hoteles/Mallorca-Alcudia/BQ-Delfin-Azul-Hotel

I've stayed in both of the above.

Lots of places to hire bikes from. I recommend Sport Bequi. The bay of Alcudia is also a great place for swimming. Get a cycle map of the island from local bike shops. Easy cycling near to the Alcudia and lots of rolling routes heading south towards the centre of the island. Mountains to the north and west.

Do visit Muro a short ride to the south inland and have lunch in Sa Fonda https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g562816-d9568008-Reviews-Sa_Fonda-Muro_Majorca_Balearic_Islands.html traditional Spanish restaurant which has a great help-yourself-buffet offering and some lovely pictures of the town from days gone by. It's a place where locals mix with tourists.

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Re: Mallorca

Postby whoof » 27 Feb 2019, 2:12pm

LinusR wrote:
Jem.Jones123 wrote:Hello everyone - I'm wondering if anyone can recommend any region/hotel in Mallorca this Easter. I'm relatively new to cycling (1year) and have been once a week aeouns 50.miles. Looking for a nice mix of flat and hills.


Do visit Muro a short ride to the south inland and have lunch in Sa Fonda https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g562816-d9568008-Reviews-Sa_Fonda-Muro_Majorca_Balearic_Islands.html traditional Spanish restaurant which has a great help-yourself-buffet offering and some lovely pictures of the town from days gone by. It's a place where locals mix with tourists.


We tried last year but our holiday coincided with theirs. I think we've book a slightly differnent time this year so will try again.

To the OP. If you want bike hire Max Huerzeller are also very good.
https://www.huerzeler.com/en/mietraeder

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Re: Mallorca

Postby LinusR » 27 Feb 2019, 4:04pm

whoof wrote:We tried last year but our holiday coincided with theirs. I think we've book a slightly differnent time this year so will try again.

To the OP. If you want bike hire Max Huerzeller are also very good.
https://www.huerzeler.com/en/mietraeder


Buffet is from 1pm and I think it is closed at least one day a week. I seem to remember I was caught out when it was shut for holidays.

You don't need directions to find Max Huerzeller - every town seems to have a bike rack sponsored by them and they have at least three hire shops along the bay of Alcudia. And every other cyclists seems to have one of their bikes. Never used them myself. You are spoilt for choice for bike hire around Alcudia.

Just remembered, there is also a small bike and diving/snorkling shop at Cala san Vicente. Usually closed during the middle of the day like most shops. https://atemrausch.com/english/

Also the wetland nature reserve. You can cycle along the off-road tracks - a bit rough in places. https://www.seemallorca.com/sights/reserves/s-albufera-natural-park-mallorca You need to pick up a day pass (free, just a formality).

Map worth getting and available at bike shops http://www.stanfords.co.uk/Mallorca-Cycling-Map_9788480903639

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Re: Mallorca

Postby delilah » 1 Mar 2019, 12:18pm

San Baulo hotel outside C'an Picafort give access to all sorts of rides book with Tui

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Re: Mallorca

Postby eileithyia » 1 Mar 2019, 4:40pm

Thumbs up for PdP, we stay there regularly. Never had issues with the roads mentioned. There are lanes out the back of the village that can add variety to your ride.
Alcudia/Playa de Muro/Ca'n Picafort seem to all run into one anyway.... have stayed at the two latter ones. It just means being in the same area and just a slightly different perspective on getting away from the coast into a variety of cycling country.

Have stayed at Cala Bona, east coast east of Manacor, if you want tedious repeated routes try the route in and out of Manacor.... busy also. Easier rides to Randa and San Salvador and chance to get down Ses Salines but less easy to get to the mountains, though we did use the train from Manacor to Binisallem once and then loop around the Orient. We beat the train back...... There are limitations on bikes on trains at certain times of the day, the first train we could catch back was a half hour wait.... so we rode back and were at least 15 mins ahead of it's arrival time at Manacor...

have stayed at Playa De Palma, Randa is quite close by. San Salvador is an easier ride from here. You can still get to Petra, and depending on what sort day's cycling you want you can get to Ca'n Picafort. We have done Soller and Orient from this area and you can access the western end of the mountains ... cycle route around the coast to Palma Cathedral. then you have some busier roads to pick up.

Personally I would not consider staying west side of Palma except for maybe a long weekend as don't think it gives enough variety... but that's a personal view.

Also remember the coastal cycle route could be quite busy and not everyone stays off it.

It could also be quite busy at Easter.

Lots of options of bike hire but you might have to start making enquiries fairly quickly.
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Re: Mallorca

Postby Jamesh » 1 Mar 2019, 6:12pm

A few years ago we stayed at torrie de cala pi in the south of Majorca lots of good small roads to ride around not to far from Palma.

Too far from the real hills though.

We stayed here very quiet and peaceful. Nice cove beach. Cheap accommodation.

https://www.onacalapiclub.com/en/

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Re: Mallorca

Postby LinusR » 2 Mar 2019, 9:18pm

delilah wrote:San Baulo hotel outside C'an Picafort give access to all sorts of rides book with Tui


I think I stayed there in the late 1960s. :oops: