Mallorca offers ideal conditions for your sport and holiday: fascinating landscapes, great weather, culture and culinary delights. We invite you to rediscover Mallorca.
Mallorca is the largest island of the Balearic Islands and Spain’s largest island, too. It is located in the western Mediterranean about 170 km from the Spanish mainland near Barcelona and is the most important tourist destination in Spain.
In the 70s, the beginning mass tourism and the subsequent construction boom have changed the image of the charming island in some places. Fortunately, Mallorca’s government has counteracted the overexploitation of nature and environment and preserved much of Mallorca's original beauty.
More and more tourists discover beyond the busy beaches the "other Mallorca", the island of windmills and fincas with its rich flora, the forests with pines and holm oaks, the rugged mountain ranges and the hidden, picturesque bays.
Among cyclists the island is no longer an insider's tip, rather it has developed into a real cyclist's paradise. A favourable climate, a varied topography and an excellent cycling infrastructure make Mallorca very popular in spring and autumn not only with professional cyclists, but also with hobby cyclists for holiday and training purposes.
Mallorca is located in the subtropical Mediterranean climate. Summers are dry and hot, winters mild and humid. The high coastal mountains also keep many bad weather fronts away from the island.
There are climatic differences depending on the region. Due to the geography, precipitation is concentrated mainly on the north side of the Serra de Tramuntana (precipitation of up to 1400-1600 mm per year). South of this weather divide, precipitation is much lower (410 mm precipitation per year). The most abundant precipitation occurs in the months of September, October and November. In the summer months there can be local thunderstorms with heavy showers despite the lack of precipitation.
The warmest temperatures prevail in the months June to September with average temperatures over 20°C. However, it is much cooler from December to March, whereby January is the coldest month. The thermometer rarely falls below 0°C. The average annual temperature in Mallorca is 16°C.
The landscape of Mallorca is marked by strong contrasts and can be divided into three main regions.
The Serra de Tramuntana forms the main mountain range of the island and reaches from the Cap Formentor at the northeast tip of Mallorca to the island Dragonera at the southwest tip and has several mountains over thousand meters. The highest of these peaks is the 1443m high Puig de Major north of Sóller. Parallel to the Tramuntana, the lower mountain ranges at the sea form wild rocky bays. Characteristic of this still young folded mountain range are the pronounced karst formations, which allow only sparse vegetation.
On the eastern side lies the Serra de Llevant with its prominent limestone tablets, of which only a few reach more than 500m. The highest mountain is Puig de Son Morei (561m) near Artà. The coastal plains in the east have numerous small bays, the so called "Calas", ideal for boating and bathing.
Between the two mountain ranges there is a wide and fertile plain that forms the central landscape of the island. Since the beginning of the island's settlement history this region has been the most important agricultural area in Mallorca. The only significant elevation from the Llanura del Centro is the Table Mountain of Randa (542m) between Algaida and Llucmajor with its three monasteries.
Over the past two decades, Mallorca’s authorities have been actively involved in the development of cycle routes and cycle paths and have also encouraged the creation of a well-signposted island-wide network of cycle routes - the "red cicloturística". Secluded country roads, lonely country lanes and hidden forest tracks lead through uniquely beautiful landscapes between the small villages of the island's interior, where visitors can discover Mallorca’s culture and hospitality. Mallorca has a total road network of 1,250 km. Of these, 675 km are low-traffic side roads and about 20% are mountain roads.
In addition to the well-developed network of paths, the hotel and restaurant industry is also ideally suited to the needs of cycle tourists. Hotels have lockable storage rooms and washing facilities for bicycles. Attached to them is often a bike service and rental station with a well-equipped workshop for the maintenance and repair of bikes. In addition to maps, information about possible bike tours, the upcoming weekly program or weather are available here. The hotels have also adapted their catering to the requirements of cycle tourists: in addition to the normal buffet a special vitamin- and carbohydrate-based catering is offered. Moreover, most hotels have a SPA & Wellness area, which cyclists like to use to end the day with recreation and relaxation.
Last but not least the airlines contribute their share to the well-developed infrastructure of Mallorca. There is no other destination in Europe that is as well connected by air as Mallorca. Charter airlines and low cost carriers offer a high flight frequency with very good prices. Bicycle transport is also possible, even if limited and fee required. Once arrived to Mallorca transport enterprises are well prepared for the transport of the sports equipment.