When we decided to run trips in Europe it was clear to us, a trip to Mallorca was a must. In traveling all over Europe, we, among many others, came to the conclusion that this is Europe's finest biking destination. Since it is our goal to offer the best cycling experiences world wide, Mallorca was an easy decision.
Day 1: Our guides will pick you up at the airport or at your hotel and shuttle you to the village of Esporlas. Here you will be fitted with your bike and will have a chance to get used to the climate on a short trip to the countryside. Blue skies and Mediterranean landscapes are awaiting you. You will stay overnight in a beautifully restored country-style lodge and get to know each other during a tasteful welcome dinner.
Day 2: Today we will begin with a gradual ascent into the Sierra Tramuntana mountain range towards the village of Valldemossa. Here you will have a chance to marvel at the historic architecture of the most beautiful village on Mallorca. Many artists have made Valldemossa their home, you will see why! On your way to Deia, you will have spectacular views of the Mediterranean from high. You will stay overnight in beautifully restored Mallorquin mansion, the Residencia de Deia. Upon arrival you will have the choice of just relaxing or participating in an adventurous hike to a beautiful secluded beach. Distance 30km/19miles, 2 hours hiking optional.
Day 3: The next morning it's a long, winding and exhilarating downhill ride into Soller, before we begin the climb up a very small mountain road to Bunyola. On our way we will rest at the picturesque village of Fornalutx surrounded by orange orchards and rich plantations. The village is situated at the foot of Mallorca's highest mountain, Puig Mayor, standing at 1445m/4800ft. From Bunyola we will climb another mountain pass towards the small village of Alaro, where we are going to stay overnight in a typical village lodge. There is enough time to hike up to the old fortress of Castillo de Alaro, perched on a mountain top like an eagle's nest, where you will be rewarded with awesome sweeping views across the island. Learn about the bloody history of the fortress which was once the last stronghold of the Mallorquin liberation army during the stand off against the Spanish during the 14th Century. Distance 50km/35miles, 90 minute hike optional.
Day 4: Today we will ride on very quiet roads through orchards, fields and small villages towards the north coast of the island. Half way, we will go explore the caves of Campanet, one of Europe's biggest stalactite caves. We will be staying in the beautiful Club Pollensa resort, our base for the next five days. The club is perfectly situated on the beautiful north coast of Mallorca and is strictly managed as an environmentally conscious resort. Distance 60km/40miles.
Day 5: Cap Formentor, the very northern tip of the island, is our destination for today. A winding road along steep cliffs offers an entertaining ride with breathtaking views of the deep blue sea. On our way we will rest at a secluded beach and have a look at the world famous Hotel Formentor, a hide out for political refugees during WWII. On today's trip we are certain you will agree with us that road biking could not possibly be any better! Our return journey will allow us to explore the village of Puerto Pollenca. Distance 70km/45 miles.
Day 6: Today your cycling muscles get a well deserved break any you may enjoy the luxury of the resort. However, the bikes are available to you in case you want to explore the nearby markets and beaches. For the adventurous minded our guides offer a shuttle to the Torrente de Pareis, the Mallorquin Grand Canyon. The drive alone, with its seemingly endless switchbacks, is an adventure itself! You have the chance for a fascinating hike along the bottom of the canyon which in some places is only a few feet wide with sheer walls towering more than a 1000 feet. On the way back you will see the monastery of Luc. 2 hour hike optional.
Day 6 (alternative): Back in the saddle again we head towards the city of Alcudia which is surrounded by one of the most impressive walls built by the Romans. Step back in time while you walk along the narrow city streets. From Alcudia it is only a few more kilometers of winding coastal road until we reach the monastery of Alcudia. After a break we hike up to the Atalaya del Alcudia (444m/1500ft) the highest peak in the northern part of the island. From this windswept point you get an incredible panoramic view over the three northern peninsulas add all the way to the south of the island. Back on our bikes we cycle on some gravel roads through a nature reserve and then it is only a short hike one of the islands most beautiful beaches with unfathomably blue water. Distance 40km/24miles, 2 hours of hiking.
Day 7: On our last day of riding we will do an inland circle tour which takes us on winding roads through orchards, plantations and small historic villages with their colorful markets. You get to see many of the traditional windmills which were once used for irrigation. Back at the resort you will be awaited by an awesome farewell buffet. Distance 70km/40miles.
Day 8: Today you will be shuttled to the airport or your hotel for an extended stay. If time allows we will visit the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, also known as the Cathedral of light, which is probably Spain's most impressive cathedral. Then it is time to say good-bye after an exciting journey that leaves you with great memories to reminisce over and bring you back again.
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