Cycle Mallorca Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Spain
Programmes:
Cycling
Trip Code:
MEM
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

This tour will take you on a journey across the largest and most diverse of the Balearic Islands as we cycle to hidden coves and hilltop monasteries, through ancient stone built towns and past citrus plantations on limestone mountain terraces. Starting in the south our route slowly winds its way through the heart of the island, stopping off at small market towns like Sineu and Porreres before visiting the impressive caves of Campanet and finally ending by the coast at the fascinating walled town of Alcudia.

At a Glance

  • 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 100% tarmac roads with some longer climbs 
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 7 nights hotels with en suite facilities 

 

  • Countries visited: Spain

Trip Highlights

  • Cycle across the entire island of Mallorca 
  • Indulge in delicious local food and wine
  • Visit mediaeval market towns and white sandy beaches

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is classified Road Activity Level 3 (Moderate)

6 days cycling, average 58km (36 miles) per day with partial vehicle support.

Terrain and route: 100% tarmac roads with some cycle paths and mainly minor back roads.

Since the construction of the main road connecting the north and south of the island the back roads and villages have seen a massive reduction in traffic making our cycling routes relatively car free. The support vehicle will always be close by to offer refreshments and assistance when needed but at times it may have to go a short distance ahead of the group when the roads a narrow. The climbs up to the monasteries on days 3, 5 and 7 are the most challenging on the trip. The ascents are roughly 5km of steady uphill but the views and buildings at the top will make the effort well worthwhile. The support vehicle is always available if you want to get a lift to the top of any hills or if you wish to sit out any parts of the days ride. Some of the rides on this tour are circular and start and end at the same hotel, because of this you have the option to skip entire days of cycling and can relax by the pool or spend the day exploring the local town if this is your desire. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

Normally 4 to 16, plus leader and driver.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Tour starts in Algaida.

    Our tour starts in the quaint town of Algaida; a typical Mallorcan town with narrow winding streets, sandstone buildings, a main central square and church. This evening we will have a tour briefing and a meal as a group.

    Hotel Algaida Suites

  • Day 2

    Circular ride through southern Mallorca to the long sandy Es Trenc Beach.

    For our first day on the bikes we head south towards the charming town of Campos where we can stop for a coffee and a stroll around the town before making our way to the long white sandy beach of Es Trenc. At the beach we will stop for a long break allowing plenty of time for a swim and some rest in the sunshine before cycling the short distance to Sa Rapita for lunch. After lunch we head back inland via the largest municipality in Mallorca, Llucmajor, here we will stop to look around the town and do a bit of shopping before carrying on towards our hotel where we can relax by the pool before going out for dinner.

    Hotel Algaida Suites

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 79 km / 50 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    664
    Altitude loss (m):
    612
  • Day 3

    Cycle to the monastery of San Salvador for spectacular views over the island.

    After breakfast we get on the bikes and head back towards Porreres and then on to the town of Felanitx which is situated in Mallorca’s second largest wine producing area, Pla i Llevant. From here we can see the day’s half way point, the sanctuary of Saint Salvador which is situated on top of a hill overlooking the town. The climb up to the sanctuary is about 5km long and at a steady gradient of 6%, it is a challenge but the views on the climb and from the top make the effort well worth it! We will spend some time at the top where we can look around the sanctuary and walk to the various viewpoints which allow you to see all the way to the coast in the south and to the mountains in the north.  After the spectacular decent from the sanctuary we make our way again to Porreres where we stop for lunch before cycling back to Algaida via a different route.  

    Hotel Algaida Suites

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 77 km / 48 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    815
    Altitude loss (m):
    800
  • Day 4

    Ride through beautiful rural countryside to Alaro.

    Today’s ride is a point to point route as we start to head further north on the island. After breakfast we get on the bikes and cycle through lovely back roads to the hilltop town of Sineu and its impressive church. From here we pedal through Sencelles before stopping in the beautifully restored Bodega Biniagual for a look around the town and then carrying on to Santa Maria del Cami for lunch. After lunch we have a short climb to our overnight accommodation in the town of Alaro, here we will have time to relax in the peaceful gardens and pool of the hotel or go for a stroll around the town before going out for an evening meal. 

    Hotel Can Xim 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    500
    Altitude loss (m):
    483
  • Day 5

    Circular ride through the foot hills of the Tremuntana mountains.

    After breakfast we head out of Alaro and start to climb into the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains to the hillside town of Orient. Here we stop to regroup and take a quick walk around the town before getting back on the bikes to complete the climb over the Col d’Honor before a brilliant descent through spectacular mountain scenery to the hillside town of Bunyola. From here we head back towards Santa Maria del Cami where we have the option to visit the Bodegas Macia Batle and take a guided tour of the winery. After lunch we cycle back to Alaro for a free afternoon. 

    Hotel Can Xim 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    640
    Altitude loss (m):
    640
  • Day 6

    Visit the Caves of Campanet on the way to Alcudia.

    We start the days ride with a short descent out of Alaro before heading north towards the caves of Campanet. Here we stop to take a guided tour around the vast underground caves to see the ancient stalactites and stalagmites and hear the stories about how they were discovered. After lunch in the beautiful gardens by the caves we get back on the bikes and cycle to the old walled town of Alcudia on the northern coast of the island. Our accommodation tonight is within the old walled town of Alcudia so there are plenty of nice cafes, bars, restaurants and shops close by to visit in the afternoon and evening.  

     

    Hotel Petit Alcudia 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 47 km / 29 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    360
    Altitude loss (m):
    580
  • Day 7

    Circular ride to the stone town of Pollenca.

    Today we head out of Alcudia and cycle along the bike paths which follow the coast all the way to Port de Pollenca where we start the stunning ascent up to the Talaia d’Albercutx which overlooks the dramatic cliffs and mountain formations in the north of the island. From here it is mainly downhill through quiet back roads to the charming coastal town of Cala Sant Vincenc where we can see the turret we have recently cycled to and stop for a swim in the idyllic small bay.  From here we head inland to the old town of Pollenca where we get off the bikes and can climb the 365 steps to the church which has an amazing view of the mountains and the coast in the distance. After lunch we will cycle back to Alcudia and go out for a final meal as a group. 

    Hotel Petit Alcudia 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 52 km / 32 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    623
    Altitude loss (m):
    574
  • Day 8

    End Alcudia.

    After breakfast the tour ends in Alcudia.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

7 nights hotels with en suite facilities

Alcudia accommodation

The accommodation throughout the tour is all of a very high standard with two 4* and one 3*. Our first hotel is in the town of Algaida and is located in a beautiful setting with a swimming pool and private central courtyard. In Alaro our hotel is nestled in the centre of the peaceful old village, it has a large private swimming pool and garden area as well as a fantastic restaurant on the village square. Ending in Alcudia our hotel is located within the 14th-century old walled town, there are plenty of nice shops, cafes and restaurants to explore here as well as the fascinating town itself.

  1. Algaida – Hotel Algaida Suites / Hotel Es Reco de Randa
  2. Alaro – Hotel Can Xim / Hotel Can Beia
  3. Alcudia – Hotel Alcudia Petit / Hotel Can Pere

Please note that when we have a full group it is not possible for us to allocate the entire group to the same hotel due to limited room availability on the island. We therefore need to split the group between two different hotels as per above. The hotels we have selected are small locally owned properties all with individual character. We believe it is better to support these local businesses, rather than stay in large standard accommodations. The hotels are very similar in style and offer the same quality.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £250.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

Meals in Mallorca are usually based around fish, vegetables and pork with plenty of garlic and olive oil. Restaurant evening menus will normally feature a fish of the day and Paella as well as local specialities like Frit Mallorqui and Arros Brut. Pizzerias are also very common on the island so you will never be too far from a very nice stone baked pizza! Lunch is usually a large meal in Spain and lunch stops can be quite long. You have the option to stop at local restaurants or pick up picnic lunches from supermarkets. For breakfast you can expect a continental buffet with eggs, cold meats, cheeses as well as cereal and pastry options. Mallorca is well known for its sweet treats so when on the island make sure you try the famous Ensaimada (a delicious pastry covered in icing sugar) and the Rubiols pastries which are filled with jam, chocolate and sweet pumpkin.

Transportation

Transfers to and from the airport will be by private vehicle (normally minibus). Whilst cycling the vehicle will carry your baggage and be on hand with assistance or if you choose to 'sit out' a section of the ride. A guide cycles with the group.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

The climate throughout the year in this region is quite warm. During the summer, average high temperatures range from 20-35C, but usually don’t drop lower than 15C. During the winter, average high temperatures are between 10-20C, and average low temperatures range from 5-10C. Rain fall is most likely during the late autumn and winter months of November, December, and January.

Weather Charts

Mallorca

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London; 8 days
The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary. 

Flights from London
We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure. 

UK Regional Flights 

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please visit www.exodus.co.uk/regionaldepartures for a useful overview of the options available, and contact our sales team for expert advice.

Travelling land only; 8 days starting in Algaida and ending in Alcudia

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Algaida in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure. Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 2pm.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Algaida
Location end:
Alcudia

What to Take

Essential Equipment

We recommend packing the following items:

Normal daily clothes

Cycling helmet

Padded cycling shorts and gloves

Breathable top or cycling jersey

Sunglasses/eye protection

Stiff-soled shoes suitable for cycling

Waterproofs and long cycling trousers

For the earlier departures you may need some warmer layers

Sun cream

Water bottle

Optional Equipment

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

 Bringing your own bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount off the price of the holiday, as specified above. You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details: Cannondale quick 4 or Giant Escape hybrid bikes, or similar, with pannier bag.

Discount for bringing your own bike: £90.

Practical Information

Passport

Spain

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

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It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Spain's Timezone:
Europe/Madrid CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Spain's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Spain use a two pin plug, voltage is 220V, 50 Hz.

Money

Spain's Currency

The national currency of Spain is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.66 to the AUD and 0.59 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

There are cash points available in most towns along the route and the majority of places take credit and debit cards. Cash is generally easier for smaller payments and only accepted at market stalls.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Since Mallorca it is one of the most expensive tourist regions in Spain we would recommend budgeting around € 300 for lunches and dinners which are not included in the tour. There are also several opportunities to stop in market towns to do some shopping so we would recommend bringing some extra cash for souvenirs as well.

All accommodation is included in the price of the trip but the hotel taxes in Mallorca have to be paid for locally when checking into the hotel. Please allow between 10 - 12 euros for the week to cover this.

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. As a guideline we recommend a contribution of between EUR15 and EUR20 per client per week. It is also customary to leave a tip for any additional local staff who support your holiday – for example drivers, cooks and hotel staff. This can be handed in to your leader at the end of the week to distribute accordingly. In total for the leader to distribute to all relevant staff, we recommend to budget approx. EUR10-EUR15 per person per week.

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These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.