Cycle Mallorca

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Trip code: 
MEM
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Discover the real Mallorca and experience true island life

This tour will take you on a journey around 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 Alaro and Montuiri before visiting the impressive caves of Campanet and finally ending by the coast at the fascinating walled town of Alcudia.

Highlights

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

Key information

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

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance (available on request)
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

6

Pace:

Average 53km (33 miles) per day with 100% vehicle support.

Terrain:

100% tarmac roads with some cycle paths

Day by day breakdown
Day 279.0km/50.0miles
Day 377.0km/48.0miles
Day 450.0km/31.0miles
Day 540.0km/25.0miles
Day 647.0km/29.0miles
Day 752.0km/32.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Palma; transfer to start hotel in Algaida.

    Upon arrival in Mallorca are met by our guide in the arrivals area of the airport, from here we transfer (roughly 30 minutes) to our start hotel in the quaint town of Algaida. Algaida is a typical Mallorcan town with narrow winding streets, sandstone buildings and a main central square and church. This evening we will have a tour briefing and a meal as a group.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • 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 Petit Algaida 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 Petit Algaida 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Palma airport; fly to London.

    After breakfast there is some free time to do some last minute shopping in Alcudia before transferring to Palma airport to catch the flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

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

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and 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 on the days when lunch is at a monastery as restaurant options are limited. 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.

Weather

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.

Mallorca

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road Activity Level 3 (Moderate)

6 days cycling, average 53km (33 miles) per day with 100% 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 and 4 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.

Accommodation

7 nights hotels with en suite facilities

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 – Petit Hotel Algaida / Hotel Es Son Manera (Monturi)
  2. Alaro – Hotel Can Xim
  3. Alcudia – Hotel Alcudia Petit

Due to limited room availability at the Hotel Petit in Algaida some departures with large group sizes or more single room requests will spend the first three nights in the town of Montuiri at the Hotel Es Son Manera.  This change alters the cycling distances by +/- 5km per day for the first three cycling days.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2017
    Patrick Smith

    memorable mallorca

    I felt that we saw the whole island not just a corner. There is variety in the landscape and we saw that. Such a lot of quiet country lanes!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Although still suffering a cold, making breathing and ascending hills a challenge for me, the panoramic views from San Salvador were exceptional.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Javier was very good/ positive and this being the first trip he was very wary at intersections and always put our safety first. It must have been quite stressful for him, easier next time perhaps. Should also mention Alphonso in the truck because he adds to the Exodus input so much.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I don't think I would want to go in July or August. Temperatures in May ideal.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If possible I would put the toughest days in the middle of the trip rather than at the beginning.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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