Cycling towards the Talaia d'Albercutx, Mallorca

Headwater - Mallorca Self-Guided Coast to Coast Ride

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3.7 / 5 from 7 reviews >
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Self-Guided Holidays
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Easy cycling across Mallorca, taking in coastal trails and beautiful inland routes

Mallorca (also known as Majorca) has long been an island synonymous with sun, sea and sand, but many forget the treasures hidden away in the lesser known parts of the island. This relaxed itinerary features relatively easy cycling taking in the highlights of both the quiet coastal areas and the foothills of the beautiful inland Tramuntana mountain range. The hotels we use are small and family run, and the homemade cooking and local Mallorquin wines are a delightful welcome after a day’s cycling!


  • Easy cycling taking in coastal trails, beaches, and the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains
  • Enjoy delicious Mallorquin cuisine
  • Discover the mediaeval town of Pollenca

Key information

  • 7 nights in boutique, family-run properties, 6 nights with pools
  • 6 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 98% tarmac, 2% dirt track
  • Gentle undulating cycling, perfect for first timers
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs


  • Countries visited: Spain

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see accommodation)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Maps and route notes
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation - (compulsory)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers
Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Days of Cycling

Gentle undulating cycling: 98% tarmac, 2% dirt track

Day by day breakdown
Day 240.0km/24.0miles
Day 338.0km/23.0miles
Day 441.0km/25.0miles
Day 540.0km/24.0miles
Day 636.0km/22.0miles
Day 741.0km/25.0miles

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Trip Notes

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Essential Info




There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

7 breakfasts are included and consist of a continental-style buffet.
Suggestions of what to do for lunch and dinner are given in the cycling route notes.
Mallorcan cuisine is typically a hearty affair, with meats and stews showing up on most menus as well as the popular suckling pig. Fish is also a staple, and you will find monkfish and sea bream in a whole manner of sauces. Tapas (a selection of small dishes) is also widely consumed, either served as starters or as a lighter meal. Specialities include Sobrasada (soft, spreadable chorizo-like sausage), Sopas Mallorquinas (Mallorcan stew made from liver or seafood), Pa amb oli (bread with oil, often eaten with island cheese, jamon (ham) or chorizo), Parrillada de pescado (mixed grilled fish and seafood). Desserts include Ensaimada (a spiral shaped cake dusted with icing sugar) and Coca de patata (a sweet, bread like bun made from potato flour). Local wine is readily available and usually of good quality, and the local liqueur herbes de Mallorca is often given as an aperitivo after your meal.


Mallorca generally enjoys fine weather conditions although there is always the possibility of some rain. The month of April is normally pleasantly mild, with a daily average of five hours or more of sunshine. Average maximum daytime temperatures vary between 14 and 19ºC. It is generally quite hot in May, June and September with approximately 10 hours of sunshine per day. Average maximum daytime temperatures are 23 - 26ºC. October can be a cooler month with more increased rainfall and average maximum daytime temperatures range between 15 and 23ºC but even at this time of year it is often perfectly pleasant.

Is this trip for you?

Cycling conditions
This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate) 
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.
Av. daily ride: 39km (24 miles).
No. of days cycling: 6.
Terrain & route: The suggested cycling is along quiet, tarmac roads (mainly traffic-free). The terrain is mainly flat and there are no major climbs
Vehicle Support: A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. As a guide we have suggested that 12 years is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Family run boutique hotels

We stay in small, family run boutique hotels throughout this trip, most have swimming pools. Highlights included a converted farmhouse near the south coast and a lovely rural hotel in the foothills of the mountains. Many of the hotels have their own restaurants and offer mouthwatering delicious local cuisine, and good Mallorquin wines.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration.
For a solo traveller there is an adttional charge to cover transfer costs.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Self-Guided Cycling in Mallorca

    This was our first self-guided holiday in a long time although we have done many group holidays. Mallorca is very well set up to cycle covered in good condition country lanes and feels very safe. In my opinion the rides were grade 2 some days, and 3 on others. The hotels were of varying quality. Hotel es Torrent was a lovely place to start but there was no choice over the evening meal and was some way away from the village. At Reco de Randa we were given an upgraded room, and the pool and restaurant were both lovely. Food was really good everywhere we stayed. However in Pollenca we were put in an apartment which wasn’t really appropriate for a hotel holiday (shame as the hotel itself seemed lovely).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Do cycle (or walk) up the hill to the Sancturi de Cura in Randa.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Because Headwater didn’t provide them, I mapped all the rides on RideWithGPS (if you would like them please let me know). Google maps was very good as a back-up if you take a detour.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The paper maps and the written instructions didn’t match with each other and with the real-world one-way systems in the towns/villages. Suggest Headwater review them and update.
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Paul Stevenson

    coast to coast Mallorca

    Lovely location. Poor support. Line by line instructions open to interpretation and many junctions/turnoffs which caused us to get lost and have to complete many more Km than we wished. Luggage was not transported one day and we had to wait until 7.45pm before it arrived. Hotels seemed to vary in standard - we visited others that were on offer but not to us. I guess fully booked. Paul Stevenson

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the distance each day

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A As the name said - it's self guided!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't take this tour until the step by step directions are refined and made unambiguous.
  • Reviewed October 2017
    David Shaw

    Gentle Cycle in Mallorca

    Very enjoyable 6 days cycling. Mostly on quiet, country roads (with usually more bikes than cars!). Infrequent short stretches on busy roads (but not an issue). Fairly flat- with occasional short hills. Easily covered the miles, with plenty of time to relax afterwards! The (hired) bikes were of a good standard- especially the electric bike my wife hired. Hotels all excellent (except on the extra night- see below). Apart from Pollenca, we ate in the hotels every night- all very good. Weather perfect - apart from 1-2 hours rain on one day. Lovely, varied scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We opted for an extra night in Pollenca. Pollenca is a lovely small town. We cycled from there to Cap Formentor, north of Pollenca. Very easy route finding. Views stunning. Challenging hilly route- but very achievable- hills mainly less than 8%

    What did you think of your group leader?


    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Opt for an extra night in Pollenca (see above). However, if you do so, take caution in choosing the hotel. We were slightly late in booking the trip (6-8 weeks prior to departure). This perhaps caused issues with the extra night. We had to change hotels (1 night in Hotel Juma and the second in Son Sant Jordi). In the second hotel, we were given a room in an old annexe. It wasn't too clean; wifi didn't work and there was no hot water! The main hotel may have been better! This contrasted markedly with the other accommodation which was all excellent We also enjoyed a 2 day stay in Palma

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I requested GPX files from Exodus. This made route finding very easy.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    John Shorney

    Tougher than expected

    This trip certainly deserved its 2 rating. Its description of "easy to moderate" underated the cycling as we found it was 'at least' moderate on all days but the last. The hotels were generally of good standard. But two of them were "out in the country" so there was no alternative but to eat in the hotel itself. The cyles themselves were good quality with handlebar and rear panniers. An electric bike for one member proved a blessing, although it did break down once in the trip [may have been our fault]. Very detailed route maps and instructions were daunting at first, but if you followed them carefully they proved to be very accurate.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Firstly, getting to the Hotel Randa after a long and tiring climb. Secondly, cycling along the Pollenca Bay seafront.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not applicable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Regard this as a 'moderate ' ride rather than an 'easy' one.
  • Reviewed July 2017
    Helen Gardiner

    Mallorca self guided coast to coast cycling

    This trip is an excellent way to see an extremely touristy island in a different way. The cycle routes are mainly on small countryside roads with lovely rural view's.I was surprised that Mallorca is such a fantastic place for cycling.The respect motorists give you on the roads made it feel extremely safe and such a pleasant change from cycling at home. The maps were much easier for us to follow than the written guide as you have to stop to many times to check your still on route.A digital route would be an improvement but it's actually quite fun getting a bit lost and brushing up on our map reading skills.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling around the central areas of Mallorca seeing quite little towns and villages with very few other tourists.

    What did you think of your group leader?

  • Reviewed September 2016
    Luis Fernandez-Izquierdo

    Mallorca Mediterranean coast-to-coast sun cyclying

    The trip ticked all the boxes as I imagined them, starting with beaches with turquoise transparent waters on the first and last days, from there it was medieval market villages, quiet cycling tracks through vineyards, oaks and almond trees and of course the mountains and their excellent views. Quiet hotels with character, lovely Mediterranean food and above all the charming ways of the locals. I would love to do it again, changing the route to discover even more places.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A couple of times: while leisurely riding along the coast at Sa Rapita, seeing a beach just there, stopping having a relaxed swim and then carry on. In the mountains at Randa, going up to the Santuari de Cura, where it is possible to see almost all the island around, breathtaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    This was a self guided tour. The routes were pretty well described with detailed notes, end-to-end. It helped me at times to have my mobile with Google maps of the area, mostly when I decided to explore a bit on my own.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For the first two days and last one reaching Pollensa, take the swimming gear with you. Though it is a very leisurely pace, a bit of fitness is required. Stop and enjoy every little village as you go through them, also try as many local dishes, liqueurs and wines as possible, it is worth it.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Constant Van Den Berg Van Saparoea

    Majorca bike ride (relaxed)

    Very good accommodation, and also very good rides. We were given (upon asking) the electronic routes which were pretty much essential and made it much easier to navigate. Loved the great cycle-friendly lanes. Great accommodation too, with lovely food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the first accommodation: this was the nicest place of the three where we stayed, but it was also a surprise as to see how things were going to be.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    It was self-guided so there was no group leader. On the other hand, EXODUS was available on-line when we had a query.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is a self-guided ride: the distances are small for experienced cyclists (about 40 km per day). on the other hand, this gave ample time for stops for photography and lunches. The bikes were hybrids and rather heavy, but about right for the type of ride this was.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nothing to add: very enjoyable trip. We stayed a couple of days extra in Palma which was great too.

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. 


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