In recent years, Mallorca has turned into a paradise for cycling and the most popular place for bicycle tourists and tour riders. The island offers cyclists not only some fantastically beautiful routes, but also the right landscapes and climates. More than 10,000 bikes are available on the island for rent. Whether you want to go mountain biking in the Tramuntana, cozily exploring around the island or ambitious workouts, Mallorca is the perfect place for fantastic cycling experiences. The rental companies equipments like e-service stations, bike trails and paths and workshops, is on Mallorca as dense as anywhere in Europe.
Mallorca offers more than sun, beach and sea. It is not only the largest but also the most varied Spanish Mediterranean island.
Precisely because of the good accessibility and the varied landscapes of the island it makes sense to rent a bike to discover Mallorca.
But before jumping on your bike, note these useful tips:
Bring your own bike on the airplane
Most airlines are now perfectly prepared for the transportation of bicycles. However, you should inform them that you have a bike with the airline directly or through the travel agent when booking. It is considered as special baggage so you should expect an additional cost of about 50 euros.
Note: Due to the battery technology, e-bikes are usually not transported without battery.
The bicycle must be securely packed in a bike bag or in a box. The handlebars should be folded, the pedals removed and you should let the air out of the tires.
Rent a bicycle in Mallorca
If you don’t want to take your own bicycle, there are many companies in Mallorca who rent high-quality bikes. Depending on what you want, you can rent a city bike or a mountain bike with many different models to choose from. E-bikes can also be borrowed but as it’s a special request, you need to plan this in advance.
Prices vary depending on the model and the provider from 70 to 170 Euros per week. A difference that makes it worth comparing.
Many bike rental companies in Mallorca also offer guided tours.
What you need to take with you
If you’re traveling alone with your bike, you should have these bike accessories:
- at least two spare tubes
- bicycle oil
- repair kit
- air pump
- wheel remover
- replacement brake pads
- valves and valve rubber
- air horn
The bicycle and car repair shops in Mallorca often help out tourists with simple bike problems.
The most important thing to bring
Good maps are recommended especially for a bike ride on Mallorca. If you use a GPS device, you could get some free maps (GPS tracks) to downloads from one of the numerous providers.
Mallorca geography – for cyclists and e-bikers
Biking in Mallorca is probably the best way to experience the true character of the island. However: the geographical features can very quickly make you feel like you’re in a box.
Mallorca is almost 3500 square kilometers, the length of the coastline measures 581 kilometers. Approximately one third of the coastline is developed for tourists, 50 kilometers have been designated as swimming beaches.
The road network in Mallorca is very well developed and about 1200 kilometers long – so it offers enough opportunities to travel by bicycle. The furthest distance from west to east is 96 kilometers and from north to south it is 76 km. There is no place in Mallorca that is more than 40 kilometers from the sea!
The Tramuntana mountain range, the Sierra del Norte, has more than 40 peaks over 1,000 meters high. The highest peak is the Puig Mayor between Sóller and Lluc that is 1445 meters high. These are some of the places that are the most popular with holidaymakers. It also includes Sóller, Valldemosa, Fornalutx and Lluc.
The Sierra de Tramuntana also protects the island like a wall against the harsh north west winds. To the southeast, the plain Es Pla joins, which expires in the two bays Pollença and Alcúdia in the north. These two bays are separated by the again quite high rising La Victoria Peninsula. The eastern part of Mallorca is characterized by a fjord-like coast, where the Sierra de Levant rises in the hinterland between Santanyi and Cala Ratjada up to 500 meters.
Clothing for cycling in Mallorca: All weather equipped
Basically, the best choice of clothes is modern functional clothing – from underwear to outerwear. Headwear against the strong sunshine also belongs in the luggage.
A sunscreen with a high SPF is recommended. Not only in summer but also in the cooler seasons, the sun’s rays have a high intensity all year.
When going into the Tramuntana mountains, a jacket is advisable, even in summer, since there a fresh, cool wind could settle. You should also have something to protect you from the rain in spring, fall and winter. Even in summer, you could find some scattered rain.
Suitable sunglasses and a helmet are also essential items. The latter is now even required in Spain!
Climate and weather: The best time for cyclists and e-bikers in Mallorca
The cycling season begins in Mallorca early in the year. From the end of January, when the almonds blossom and the sea bathes the island of a blue color, it makes cycling an amazing experience. You can bike until November or December, where it then attracts touring cyclists, road racers and mountain bikers for the mild climate year.
Spring, fall and winter are especially recommended for a holiday by bike. The temperatures are pleasant from 17 to 23°C.
In midsummer, longer tours are slightly more difficult: the intense heat (the average temperature is 27 to 30 ° C) can make biking at lunchtime quickly exhausting. You should start early in the morning and have a long siesta during lunch time to really enjoy cycling at this time of year.
Be careful that in September, it may still be very hot. Or you could also expect a sudden cold snap, the “Gota Fría”. Rain and storms suddenly appear, and you might have to avoid cycling for a few days.
It rains throughout the year, but rain in Mallorca is rarely comparable with the rainy days, as we know from England or India. Mostly it pours violent and short, and the sun comes out again quickly. Even in winter it rarely has more than seven days of rain per month. In October, November and December, mild weather periods are ideal for cycling. However, it can be chilly in this time of year already. The snow falling in the Sierra de Tramuntana remains, not for long indeed, but you should always have a jacket with you.
After the start of the almond blossoming, at the end of January, you are often bathed in warm sunshine and the days are longer following the months of February and March. This is the time in which the professionals bikers start their cycling season to train on the island.
The spring months are beautiful, when the meadows and fields are still green, the trees and grass are fresh and the streets and roads of the island are not so dusty like at the end of July and August when the island is full of tourists visiting and going to the beach.
Mallorca offers cyclists ideal conditions at almost any time of the year. You should only be careful in high summer where you should not plan too long trips because of the heat and avoid the midday. March to May and October and November are the most ideal months for long bike rides or a cycling holiday.
Did you ever cycle in Mallorca? Are you more of a mountain biker or do you fancy a little cycle along the coast? Do you have some tips about bike rental in Mallorca? Tell us in the comments!