Join us on a journey of discovery and pleasure as we bicycle and explore the largest of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain, surrounded by the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea.
Mallorca, or Majorca, is an island where visitors are easily spoiled by the vibrant vistas; sea and mountain landscapes to languish over; almond, olive, citrus and evergreen groves and charming rural villages. A mild climate offers plenty of opportunities for sports and leisure, making this island an ideal destination.
Activities abound on the island - cycling, of course - but also golf, tennis, fishing, walking, hiking, and lounging on the beach. Bicycling can be as easy or as challenging as desired, as the island has an excellent cycling network that includes flat rides or hills. Even the pros come here to train. Mallorca is also a great place for walkers and hikers and there is a wide variety of fantastic trails that make the most of the island’s splendor and terrain. Additionally, the island hosts several international golf tournaments and there are many fine courses that are sure to please even the most discerning enthusiast.
Mallorca has long been a favored destination and home for the artistically inclined - Joan Miro, Anaïs Nin, and Frederic Chopin - as well as numerous celebrities (King Juan Carlos, Queen Elizabeth, Michael Douglas, Claudia Schiffer) and athletes (Rafael Nadal is a native, plus Boris Becker). The island’s natural beauty is enriched with churches, cathedrals, and sanctuaries illustrating the spiritual pathway of the centuries. Junipero Serra; the Franciscan friar, missionary monk and “founder of California”; was born within its shores.
No tour is complete without delicious meals and pleasing wines, which are both taken seriously here. The unique preparations of the famous main dishes make full use of the abundant local seafood, pork, lamb and fresh vegetables. Almonds, olives, walnuts and the Ramallet tomato are all native to the island. The sweet seasonal fruits are always a refreshing treat.
Our adventure will consist of a ten night trip. Plan to arrive at Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) no later than Friday, September 26th. The trip concludes at the same airport (PMI) on Monday morning, October 6th. Most flights will connect through Barcelona. If you have time, we suggest planning to stop in this major global city for a night or two on your way home.
Friday & Saturday. Llucmajor. We’ll meet you at the airport for the transfer to our hotel, crossing the remarkable plains that bring us to the village of Llucmajor. This area of diverse landscapes boasts the island’s most extensively developed cycling network. In the afternoon there will be time to become familiar with your bicycle and you can take a warm up ride to the nearby coves and beautiful beaches. The next day we’ll have various cycling options available.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. Porto Cristo.
Several pleasant rides are planned through the island’s heartland. We’ll bike to Porto Cristo situated on a pristine harbor with fishing boats and yachts. The next day we cycle to Arta, an ancient town of sun-bleached roofs and a cobweb of twisting alleys. There will be time to swim and relax in the crystalline blue water of the sea and to visit the large limestone caves. You may also wish to play a round of golf at one of the nearby courses or a game of tennis. One of the days we’ll take a break from biking to visit medieval Palma, the cultural heartland of the island with its historic center and 14th century cathedral.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Cala Sant Vicenc.
We bike to the northern part of the island. Alcudia is home to the island’s only remaining medieval walled city and was the capital of the island under the Romans. Pedal the peninsula road to breathtaking Cap de Formentor with stunning views of the turquoise sea and sandy beaches. Ride through the Mediterranean’s largest wetlands. One of our rides will follow the spectacular coastline to picturesque Soller, with a stop at Santuari de Lluc, a monastery and pilgrimage site. Our last day is with a local guide who will take us on a walk in the unforgettable Tramantura Mountains, which UNESCO lists as a place of great physical and cultural beauty.
Monday. Transfer back to the airport for your flight home or to other parts of Europe. We suggest stopping in Barcelona on the way home.
Tour price: Depends on number of people in your group and hotel standards requested.
Tour date: you choose the date (11 days/10 nights)
Tour Leaders: Gerhard, Darlene & Tina. Several days we will also be supported by a local guide.
Tour cost includes:
Hotel accommodations for ten nights, buffet breakfast each morning, and ten dinners with wine or beer. Gratuities, taxes and service charges. Airport/hotel transfers. Historic walking tours with local guides and special wine tasting. All of our hotels offer spa facilities to enjoy at the end of a biking day. The support vehicle transfers all luggage, offers mechanical assistance and limited spare parts, and provides a lift if a tour member should tire during the cycling day. It is equipped with a mobile phone and a small library of information on the areas that we visit. In addition to the support wagon, a small coach will also accompany the group on some days.
Daily biking distances:
The majority of the cycling routes are on bike paths or designated bike routes. Detailed maps and route sheets will be provided. On most days we’ll have two cycling options with average distances of 25 and 36 miles. Shortcuts will be available as well as the option of longer and more challenging rides. To include the most scenic and interesting parts of the region in the tour, there will be group transfers during the trip.
Good quality bike rentals can be arranged at € 135 (Euro). Various models of bikes will be available, including E bikes with electric motor assist. There is the choice of men’s or women’s frame. Most models are equipped with 27 gears, odometer and a rear view mirror. Should you choose to bring your own bike, details will be outlined in the pre-departure information packet.
View the Tourist Office Web sites for some of the destinations we visit.