The beauty of cycling in Mallorca is the sheer variety of terrain. From easy flat rides through the orange groves to big days in the mountains. Serious climbers should head straight to the Serra de Tramuntana range in the North and West of the Island, but where is the best place to base yourself?
Soller (Fornalutx, Deia)
Soller is the classic climbers base. There are only three roads out of Soller on a bicycle and all of them are up a mountain pass. Soller has the best access to the high mountains. The might Puig Major starts from Soller as, unsurprisingly, does the Coll de Soller. The Coll den Bleda leads to Deia and the beautiful West Coast road. A wide range of accommodation, restaurants and attractions make it a draw for non-cyclists also.
Inca (Lloseta, Selva, Campanet)
Inca and its nearby towns sit at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana range. The Coll de sa Batalla is the nearest route into the mountains but the Coll de Femenia, Coll d’Orient and Coll de Soller are all within a short ride. Inca is the closest large town to the famous Sa Calobra climb. Inca is a bustling town with a wide variety of restaurants, accommodation and a number of bike shops.
Bunyola & Alaro (Santa Maria, Consell, Binissalem)
Situated at either end of the Orient Valley Bunyola & Alaro are great climbers bases. The Coll d’Orient and Coll d’Honor are on your doorstep. The famous ascent of the Coll de Soller is close at hand. From the top of the Coll de Soller you descend into Soller town where you can climb the mighty Puig Major. The towns also offer good access to the Western Serra climbs.
Pollença (Port de Polleça, Cala Sant Vicenç)
Pollença (and its port 8km to the East) lie at the Eastern end of the Tramuntana range at the foot of the Coll de Femenia. From Pollença you have easy access to the high mountains via the Coll de Femenia and the Coll de sa Batalla. From the top of these climbs the monsters of Sa Calobra and the Puig Major are easily accessible. Its also a short ride to coastal road out to the lighthouse at Cap Formentor, a classic ride.