There are people who believe the good life can only be experienced on two wheels. Even during their holidays they need to get on the saddle and take a ride for hours to disconnect and feel the freedom that only cycling can offer them.
JS Hotels is definitely one of the best options in Mallorca for cycling enthusiasts thanks to the three cycling centres we have on the island (at the JS Palma Stay, JS Alcudi Mar and JS Sol de Alcudia). Not only will you have access to numerous services (garage, equipment rental, repair workshop, spare parts, food and clothing sales…), you will also be near a wide range of different routes and highways that will allow you to take full advantage of them.
We have already written on another occasion about some of the tours available near our cycling centres, but that only mentioned a tiny part of all the possibilities. If you love cycling, don’t miss the four suggestions we make below.
CAN PASTILLA – EL ARENAL – SAN JORDI – CASA BLANCA – SON FERRIOL – PALMA DE MALLORCA – CAN PASTILLA
Just landed in Palma de Mallorca and ready to get out and discover the surroundings? Then get on your bike at the JS Palma Stay and follow a route that will introduce you to Palma Bay, the capital itself and several small villages nearby. This is a 30km route with only a 56-metre positive slope, making it suitable for the whole family without any problems.
When you leave the hotel, head for the seafront promenade and then head south towards El Arenal beach. This is the easiest part of the route as it follows a bike path. Change course on Garsa Street, cross the MA-19 and continue along the Can Capó and Siquia roads. At the roundabout, take the third exit on Camí de San Jordi and once you get to the village of the same name, take Manacor Street heading west, putting you on the road that links Palma and Manacor.
To enter Palma, take the Camí Vell de Sineu that continues on the MA-3018 and turn right onto Sebastià Arrom Street. From here, you have to ride through the centre of Palma until you reach the sea, along the following streets: Ignacio Prieto, Médico José Darder, Jaume Balmes, Rosseló i Cazador, Ausiàs March, Andreu Torrens, Balanguera and Avenida Argentina. This is also the part with the greatest slope, although it doesn’t pose any real challenges. When you get to the sea, just cross the road and follow the coast to the southeast to get back to JS Palma Stay.
PLAYA DE PALMA – CAMPOS – PORRERES – ALGAIDA – CAN PASTILLA
This 90km route takes about 4 hours and allows you to view the central Mallorcan plain and ride around the base of the Randa massif, visiting all the surrounding villages. The route includes three climbs with a total positive slope of 402 metres, making it suitable for cyclists in above-average physical condition.
Starting from JS Palma Stay, ride along the seafront promenade from Playa de Palma to El Arenal and then take the MA-19 towards Campos. The first significant climb is between here and Llucmajor. After passing through Campos, there is an even steeper but shorter climb on the way to Porreres. As soon as you can, you should turn off the MA-5030, keeping the Randa massif on your left. From Porreres to Algaida there is a slight permanent, slope that is the last one on the route. Once you have overcome this challenge, ride back to the MA-15 and return to Can Pastilla on Siquia Street.
PUERTO DE POLLENSA – MIRADOR DES COLOMER – CALA SANT VICENÇ – POLLENSA
Cabo Formentor is one of the most well known parts of Mallorca and the world for cycling fans, above all due to its stunning scenery and steep cliffs. This moderately difficult 50km route allows you to enjoy the beauty of the Cape, discover one of the most popular coves on the island and also visit Pollença and its port.
Starting from any of our hotels with a cycling centre in the north of the island (JS Alcudi Mar or JS Sol de Alcudia), follow the coast to the north towards Puerto de Alcudia and then take Pollentia Street, the Avenida Príncep d’Espanya on the left, the Avenida de Inca and, finally, the road from Port de Pollença to Alcúdia to leave town.
Stay on the road until the next roundabout, where you should turn to the left to go around Puerto de Pollensa. Continue on this avenue until it ends in the Boquer, estate where the biggest challenge begins: the climb of about 3km up to the Sa Colomer viewpoint. This is, however, the only significant climb on the entire route. Once you have reached the summit and taken all the photos you wish, you have to ride back along the same route until you reach the turn onto Avenida Joan XXIII towards the MA-2200.
The next stop is Cala Sant Vicenç, where you can take a turn to the right along the MA-2203 to enjoy its turquoise waters. When you have finished enjoying the area, take the road back to Pollensa. Return to the MA-2200 and carry on to the next roundabout, take the third exit and then the second exit at the next roundabout. From there you have to follow the signs to get to Puerto de Alcudia or Playa de Muro.
POLLENSA – COLL DE FEMENIA – CAIMARI – BINIBONA – CAMPANET
The Sierra de Tramuntana mountains are home to numerous cycling routes that are pure gold for cycling fans: an incomparable natural environment in which to enjoy climbs, descents and curves will delight all keen cyclists. This route of about 63 kilometers and with a medium level of difficulty allows you to experience two of the best known cycling destinations on the island: the climb up to the Coll de Femenia and the descent of Sa Batalla. Get your legs ready!
We recommend starting the tour from JS Alcudi Mar or JS Sol de Alcudia heading towards Pollensa on the MA-2202 and then taking the MA-10 heading west. You then have a permanent climb of about 20km that will test your resistance and which continues until reaching the Es Guix estate. The rest of the tour is either downhill or flat.
In Es Guix you have to take the MA-2130 south to the village of Caimari. Then head northwest on the Camí de Binibona road which takes you to the town of the same name. Cycle south on the Camí Moscari road and then turn left soon after onto the Camí de Selva road which will take you to Campanet. You will then take a route that crosses the valley on several roads leading to the MA-2200, namely: the Camí Blanc, Camí na Pontons and Camí Vell de Pollença.
You now have to take the road back following the road north and taking the second turn on the right and then the second road to the right again to reach Camí de la Marina which will take you to the MA-2201. From there, head southeast and follow the signs back to your hotel in Puerto de Alcudia or Playa de Muro.