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Cycling in the South of Mallorca

Majorca by bike is one of the greatest pleasures you can enjoy all year round, whether to access remote coves, to go shopping or simply to have an ice cream with the family. In short, cycling around Mallorca is an experience you can not miss on your holidays. 

Cycling is not only a means of transport, but also a way of exercising. There are many studies that relate an increase in happiness in city residents when changing the car for the bicycle.

In our Hostal Colonial, every year more and more tourists come to do cycle touring in the south of Mallorca: Campos, Salines and Colonia de Sant Jordi. Therefore, we felt that a post on our blog was necessary to help visitors find out more about the island of Mallorca by bike. 

Enjoying Mallorca by bike is an experience that will remain forever, whether you are an amateur or a professional.

As many of you already know, at the Hostal we love to recommend routes in the surrounding area and offer you our special services for cyclists: rental, towing, garage, technical assistance... Now we have also created this small guide to Mallorca by bike so that you can consult it at any time: places where you can rent a bike anywhere on the island, some routes of interest near our beloved Hostal and the most famous events that take place on the island of Mallorca for cycle tourists. 

Cyclists on the roads of Mallorca

Cycle touring in Mallorca

Mallorca is one of the leading destinations for cycle tourism thanks to reasons such as the climate, the landscape, the wide variety of routes and the excellent flight connections with many places in Europe. All this makes it very tempting to take a short break to Mallorca for cycle touring. 

Tourists who decide to cycle around Mallorca are either professional or amateur cyclists. Many of them bring their bicycles from their country of origin to Mallorca by plane or specialised transport companies. But there are also a large number of visitors who prefer to rent their bicycles in Mallorca. 

According to the Balearic Tourism Department and the Balearic Cycling Federation, more than 70,000 tourists arrive each year with an organised cycle tourism trip.

The large number of cyclists in Mallorca has made it necessary to increase the supply of bicycles on the island. This has allowed professional bicycle rental at a very affordable price so that cyclists do not have to depend on transporting them by air.

Below we recommend some places where you can rent a bike in Mallorca, either for cycle touring or simply for a ride on the beach or in the mountains.

Where to rent a bike in Mallorca?

Hostal Colonial, Colonia de Sant Jordi

 

Hostal Colonial offers a bicycle rental service. It has trekking bicycles and works together with local companies for the rental of road bikes, mountain bikes and Ebikes.

You will be able to ride the nearby routes and you can also have our ice-cream, chosen as one of the best in Spain, made in our hostel´s home factory and served in our stand, or a refreshing drink when you return the bikes after hours of cycling. If you stay at the hostel, you will have special services for cyclists at your disposal.

Address: C/ Ingeniero Gabriel Roca, 9 CP 07638 Colonia de Sant Jordi
Telephone: (+34) 971 655 278
Web: www.hostal-colonial.com

 

S’escapada Bikes, Campos – Palma – Playa de Muro

 

Close to Colonia de Sant Jordi is Campos, a very pretty village in the south of Mallorca, you find S' Escapada Bikes, a professional bike shop which also offers a bike rental service at various locations in Mallorca. The shop offers a wide range of brands and types of bikes in different poins of the island, you can rent a bike in one place in Mallorca and return it in another place, for example Campos-Playa de Muro.

Adress: Carrer de Jaume II, 45, 07630 Campos, Illes Balears / Carrer de Cala Bona, 19 07009 Palma, Illes Balears / Av de s’Albufera 25 Platja de Muro, Illes Balears
Telephone: (+34) 871 70 95 58
Web: www.mallorcaoncycling.com/

Mallorca 312 Cyclists on the road

Cycling Events in Mallorca

Cycing Competition 312 Challenge Mallorca, by Milestones

This cycling competition that runs through the Serra de Tramuntana and the North of Mallorca is one of the most famous cycling competitions on the island.  Cyclists from all over the world come to Mallorca to take part in this event of medium to high difficulty. The race, as its name suggests, is 312 km long and runs through the Serra de Tramuntana and the north-east of the island. 

For more information and registration, you can go to the official website of the competition.

Mallorca Cycling Challenge

This competition is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. It is one of the most legendary competitions in Mallorca and some of the most famous cyclists and teams in the world, present in major competitions such as the Tour de France, take part in it. This is one of the cycling events that has promoted the rise of cycling tourism on the island of Mallorca.

The Mallorca Challenge is made up of 4 stages (year 2021): the Calvià Trophy, Serra de Tramuntana Trophy, Port D'Andratx-Mirador d'es Colomers Trophy and Alcúdia - Port D'Alcúdia Trophy. The competition has four trophies, so only cyclists who have participated in all four stages will be eligible to win the Challenge. 

You can find more information about this event on the official website of the competition. 

Brevet 200 ( 200 km cycling in Mallorca)

The Brevets are long-distance cycling stages, non-competitive, which take place on roads open to traffic, and which must be completed in a predetermined maximum time. In Mallorca different Brevets are held every year, most of them are 200 km long.  One of the most interesting is the Non-Stop Mallorca, which is held with MTB and every year attracts an increasing number of participants. If you want to sign up for one of these events you can do it in the following link: 

 

To see all the cycling events and competitions, you can visit the website of the Cycling Federation of the Balearic Islands (FCIB)

Ses Salines lighthouse seen from the air

Mallorca by bike: Sa colonia de Sant Jordi, routes

Mallorca is a paradise for cycling tourism. As we have mentioned before, people from all over the world come here to cycle on Mallorca's roads.

The geographical location of Colonia de Sant Jordi, unlike other places on the island, has the advantage of not requiring excellent physical conditions, as most of the routes are not very steep, so if you come with the family, you have the chance to do easy routes and enjoy the surrounding nature.

On the other hand, if you want to do more difficult routes, the Puig de Cura, Sant Salvador and the Ermita de Bonany are located 40 km away from the hostel, and they have nothing to envy to the Puig de la Sierra de Tramuntana.

Here we would like to introduce some routes that you can do in the area of our Hostal Colonial. Most of the routes depart from the Colonia de Sant Jordi and are circular. These guides will give you an idea of what you can see and experience around Sa Colonia on two pedals.

We have chosen different types of routes that cover all levels and types of bicycles. From low-impact routes to those for more experienced cyclists that will leave no one indifferent. 

   

Colònia de Sant Jordi – Ses Covetes ( Es Trenc)

Distancia: 11,82 km
Vertical drop: 30 m
Difficulty level: easy


Type of route:

We depart from the port of Colonia de Sant Jordi (or from the Hostal Colonial) and head towards the baths of Sant Joan, where we will find the first signposting of the route. This is a very well signposted route which also details the number assigned to each of the windmills in particular. On our way back, we will enjoy the views over the Campos countryside and the Es Trenc salt flats. Most of the route follows secondary paths, which makes it very pleasant and fun. 

Colònia de Sant Jordi – Campos (Route of the windmills)

Distance: 38,54 km
Vertical drop: 30 m
Difficulty level: easy

Type of route: We depart from the port of Colonia de Sant Jordi (or from the Hostal Colonial) and head towards the baths of Sant Joan, where we will find the first signposting of the route. This is a very well signposted route which also details the number assigned to each of the windmills in particular. On our way back, we will enjoy the views over the Campos countryside and the Es Trenc salt flats. Most of the route follows secondary paths, which makes it very pleasant and fun. 

Colònia de Sant Jordi – Santanyí (Santanyi charms and Cala Mondragó natural park)

Distance: 41,83 km
Vertical drop: 30 m
Difficulty level: easy
Type of route: One way

This route will take us along roads and paths without much traffic and we will pass through the village of Ses Salines.  Then we will head towards Santanyí, one of the most beautiful villages to be found in this part of Mallorca. Finally, the route will take us to the Mondragón natural park to enjoy its natural charm and, depending on the season, take a dip in its turquoise waters. As there are no steep slopes, this route can be done by anyone, and can be completed within a short period of time, stopping at the different roadside bars and viewpoints. 

Colònia de Sant Jordi – Cap Salines Lighthouse.

Distance: 10,41 km
Vertical drop: 1 m
Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of route: One way

We have classified the third route as intermediate level, because sometimes we will have to carry the bike or pedal over sand or rocky areas. Therefore, we do not recommend it for people who are not in good physical shape. This route follows the seafront and you will see unspoilt beaches such as Es Carbó, Es Caragol and Cala En Tugores, which are only accessible by bike or on foot. You will see crystal clear waters all along the way, as well as the vegetation of the area and some dune beaches. We recommend that you carry plenty of water and tools in case of a puncture, breakdown, etc. 

Colònia de Sant Jordi – Sa Torre – Cap Blanc

Distance: 83.12 km
Vertical drop: 312 m
Technical difficulty: Difícil
Maximum height: 312 m
Type of route: Loop

We have considered the route to be difficult due to its duration - approximately a full day's walk. It is a route that covers approximately 50 km outward and 50 km return, leaving from Colonia de Sant Jordi and reaching the Ermita de Bonany, a 17th century sanctuary at the top of the mountain. During the route we will travel along roads in good condition and pass through villages such as Felanitx, Campos and Petra. To do this route it is recommended to be an experienced cyclist, to have a good bike, spare parts and tools.

 

Colònia de Sant Jordi – Son Sant Salvador

Distance: 80.29 km
Vertical drop: 659 m
Technical difficulty: Muy difícil
Maximum height: 630 m
Type of route: Loop

We have classified this penultimate route as very difficult, just like the previous route. Along this route we will be able to see villages such as Porreres, Campos, Felanitx and Cas Concos. The aim of this route is to go up and down the mountain of Son Sant Salvador, one of the most emblematic mountains in the south of Mallorca. This route of approximately 40 km outward and 40 km return, is perfect for an Autumn or Spring day, as its long duration puts the cyclist at risk if it is done during the summer season.

Colònia de Sant Jordi – Villafranca de Bonany – Hermitage Bonany – Colonia

Distance: 106,95 km
Vertical drop: 545 m
Technical difficulty: Muy difícil
Maximum height: 283 m
Type of route: Loop

The fourth and last route is considered to be difficult due to its length - approximately a full day's ride. It is a route that covers approximately 50 km going and 50 km return, departing from Colonia de Sant Jordi and reaching the Ermita de Bonany, a 17th century sanctuary at the top of the mountain. During the route we will follow good roads and pass through villages such as Felanitx, Campos and Petra. To follow this route it is recommended being an experienced cyclist, having a good bike, spare parts and tools. 

Aerial view of Majorca's roads for cycling enjoyment

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We hope you liked this little guide to Colonia de Sant Jordi by bike and we remind you that you can rent bikes at the Hostal Colonial at a very affordable price. If you already know that you want to book a hotel for cycle touring in Mallorca but you still don't know where, we invite you to book it directly at Hostal Colonial.

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