Roman ruin at Alcudia

Last fall our family took a trip to the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca to visit our son who lives and works there.  This, for a bike guy, was probably the best vacation we could have undertaken.  It’s a small island but fairly densely populated and it has a very long and varied history [Rome built the first town here in 123BCE].  The main city, Palma has half a million inhabitants and many bike shops servicing a variety of cycling needs.  There are smaller towns scattered all over the island each with its own bike shop.

This island has become a cycling mecca for all types of cyclists; road, mountain and urban.  We were there at the perfect time of year.  The crowds were smaller, the weather was warm but not overbearingly hot and prices were reasonable.  The markets in each town were going full vigor.  The pro cycling teams from northern Europe who use this island as an early season training ground were gone but there were nonetheless hoards of recreational roads cyclists everywhere we looked.

The small town of Alaró which became our home base is located at the foot of the main mountain range, Tramuntana.  We did a number of rides into the mountain.  This may be a small island but it proudly sports big road climbs on narrow pavement.  Although Alaró is a town of

Bike Shop in Alaro

only 2000 residents it still has a great little bike shop, Cycling Planet run by a former national cyclocross champion of Spain.  Bike rental rates here are very reasonable for either road or mountain.

One climb on Mallorca which i would highly recommend is not long

Sa Calobra climb

but can be combined with longer routes…sa Calobra !!  It’s only a 10 km climb from the beach to the tunnel but the grade is super challenging and the vistas epic.





Estrella Galicia lager


If you do decide to go you will not be disappointed.  Talk to me before you go.  Oh, and did i mention the price of beer?


Hasta la vista !!