This circular route has lots of hills, a bit of sea and precious little traffic. The Cyclist team completed a nearly 130km clockwise circuit starting and finishing in Port de Soller. After leaving the port on the Ma-11/Ma-11A, climb the 495m Col de Soller and after descending on the other side turn off the main road and go through the small village of Bunyola. From there head west towards Esporles on the Ma-1120 but before you hit the village head south towards Establiments. From there go west on the Ma-1041 and head through Puigpunyent to Es Capdella and on to Andratx on the Ma-1031. Take the Ma-10 along the coast passing through Estellencs to Banyalbufar. From there head back inland to the top of Esporles and up over the top of the 499m Coll de Clara and down towards Valldemossa. Before Valldemossa turn left to Deia staying on the Ma-10 and enjoy the descent into Soller. From Soller you turn left back onto the Ma-11 and into Port de Soller.
Total distance: 129km approx.
Total ascent: 2,213m
How we got there
Ethiad Airways (Flights from Australia) will get you from Sydney to Palma via Abu Dhabi and Munich. Port du Soller is about 40km away from Palma and if you’re not hiring a car (recommended if you’ve brought your own bikes) then a cab will set you back around $100.
We stayed at the plush Esplendido Hotel (www.esplendidohotel.com). In my experience you can guage a lot from the shower in your room and this one was excellent. We didn’t venture far from the hotel when we were off the bikes. Rates start from $160 in low season, $210 in mid season and $260 in high season.
Food AND drink
Esplendido has an excellent restaurant, although there are a few to choose from around the port and plenty of choice if you travel over to Palma. While out riding, the Restaurant Son Tomas on the right before you come into Banyalbufar village itself (careful you don’t miss it) is perfect for a quick coffee and pamboli (Mallorcan bread, drizzled oil, salt, tomato, local cheese & cured ham) and likewise the Supermercat at Es Capdella will make you an excellent cheese and ham baguette while refilling your water bottles.
Organise it all
I hired my bike from Rad International (www.rad-international.de) at the cost of $30 a day but the rate goes down the longer you have the bike. Marsh Mallows (www.marsh-mallows.com) guided rides daily rates start from $230pp for which you get five hours in a small group and you’ll be supported by a well-stocked vehicle driven by a mechanic/photographer. The trips are very much holidays and encourage you to bring the non-cycling other halves for a spa treatments, organised walks in the mountains, yoga sessions and general lounging around.