You'll feel Mallorca's irresistible allure from the moment you ease your bike onto the road. Maybe it's the steep peaks and plunging gorges of the rugged Serra de Tramuntana. Or the nearly deserted back roads, where vigorous climbs and curlicue descents thrill cyclists of all persuasions - including the pros. Perhaps it's the forgotten valleys, where ancient olive trees thrive and medieval monasteries keep watch over centuries-old villages. Or the shimmering sea fringed by secret pebble beaches. Come fall in love with it all.
Day 1 Endless vistas of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea From the resplendent port city of Palma, spin through the countryside, passing picturesque windmills and drystone walls Savor delectable seafood at a former fortress on the Bay of Palma.
Days 2-3 The dramatic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range - cycling paradise found! Ascend the ultra-curvy Orient-Bunyola route through some of Mallorca's most stunning scenery Overnight in enchanting Valldemossa, once a Moorish hamlet A spin on sinuous lanes leads through pine forests and near the monastery that once hosted Frédéric Chopin and George Sand.
Day 4 Explore the island's untouched western reaches on a coastal ride Seaside Deià invites a pause, its stone terraces lush with wild lavender and citrus groves Sip fresh local orange juice in the cozy main square of Fornalutx before conquering Mallorca's highest mountain pass Only the strongest riders will be tempted to brave the road to Sa Calobra, a thrilling rollercoaster of hairpin turns plunging 3,000 feet to the sea.
Days 5-6 Pedal the narrow winding peninsula road to breathtaking Cap de Formentor, a bluff at the island's northernmost tip offering incredible views Opt for an afternoon of relaxation at the hotel - perhaps an orange blossom body treatment appeals Up for one last spin? Follow flatter terrain along the southern side of the Serra de Tramuntana range into a fertile region dotted with orange, olive and walnut orchards.
- Endless vistas of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea
- Pedal the narrow and curvaceous peninsula road to breathtaking Cap de Formentor
- The dramatic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range - cycling paradise found!
- Savor delectable seafood and other local specialties
- Seaside Deià, its stone terraces lush with wild lavender and citrus groves
Cap Rocat (1 night): Chic contemporary design within a stunning 19th-century fortress, set on 88 acres overlooking the Bay of Palma. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, tennis)
Hotel Valldemossa (2 nights): Two luxuriously restored 19th-century stone houses - once part of the Valldemossa Carthusian monastery - offering sweeping views of the mountains, town and monastery. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Son Brull Hotel & Spa (2 nights): A former convent turned elegant hotel nestled on a hillside above olive groves and the Bay of Pollença. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa, tennis)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 3/29-4/3 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 4/12-17 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 4/19-24 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 4/26-5/1 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/10-15 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/24-29 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/13-18 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/27-10/2 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/4-9 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/11-16 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/18-23 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/25-30 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1610 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $6,498 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.|
Guest Trip Reviews
Mallorca could be my favorite trip with Backroads! The countryside was just gorgeous, the hills were challenging, the food delicious. The expert support the leaders provided was the best ever.- Santa Fe, NM
When asked which Backroads trip has been my favorite, I usually say my last one. Even though Mallorca isn't my last trip, this one may be my favorite for a long time. I love that the terrain varies from day to day, the food is fabulous, and the motorists on the island are very bike-friendly.- Clyde Hill, WA
That might be the best trip ever. I loved it so much I would even do the same trip again. :) Your process, people and planning were top-notch. Thank you!- Raleigh, NC
My partner signed us up for this trip. I did not want to do this. I was completely wrong. I thought I would "endure" the week, but I quickly found myself relaxed, exhilarated and transformed by the experience. I was the perfect vacation because I felt productive, but couldn't engage in my work at home. No checking e-mails on a bike! It was a remarkable way to rest, recharge and renew. I will definitely take another Backroads trip.-Richmond, Surrey, England
The trips are so much greater than the sum of the individual parts. The guides are awesome and care so much about making your experience unforgettable. Great destinations and hotels and food and perfect execution. I have met many people on these trips that also add an unimaginable other aspect. Backroads attracts many extraordinary people... Backroads rocks!- Dallas, TX
The guides did a fantastic job with logistics and making us comfortable biking in a new area. The guides were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, patient and cheerful. They made the trip wonderful!- West Hartford, CT
We enjoyed our trip tremendously! The countryside and the sites of Mallorca were rivaled only by our extraordinary trip leaders. All the leaders were vital in making this vacation the best my husband and I have taken.- Harrisburg, PA