OK, an obvious choice, we admit it, but it would have been remiss of us to have left out this particular Balearic beauty. Having found itself struggling to compete with dozens of other Mediterranean resorts to draw in the tourist dollar, Mallorca began to reinvent itself somewhere back in the ’90s as the playground for cyclists. To be fair, it did have a head start, with the island boasting two special routes in the spectacular ride to Cap Formentor – in Mallorca’s windswept northeast – and the famous Sa Calobra climb. Even so, perhaps nowhere in the world and certainly nowhere in Europe can match the island for sun, sea and cycling infrastructure. With a hefty chunk of Mallorca’s economy dedicated to two-wheeled tourists, you’ll find everything you need including superb bike shops, a host of hire firms, guided tours galore, as well as cycling friendly hotels complete with on-site workshops and secure storage facilities. But it’s the sheer variety of routes and riding that the island offers which make it such an attractive place for a weekend escape for all levels of riders, with plenty of flat stretches to enjoy as well as testing climbs. As for climate, with the summer now over you can expect average temperatures of 21°C/71°F throughout September/ October, although there’s a greater risk of rain from October onwards.
FLIGHT TIME: 2hrs 20 PRICE: Flights only from approx £60 return to Palma MORE INFO: infomallorca.net