8 Mal­lorca

Bikes Etc - - TRAVEL -

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

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