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How to get there To get to Palma, Mal­lorca’s cap­i­tal, you’ll have to fly to a ma­jor Euro­pean hub, such as Frank­furt or Zurich, and then head to the Span­ish is­land. From Palma, you can reach al­most any­where on the is­land via car within a max­i­mum of two hours. Shut­tles large enough to ac­com­mo­date bikes and large lug­gage are read­ily avail­able at the Palma Air­port. When to go With tem­per­a­tures in the 15–20 C range in April, the is­land makes for a great place to put in some early-sea­son miles. Dur­ing the spring, most of Mal­lorca’s vis­i­tors are cy­clists, com­pared with the sum­mer months when the is­land sees an in­flux of Euro­peans en­joy­ing the beaches and hot sum­mer weather.

Where to stay Ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions on the is­land are ex­ten­sive. The bike-friendly Viva Blue Ho­tel ( viv­ablue­s­ is an ex­cel­lent op­tion.

Where to eat Mal­lorca has a ton of food op­tions that range from lo­cal flavours, to fine Ital­ian cui­sine to Texas-style steak houses. Wher­ever you end up eat­ing, I rec­om­mend tak­ing a trip to Palma’s Old City and strolling the pic­turesque streets, sam­pling all the area has to of­fer.

How to find your way If you don’t have Wild Rock Travel guides ( wil­ as I did, you can find hun­dreds of .gpx files for rides of var­i­ous dis­tances and el­e­va­tion on­line. There are also cy­cling maps avail­able at most of the is­land’s bike shops, as well as on­line. Check out shops Nano Bi­cy­cles ( nanobi­cy­ and Speed Bike Mal­lorca ( speed­bike­mal­ for tips on where to ride.

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