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Historic Villages of Rural Mallorca

This cycling holiday visits the beautiful inland villages, away from the main tourist areas and stays in small, locally run hotels that provide an authentic Mallorcan experience.

  • Half board hotel
  • Mallorca —Alcúdia > Alaró
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Terrace

Service

The following is included in the tour:

  • Six nights accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite.
  • Transfer to and from the arrival/departure points
  • Continental breakfast every day
  • Luggage transferred between hotels
  • Detailed maps and route information for each day, with clearly marked points of interest.
  • Route extensions every day for those of you who wish to cycle

The following are optional extras available for an additional charge:

  • Hire of bicycles
  • Tour Extensions

The following is not included in the tour

  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Any transfers not stated above
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entry to any attractions (e.g. museums, churches) except were explicitly stated
  • Flights

This tour is available starting on any day throughout the year.

Groups of six people or more contact us to arrange a private guided tour starting on any date.

Itinerary

Day 1

We will transfer you from Palma airport or ferry terminal to the Alcudia, a small town in the north of the island. Alcudia is a pretty and historic town with a strong local character. As well as having great beaches nearby it retains much of the charm of Mallorcan culture, particularly outside of the main tourist season. Within the impressive city walls there is a bustling centre, full of boutique shops and artisan restaurants. Depending on your arrival time, there is the possibility to do a short circular route in the afternoon.

Day 2 – Pollensa Beach (23km)

For the first day in saddle you head north on a cycle lane running along the coast of Pollensa Bay. There are excellent views here of the Cap de Formentor, before reaching Port de Pollensa, a fishing town with one of the best beaches in this part of Mallorca. After a stop at the beach, you head inland towards the town of Pollensa - a traditional historic Mallorcan town, with a lively square that makes a great place to stop for lunch. The route then returns to Alcudia along narrow lanes, bordered by picturesque dry stone walls that are characteristic of the region.

Day 3 - Campanet & Tramuntana Natural Park (27km)

Flat Roads Today. You leave Alcudia and follow a scenic cycle route along the edge of the Tramuntana Natural Park. The route is largely flat, but there are excellent views as you pass through rural Mallorca, with the mountains dominating the landscape. You can stop for lunch at the Coves de Campanet; a historic complex of caves near to the village of Campanet, before continuing a short distance to Caimari. Caimari is a delightful village, completely removed from the resort towns that line the Mallorcan coast. Set in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, it is as picturesque as it is peaceful.

Day 4 - Lluc Monastery / Ciruclar Village Route (24km)

There are three options today depending on how your legs feel! The first possibility is to have a relaxing day, enjoying the facilities in the hotel and exploring the beautiful surroundings. If you feel like challenging yourself, you can climb the 10km up to the Col de Sa Batalla in the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains. Here you will reach the village of Lluc - famed for its 13th century monastery which houses fantastic gardens. For a gentler day in the saddle, you can do a circular route touring the small villages of this region and discovering the unique character of each one.

Day 5 – Alaro (22km)

Tramuntana Natural Park Today you continue heading west along the southern edge of the Tramuntana Natural Park. The route follows peaceful single track roads as it passes through some small settlements. The destination is Alaro, another of the iconic villages of central Mallorca. Depending on what time you arrive, you can walk up to the castle on the edge of Alaro, which offers fine views of the whole island. The evening can be spent in one of the great restaurants in the compact centre of Alaro, offering a variety of traditional Mallorcan cuisine.

Day 6- Mallorca’s Wine Region (25km)

The circular route today continues on narrow, picturesque roads which pass through central Mallorca. This is the agricultural heartland of Mallorca with the fields full or orange, olive and almond trees. This is also Mallorca’s wine region, with the village of Binissalem in particular producing a fantastic red wine which is exported around the world. You return to Alaro in the evening, where there is the opportunity to try some of the wine produced from the fields you have just cycled past!

Day 7 - Palma

After breakfast our tour ends. We will transfer you to the airport, or, if you prefer, we can arrange for you to continue your holiday in Palma, or one of the other beach resorts on the island.

Accommodation

The accommodation for this tour is in hotels in the centre of three villages - Alcudia, Alaro and Caimari. The boutique hotels are all small (with less than ten rooms) and are run in a traditional Mallorcan style.

Alcudia

In Alcudia you will stay inside the historic town walls in a beautifully restored 18th century mansion. This **** boutique hotel is full of charm and character.

Caimari

In Caimari you will stay in country style villa, set in beautiful surroundings with a swimming pool and fantastic sun terrace.

Alaro

Finally, in Alaro, you will stay in an elegant converted town house close to the main square. This is another small hotel, with less than ten rooms and with a real traditional feel.

Location

This cycling holiday visits the beautiful inland villages, away from the main tourist areas and stays in small, locally run hotels that provide an authentic Mallorcan experience.

The terrain and distances make this ideal for a first cycling holiday, with the average daily distance of around 20-25km (12-15 miles). However, there are optional extensions if you would like to cycle further on any particular day.

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