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Mallorca

Crossing the Serra de Tramuntana by bicycle

16 to 22 April 2019

DURATION: 6 days | DIFFICULTY: | MODALITY: Cycletouring

The Serra de Tramuntana is one of the best preserved areas of the Balearic Islands. It’s an extensive territory that has been declared a World Heritage Site, thanks to the richness of its natural and cultural landscape that occupies the whole north of the Mallorca island. In this route, “Crossing the Serra de Tramuntana by bicycle”, we will pedal through villages of great beauty, crossing terraces of hundred-year-old olive groves and meandering along old and lonely roads that have adapted to the landscape between dry stone walls. On one side, we will see the old majestic Villas lined up in the rugged landscape of the mountains and, on the other, the terraces of holm oaks, vineyards and olive groves that descend towards the sea.

We have planned the crossing of the Serra de la Tramuntana by bicycle in several stages. By doing so, the crossing will not be very long, and we will be able to keep a steady and mild rhythm that allows us to enjoy the villages and landscapes that we are going to cross. The natural and cultural landscape is one of the greatest attractions of this trip and it must be enjoyed. The quiet and solitary roads of the Serra de la Tramuntana have encouraged us to combine active tourism with the contemplation of the environment.

For the most ambitious sportsmen, we have planned some more challenging extensions of the routes. The most attractive challenge will be the descent and ascent of the famous cove of Sa Calobra, a mythical destination for European cycling.  We will be able to coordinate with the group to give assistance in the afternoon to complete some of these extensions.

We will sleep in a combination of lodgings. In some cases, we will have the opportunity to stay inside of a traditional Majorcan house, while in other cases we will spend the night in family hostels or in comfortable hotels, as in the case of the coast of Alcudia.

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the trip. In the two nights in Esporles, where we stay in a traditional house that functions as a hostel in which we share a spacious and comfortable room,  the Biking team will cook rich and generous dinners. In other cases, we will have dinner in some nearby establishment and, in others, the dinner will be included in the same hotel.

Some stages of the route, such as the third, have different points of interest that are worth visiting. The day before, we will jointly agree upon which points the group would like to visit. We can also count on the support of the van for some visits, during the afternoons where we have spare time.

The van will assist in carrying your luggage. The vehicle can also be used, when required, to assist participants in the case of fatigue of a member, or in other dire situations.

The price of the trip includes the guide service, the assistance of the vehicle, the luggage transport, the lodgings, the dinners, the breakfasts and the insurances of the trip. It does not include the boat trip that costs approximately 150 € round trip with the company Balearia, including the transport of the bicycle.

Bicycle: The appropriate bicycle for this route is a hybrid bicycle for cycle tourism. All stages take place on small asphalted roads, except the second circular stage from Esporles, where we will travel a more mountainous route that runs on tracks generally in good conditions. A road bicycle with suitable gravel or cyclocross tires will work perfectly. If you require a bicycle, please contact BTS.

Limited places: group of 8 to 10 participants

ACTIVITIES / ITINERARY

Duration: 6 days

Departure on Tuesday night by boat to Palma. The boat leaves Barcelona at 23h and arrives in Palma at 6:30. The entry to the boat will be made through the hold with the bicycle. We will meet the whole group in advance (21h) to leave the luggage inside of the van.

Departure from Palma to take the Coll des Vent which will take us down the other side towards Calvià and from there along a brand-new cycle path to Es Capdellà. From this little village, we will start a route through a singular landscape, following a narrow and lonely road that will take us first to Galilea and Puigpunyent, and finally to Esporles. On the way, we will have passed two very entertaining, small mountain ranges, without great slopes. It is one of the most evocative stages in the interior landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana.

 45 km – 1.230 mt.

This second stage will take us through the interiors of the Serra. During a good part of the route, we will ride off the asphalt and away from any town. We will begin the exit taking the fishermen’s way, one of the old ways catalogued in the register of “Old tracks of the Serra de Mallorca”. It used to be the path that the inhabitants of Esporles and the fishermen of Port des Canonge used to communicate with each other. The first exit ramps of the village are demanding but brief, and immediately the terrain becomes more bearable. Then, we will reach the Mirant de Mar viewpoint, which has a privileged view of the coast of Banyalbufar. We will take the Camí de s’Arboçar, which will take us through several estates to the enormous public estate of Planícia. This whole itinerary is planned along tracks in good condition, which are set above the coast and with a magnificent view of the watchtower over the sea.  From Planicia, we will descend to the coastal road, to go towards Banyalbufar passing by the Mirador de Ses Ànimes. In this viewpoint is the Torre des Verger, a watchtower over the cliff built in the 16th century to defend both the marinas and the village from pirate raids. We will visit Banyalbufar, a term that comes from the Arabic Bahaya al-Bujar, which means construction by the sea. Precisely from the period of the Arab domination, this community inherited the systems of terraces, washing places, irrigation ditches, canals and fountains that can be seen around the Tramuntana mountain range. After strolling through the village, we will start the ascent to the Coll de Sa Bastida, and later we will start the descent towards Esporles.

35 km – 985 mt 

 

The third is the eminently coastal stage of the route, where we will pedal without great slopes between the steep foothills of the Serra to our right and the beautiful views that descend towards the sea to our left. We will begin the short ascent that will take us to the road that goes towards Valldemossa. This important town is worth a visit to contemplate the old town, especially the narrow, winding streets around the church.  A visit to the Cartoixa de Valldemossa is worthwhile. This monastery was founded in the 14th century on the former residence of the kings of Mallorca. There are several points of interest in the Cartoixa, but we will highlight three. First, the old apothecary, with its ceramic containers that contained the old medicinal remedies. Second, the small Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, which includes an important collection of works by Miró, Frances Bacon and Picasso. Above all, the cell that contains key elements that remain from the stay of the writer George Sand and the composer Frederic Chopin. Chopin came to this town to improve his health in a winter unsuitable for this purpose. Even so, the stay was very prolific creatively, having inspired the Preludes of the composer on one hand, and, on the other, the famous novel by George Sand, “A winter in Mallorca“.

We continue along the old road that passes through two other points that would be worth a visit. The first is the Monastery of Miramar, where the medieval philosopher Ramon Llull founded in 1276 a school for learning languages, created primarily with the aim of communicating with the Arab world. The next pole of interest, related to the previous one, is the impressive estate of Marroig, belonging to Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria, who had a close and exciting relationship with the island, very well described by Carme Riera in one of his last novels, “The last words”.

We will follow the small road that runs parallel to the coast until we find the spectacular environment of Deià, with the rocky bottom of the Serra as a spectacular setting. It is worth taking a walk through this “manger village” as Santiago Rusiñol called it. In fact, the town has been and continues to be an attraction for artists from all over the world. Perhaps, the most famous resident was Robert Graves, author of the well-known novel “I, Claudius” which he composed, along with many other works, in the house where he lived, and which can now also be visited. We will continue along the road until we turn inland and start the descent to the Vall dels Tarongers, with Sóller dominating the landscape. We will stay at a hostel in the town and have dinner in a restaurant in the village or in the nearby port.

36 km. – 600 mt.

The fourth stage takes us back to the interior through more rural and solitary landscapes. We will begin the ascent in the direction of the Sóller tunnel and at its entrance we will take the old road that goes up towards the mountain pass. This road now receives more cyclists than vehicles. The road meanders on both slopes, but it can be overcome at a good pace (average gradient of 6%). From the hill we will have magnificent views of the villages and fields that descend to the bay of Palma. At the end of this entertaining descent, we will pass by the Alfabia Gardens, a 19th century romantic park with really suggestive designs. We will begin the approach to Bunyola, a charming and small protected village situated in the Sierra de Alfabia. Here begins the ascent to the Coll d’Honor, an ascent of 6 km with ramps ranging from 6% to 12%. During this part of the itinerary, we will cross a dense forest of holm oaks. Once we have passed the hill, the landscape opens up and we will descend through the beautiful valley that leads to Orient.  Then, we will descend through a very amusing route between the two moles that compose the Puig d’Alcadena and the Castell d’Alaró. We will stay overnight in a simple and comfortable rural house of the village.

38 km. – 850 mt

 

This is the last stage that is directed again towards the highest parts of the Serra. Before moving towards the highest part of the route, we will plan a few kilometers along small, local roads that are narrow and limited by dry stone walls. Traveling between fields, we will cross the villages of Lloseta, Selva and Caimari. From the latter and up to Pollença 30 kilometres later, we will find nothing but the silence and tranquility of the wildest landscape of the Serra. The ascent to the Coll de Sa Batalla is surely the most popular ascent among cyclists. It is about 8 kilometers at an inclination of 5%, with a small rest in the spectacular Salt de la Bella Dona. When you reach the pass, we will take the road that crosses the Serra in the direction of Pollença. We will pass near the spiritual center of the island, the Santuari de Lluc. Then, we will go through a section of small ups and downs and start the descent with beautiful views of the Bay of Pollença. Finally, we will cross the town to look for the bicycle path which is parallel to the sea, and we will go to the hotel that we have in Muro Beach after crossing Alcudia.

65 km. – 915 mt.

We will drive the 5 kilometres to the Port of Alcudia, where the boat will depart around 13:30h. Planned arrival in Barcelona around 19’30h.

SERVICES INCLUDED

Transportation of participants and bikes

Lodging and breakfasts

Picnic lunches

Dinners

Activity insurance

Trip Guide

(in guided modality)

Assistance and maintenance of bikes

Photographic report

PRICES

Guided Route

825€

Self-Guided Route

Tailored Route

* Prices include sales tax.
* Prices for groups of 8 participants. For groups of fewer participants consult us.

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