Top 10 Climbs: Mallorca

Mallorca’s charm for the cyclist is that it has an amazing variety of routes on one compact island. We love miles spent chatting in the lanes, and the rolling routes by the ocean but one of the absolute highlights are the many amazing climbs, from long ascents in the Tramuntana mountains to small climbs up to historic monasteries. There is enough climbing in Mallorca to keep you busy for a whole season, here are our favourites:

 

Coll de Soller


(South Side). One of our absolute favourite climbs on the island. Starting outside of Bunyola, the route branches off from the high traffic that heads under the tunnel to Soller and you are then left on the old road which has become a cycling paradise. The gradients are very steady, rarely going below 4% of above 6% as the road zig zags up the hill. The hairpins are so short and tight that you can see three or four corners ahead and below you, perfect to race up with mates or go steady and enjoy the views. There is a nice coffee stop at the top so you can give it your all up here.
Distance – 4.9km
Avg Gradient – 5%

Puig Randa


A brilliant training ride climb in the middle of the island with far reaching views. Unlike most of these climbs, this is in the middle of the island and stands alone drawing comparisons to Mont Ventoux (the likeness is pretty tenuous but there is a weather station at the top). The route starts in the pretty town of Randa where there is a great old lunch stop serving traditional Mallorcan food (get the set menu, its around €7 per person and an absolute bargain). The climb starts gradually before hitting the hairpins with nice views down the valley. After a left turn you start seeing wide views of half of the island before a flatter section. A final couple of hairpins gets you to the top and the old monastery which now has a nice restaurant. Well worth a walk around here, you can see so much of Mallorca on a clear day and its a lovely place to rest for a while and have a drink.
Distance – 5.5km
Avg Gradient – 6%

Sa Calobra


Probably the most famous climb on the island and definitely the toughest. This is a must ride on your trip to Mallorca. It is popular with coach trips so is best ridden early in the season or early in the day, though it’s remote location takes a bit of time to get to. You must ride the descent before climbing which is a lot of fun and very fast. The gradients are a steady 7% most of the way up with little easing off. The views back down to the ocean are great and this is definitely a climb to enjoy. At the top is a nice coffee stop which is often bathed in sun so you can wait for friends of catch your breathe.
Distance – 9.5km
Avg Gradient – 7%

Col de Sa Batalla

A very popular climb starting just outside of Selva, this climb can be part of a short loop from Port de Pollensa or the start of a longer ride to Sa Calobra or Puig Major. This is very much a climb of two halfs, starting with some fairly steep hairpins before hitting a flatter section. The second part is packed with more tight hairpins over a nice road surface with easier gradients. After crossing a small bridge, you will see the top of the climb near a very busy coffee stop which is always packed with cyclists.
Distance – 8km
Avg Gradient – 5%

Puig Major


This can be tackled from Port de Pollensa in two lumps (either Col de Sa Batalla or Col de Femenia and then the shorter side of Puig Major) or more commonly in one long climb from Soller. This is the longest climb on the island and a great practice event for any big mountain sportives. The gradients are steady with few steep sections and much of the route is covered in shade from trees which is very helpful on a hot day. In the middle is a flatter section to help get some energy for the last 5km which are again between 6 & 7%. There is little at the top so make sure you have enough food and water. The next coffee stop is at the top of Sa Calobra.
Distance – 14km
Avg Gradient – 6%

Coll d’Honor

A remote and quiet climb in the heart of the mountains. The Coll d’Honor can be ridden as part of a great mountain loop taking the the other side of Puig Major & the Coll de Soller. Out of Bunyola, you follow the valley with some fairly steep gradients. The road surface here is not as good as other parts of the island due to the remoteness / lack of traffic. After the steeper section by the valley, the road then hits some tight hairpins in the trees. This is a fairly short climb but very quiet and fun. The descent down the other side is great and takes you into the tiny town of Orient before climbing and then descending into Alaro.
Distance – 4.7km
Avg Gradient – 6%

Sant Salvador


In the less visited south of the island, the climb to the Sanctuary of Sant Salvador is a stunner with great views of this part of the island and an interesting spot to finish at the summit. The climb starts out of Felanitx and after a flat start, hits tree-lined hairpins with an amazing road surface. This climb looks like it was designed just for cyclists with perfect, flat corners and slightly challenging straights. The gradient is more mixed than other climbs in this list and you will definitely feel it in your legs by the time you hit the monastery at the top.
Distance – 5km
Avg Gradient – 7%

Coll de Femenia

Another classic and one of the busiest climbs with other cyclists. The climb starts just out of Pollensa and is often the first ascent of the day. After a long, gentle start you start to hit the steady hairpins with great views of the countryside and distant views of Puig Major. The rocky terrain makes it feel like an amphitheatre and the views give you plenty of distraction from the climb. After a flatter section and a short descent, the second half of the climb kicks in but with lower gradients than the first half and before you know it you are by the coffee stop in Lluc with options to head onto Sa Calobra, Puig Major or descent to Selva.
Distance – 7.5km
Avg Gradient – 5%

Coll de Can Bleda

A short but pretty climb out of Soller which gets you to one of the prettiest stretches of road on the island. The road from the summit of the climb to the town of Deia is incredible, with the ocean on your right, the sun (normally) on your back and not much traffic. The climb itself is fun. It is short at 4km with some short hairpins giving great views back down to Soller with ocean views in the distance but this is all about what is to come rather than the climb.
Distance – 4km
Avg Gradient – 5%

Coll de sa Creueta


The shortest climb in the list is the start of the iconic route to Cap Formentor, a rolling 20km ride which by any standards has to be one of the best routes on the planet. The first climb is a beauty, rising from the ocean in Port de Pollenca and affording stunning ocean views which gets better the higher you get. The average is only 5% but there are some slightly steep sections. It is over before you know it, a right turn takes you away from ocean views down to Port de Pollenca and into the rugged landscape towards the lighthouse. Another must ride in Mallorca.
Distance – 3.7km
Avg Gradient – 5%

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