Is Port Pollenca really still the best cycling base in Mallorca?
closer to everything that matters..
Port de Sóller is a wonderful little village situated in one of Mallorca's most beautiful harbours. It is surrounded on three sides by the Tramuntana mountains and offers magnificent mountain scenery and gorgeous sea views.
There is a great range of accommodation and restaurants that suit all budgets. The walkway along the harbour and beach front is amazing, especially at sunrise as you find the rays of sunlight marching slowly across the beach and harbour and at sunset where the sun disappears into the water.
Tramuntana Tours are based here on the frontline and rent an impressive range of bikes in an efficient and friendly manner - they get a 100% rating from your votes in our bike rental survey. If you are up for more than cycling, or have come to the island with non-cyclists, then fishing trips, boat hire, walking tours, kayaking etc are all available. Also on the menu of non cycling activities, the beach is very sheltered and nice for swimming; there is a popular tram that goes to Sóller regularly; shopping is limited in the Port to mainly tourist shops, but Sóller town has a good range of shops if needed.
The only downside (which depending on your goals for your stay, may actually be the reason you choose to stay here) I can think of is that even though access to the main mountain routes are fairly close, each day has to start with an uphill to get up and out of the Port. Depending on your fitness level and what you aim to achieve whilst staying here, this may become a consideration after the first day or two!
Going towards the north, the 14km uphill of Puig Major awaits you. Going south, the undulating climbs on the coastal route is the “easiest” way out, or the impressive Coll de Sóller needs conquering if you are heading inland.
Much closer to the airport than Port Pollenca, making transfers shorter and easier, Port Sóller is also an excellent place to base yourself for cycling in the Tramuntana, here you will hear less English and get a more “authentic” Mallorcan experience; you will do more climbing and your access to all the best cycling areas apart from Cap Formentor is arguably better.
The Orient Valley; the coastal routes towards Estellencs, Deiá and Andratx; the cycle routes of the South West plus the climbs of Coll de Sóller; Puig Major and Sa Calobra are right on your doorstep.
If you base yourself in Port Sóller, the newly resurfaced Cap Formentor route is further away, but just imagine for a moment doing the following amazing route to include it: Port Sóller - Sóller - Fornalutx - Puig Major - (down to Sa Calobra if you have the legs and the time) - Lluc - Coll de Femenia - Pollenca - Port Pollenca - Cap Formentor - Talaia d'Albertux - Port Pollenca - Campanet - Moscari - Selva - Caimari - Coll de Sa Batalla - Lluc - Puig Major - Sóller - Port Sóller. Whew - 175km with 4000m of climbing (200km with nearly 5000m of climbing if you add the "little" Sa Calobra detour!). Memories are made on routes like this :-)
During the peak spring cycling season, more and more cyclists and triathletes are choosing to base themselves in Port Sóller rather than in Port Pollenca. Will you be joining them?
- easier airport transfers
- closer to the better cycling routes
- more authentic Mallorcan experience
- wide range of accommodation
- less "touristy" restaurants
If you always go to Port Pollenca, maybe it is time to give Port Sóller a chance? I think you will be more than pleasantly surprised.