Port Valldemossa climb versus Sa Calobra

Does the pretender have a shot at the champions crown?

Cycling in Mallorca, Port Valldemossa

You feel like you have arrived at an undiscovered oasis after the madcap descent into the Port of Valldemossa. Often termed the mini Sa Calobra, there is almost no traffic. Ever!

Yes, its shorter, yes it is a little out of the way, yes it has the same 7% average gradient and packs a dizzying amount into its 5.5 versus 10 snaking kilometres. Yes, you have to do Sa Calobra, but I have a feeling that the Port Valldemossa climb may be the one you actually enjoy more..

For me, having over the years ridden both dozens of times, Sa Calobra is the undisputed King, more dramatic, harder and longer, but there is just something about Port Valldemossa that grabs one and does not let go. Maybe it is the sheer volume of scenery and hairpins crammed into such a short distance combined with no traffic, but it is a must do climb that for some strange reason has remained off the beaten track.

The ideal would be obviously to include both in your trip out here. It is possible to save your legs for just the return trip by taking a bike bus from Alcudia and Port Pollenca to either Andratx or Valldemossa to enjoy the amazing south west coastal section of Mallorca and easily access Port Valldemossa. Then if your legs are still up for it, include King Calobra on your way back to base.

Have a look at the two climbs here to prepare for both. The pretender: Port Valldemossa versus the reigning champion Sa Calobra.

Here is a route that includes the cheeky contender and that will live long in your memory. Enjoy.

if you are coming to Mallorca this year, add Port Valldemossa to your list, you will not regret it. Do both. More than once?

Port Valldemossa climb Sa Calobra climb

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