Which are the best months to cycle in Mallorca?

with over 300 days of sunlight per year..

Cycling in Mallorca Banyalbufar

Based on a combined knowledge of 30 odd years of cycling in Mallorca (between 3 of us, we are not that old!) and using the following 4 criteria as measures:

  1. the weather (heat, cold, rain, wind and bright blue Mediterranean sky)
  2. available services - what is open (accommodation, restaurants, support services including bike rental etc)
  3. demand on services that are open (roads, rental, restaurants, accommodation and buses on the mountain passes etc)
  4. the cost of being here - including flights

We have created the following chart based on our experience of living and cycling here. As usual if you choose to follow any of our advice, on your own (maybe sunburnt!) head be it :-)

January

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

February

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

March

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

April

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

May

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

June

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

July

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

August

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

September

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

October

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

November

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

December

Weather

Available services

Demand on available services

Costs

In conclusion

With over 300 sunny days a year, you really can cycle here in Mallorca at any time, but the weather in February is historically the least appealing, being colder, wetter and often windier. That said, if you live in Europe and fancy some training, chances are that the weather is still better than you have at home.

Late September can be wet. December and January, although cooler are renowned for having less wind by the boating crowd. To beat the heat in mid summer, cycling in the early mornings is best (if you choose the evenings, be prepared for the heat the roads have absorbed in the day to be released right onto you).

Living here and working in jobs outside the cycling industry we get to choose when we cycle and the most important criteria is just the weather - costs and services do not have the same influence they do for visitors. After acclimatising / being acclimatised to the summer heat and taking sensible precautions we still tend to cycle when we want, so outings in summer are very much enjoyed.

Personally, I do my least mileage in February and November as for me they are duller and I know that better and brighter is around the corner. I do my most mileage in June when the days are long - clear, warm mornings before the tourist traffic is about or bright warm evenings whilst the tourists are in the bars or getting ready for dinner.

*demand on services includes availability of bananas (during the spring when most cyclists are here, purchases of bananas increase approximately 28x).