Port Pollença to Estellencs via Sa Calobra

Port Pollença to Estellencs via Sa Calobra

Port de Pollença - Pollença - Coll de Femenia - Lluc - Coll dels Reis - Sa Calobra - Coll dels Reis - Puig Major - Sóller - Deía - Coll de Claret - Banyalbufar - Estellencs

Another long but brilliant day in the saddle. This is a one way route, you will need to stay over in Estellencs which offers good seaside accommodation or arrange a lift back, or, surely not, cycle back!

Highlights

All of it, so many highlights. Tough but amazing route. The initial 20km stretch to the base of Col de Femenia is mostly flat, getting the legs nice and warm for the rest. Once at the top of the first Col, it is an undulating ride with some exhilarating corners and downhills all the way to the aqueduct which is the turnoff for Col dels Reis and Sa Calobra. This is a good place for coffee and refuelling - the grumpy man in charge hates being given large notes, coins and small bills bring out the best in him! Good range of food and fresh squeezed orange juice (from oranges grown in the area).

Up Col dels Reis, down into Sa Calobra with the obligatory pics. Take care of the coaches if you are here at a popular time. Remember to remortgage your house before purchasing anything in Sa Calobra - the prices are double or triple what you pay elsewhere - the joys of a captive market. Back up one of the islands (and maybe the worlds) iconic climbs, then onto Puig Major at 848m passing the reservoirs with Palma's water supply and one tunnel before reaching the peak at the last tunnel.

The 14km downhill into Soller brings up your average speed at an alarming rate if you are light on the brakes. From Soller to Estellencs, the coastal road provides views good enough to almost, almost forget that you are getting a great workout up and down some descent climbs.

To be aware of

The coaches on Sa Calobra during busy times. As this route is mainly in the mountains, you will need layers - warm going up, cold coming down. Please do not forget the sun - suntan cream and electrolytes are your friends. During the winter, do not expect cafés and restaurants to be open outside of the towns - plan your nutrition accordingly.