A bonkers climb. The road is so narrow and bad and steep in places that you will question why you ever contemplated it, even started it. A third of the way down you will know - it is brilliant, a route like this this is reason enough to cycle. Amazing views that lead to an oasis of a Port that is so welcoming it is difficult to leave. Take care not to eat too much - there is climbing ahead of you!
If you like Sa Calobra, you will love this climb. Starting at sea level and winding up on an average surface for 5km at an average gradient of 7% you get arguably more thrills per metre than anywhere on the island. Sharp hairpins and cliff faces is the name of the game here.
If you come to Mallorca to and do not do this climb, please hang your head in shame. Still not convinced?
Starting one kilometre off the main ma-10, the surface is not great. Passable yes. Take care though as the views keep dragging your eyes away from where your tyres are going. There is very little traffic and loads of shady trees that line the numerous hairpins providing welcome shade. Arriving into the sleepy Port it feels as if your holiday has just started. Again.
When you finally get around to going back up, it is worth the effort. Not as long as Sa Calobra, but the same 7% gradient that does not let up and is action packed through the twists, turns and cliff faces.
To be aware of
The excellent restaurant waiting at the bottom is the perfect place to celebrate making the effort to come down here off the beaten track, whilst watching the Med and preparing for the ascent. The surprising keen prices, good service and high quality are a little shocking when you realise how captive the market is.
The road surface is not great. Fairly bad in places, but manageable as well as being too narrow for all but the most pigeon chested of us, care should be taken especially with holidaymakers in the occasional rental car (the locals never seem to leave).