Spain continues to be one of Pure Adventures' most popular cycling destinations, with tours offering flat to rolling countryside, charming villages, vineyards, castles, Roman history, and museums. Majorca (Mallorca in Spanish) is the largest of the Balearic Islands, its 310-mile-long coastline a draw for millions of sun worshipers every year. But there's more to Majorca than beaches.
Traditionally filled with 'cabello de ángel' (pumpkin strands in syrup), ensaimadas are a sweet and airy pastry made with eggs, flour, butter and sugar. Travelers can find ensaimadas in virtually every cafe on Majorca, with fillings and toppings ranging from a dusting of powdered sugar to sinfully sweet apricot preserves and whipping cream.
Chamber of Purgatory. Chamber of Hell. We wonder if it's true that Jules Verne was inspired by the Cuevas de Artà to write Journey to the Center of the Earth. Occupying a stretch of land closing Canyamel Bay to the north, these ancient caves were formed by seawater erosion with some interior chambers rising nearly 151 feet. A unique feature of the caves is the Chamber of Flags, where three towering columns each emit a different tone when struck by your tour guide.
The Sierra de Tramontana forms the northern backbone of the Majorca. In 2011, this mountain range was awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO. Summiting Puig de Massanella, the mountain's second highest peak, is a popular excursion -- are you up for the challenge of climbing 4,475 feet?
Museums and monuments
Majorca's seafaring history and ecological significance lends itself to rich cultural experiences. While on Majorca, visit the Museo de Mallorca, housed in a 16th-century mansion popularly known as "Casa de la Gran Cristiana" and the Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences and Botanical Garden, surrounded by hundreds of plant species from the Balearic and Canary Islands.
You can't visit Spain without enjoying the wine, but did you know that until recently, most of the wine drunk on Majorca was imported from the mainland? The island's abundant almond crops left little room for vineyards, but a group of winemakers came together in the 1990s and dedicated themselves to better growing methods, new varieties and improvements in wine production. Today, those vineyards throughout Majorca open their doors to wine enthusiasts to enjoy reds, whites and sparkling wines that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.
Pure Adventures offers two unique cycling tours in Majorca -- a challenging self-guided road cycling trip ideal for bike clubs and triathletes and a more leisurely hybrid self-guided cycling vacation package that takes in Majorca's postcard perfect countryside. Contact us for a quote or request our free destination guide.