GOC members enjoying drinks at a beach-side cafe in Mallorca

Mallorca Spring 2024 – walking and cycling

Event Details

Mallorca is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean, offering everything a cyclist or walker may wish for. There are beaches along the south coast, a central plateau with isolated hills bearing castles and monasteries to visit, and mountains plunging into the sea along the north coast. The mountains are green all year and in Spring there are lots of flowers. The sea may still be a bit bracing though.
The trip is notionally Saturday 20 April to Sunday 28 April, with activities happening from the Sunday to Saturday within this. The discount code is valid for the whole of April so you are welcome to arrive early, but there will be nothing formally organised.  You are welcome to stay later also.  At the time of year we go, daytime temperatures are typically around 20°C, pleasantly warm and sunny but not tediously hot. Rain is a possibility and you should bring waterproofs (that’s why the island is green) but we’ve never had a day completely written off. More than one wet day is unlucky.
As last year, the trip is timed to coincide with a trip planned by Cycleout, a London-based group that has a number of GOC members, and there will be organised cycling for a range of abilities.  It will facilitate things if cyclists book via Cycleout, contact me if you need details.  Bike hire can be arranged via Cycleout, or you can DIY.
Walking is up to the walkers to organise, making use of buses, trains and taxis, or perhaps hiring a car. There is no formal walking programme, but see https://www.seemallorca.com/walking/guide and published guide-books.
For everyone, there is the historic centre of Palma and its cathedral, the quaint port town of Sóller accessible by narrow gauge railway, and also rustic traditional towns and villages in the middle of the island.  There is a sauna too.
Our 3* hotel is in Ca’n Pastilla, just to the east of Palma and at the end of the wide sandy Palma Bay, and a short bus ride from the airport and city centre. It’s a resort with all the facilities you might expect, but a long way from the infamous party spots of Palma Nova and Magalluf and quite genteel. Tourists are more likely to be from elsewhere in Europe rather than from the UK.
If you have any questions, please contact John Heathcote, the trip coordinator, via the link below.

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