Due to national lockdowns in all UK nations, all GOC events are currently cancelled.
We look forward to being able to restart activities once local and national restrictions permit.
17th April to 25th April 2021
Cycling & Walking in Mallorca 2021
Mallorca is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean, offering everything a cyclist or walker may wish for. We have been cycling there for many years; walking is more recent. 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 flowers everywhere across the island. In Autumn many places are still green and the sea is warmer, but there are not so many flowers.
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.
Cycling is very popular and there is the infrastructure in place to support it, including dedicated cycleways though the island capital Palma, cycle racks outside cafes and restaurants, and secure cycle storage inside at the hotel. We aim to run 2-3 groups each day to cater for most abilities, between 50-100 km, both flattish and hilly, with the possibility of hard-man trips to 150 km+. There will be coffee and lunch stops, and maybe tea too. What we do depends a bit on personal desires, the weather, and how hard the previous day was. It’s a holiday! Although there is nothing to stop you taking your own bike out to Mallorca, most of us hire out there since good quality carbon road bikes are available at a competitive price compared with flying your own out, and it is much less hassle.
Walking is not yet quite so organised, but there is plenty to do, including the GR221 running the length of the northern mountains. 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.
https://www.seemallorca.com/walking/guide and published guide-books.
The cancelled 2020 trip had 10 walkers and 20 cyclists booked. There is no reason why you should not do some of both, hiring a bike for a day or two separately. E-bikes are readily available.
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.
Our 3* hotel is in the resort of Ca’n Pastilla, just to the east of Palma and at the end of the wide sandy Palma Bay, and just a short bus ride from the airport. 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.
In the meantime any questions please do contact John, the leader, via the link below