• Distance 77 km
  • Elevation gain 1480m
  • Difficulty
  • Epic rating

The road to Formentor lighthouse is one of the best-known Mallorcan cycling routes there is.

But why just settle on the Formentor out and back?!

Our Bay of Pollensa cycling route takes the classic Cap de Formentor cycling route and turns it into what may just be the best cycling route on Mallorca. It includes:

  • Cap de Formentor
  • Talaia d’Albercutx (otherwise known as “the Pepperpot”)
  • Pollensa Bay/Alcúdia Bay cycle path

  • Ermita de la Victoria

Of all the fantastic Mallorca cycle routes from Puerto Pollensa, this one really is unmissable.

Check it out!

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Highlights

The views as you cycle over the spit of rock, approaching Formentor lighthouse are out of this world – it’s hard to decide whether these or the panorama from the Pepperpot are more jaw-dropping!

We also love the views back across Pollensa Bay/Alcúdia Bay from the road that skirts the bay at La Victoria.

cyclist on the cap de formentor cycling route, Mallorca, approaching the lighthouseNearing Formentor lighthouse
Cyclist admiring the view from pepperpot on the Cap de Formentor cycle routeView from Talaia d’Albercutx (the pepperpot)
Cyclist cycling around Pollensa bay in rainstormCycling around Pollensa bay

Bay of Pollensa: route notes

1. Puerto Pollensa to Puerto Pollensa (via Cap de Formentor and Talaia d’Albercutx (AKA the Pepperpot))

We’ve got a guide dedicated to the classic Mallorca cycling route that is the road to Formentor. Check it out here.

What’s less talked about – and easily missed – is the turn up to Talaia d’Albercutx, otherwise known as the Pepperpot. The turning is slightly hidden; it’s in the car park of the Coll de Sa Creueta. If you’re coming from the lighthouse, it’s on your left.

Hairpins snake up the side of the cliff on gradients that average about 6% (max gradient 9%). Then you round a corner and views over Pollensa bay open up to your righthand side. You cross a mini-bridge and it’s hard not to be bowled over by the scale of the scenery – the views over the Tramuntana mountains, bay of Pollensa and out to Cap Formentor are truly mind-boggling. We’re told that on a clear day you can see out to Menorca and the Spanish mainland – as you’ll see from the photos, we weren’t blessed with good weather so can’t confirm that – but can say that even on a rainy day, it was stunning.

You’ll come to a small pull in area where cars can park. Head past the barrier and continue up the path, past abandoned, graffiti-covered concrete buildings, around another hairpin and up to the top. It’s worth walking into the (smelly) building at the top for the views. You’ll probably see hikers walking up to the Pepperpot watchtower itself – we even saw someone climbing up it!

Take great care on the descent – the road is narrow, there are some treacherous drop-offs and the surface is riddled with potholes.

We found the poor road surface also made the climb feel harder. However, we’d not have missed this 2.5km climb for the world.

Cyclist cycling the cap de formentor cycling route on Mallorca with lighthouse in distanceFormentor lighthouse is spectacular whatever the weather
Cycling up the Pepperpot road MallorcaNear the bottom of the Talaia d’Albercutx climb
Climbing the road to the pepperpot on the cap de formentor cycling road MallorcaClimbing up above the Formentor climb
Nearing the top of the Talaia d'Albercutx climb by bike MallorcaNearing the point cars are stopped on Talaia d’Albercutx
Cycling through abandoned buildings on the way up Talaia d'Albercutx climb MallorcaThrough the abandoned buildings
Cracking views over Pollenca bay from the pepperpotAwesome views from the Pepperpot climb

2. Puerto Pollensa to Ermita de la Victoria

You wind your way through Puerto Pollensa (perhaps stopping for a coffee if it’s that kind of ride?!) and out of town along the Puerto Pollensa cycle path that hugs the bay. It’s a relatively busy section, as you’re on a main road along the coast, but you’re right by the water’s edge and it’s a pleasure to tap along the easy flat gradients.

There’ll probably be traffic as you ride past the mighty stone walls of Alcúdia’s town centre, but soon you’re out the other side and on lightly residential roads that pass through Bonaire with its attractive marina.

You pass through stone pillars and are onto the La Victoria peninsula, leaving the urban areas behind you.

Bar S’illot (and apparently a nudist beach!) is on your left as you start climbing.  Halfway up you come to a junction. We suggest turning right to get the climb done in one go.

The road up to Ermita de la Victoria is narrow, steep (16% in places according to ridewithgps!) and wooded but with under a kilometre from the junction to the car park at the top, at least it’s not too long.

At the top, you can get something to drink and/or eat in the restaurant. There should be fantastic views from the restaurant terrace too (if you can be bothered to walk up!).

The old town walls of Alcudia, MallorcaAlcúdia town walls
Signpost showing the way to la Victoria, MallorcaSignpost to La Victoria
Through the gates to La Victoria penninsula MallorcaThrough the pillars on the way to La Victoria peninsula

3. Ermita de la Victoria to Puerto Pollensa

Take care descending back down to the La Victoria coast road.

At the junction, turn right to continue the ride out towards the military base. You can’t get very far though – there’s a big sign making it clear that it’s here you should turn around and head back.

Enjoy the undulating road back, with views through the trees across the bay to Puerto de Pollensa and Cap de Formentor. You pass back through the stone pillars and into the residential areas of Bonaire, as you retrace the cycle route back to Puerto de Pollensa.

What a ride!


Views across from the ermita de la victoria penninsula across pollenca bayViews back towards Port de Pollensa
Views across from the ermita de la victoria penninsula to pollensa bay and alcudia bayMore views of the bay!
Views across Pollenca bayAnd more – make sure you keep your eyes on the road!

Café stops

We attempted this ride in inclement (an understatement) conditions at the start of November. We had hoped to check out the spectacularly positioned Bar S’illot but (as you can see from the photo below) it was very much closed! On a warmer day however, we think this would make a great place to stop and relax, especially as nearly all the climbing will be done by this stage of the ride.

As it was, we were very relieved (as we were hungry and the rain was hammering down!) to find the Cocodrilo restaurant on Bonaire marina open for lunch.  It being lunchtime in off-season, we weren’t allowed to sit in the main restaurant overlooking the sea and the area we were in was more functional than pleasant, but the paella was delicious!

This route isn’t short on refreshment options: there’s the famous (but expensive) café at the lighthouse and plenty of options in both Puerto Pollensa and Alcúdia.


Bar S'illot, La Victoria cycling route, Pollensa BayBar S’Illot on the La Victoria cycling route
Paella at La Cocrodillo restaurant, Pollensa bay, MallorcaPaella from Restaurante Cocodrilo
Cocodrillo restaurant serves excellent paella for cyclistsRestaurante Cocodrilo

Accommodation

Staying in Puerto Pollensa, cycling routes are plentiful but if you get accommodation anywhere on Pollensa Bay/Alcúdia Bay, you’ll be well positioned for this ride.

We’ve written a where to stay guide for cyclists on Mallorca – this has got lots more information on the different towns.

Our ultimate guide to Mallorca has details of where we stayed when we visited.

Tips

Read our tips for cycling in Mallorca before you set out.

Goats, sheep and traffic abound. Take care. To minimise the likelihood of traffic, go first thing in the morning while everyone else is still at the breakfast buffet.

We found the road surface up to the Pepperpot was in poor condition. Extra care and attention is needed, especially on the descent.

Little rockfalls and road debris are part of cycling in mountains (even in Mallorca!). You need to expect them and know how to avoid them.

We’ve read Talaia d’Albercutx is a fantastic place to watch sunrise and, particularly when there’s a full moon, sunset. Have you done this? Let us know in the comments below!

People on the Cap de Formentor cycling climbExpect pedestrians after the barrier on the Talaia d’Albercutx (Pepperpot) climb
Dubious road surface on the road to pepperpot from the cap de formentor mallorca cycle routeWe found that the road surface up to the Pepperpot was in poor condition
Rock falls on the road on La Victoria peninsula, on the Pollensa cycling routeRock debris on the road out to La Victoria

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  • Check out our ultimate guide to cycling Mallorca and other articles on Mallorca, below.

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