This route incorporates the Coll de Sa Batalla and the Coll de Femenia and is a classic Mallorca cycling route.
You ride from Port de Pollença through the quiet interior of Mallorca and into the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Serra Tramuntana. You then climb up Col de Sa Batalla and sail down Col de Femenia. You also have your pick of top-notch coffee stops.
In terms of difficulty, you can make it what you want – for fast riders, the loop without Sa Calobra would be a good rest day ride, or you could toughen it up by adding Sa Calobra.
For those looking for easier cycling in Mallorca, it’s an excellent introduction to cycling in the mountains.
All metrics in this article are approximate.
The Sa Batalla (or Bataia as it’s also known) climb is brilliant, as is the Coll de Femenia descent.
We think this is in our top few cycling routes on Mallorca – and that’s saying something!
1. Port de Pollença to “Campanet lane” (Cami Vell de Pollença on the map): 0-14km
To be honest, the start of this ride is a bit boring! It’s flat, along a two lane road (MA2200) and there can be a headwind.
If you’re in the right frame of mind, it makes a great warm up.
2. “Campanet lane” to Caimari: 14-30km
This is where the fun starts!
Campanet lane, as it’s nicknamed, is a quiet, single track road through the countryside.
It’s a good place to spot some amazing villas (and check out the enormous Buddha’s head in the middle of a field!). The terrain is pretty flat.
3. Caimari to summit of Sa Batalla: 30-39km
A gradual climb to the top with a 5% gradient that lets you get into a rhythm and enjoy the ride. There are spectacular views towards the top. Take a look at our detailed Sa Batalla climb guide for more information.
4. Summit of Sa Batalla via Coll de Femenia to Port de Pollença: 39-66 km
It’s an easy rolling section for about 7 km before the descent of the Coll de Femenia begins.
And what a descent it is, with wide-open roads allowing good visibility. If you want it, you can build up some serious speed on the super smooth tarmac surface. Just watch out for wildlife!
Want to tailor this ride?
- If you want to up the epic factor, you’re in prime position to tackle Mallorca’s most famous climb, the Sa Calobra, once you get to the top of Sa Batalla.
There are some great cafés to choose from:
Sa Tafona, on the outskirts of Caimari (on the left as you head up Coll de Sa Batalla, Carretera Lluc, Km. 6, 07314 Caimari). The almond cake is delicious. It’s also a good place to stock up on gifts – amazing olive oil, salt etc.
Sa Ruta Verda, in Caimari (62 Nuestra Senora de Lluc, 07314 Caimari). Their juices, cake and homemade energy bars get rave reviews. They also have basic cycling facilities: a cycle stand and tools.
Coll de Sa Bataia café, next to the Repsol garage at the top of the Sa Batalla climb. A café with a long history of serving cyclists and a reputation for excellent cakes.
For other ideas, check out our post on Mallorca’s best cafés. And, if you’re travelling out of season, bear in mind that the refreshment stops mentioned here might be closed.
We did this loop from Hotel Illa d’Or in Port de Pollença. It’s a great hotel, with a good bike room and tools available, plus attractive pool and spa. We’d certainly stay again.
Our ultimate guide to Mallorca contains more about our Hotel Illa d’Or experience plus other hotel suggestions.
Also, our best towns for cyclists article should help you narrow down the best town for you.
You can build up some serious speed descending Coll de Femenia, and it’s quite common for goats to hop out onto the road. Take care!
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