• Distance 5 km
  • Elevation gain 260m
  • Difficulty
  • Epic rating

The Puig de Randa climb in Mallorca is also known as the Santuari de Cura climb, Puig de Cura or just Cura. Cura is what the signposts on the climb say, and this reference is due to the fact that at the top of the hill you find Mallorca’s first monastery, built in the 13th Century.

It’s an iconic cycling climb because, like the significantly more famous Mont Ventoux, it stands alone on a plain. It’s got a weather station on top too! However, that’s where the similarities with Ventoux end: Puig Randa is a relatively easy climb at around 4.5km long with an average gradient just under 5% (according to ridewithgps – the signpost said 5.6%).

Unlike many of Mallorca’s best cycling climbs, the Randa climb is not in the Serra Tramuntana but is instead in the middle of the island. If you prefer easy riding, with the odd challenge, why not try a loop that includes Randa monastery as well as San Salvador and even Betlem: three monasteries in one ride?! Check out our route suggestions that incorporate Randa below.

Also, it’s worth noting that while this review concentrates on the better-known northern ascent, we’ve also checked out the southern approach up the Randa climb. More details below.

All metrics in this article are approximate.

Puig de Randa climb, Mallorca: highlights

The panoramic view from the Monasterio/Santuari de Cura is the undisputed highlight of this ride. The top of the climb is the highest point for miles around and, on a clear day, offers views far across the island.

Smooth roads for cyclist climbing to Santuari de Cura MallorcaRoad winding to summit of Puig de Randa
View to the south of Randa/Cura climbWhat a view!
View from outside Santuari de Cura Mallorca at sunset with cyclist in foregroundSunset at the summit, outside the Santuari de Cura Mallorca

Route notes

1. Randa to 1 km before the summit: 0-4 km

The climb begins from the small village of Randa, which is just off the Ma-5010 between Llucmajor and Algaida.

The Ma-5018 from Randa takes you all the way to the top of the climb. While it’s not a wide motorway of a road, it’s also not as narrow as some you may have ridden (we’re thinking of the roads to San Salvador or Betlem for example). There’s a centreline in the road and it’s actually not that unrealistic! There’s also less in the way of the perilous drop-offs you find on other climbs.

There are a few steep ramps at the start (10%) through the village and out onto the main climb, but then it settles down to a more cyclist friendly 5-6%.

The road is cut into a hillside that’s covered with trees, bushes and light scrub; the scenery is nice, but not out of this world.

The irregular switchbacks wind up the hill. Some of them are deeply cut into unusual horizontal rock formations (sorry, we’re not geologists so can’t say much more than that!).

The map shows that you pass turnings to Santuario de Gràc​​​​ia and Ermita Sant Honorat, but we didn’t see them from the road.


Climbing to Monasterio de Cura near the base of the Puig Randa climbNear the bottom of the climb
Cyclists on the Mallorca Randa climbRanda is a popular cycling climb
Corners cut into the rock on the way up to Santuari de Cura MallorcaTurns cut into craggy yellow rock

2. 1 km from the summit to the summit: 4-5 Km

You come around a wide left-hand turn and suddenly get a stunning view across the island; it sweeps away before your eyes with the odd mountain in the far distance. It’s a dramatic sight.

In the last few hundred metres, you come to the weather stations and the large golf ball (which we assume is a radar station) that you’ll probably have spotted on your way up. It feels odd to find these in such a tranquil location, but they’re strangely impressive.

You glide the last couple of hundred metres to the Santuario de Cura at the summit.

Make sure you head into the Santuario courtyard. It’s a vast, interesting building – plus there are more great views to be had from the other side.


Communications masts on Puig de Randa MallorcaNearing the Randa summit
Fantastic views!
Cyclist admiring view over sunset over MallorcaSunset from the Randa monastery summit

Café stops

The monastery restaurant serves coffee, cake and more substantial meals too. There’s also a hotel, so you can even stay should you wish.

There are a couple of restaurants in Randa too.


Cafe restaurant at summit of Puig de Randa mallorca
Monastery de Cura Randa and hotel
Puig de Randa climb cafe/restaurant at the Randa/Cura monastery

Accommodation

As Puig Randa is in the centre of Mallorca, it’s quite a ride from Port Pollença or Alcùdia. We did a loop from Alaró that worked well. You can check it out and get the GPX file here (details of a loop from Port Pollença are below).

Take a look at more of our accommodation suggestions in our ultimate guide to Mallorca.

Alternatively, our guide on where to stay guide for cyclists on Mallorca should help you narrow down the best town for you.

Tips

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

The large car park is indicative of the number of visitors this monastery gets (it’s not just day-trippers to the monastery, the area is very popular with walkers too). On our ride up one late afternoon in November, we were overtaken by a fleet of racing Fiats!

We found the road in fairly good condition; perhaps slightly less perfect than some of the climbs in Mallorca, but good by UK standards.

Alternative route up Puig de Randa (the southern climb)

Should you want a harder and quieter alternative route, you can try the southern approach to Puig de Randa via Cami Vell de Gràcia or Cami d’Es Putxets.

The first part of this route is through woodland on wonderful classic switchback roads that are narrow and therefore not really suitable for cars. This makes this route much quieter than the more popular northern approach.

As you can see from this ridewithgps.com route map, the route soon joins the Ma-5018 and the remainder of the climb is the same.

The gradients before you hit the Ma-5018 average around 8-12%.

Our suggestion: take this southern road up and the wider, straighter northern route down.

Cyclist climbing Mallorca's Puig de Randa climb by bike Climbing the quieter southern road up Puig de Randa
Puid de Randa Mallorca with cyclists from the southThe back road to the climb up the southern side of Randa
Cyclist in orange cycling up Mallorca's Puig de Cura climb from the southLots of fun on the quieter southern ascent of Randa

 

Want to include Randa in a loop ride?

We really enjoyed this ride from our base in Alaró. It took in the velodrome at Sineu, Randa, San Salvador and lots of beautiful small Mallorcan road in this loop (link takes you to ridewithgps.com route where you can download a GPX file).

Meanwhile, this route is a loop from Port de Pollença. We haven’t done it but it’s been recommended to us. Again, the link takes you to ridewithgps.com.

Done this ride or planning to do it?

We’d love to hear from you. Please comment below.

Don’t miss our other ride guides on rides on Mallorca: our San Salvador and Betlem guides are probably the obvious starting point, but we’ve got loads of other suggestions – see the related rides section above.

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

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Clare Dewey is a road cyclist with a passion for travel. She set up epicroadrides.com to help make it easy for road cyclists to explore new places by bike.

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