Mallorca is one of the most popular training islands for cyclists, triathletes and trail runners around the globe. For good reason. Mallorca has stunning views, great training facilities, 300 days of sunshine on so much more to offer at an affordable travel cost. There is a gazillion reasons to go to Mallorca and here are 10 reasons that will convince you to go if you have not been yet!
1. Mallorca has some of the most stunning cycling routes in Europe and offers anything from flat riding to some serious climbing or the rolling hills in between. Pick a tour that passes one of the many famous sights and climbs. Orient, Kloster Luc, Cap Formentor, San Salvador and many, many more. If you can’t get enough then check out the ‚Kuesten Klassiker‘ – a tour that takes you all the way from the beautiful fishing town of Port Andratx across the Tramuntana mountains.
Our Tip: Kloster Luc on a Sunday or prepare for some slower downhill riding.
2. If you are a triathlete or just enjoy having your family around or fancy some cross training there is plenty of great training resorts around. For example the Ferrer Hotels, Beach Club Font de Sacala or the Viva Blue offering wetsuit and bike rentals, swimming pools, bike maps, gyms and plenty of other services for your training camp. Of course staying at a beautiful Finca is a nice alternative on Mallorca but let’s face it – do you really wanna cook after a long day of training – go and attack the buffet instead.
Our tip: The Viva Blue Resort definitely has a rockin‘ buffet and is worth the extra Euros. Our favorite on the island.
3. There is a lot of great open water swimming spots that can easily be combined with some sightseeing.You can take the car to some rather isolated areas and just hit the water in the Alcudia area for a chance to catch up with some other athletes working on their open water skills.
Our tip: Bring your wetsuit as the water is still rather cold in April / May and take advantage of the early hours when the water is nice and calm.
4. The views on Mallorca are often simply spectacular. This one is looking from one of the riders favorites: Cap Formentor. The roads have been renewed recently and you are in for a real treat cycling up there. On a good day you might get a chance to pet the goat and take a selfie with it 😉 It might be worth bringing some bike lights for 2 reason. You are passing a short tunnel on the ride both ways and it is worth doing this ride in the later hours of the day to enjoy the ‚golden hour‘ and setting sun on the way back.
Our tip: Bring some change to reward yourself and your friends with a piece of cake and a coffee at the lighthouse restaurant at the Cap.
5. Skip the gym from time to time when you are on Mallorca and hit some trails or go scrambling in the Tramuntana. The views are spectacular and it will recharge your batteries and after all there is studies suggesting that the strength and core training of trail running and scrambling can replace a gym session.
Our tip: Pack a light back with some food and drinks as the nature around there invites you to spend way longer in the mountains than planned.
6. All the small villages show the true side of Mallorca. This is where the locals hang out. One of our favorites is Soller – a small village in the mountains on your way up Puig Major. Find some shade in the shadow and grab a fresh orange juice to recharge.
Our tip: Stop at the Sa Fabrica des Gelats for some wicked artisan ice cream
7. If you are a triathlete running is part of your training, as a cyclist it could be some good cross training for your spring camp and as a runner – well nothing to add to that. Mallorca offers and endless variety of running tracks both trail and road. Take advantage of the many trails and allow your deep tissue to work a bit if you are only running on roads at home but definitely don’t forget to stop and enjoy the views for a second. No matter if you are running in the mountains or enjoying a sunset run along the beachfront.
Our tip: If you are staying in the North-West make sure to run past some orange farms and grab a fresh orange to refresh – just don’t get caught 😉
8. It is for good reason that the pros come to Mallorca to train here as well. Follow their lead and take advantage of the perfect conditions. If you book the right times – preferably April-June and pick some of the places such as Ferrer or Viva Blue to stay at you might get a chance to train with some of the pros and pick their brains. One way or another. Even just seeing them is great motivation for your own training.
Our tip: The pros don’t bite. Don’t be afraid to ask them for tips & tricks but once it is dinner time they deserve a break. The dinner table is not the place to approach them. They won’t send you away but we would say the respect demands you give them some space.
9. Sunshine, did we mention the sunshine? Mallorca offers 300 sunshine days a year. We’ll take our chance and say that is worth the risk as a perfect training getaway.
Our tip: If you’ve been hanging out in winter and look as pale as a wall leave the vanity at home and bring some propper sunscreen. 30-50 is recommended for the first days but once you are used to the sun go to one of the many, many market squares and get a bocadillo from one of the local restaurants while tanning.
10. This shot was taken during Ironman Mallorca 2015 – just one of many, many sports events on the island. From trail crossings of the island, to cycling races and festivals to Ironman triathlon or smaller triathlon events. Mallorca offers and endless number of sporting events to either test your form towards the end of your training camp or to plan a vacation around your main season event. Time it right and you will be rewarded with sunsets like this one at the finish line or the well deserved cold beer after the race.
Our tip: bring your family and turn your race into a family vacation. From fishing villages, to art galleries, fincas, vineyards and great restaurants. Mallorca offers plenty not only for athletes but also for couples, kids and families. Take advantage of it and make Mallorca one of your favorite islands ever.
11. Ok we are adding a little bonus for all the young kids or everybody who just swims, bikes or runs for fun and with less ambition. Palma de Mallorca is offering a great party scene with fashion shows and classy parties away from the all so popular ‚Ballerman‘
Our tip: Make it a day in Palma. Start with late breakfast and coffee at Cappuccino, enjoy some shopping in the city, grab an afternoon snack at the harbor and then hit the party scene later at night but remember: It’s still Spain. Everything happens a little later on Mallorca.