A cycle tour to the romantic town of Artá
So far, I only know the asphalted main road from Palma to the east of the island. With the first cycling stage, I also get to know the narrower but very well asphalted paths next to the main roads. They led us into the interior of the island and past many palm trees and fincas in the direction of Artá. There are about 40 kilometres to go. With the map material provided by Eurobike, the route can be mastered effortlessly. We stop in Artá to admire the beautiful old town. Many steep narrow streets characterise the cityscape. However, the stage is mostly flat and runs inland past small villages with beautiful churches and chapels. A short rest here and there, and the beautiful tour through the island's countryside comes to an end. The bikes are parked in the well-secured bike storage room and the batteries are charged, because tomorrow the next day's tour is already waiting.
Trip to Cap des Pinar
We have chosen the stages in such a way that we do a longer cycle tour one day and a shorter one the next. That's flexibility - you don't necessarily have to stick to the planned centre-based tour.
So we travel through the east of the island, cycle through the quiet corners of the dreamy little towns and also pass small but wonderful sandy bays. At Cap des Pinar, we walk along the cliffs on a wooden construction and enjoy the magnificent view over the sea. The path there and back runs parallel to the Mediterranean and we take advantage of this to stop at one of the many cafés along the route. We drink Mallorcan wine and enjoy the sun's rays under a blue sky.
The caves of Artá
The cycling stage to the caves of Arta, the largest stalactite caves in Mallorca, and to Cap Vermell with its beautiful bays, takes us past almond and olive trees. Near the fortified tower Torre del Canyamel, we also see many flocks of sheep. So we often stop and watch the many young sheep in search of lush green grass, which is unfortunately very scarce now in late summer, or we make room when riders cross the path. In the warm late summer evening we return to our Hipotel Mediterraneo where a buffet dinner awaits us. We have another glass of wine to end the day.
Porto Cristo and the famous ‘Dragon Caves’
The excursion through the interior of the island and further along the steep coast into the harbour bay to Porto Cristo with its worth seeing old town and the famous Dragon Caves is another day trip of our tour. Unfortunately, the Dragon Caves are very crowded and we decide against a visit. We discover a restaurant directly at the harbour and I, as a passionate fisherman, of course can't help it: it can only be fish! Today we have "sardinas" - grilled sardines and a good Spanish beer to go with it. We have a great view of imposing yachts and small fishing boats and just enjoy the moment before heading back to Sa Coma.
The home of Rafael Nadal: Manacor
On the last day of the tour, we cycle over the gentle hills - no problem with the e-bikes - via Son Carrio to Manacor. On the way there, we see two workers shaking olive trees - it's olive harvest time. We park the bikes there and watch the work. We continue straight into Manacor. As a tennis fan, I know that one of the best tennis players in the world, Rafael Nadal, comes from here. So we quickly check Google Maps to find out where Nadal's tennis academy is. We leave our cycling route and cycle there. The disappointment is great when we learn from the doorman that Rafa is not there today. Well, back on the bike and back to the hotel along the beautiful cycle paths.