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Mallorca ride: Cala Millor to San Salvador

Dalio_GDalio_G Posts: 5
edited September 2018 in Tour & expedition
Hi all - first post and a bit of a cycling newbie. Started in April and have fallen head over heels!

Looking for some advice. I'm heading over to Mallorca next week for a family holiday and want to squeeze a ride in. I see that San Salvador is one of Mallorca's iconic climbs so would like to give it a shot. I'm staying in Cala Millor.

Has anyone cycled from Cala Millor to San Salvador? If so, can you suggest any bike safe routes? I'm comfortable cycling on the roads, however would prefer to avoid the mega busy transport links.

Any advice, hints or tips you can give would be massively appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    Just stay off the Ma15 if you can help it. The Mallorcines are very used to cyclists and generally are very accomodating.

    If you plot CM to SS on gmaps (bike option: https://goo.gl/maps/a6nAPzjYRaB2) that should see you right. There is a bit that isn't covered by street view so no idea what the surface is. Probably sealed tbh.

    Loop back via Porto Cristo for a pint at the marina. A lovely afternoon out.
  • Peat wrote:
    Just stay off the Ma15 if you can help it. The Mallorcines are very used to cyclists and generally are very accomodating.

    If you plot CM to SS on gmaps (bike option: https://goo.gl/maps/a6nAPzjYRaB2) that should see you right. There is a bit that isn't covered by street view so no idea what the surface is. Probably sealed tbh.

    Loop back via Porto Cristo for a pint at the marina. A lovely afternoon out.

    Many thanks for this - great advice! Really looking forward to the ride :D
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    If you can squeeze 2x rides in, the Betlem Monastery is one of my favorites down that end of the island: https://goo.gl/maps/zovHaHqc5Mv
  • Peat wrote:
    If you can squeeze 2x rides in, the Betlem Monastery is one of my favorites down that end of the island: https://goo.gl/maps/zovHaHqc5Mv

    Excellent! Which would you say is better?
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    I've not been to San Salvador. It looks pretty good. I'll go next time i'm over.
  • Peat wrote:
    I've not been to San Salvador. It looks pretty good. I'll go next time i'm over.

    Ok! Thanks again for all your advice. Much appreciated.
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  • crescentcrescent Posts: 1,088
    edited September 2018
    I'm in Cala Millor this week and did a bit of a recce this afternoon to find the road to the Betlem Monastery. A bit tricky navigating through Arta but found it eventually. Looks like a nice climb, I only went far enough to know I was on the right road and will come back and revisit later in the week, time* permitting.
    Cala Millor is nice but not in the same league as other parts of the Island for cycling. There's another decent wee climb on the road out to Canyamel. Just before the tunnel there's a small road that takes you up and over the hill. A bit of a mini (very mini) Coll de Soller.

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  • crescentcrescent Posts: 1,088
    Just did the monastery climb today. It's excellent, definitely worth a go if you're in the area. In keeping with my Mallorca in miniature theme, this is mini Sa Calobra. Stunning views - as far as Cap de Formentor - and loads of hairpins to negotiate. Road surface could be better but easily doable on a road bike - properly surfaced but just a bit rough in places. A hidden gem 8)
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  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    Glad you liked it. Very much miniature, especially in road width!
    I usually stay in Port d'Pollenca so it's a bit of a schlep over from there, but I was certainly pleased to have ridden it. I like Arta as a town too.
  • crescentcrescent Posts: 1,088
    Ha ha, yes, the road is like a Scalextric track ...only narrower. The white line down the middle seems a bit unnecessary as there is only about 3 feet either side of it. Arta is lovely too. A bit of a maze to negotiate but a nice place to visit if, like me, you also need to find non cycling activities to partake in. Great morning on the bike and a nice lunch and wander round the town with the Mrs afterwards.
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    Edit - "Unless it's a BMX"
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