Cycling Spain’s Mallorca and Menorca

Bring a folding bicycle to Spain’s Mediterranean islands

I’ve just returned from a one-month, bike-accompanied trip to Spain and Portugal. Originally I intended to leave my bike behind and use the Barcelona Bicing bike share but research revealed that it’s not available to tourists! I couldn’t bear the thought of going that long without two-wheeled transportation.

But a full-sized bike can cost up to $300 USD to bring aboard a plane…each way.

The solution is to bring a folding bike, of course. I borrowed a 16-inch wheeled Dahon Piccolo folding bicycle that fell within airline weight and size restrictions when fully collapsed.

From Barcelona, I rolled the folding bike aboard the Accione Trasmediterranea ferry to cycle Mallorca and then smaller Menorca island. Both islands are part of Spain’s Balearic Islands group and stunning to ride.

Cycling Mallorca highlights:

  • Traffic-separated, 20-kilometre bike path along the water’s edge from the Mallorca town port of Palma to the beach region of S’Arenal.
  • Excellent cycle-tourism advice and maps at Ciclo Quintana pro bike shop.
  • Flat, rural, laneway routes to the village of Llucmajor, then passing the black cliffs of Cap Blanc.

Cycling Menorca highlights:

  • Water’s-edge cafes in the port of Mahon (or Maó—the birthplace of mayonnaise).
  • Easy-to-follow ciclo-tourism signs, maps, and routes.
  • The Cami de Cavalls—an ancient horse trail that still circles the entire island of Menorca.
  • Winding laneways that connect tiny, isolated beaches between Cala de Binidali and Punta Prima (Menorca’s south-eastern coastline).

View photos of cycling the Balearic Islands (70 photos on flickr.com).

Dahon folding bicycle in Menorca, Spain
Near Mahon, port city of the Spanish island of Menorca

 

2 comments

  1. Great tip! I’m finding that since I want to do more trips on other continents the shipping options are even more important. I’m also thinking a different kind of travel bike – a folding tour bike, or a regular bike with a a break-apart frame (S&S couplers) would be a good thing to consider.

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