Its landscapes, wonderful beaches, charming
, the Mediterranean sea, its peaceful winds, quiet atmosphere and kind people, high quality healthcare, great connections with the rest of the island... Not to mention, the hotels specially designed for practicing any kind of sport. These factors make northern Majorca one of the best places for international tourism, but especially for outdoor sports lovers. harbours
According to the official published figures, Sports tourism is one of the best consolidated in Majorca, as well as in many
destinations in Spain (only national touristic ). More than 2,3 million Spanish tourism travel just to practice sports on their holidays. The number of international travellers coming to Spain for this reason is even higher: more than 9 millions a year. Most of them stay at golf hotels in Chiclana, golf hotels in Isla Canela and top hotels in northern Majorca. More than half are men and tourism expenditure in Spain exceed 10 million euros. travellers
In the Balearic Islands, more than 2 millions of visitors come to the islands to practice sports. This figure keeps growing continuously. Cycle tourism is also growing in Majorca and particularly on the north coast of Majorca. Hiking is also really popular in Menorca and Ibiza is one of the
destinations for sailing lovers, as well as Palma de Mallorca, hosting world-famous regattas such as favourite or Princess Sofia Trophy sponsored by IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts. Majorca stands out on golf tourism and cycling, even attracting international teams on their seasonal trainings in the island. King’s Cup
If we look at the growing trend of these sports segments in Majorca, we can see that the pioneer was golf tourism, including 5-star hotels surrounded by exclusive golf courses of 18 holes all over the island, designed by some of the most world prestigious golf figures: Son Vida and Son Antem (near the capital, Palma), Calvia coast (Golf Bendinat, near Grand Hotel Portals Nous, one of the most exclusive hotels in Europe inaugurated this season; Golf Santa Ponsa…).
the north of the island, there are some of the most popular golf courses such as Golf Puntiro, in Sineu; On Golf and Golf Son Servera, both in Cala Ratjada; Golf Alcanada in Alcudia; and Golf Pollensa. Pula
Many 4-star hotels are now committed to sports due to cycle tourism popularity. Many hotels in Alcudia and Can Picafort, such as the hotels in Son Baulo by Ferrer Hotels, are committed to offering facilities and services to meet athletes needs: bicycle repair shops, specialized shop, cyclist menus, special rooms… A good example are the hotels in Playa de Muro managed by IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts. Garden Hotels has its own athlete travel packages: Garden Experience and Protur Hotels offer special deals and services for athletes.
Most of these hotel chains have decided
to join forces businesses or international companies specialized in cycle tourism, thus benefiting the island’s complementary offer, making it grow thanks to the hotels nearby. Step by step, as the variety of sports with private local practice increases, hotels offering athlete services increase too. New hotel concepts have travellers as spa hotels, which apart from sport areas include wellness and athlete special care. emerged such
Taking a closer look at the sports
profile and his traveller in Majorca, we can see that the average stay is often not as high as family behaviour in summer (usually between 2 and 3 weeks) but similar to getaway, short break and constituency week visitors: about 9 days. Daily expenditure is more than 100 euros and keeps growing, as there are more and more customized products and services that meet their needs. travellers
The travel planning changes. Travelling with kids is very time consuming and it is really difficult to combine both children and intense sports day or island tours. However, many group travels are organized, leading to high occupancy at certain times of the year like spring or early autumn, previously offering low-occupancy.
remains a major concern. Seasonality
, thus institutions and public administrations in Majorca (and Spain) are committed to the cause, creating cycle tourism and hiking tours, diving, surfing, sailing, kite surfing areas deseasonalization particularly in northern Majorca. …
Alcudia, Pollensa, Playa de Muro, Can Picafort, Son Serra and Formentor Cape surroundings are some of the best sports tourism areas in northern Majorca. Their natural beauty makes them different from any other Mediterranean destination. They offer high quality services for
and they travellers with the capital, main are perfectly connected in the island and the airport (within 50 minutes by car). harbours
The official Tourism website of the Balearic Islands points out that the quality of the environment is one of the best advantages of practicing several sports. Cycle tourism is really popular and all those who practice this sport stand out that Majorca has an excellent network of roads for bicycles and other vehicles. 675 of the 1275 kms of roads in Majorca, are secondary and town roads, where you can ride
. In addition, according to the regional government, 20% of these roads are mountain trails: Serra de Tramuntana, which is not just a unique place in the world declared a protected World Heritage Site, but the perfect place for cyclists and mountaineers. freely
the administrative commitment is high in this sense, as well as the awareness among residents and visitors, so the number of accidents is low compared to the number of cyclists visiting the island every year. remain but
Some of the best routes are the Green olive tree tour (across some towns like Selva, Caimari, Mancor de la Vall…), Port de Pollensa to
tour (one of the longest as it crosses the island from the north to the south), the tour of Campos , Sencelles, Algaida, Llucmajor… Inca
Recommendations concerning cycle
in Majorca: tourism tours
- Wear reflective clothes to increase the visibility of the bike and the cyclist, especially in the dark.
- Wearing a helmet is mandatory in all intercity roads
the island. in seat can only be occupied by children under the age of 7 and must be perfectly Children’s . standardised
- Group riding is not allowed
Majorca roads: just pace line riding or in two parallel pace lines. In dangerous areas, just pace line riding is allowed. in
- Riding on sidewalks, highways and motorways
. is not allowed
- Drinks and food are essential in non-stops long journeys.
- Sun protection is essential and avoid early afternoon hours, as in Majorca temperatures are really high in summer during those hours.