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From the Plain to the ‘Wild Coast’

Mallorca's rolling plain & the original Costa Brava
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  About Majorca >Majorca is distinctly Mediterranean in character, both in its ways of life and its landscapes. What is most astonishing is the variety of scenery on such a relatively small island. At its heart lies a gently rolling plain whose almond groves provide a beautiful display of blossom each spring. This is bordered to the south and east by the hills which frame the island’s rugged, lesser-known coastline, while to the north rises the Tramuntana Sierra, whose craggy limestone peaks plunge into the sea. Aleppo pines, holm oaks, olives, carob and orange trees predominate, the latter bearing their main crop in January. The island’s gastronomy is excellent, the sea providing a range of fish – one of the most popular of which is sea-bass, sometimes baked in rock-salt – and seafood. Savour dishes such as caldereta de sambfaina, a lobster casserole; sopa mallorquina, made with bread, garlic and leeks; the ratatouille-style tumbet; and llom amb col – pork and pine nuts wrapped in cabbage leaves.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
  • rewarding cycling amongst richly varied landscapes
  • hotels of character, all with a pool
  • the quiet face of Mallorca


South of the Tramuntana Sierra lies Es Pla, the profoundly rural and gently undulating central plain of Mallorca. Its fertile red soil contrasts sharply with the deep green of the carob trees and the pale almond blossom which lights up the area each spring. Hundreds of small farmsteads, dotted about the plain, are connected by a network of tracks and lanes. These are perfect for two-wheeled meanderings, as you make your way gradually towards the dramatic headlands and quiet coves of the north-east coast of the island.

Cycling along the lovely quiet country roads with plenty of time to look at the surroundings, take photos and soak in the views – this really was an excellent holiday.
     
Mrs Turnbull, Peterborough

This highly praised route leads you from the fertile central plain to the more undulating north-eastern corner of the island where the coast is the original ‘Costa Brava’ lined with secret bays and rocky coves. You cycle through ravishing landscapes along quiet country lanes and stay in a converted town house and two country estates of very high quality along the way. With two nights at each, you can spend your 'free' days following our circuits or just relaxing in the sunshine – the choice is entirely yours!

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 14 14 15 17 21 25 28 28 26 22 18 15
mm 72 59 61 63 41 20 12 32 67 106 97 84

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

The almond groves are in blossom in February and early March, a time which also sees many spring flowers starting to appear.