So beautiful it inspired the likes of Miró, Chopin, and Robert Graves, Mallorca draws us in with its superb biking and hiking, heavenly produce, and characterful country hotels.

The largest of the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain, Mallorca is a paradise for adventurous holidaymakers, foodies and, perhaps above all, cyclists. The island has become a spring training ground for professional cyclists who love the 420-mile network of quiet secondary roads, which feature generally smooth pavement and cover diverse terrain as they pass through the UNESCO World Heritage Tramuntana Mountains, olive and wine groves, historic villages and farmland.

Of course, there’s much more to the island than riding. The coastline is dotted with picturesque secluded beaches, the capital Palma boasts great art galleries and restaurants, and the hiking rivals some of the best in the world. Our favourite accommodations are at Son Brull, which is well located near the picturesque town of Pollensa, the Formentor Peninsula, and close proximity to the flats outside of Palma; contemporary Castell Son Claret and the more classic Gran Hotel Son Net both positioned in the scenic countryside at the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains; and, up on the north coast in the chic and artsy hilltop village of Deià, the excellent La Residencia, another haven of quiet luxury.

East of Mallorca lies the smaller and quieter Balearic Island of Menorca. With rolling countryside, whitewashed villages, dense forests, and pristine beaches, it is no wonder that it was declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1993.  Some of our favourite properties include newly opened Cugó Gran and Torralbenc Hotel.  In addition to great biking, you can hike or horseback ride the 186km long Cami de Cavalls coastal trail, kayak along deserted beaches and caves, meander through historic Ciutadella and Mahón, or shop for local luxury leather goods and shoes.

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Your gang did a great job. The climbs were tough but rewarding.
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