Sports & Outdoor Activities
300 days of sunshine, pleasant temperatures and a perfect infrastructure make every sportsman's heart beat faster.
Who wouldn't want to swap the pool of a Mallorca property for a bike, running shoes and kayak?
A piece of Mallorca for every athlete
Mallorca and sport - this perfect combination was discovered early on, at least by cyclists and golfers. For years, tens of thousands of professionals and amateurs have been pedalling on the island in spring, forming their own tourism sector and enlivening the low season. Golfers strengthen quality tourism and find variety and magnificent holes with sea views on 21 golf courses; often framed by stunning Mallorca properties.
Summer belongs to the water sports enthusiasts. Then it gets colourful and lively in the waves, when canoe rowers, stand-up paddlers, swimmers and divers share the cool water. Even in high season, everyone can find a spot for their passion along the 550 km coastline. And for a sundowner, head to your Mallorca property's own pool.
But Mallorca and sport are also being discovered by more and more hikers, who breathe life into the Tramuntana mountains, especially in the low season. It is not only spry pensioners on holiday who climb the peaks of thousands, locals and families are also drawn to the mountains. They are looking for relaxation, tranquillity and are rewarded with spectacular views.
And so the list of activities could go on... But we would like to present just a few sporting opportunities on Mallorca and reveal the most beautiful places for them. Some of them are almost unknown, but all of them combine the desire for movement in dreamlike nature.
CYCLING IN MALLORCA
The fact that Mallorca, sport and cycling belong together is no longer an insider tip. Around 150,000 cyclists come to Mallorca every year and have become an important branch of the economy. Especially in spring, colourful throngs of cyclists stream up the mountain passes, enjoying the patience of local motorists and calling entire regions their stomping grounds. The flat and long bay of Alcudia belongs to the kilometre sharks, the mountainous southwest is reserved for the connoisseurs.
Around 20 years ago, cycling tourism was born on Mallorca. At that time, it was mainly groups of men who rode across the island on rather bumpy tracks. Mallorca recognised the opportunity and reacted: Today, large parts of the island are optimally developed, a true dream for racing bike fans and the proportion of women is already 35 percent. And the trend is rising.
But a new trend is also vying for attention: cycling tours with e-bikes, whether in guided groups or on your own. With assisted cycling, even the untrained can easily cover up to 60 daily kilometres, climb mountain passes and usually have more of an eye for the beautiful nature.
Our tip for a cycling excursion: A beautiful tour for everyone, whether with e-bike, racing bike or city bike, leads from Es Capdella downhill through the "Green Valley" to Paguera. From here, the "Passeig de Mallorca" cycle path, which connects Paguera with Palma, points the way to Santa Ponsa. At the characteristic windmill, the path leads back along the old road with little traffic to Calvia and Es Capdella. The beautiful loop can be ridden comfortably in 4 hours with stops and breaks and leads along roads and cycle paths with little traffic. On the only notable climb from Paguera to Costa de la Calma, the bike can be pushed, depending on your condition. This cycling trip is especially recommended during the almond blossom season.
RUNNING IN MALLORCA
Mallorca is a running island. Locals and tourists alike rush along the promenades until late into the night and put their skills to the test at numerous running events.
The most famous international running event is the Palma Marathon, which runs through the old town and along the seafront. Few professionals have an eye for the yachts and monuments, but hobby runners appreciate the varied route. The marathon, half-marathon and a children's race take place on two days. Numerous supporting events take place on the marathon weekend.
Our tip for running enthusiasts: The "Venice Beach of Mallorca" is probably the most popular running route on the island. From Portixol to Can Pastilla, the route runs along the sea promenade. Pedestrians, skaters, cyclists and runners share the path, which can be continued all the way to Palma.
HIKING IN MALLORCA
Did you know that the Tramuntana Mountains in Mallorca have held the UNESCO World Heritage designation since 2010? And that there are 13 peaks with a height of more than 1,000 metres? The highest mountain, the Puig Major, is 1,450 metres high. No wonder locals and tourists flock to the mountains. Most of the hiking trails are well signposted and offer fantastic sea views. But it doesn't always have to be a climb to the summit; an enjoyable walk with the family can also take you out into nature. For example, around Soller. Here, easy tours lead through orange groves and challenging paths up to the summit of LÓfre & Co.
Don't forget water and suncream!
CLIFF CLIMBING IN MALLORCA
Who would have thought it? Psicobloc, climbing without a belay on free rock, was born on Mallorca.
The coast is known worldwide by climbers, but the business of this sport is not very lucrative, although climbing is in fashion right now. The sport is beautiful, with adrenaline kicks and the best views. Beginners can try climbing quite safely on 2 to 3 metre high rock faces that drop straight down into the water. So does the climber, should he put a foot wrong. The risk here is so low that even children can try cliff climbing. After all, there is nothing better for little ones than falling into the water.
The coast in the southeast around Santanyi is ideal for cliff climbing.
CANYONING IN MALLORCA
Yes, this sport also exists on Mallorca! In winter, many gorges in the Tramuntana mountains fill with water, making them ideal for hiking, climbing, abseiling and swimming. All this is canyoning, a multi-action sport.
The ideal months for canyoning on Mallorca are from October to April, when there is plenty of rain. Then experienced guides lead their guests into the so-called "torrente", torrents in the limestone rock that have carved deep gorges over millions of years. Popular torrents are Torrente Coanegra, Torrente Na Mora and Torrente Sa Fosca. The latter is even among the top 10 canyons worldwide.
TENNIS IN MALLORCA
Tennis and padel are the favourite sports of the Mallorcans and one of the best players in the world calls the island his home: Rafael Nadal. The world-class player lives and trains near Manacor, where there is even a Nadal museum.
Almost every town has tennis/padel courts and tennis schools.
GOLF IN MALLORCA
Mallorca is a golfer's island. Everyone will find the perfect challenge on 21 first-class courses.