MALLORCA CYCLING - CALVIA, PUIGPUNIENT, GALLILEA

This tour is taking you through the beautiful landscapes in the Calvia area, not far from the tourist resorts of Palma Nova, Magaluf and Santa Posa. If you come from Peguera, there is a road to Capdella, and you can start from  there. Else getting to Calvia is no problem, just look at the map and follow the road signs.

In Calvia turn right. The road sign show  Puigpunient. Soon you are leaving Calvia again and the trip continues on a narrow country road. There is only little traffic on this road. 4 Km. down you will see a road leading right. This road takes you over the Na Burguesa hills and back to Palma de Mallorca near Genova. It is quite a climb uphill though, but then you are rewarded with a great view over the bay of Palma.

On this trip however we continue straight on, and after an other 5 Km. you get to the junction Palma, Establisament, Puigpunient. Here turn left.

After 6 Km. you enter Puigpunient. There is a restaurant on the corner just as you enter town. Also there is a public swimming pool ( only opened July August). The restaurant serves a "menu del dia" for 6.00 Euro, Monday through Friday.

From Puigpunient follow the road sign to Gallilea. Now it is 4 Km, up hill. As you get to Gallilea, head for the church square. Here is a small cafeteria for refreshments. They can make a P'am Oli as well, but don't count on it. More often than not they have no more bread.

Gallilea is the highest point on the route. 400 meters above sea level. There is a fantastic view over the Mediterranean sea from here. The village of Gallilea is worth having a look at as well.

Next stop is Es Capdella 7 Km. down hill, on a quiet road. You are getting a lot of great views on the way down.

In Es Capdella, there are several possibilities. Take the road to Andratx. The road to Peguera, or as we did, back to Calvia. After 3 Km. You are back in Calvia.

As You enter Calvia there is a alternative road down to the coast. On your right look for the sign "Cementary". That is a narrow country road with very little traffic, leading to Santa Ponsa. The pavement is a bit rough however, but it is asphalt all the way. You arrive Santa Ponsa in the industrial area at a round about. Head right and eventually you get to the mill of Santa Ponsa.

If you are coming in reverse direction, from Santa Ponsa to Calvia, and you want to find this road, then as you get to the round about in the industrial area (pass the BP gas station) take the road named " Cami de Son Pillot". There is a road marked "Calvia" as well. That has better pavement, but also more traffic.

Once back at the mill in Santa Ponsa, you can head in all directions. The main road back to Palma Nova has heavy traffic, but also a 1 meter wide hard shoulder you can use. After 2 Km. you get to the bicycle path connecting El Toro with Palma Mallorca, and you are safe.

Many places in the resorts of Magaluf, Palma Nova and Santa Ponsa it is possible to rent bicycles. Just remember the climb to Gallilea is not for the inexperienced. It is hard work, that you should not attempt during summer heat.

Besides this trip is enjoyable on any wheels, and it is a lot easier if you have 50 cc. to push you along.  

From the start in Palma Nova Looking down over Palma Nova
Up Hill towards Calvia Calvia in sight
Arrived in Calvia Leaving Calvia
Leaving Calvia 3 Km.mark The road to Palma
Junction Palma Calvia Puigpunient Puigpunient arrival
Cyclists in Puigpunient Uphill to Gallilea
From Gallilea Excursionists in Gallilea
Cafeteria in Gallilea Leaving Gallilea
Looking down to Capdella Arriving Capdell
Back in Calvia Landscapes around Calvia
The mill outside Santa Ponsa Back in Palma Nova
 
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