MALLORCA CYCLING - BUNYOLA, ORIENT, ALARO

This tour is on of the most popular among cyclists. Also suited for motorcycling, or for a leisure trip in car. The main attraction is the stretch between Bunyola, Orient and onwards. Our trip started in Sta. Maria, in the centre of town. Leaving Sta Maria it is flat country and a easy drive to Bunyola. Just follow the road signs. Here a stop can be made and sit in the sun on the church square, where tables and chairs are ready. If time permits then Bunyola is an interesting small village to have a look at. It was founded about 1000 years ago, during Arab rulers . Sta. Maria to Bunyola is 9 Km.

From here a narrow road is winding up the mountain towards Orient.
You need to climb 300 meters, over 8 Km. There is plenty to look at under way. You are passing some of the most charming landscapes of Mallorca. Bunyola to Orient is 10 Km.

In Orient, a church and 20 houses, there is a chance to have a rest again. Then the trip continues towards Alaro. To the left you see the large Finca, Sollerich. To the right you have the high cliffs of Alaro Castle. Shortly before Alaro the road is dividing, and your fellow cyclists will head in all directions. We however passed through the small town of Alaro, and after having a break on the church square in the sun, we took the road back to Sta. Maria. Orient to Alaro is 10 Km. Alaro to Sta. Maria is 7 Km.

Additional info
Alaro: Hotel Can Tiu welcome the tour cyclist looking for a place to spend the night. Calle Petit No 11. Tel.: +34 971510974 Fax.: +34 971510974 Closed January and 15 July to 15 August. Double room 26.00 Euro, pro person . Individual is 36.00 Euro. Breakfast included. 1.00 Euro each bike in addition. Rates from year 2003.
 

From the centre of Santa Maria Popular watering  hole on the square
Leaving Sta. Maria Next stop Bunyola, the church square
The street gets very narrow leaving Bunyola Now up hill towards Orient
Towards Orient The plain around Orient
Orient pit stop Orient,  main street
Orient, looking back Finca Sollerich
Alaro, towards center of town Alaro, church square
 
 Leaving Alaro, looking back towards the mountains  
 

Hotel Delta: Ctra.Cabo Blanco Km.6,4 has a lot to offer. It is situated out side the main tourist area of Es Arenal. This mean you avoid the boring ride back to your hotel after your tour. Here you are right in the cycle sport heartland. Tel.: +34 971 786 135 Fax.:  +34 971 786 143 More about Hotel Delta - Click here  Alcudia is an other place where there is a lot of bicycle activity.
 

There are many books about bicycling on Mallorca. One however is written by local cyclist, and it is very good for the travel cyclist, who like to keep the cost down. The book is written by Boro Miralles and Paco Tortosa. They know all about it.  400 pages, all the details.  The book may not yet be in English. The ISBN No. is 84-95-473-11-9  Edition Turisme Cultural Illes Balear and Sa Nostra, Obra Social and Cultural Print by Editorial Rey Sol Sa.  Try and ask your local book shop.

 
 
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