Mallorca is a delightful spot for indulging in all sorts of outdoor activities and sports whatever the season – spring, summer autumn or winter. Here we have already talked about the delights of diving, but there are many, many more activities on offer.
Mallorca is an island that is not just blessed by the sea; it also boasts mountains that are perfect for climbing, trekking or abseiling – there’s something for everyone, regardless of how fit you may (or may not) be. Excursions that are not overly exerting but which will take you through stunning scenery such as the so-called Volta del General, which starts at Banyalbufar and finishes at Port des Canonge, or the trails around the Galatzó estate, as well as other more challenging routes yet which boast unquestionable beauty, such as the famous Torrent de Pareis, or a daybreak climb up Puig de Massanella – experiences that nobody should miss.
When it comes to sports, sailing is undoubtedly Mallorca’s star sport – and not just in summer. You’ll find countless clubs ready to hire out boats of all types and sizes. A sailing trip around the coastline is the best way of discovering the beauty of this island in all its splendour, taking time to moor at picturesque harbours. And if you’re holidaying with the kids, then don’t miss the chance for them to learn to sail by signing them up for an Optimist or 420 course!
Golf is another outdoor sport you can enjoy on Mallorca; in fact this is one of its greatest tourist attractions. A round of golf set against a backdrop of unspoilt nature is a sheer delight. There are 25 courses scattered throughout the island, including Son Vida, designed by the legendary F.W. Wawtree and officially opened back in 1961 by Prince Rainier of Monaco. Other outstanding courses include Son Quint, Puntiró and Son Antem, to name but a few.
As Cyclists are already aware, Mallorca is the perfect destination for lovers of this sport. Mallorca has played host to numerous professional cyclists such as Stephen Roche (winner of the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the World Championship), who chose Mallorca on the advice of Miguel Indurain. Roche is quick to sing the praises of the island, “It’s easy to get hooked on Mallorca: the weather is great, the scenery is irresistible and it’s the perfect destination for cycle tourists and professionals”. During autumn and winter, the island becomes the training ground for Europe’s top teams, as it offers the ideal conditions. And if you’re one of the growing numbers of cycle tourists, then you’ll love the routes along the North Coast, which take you through towns such as Valldemossa, Puigpunyent, Deià, Soller and Pollença.
Fancy a little outdoor sport in Mallorca?
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