Quiet Roads from Pollensa
This route was born in an afternoon chat in the La Ruta Verda cafe, Caimari (well worth a stop: one . After the morning rain had cleared, it seemed that every cyclist on the island had come out at once to enjoy the beautiful afternoon. I got chatting to a couple who were near the end of a three-week cycling stay in Pollensa old town. Among the things we discussed were their love of quiet “cami”-style roads: roads that are two small to take a group of 12 fast riders, but are perfect for two people who want to enjoy the sense of being off the beaten track (while sticking to decent tarmac). I mentioned the back-route into and out of Costix they didn’t know, and it inspired me to put together this route (starting and finishing in Pollensa (but one could adapt it to a number of starting-points). It’s my best-off collection of loved back-roads. Highlights include: the climb into Campanet through Ularo; the road-by-the-running-water (rare in Mallorca) west of Buger; the Jornets to Costix climb; the hidden valley north of Costix; the approach to Lloret from the north with the view of Randa; the road through the forest to Ruberts with the green smell of herbs; the little lane to Cas Cana with the wildflower meadow where we photograph our hire bikes; the road from Binigual to Binissalem with the crazy duck under the motorway; the “Napoleon-road” south-east of Alaro (so-called because it’s lined with Plane-trees, reminiscent of the tree-lined roads in France that he ordered); the smooth tarmac through Biniamar; the back-route from Mancor de la Val to Selva.