Cycling Cap de Formentor, Mallorca
Ride 10.7 kilometers gaining 301 meters at 1.6% average grade (5.3% climb only)
Cycling Cap de Formentor in Mallorca is an incredible experience for cycling enthusiasts. Cap de Formentor is a stunning peninsula located on the northernmost point of the island, known for its dramatic cliffs, breathtaking views, and challenging roads. The ride offers spectacular natural beauty as you cycle along the winding road that hugs the coastline. You'll be treated to stunning vistas of the Mediterranean Sea, rugged cliffs, and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
This is a gorgeous and extremely popular bike climb located at the northern tip of the Spanish Island of Mallorca. If you want to talk about popularity and fame - as of November 2022 there were 149,595 Strava members completing the climb and none other than Alberto Contador was the KOM. Now THAT’S a climb you’d walk over broken glass to do - well, at least I would . . . 😊
The climb is within a UNESCO World Heritage site:
“The Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana located on a sheer-sided mountain range parallel to the north-western coast of the island of Mallorca. Millennia of agriculture in an environment with scarce resources has transformed the terrain and displays an articulated network of devices for the management of water revolving around farming units of feudal origins. The landscape is marked by agricultural terraces and inter-connected water works - including water mills - as well as dry stone constructions and farms” (UNESCO: Cap de Formentor).
It’s really a toss up between Cap de Formentor and Sa Calobra for the top climb on Mallorca (maybe all of Spain). The most popular part of the Island of Mallorca is the north, and Sa Calobra and Cap Formentor are both within easy striking distance of both.
View from Mirador Cala Figuera at kilometer 5.6
While the first 10 kilometers of the climb are over rollers and of modest difficulty, there is a 1.7 kilometer 5.8% climb beginning at kilometer 4 and ending just past Mirador Cala Figuera, offering great views of the bay below and to the northeast (above photo collage, top right). Tunnel Rocoso is in the middle of this segment and is 500 meters at 5.7% (above photo collage, bottom right). There are badly worn stairs on the right side of the tunnel on the ascent side that lead to the cliff overlooking the bay below. The last 500 meters of this route to the lighthouse average a challenging 9%, and WHAT a reward at the end!!
The cherry on the top of this climb.
Here is Lisa Irizarry’s 50 mile 4,365’ route that includes Cap Formentor.
Along the route, there are a few rest stops and viewpoints where you can take a break, enjoy the scenery, and replenish your energy. These stops often provide refreshments and restroom facilities, allowing you to refuel before continuing your ride.
Cap de Formentor is one of the world’s greatest lighthouse climbs. The other two world greatest lighthouse climbs are:
Mull of Kintyre, Scotland
Punta Teno Lighthouse, Tenerife, Spain
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