Palma de Mallorca Bike Tour: An Adventurous Time in Palma de Mallorca

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Are you traveling to Palma de Mallorca, Spain? Is it part of your cruise itinerary? Spend an adventurous time in Palma de Mallorca and book a Palma de Mallorca bike tour.

I huffed… and I puffed my way through the streets during my time in Palma de Mallorca.

With a short day in Palma de Mallorca and I had the fantastic idea of booking a bike tour in Palma de Mallorca in advance. When I told the hubby about said bike tour his response was, “You are riding a bike? I then thanked him for the vote of confidence. However, he wasn’t wrong.

It quickly turned into a thing though. Anytime I told anyone we were taking a bike tour at this cruise stop, they’d give me an incredulous look and question me. Really?!

For those that don’t know me, let me introduce myself…

My name is Kathy and I don’t work out. My idea of working out is walking the dogs to the nearby coffee shop for my next latte and a chocolate croissant. Eat, sip, and then walk back home a quarter of a mile to burn off the calories. 

I know, it’s so bad! The truth is I haven’t found anything I really enjoy doing. And, biking is definitely not one of them.

Before Palma de Mallorca, I hadn’t been on a bike for over 20 years! My husband has tried to get me to bike ride with him. Bless his heart. I just have no interest.

I should have at least trained. But when the guide explained to me that it’s an easy ride and anyone can do it, even kids, I believed I could do it too. Well, that was a lie I told myself because once I was there, I seriously thought I was going to die pedaling or die running into someone.

Thankfully, neither happened and I’m here to tell you all about our adventurous time bicycling through the streets of Palma de Mallorca.

palma de mallorca bike tour | blog post cover

Please note: this trip and post was written pre-Covid.

Palma de Mallorca Bike Tour

Why Book a Palma de Mallorca Bike Tour?

You’re probably wondering why I’m about to tell you why it’s a great option when I almost died. No, not really, that’s just me being dramatic. 

Arriving on the Norwegian Epic, our day in Palma de Mallorca was a short one from 1 PM to 8 PM. That’s really not enough time to do much.

I didn’t feel like being in a jam-packed car with other passengers, trying to see the city in traffic. I could have walked from the cruise terminal and into town, enjoyed it for what it was but I would have left with regrets.

When I am in a new place that I’ve never been to before, I like to learn about the local history and try to take in as much of the culture as possible.

Bicycling is a great way to get around town, slip past traffic and pedestrians, and see as much as possible while making stops along the way. It made for smooth transportation on the day as we were able to dodge the traffic made by a cycling competition taking place in the city.

We booked our tour with Call & Ride. The guide did a fantastic job not only introducing us to his city but also motivating me to keep peddling. I give him an extra star for his patience.

Should you rent a bike in Palma de Mallorca on your own instead of booking a tour?

I don’t see why not. You just will be exploring on your own without a guide. Palma de Mallorca is a bike-friendly city.

Palma de Mallorca Spain Bike Tour

An Adventurous time in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Things to See in Palma de Mallorca

  • La Seu Cathedral {Cathedral de Mallorca)
  • Old Town Palma
  • Passeig des Born
  • Santa Catalina
  • Convento de Santa Clara
  • Can Joan de s’Aigo
Boats off the coast of Palma de Mallorca, Spain

If you’re arriving by cruise ship and planning to rent a bike nearby or you have your tour booked, you will most likely ride through the marina. The walk or ride from the marina into town is tranquil as you’ll have the sea breeze kissing your face and the sight of sailboats always makes me smile.

At this point, I was biking on flat ground and chanting, “I can do this… I can do this.”

I’m not going to highlight everything we did because we rode through so many streets, stopped at many hidden corners and buildings all while being introduced to the history of Old Town Palma. The legends the guide shared with us were entertaining and I could never replicate with his enthusiasm. I will share the highlights and the most memorable.

Outdoor dining, yellow European buildings with palm trees out front | Catalina in Old Town Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Santa Catalina in Old Town. I’m a sucker for palm trees. They are all over.

One of our first stops was across the fountain the Cathedral of Palma also known as La Seu. This is a great spot to take it in for its massive glory and for those cool family shots.

Bikers overlooking Parc de Mar and Palma's La Seu Cathedral
Palma’s La Seu Cathedral

If you thought La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was taking forever to finish, then you haven’t heard of the history of this Mallorca cathedral. In 1229 this cathedral was begun by King James I in 1229 but only finished in 1601. That’s almost 400 years! In the 180o’s, the cathedral had to be restored after a bad earthquake and in 1901, Gaudi took over the restoration. Another cool fact: the church sits on top of a mosque.

Even though I had issues bicycling, I did take notice and loved that Palma de Mallorca is a bike-friendly city. Once you are pasts the crowds, you are able to enjoy what I would say is the backend of Palma de Mallorca.

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What kept me pedaling? The tasty treats the guide introduced us to. At the mention of cookies, you bet I moved my ass as if I was in an imaginary soul cycle class I’d never attended.

Back to the tasty treats…

Cookies Baked by Nuns at Convento de Santa Clara

Take out window where you order Cookies Baked by Nuns at Convento de Santa Clara
You will ring a doorbell first to place your order.

Baking cookies at this convent is a centuries-old tradition. You should visit the convent and see the baked goods they have for sale. For fun ring the bell and order through the turnstile table they have at a window. You will never see a nun as they do not have contact with the outside world. 


One of the legends and traditions is that when someone is going to get married in the city, they are supposed to donate eggs to the nuns in order for them to pray for no rain on their wedding day. If you do not donate eggs, the chances of rain will be higher. So if you plan to wed in Palma, don’t forget to donate eggs weeks in advance!

The cookies were delicious. We got two boxes to share with the group and we had leftovers, so we had to sneak them onto the cruise ship. It was a good thing because we ate cookies during our road trip to Girona, Spain the day of embarkation.

Convento de Santa Clara | Carrer de Can Fonollar, 2, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain (Google Map It) | Tripadvisor

Can Joan de s’Aigo 

Outside of Can Joan de s’Aigo

We were a small group, and while I wasn’t familiar with anyone in the group besides my husband, we quickly learned we had one thing in common: we loved to eat.

So when our 30 min break came up, we were all asking the guide where to find something good to eat.  The guide asked us if we’d like to go somewhere special. There were no objections. We all got back on the bike and followed him to this local cafe to try the best ensaïmada in the city of Palma de Mallorca.

Can Joan de s’Aigo is the oldest cafe in Palma de Mallorca. Not only can you find the Majorcan sweet bread called ensaïmada, but they are also known for their Spanish Style hot chocolate. 

Majorcan sweet bread ensaïmada covered in powdered sugar

When we ordered there were only two types of ensaïmada’s available: plain or pumpkin. Naturally, we got one of each with cafe con leches. That’s right, I, unfortunately, skipped the hot chocolate. I knew I wasn’t going to finish it in time to resume the rest of our ride. A real caffeine kick was in order. 

I loved the plain ensaïmada and could easily eat a whole one on my own with my cafe con leche. Who doesn’t like a soft sweet bread dusted with powdered sugar? As far as the pumpkin stuffing, it was good but overly sweet. I wish they had a custard-filled one the day we were there. Next time.

Oh, the cafe con Leche, was excellent. I’d have one right now.

Can Joan de s’Aigo | Carrer de Can Sanç, 10, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain (Google Map It) | Tripadvisor

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Bike Ride to Never Forget

View of Norwegian Epic from afar docked in Palma de Mallorca Cruise Port

I survived! I never gave up! Don’t give up!

We ended our bike tour back at the meeting point with a couple of hours to spare. I’m not going to lie, I was dead tired. Hubby had to convince me to return to the city center. I’m so glad he did because we were able to check out some of the shops and sit down for a nice glass of wine.

The next time I return to Palma de Mallorca, it won’t be on a bike. This city needs more than a few hours allowed when visiting with a cruise ship. However, Palma de Mallorca on a bike is definitely a great introduction to this resort city and a great adventure too.


Have you been to Palma de Mallorca? Would you consider a bike ride tour?


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12 thoughts on “Palma de Mallorca Bike Tour: An Adventurous Time in Palma de Mallorca”

  1. “My name is Kathy, and I don’t like biking.” GAHAAHAAHA!!!! I am DYING.

    When we first moved to Florida, we decided to buy bikes for the trails. I had not been on a bike for YEARS and YEARS. Can I just tell you how hard it is? Like hello, balance. Hello, screaming calves…and biking uphill is BADDDD…. But, unlike you, I do sorta enjoy biking. It just takes practice (and I do work out a lot lol).

    P.S. At 35, I learned that if kids can do it– I probably CAN’T. Still dying here with that one too. I also totally believe that you almost died. ; ) If there was a cockroach in the basket, you’d be done for.

    A sea breeze kissing my face sounds poetic, and man, those pictures are gorgeous. Maybe you just needed wine first. I’d love to see how that would have turned out…

    What kept me pedaling?! COOKIES. Girl, I was just about to say that when I do workouts like that, I just fantasize about all of the food that I will consume as a reward. And then, BAM, you did it. Looks delicious.

    I love your posts. They are hilarious (and honest), your pics are STUNNING, and I know that there will be FOOD.

    Let’s go bike ride…maybe in Lucca… and drink all the wine together…

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  2. I am laughing so hard right now!

    I would love to bike in Lucca! It’s mostly flat! I was going up and down hills in Palma. I didn’t think I was going to make it.

    Food is my weakness and the carrot that was dangled in front of me. Those cookies were a nice reward.

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    • Don’t let my post scare you from an adventure! I will always remember this day because I chose to ride and not give up. Also, if there are less hills in Porto (never been), you’ll be fine. Can’t wait to hear about your Porto’s trip.

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  3. I once hired a bike in Ibiza twenty years ago. I was young and it was a drinking holiday. It was one of my worst ever travel decisions. Ok the beach we got to and the coast were nice but the heat and cycle nearly killed me. Must be something about the Balearics. Never again. I’m thinking you are of the same mindset

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    • Yes! I don’t think I’ll bike again. Not because the tour itself wasn’t good, but I really can’t deny my weaknesses and strengths. Biking is not one of them. ? However, I won’t say NEVER because you just never know. I almost killed myself once on an ATV and yet I still am willing to get back on. Of course, I’m not pedaling on an ATV so there is something more comforting about that. Thanks for sharing your biking experience. I seriously thought it was just me. 😀

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  4. I definitely chuckled at this :’) I think I’d love to bike! I lovvvve to run though, so although my quads & legs overall are strong because of that, I don’t know if I’d have the stamina for a long bike ride. Cookies sold out of a convent?? That tradition of donating eggs?? Too cool.

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    • I’m so happy I was able to make some of you laugh! This is the one stop that I failed as a blogger to record everything. I didn’t even take enough pictures, so I knew I had to make my retelling entertaining.

      The guide told so many fun traditions and legends. I loved hearing them at the time, but the ones with the nuns were the most memorable. Just remember, don’t forget the eggs if you get married in Palam.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Appreciate it.

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  5. You seriously cracked me up! I almost died from laughing so much. I’m not great on a bike either. I was as a kid but that was forever ago. I went on a bike during a beach wedding in Kiawah and my friends wanted to go on a bike ride. I reluctantly agreed. It was the perfect beach to ride on since it was a flat, hard beach, but I still felt unsteady the whole time.
    Haven’t been on one since.
    I love that convent. So sweet that they make cookies for everyone. I love the story about the eggs.
    This city looks so beautiful! Palm trees and sailboats? Perfection! Your featured image is pretty sweet. Is that a cathedral in the background? Looks impressive! Is it the one you wrote about just from a different angle?
    LOVED your post! It’s seriously so good and I need to go to Italy stat.

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      • I seriously thought I replied to this but it was obviously in my head. I do this a lot lately. Sorry!

        Yes, go to Spain, Italy, France… London! Just go and travel. It’s all a fun experience!

        Yes, that’s the other side of the cathedral in the background. It’s pretty massively impressive. We were standing on that spot at the guide was telling us how once a year the sun hits the stained glass windows perfectly and shine through to create sort of like the shape of the rose beneath the other stained glass on the other side. Sounds confusing, but pretty lol.

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      • I seriously thought I replied to this but it was obviously in my head. I do this a lot lately. Sorry!

        Yes, go to Spain, Italy, France… London! Just go and travel. It’s all a fun experience!

        Yes, that’s the other side of the cathedral in the background. It’s pretty massively impressive. We were standing on that spot at the guide was telling us how once a year the sun hits the stained glass windows perfectly and shine through to create sort of like the shape of a rose beneath the other stained glass on the other side. Sounds confusing, but pretty lol.

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