- Predicted 44% increase in cyclists to the island in 2018
- The 9th Mallorca 312 Island Race is expected to attract 10,000 cyclists
- Over 200 hotels now providing special facilities for cyclists
Mallorca is set to be Europe’s leading tourist destination for cyclists in 2018. According to the Balearic Agency for Tourism (ATB) approximately 200,000 more cyclists are expected to visit the island this year representing a 44% increase over 2017. The island remains a leading winter training destination for international cycling teams including Sky, Bora Hansgrohe, Lotto Soudal and Katusha Alpecin and fans are keen to follow their routes.
This year’s Mallorca 312 event will take place on Saturday, 28th April, for the ninth consecutive year. The different routes measuring 312 km (193 miles) stretch across the island around Mallorca’s Sierra Tramuntana (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) the race will last all day from 07.00 – 21.00. Inscriptions are already sold out with a waiting list: http://www.mallorca312.com/
This event is expected to attract approximately 10,000 cyclists to the island and the hotel sector is gearing up to receive them. The Mallorca Hotel Federation reports that some 200 hotels throughout the island have specific facilities for cyclists including the Rafael Nadal Sport Centre in the centre of the island which will also host cyclists this season.
The key to Mallorca’s popularity for cyclists is not only because of the island’s unique topography that offers challenging mountain rides as well as fast rides along the flat plains but also its wonderful mild and sunny climate. The local government has worked to reinforce the infrastructure for cyclists by creating over 260 km of dedicated cycling routes. A cycling route map is available featuring 10 different routes with information and suggestions of hotels on each route with cyclists’ facilities. Further information: www.illesbalears.es or www.inestur.es
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The Fomento del Turismo (known as the Mallorca Tourist Board) was founded in 1905 and is the longest established tourist board in Spain and possibly in the world. It was established with the objective of creating awareness of Mallorca as a destination and to study and implement how to promote the island to potential visitors and with almost 14 million visitors to the island in 2017 it has certainly completed its’ original objective. This institution located in the centre of Palma remains a private, independent and non-profit making entity that is supported by members from throughout the island’s tourism sector. www.fomentmallorca.org