Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Where is Mallorca?

Mallorca is a Spanish island. It is the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 90 km off the coast of Spain. The island’s capital city, Palma de Mallorca, has a population of 200,000.

How do we get there?

Boulevard travel can suggest various routes to get to Palma. There are no direct flights to Palma from North America so a connection is required in any of the major centres in Europe.

Rest assured, you will be picked up at the Palma airport.

 

Where is our hotel?

Our group stays at the Esmeralda Park Hotel in Cala d’Or (Spanish for “Gold Cove”), a small town on the southeast coast of the island, about a 45-minute bus ride from the airport.

We are on the sea, in a resort and out onto quiet country roads in minutes. Such variety right outside the door.

Do I need to be a professional cyclist?

Definitely not. We cater to a varied group of cyclists: Everyone from the new and intermediate level cyclist to the seasoned expert is welcome. We are serious about our cycling and aim to have everyone learn new skills and enjoy quality group riding. There are no support vehicles but we ride in groups and stop together to deal with mechanical difficulties.

How far will we ride?

There are 7 days of riding available in our 10-day trips. We schedule a rest day.

Each day, riders are divided into groups based on their cycling ability or energy level that day. Each group is lead by our expert guides. You may opt to join Groupo Relaxo, or set off with Groupo Rapido in search of that epic ride, or choose something in between and head out with Groupo-Not-So-Relaxo.  Our objective for each ride is to cycle together as a group and improve your group riding skills. We adopt an ‘All for one and one for all’ approach to group riding.

Groupo Relaxo: 40 – 60 km a day, with coffee stops, sightseeing, lunch and breaks.

Groupo-Not-So-Relaxo: 60 – 100 km a day, going a little further and a little faster, but is still looking for the best café con leche and a break or two.

Groupo-Rapido: 80 – 140 km a day. The emphasis here is on a controlled, smooth group working together to improve riding skills and put in the miles. Brief coffee breaks are common.

Are non-riders welcome?

Definately, Mallorca is a beautiful place to be anytime and there is plenty to do and see. (We know that cycling offers the best view and access.) You are on holiday and can choose to join our rides or enjoy the day as you please. Non-riders can join us on our cross island bus rides that we will use for remote starts. Ask us about a non-riding price.

Do I bring my own bike?

Airlines allow you to take 1 pieces of luggage. The bike in a box counts extra luggage . On international flights there is a extra fee for bikes. Check with your carrier to make sure. Please check with your airline regarding size and weight limits for luggage.

Instead, you may also choose to rent a bike. This gives you the option to bring more things home. We will measure you and have a top-of-the-line road bikes ready for you to rent. These bikes are available at a cost of $260 Cdn. for the entire trip.

What services are offered ?

Our package is practically all-inclusive (airfare not included): ground transportation to and from the airport and to our remote starts, accommodation, breakfast and dinner buffets. A special evening out is planned and is included as part of the package along with a special cycling jersey and a loot bag. Trip participants must pay for their own alcoholic beverages,lunches and snacks.

Bike mechanic services will be provided. A massage services are also available at the hotel.

Our group leaders will run clinics on group riding and technique. A skills clinic on descending switchback roads will be given before our first mountain day.

There are bank machines, internet cafés and car rental outlets located very close to the hotel.

What about meals and accommodations

The hotel is made up a series of three-storey buildings centered around the main reception, bar and dining room. The rooms are suites, complete with kitchenettes, living area, television and balcony. Our package price is based on double occupancy, with a single room supplement costing $310 Cdn in Mallorca and $400 in the Canaries.

A breakfast (08h00 10h00) and dinner (19h00 21h30) buffet is available daily. We will enjoy an evening out in a local restaurant for a special evening.

The hotel chef’s can work with you for any dietary needs or restrictions.

What is a typical day like?

A typical day looks a bit like this:

  • 07h00 – coffee in town, or
  • 07h30 – morning stretch on the beach
  • 08h00 – generous buffet breakfast
  • 10h00 – group ride departs
  • 10h01 – 16h00 ride, coffee, ride, laugh, ride, pee break, coffee, check out the scenery, ride, stop for lunch and superb cafe con leche, ride, ride, ride, joke, ride, more cafe con leche, ride, ride back to Cala d’Or
  • 16h00 – 18h00 happy hours
  • 18h00 – 20h00 delicious buffet dinner followed by group meeting
  • 20h00 – 07h30 choose any of the following: evening walk, talk, early to bed, out for a beer, out to dance, just plain out, way out, karaokee, take in (sometimes corny) hotel entertainment, talk about the great day you just had.
  • Is this trip for me?

    It sure is. Mallorca has become a mecca for European cyclists seeking spring warmth, great roads and thousands of fellow cyclists. We are delighted to introduce Canadians and friends to this wonderful cycling destination. In short, if you’re a cyclist looking to get a great jump on the cycling season with quality group cycling in unforgettable surroundings then this is the trip for you.

    How do i sign up?

    Contact us and we will send you a registration form. Complete the form and return it with a $500 non-refundable deposit and you are signed up. Boulevard Travel can handle all your payments and can provide travel and cancellation insurance.

    Deposits guarantee your spot and it is a first come first serve. Final payments must be made 30 days prior to departure.

    Contact us for more information or reservations.

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