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Imagine a holiday where you traverse the mountains trails and rocky pathways of Mallorca by bike, discovering hidden coves, incredible coastal panoramas, little-known foodie pitstops and insider wine producers, before bedding down at a stylish hotel.
This is exactly the kind of exploratory trip that kindred soul Mar Suau, founder of Foodie Cycling and co-owner of one of our favourite hotels in Mallorca, the rural sanctuary of Son Brull is spearheading.
The first thing to know about Foodie Cycling is that your bike will be a top-of-the-range high-performance Pinarello Road E-Bike which will give you that little bit of assistance up and over the Serra de Tramuntana. Activity junkies who love the challenge can opt for a top-of-the-mark regular road bike too - it is your holiday after all. Your trip can be with a guide or self-guided, up to you.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, on your cycling trip you’ll be able to tap into Mar’s intrinsic and deep-seated knowledge of the island; she’ll also get to know you prior too, to curate a completely bespoke and unique itinerary which will include all your favourite things to do.
Like active mornings, long lunches and afternoons on the beach? That’s easily doable. Prefer something more challenging – take the route through mountain villages and remote stony trails. If you like culture, Mar can introduce you to Mallorca’s ancient past through its Arab baths, Roman ruins and glass blowing. With her contacts on the ground, garnered from a life living on the island, Mar can open doors. As a full service company, Foodie Cycling also organise private transfers and if you desire- other activities to make life on a cycling holiday even more comfortable such as masseurs, yoga instructors or private chefs.
Mar’s speciality though, is food and wine. Through her tours and with her knowledgeable hand you can be privy to some hidden gastronomic secrets of the island as well as discovering traditional producers, wine-makers and farmers – you can also weave your itinerary around Michelin-starred restaurants, informal tapas stops and buzzy cocktail places. A must is café con leche in the mountain with the traditional potato dough, coca de potato which will give you that extra bit of energy for the ride.
Best of all, the holiday will include plenty of open-air time in nature – which we all know is the best tonic for uplifting our wellbeing. Combining the best of Mallorca with an itinerary that keeps you on the move means you’ll cover lots of ground, getting under the skin of the island, and leave Mallorca feeling tip-top and totally rejuvenated. Thanks Mar for creating such a wonderful and original enterprise. Just what Mallorca needed, an insider track.