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Cruising Palma – by bike

New bike hire service for cruise ship passengers and holidaymakers

The Balearic Ports Authority has just announced a marvellous new service for cruise ship passengers (and I must add, landlubbers on holiday in Mallorca) arriving at the big terminal in Palma. It's a bike hire service which can be booked from the ship in advance and is absolutely ideal for getting about the city and seeing the sights.

Run by Port Bike Mallorca, who describe themselves as “a responsible, efficient and competitive company, committed to safety, health and the environment,” the new scheme will have bikes waiting for passengers as they arrive at the port. Cycling is the perfect way to see Palma as it is so bike friendly in many ways – the salient points being its flatness and kilometre after kilometre of safe bicycle lanes.

Almost no effort is required, and I know because I've done it myself, whether cycling all along the seafront from the port down to Arenal – about 15 km – taking in the harbour, beaches, the cool Portitxol and Molinar ports and little resorts along the way, or for tootling about seeing the sights in the city. There's virtually no strain on the muscles but my advice for out of practice cyclists would be to invest in a tube of backside liniment or stand tall in the saddle for a while!

port bike mallorca

So, what are the details if you fancy hiring a bike? You can choose pedal power or an electric bike from €14 and €26 a day with helmet and insurance included, and naturally the daily rate decreases the longer the period of hire. Child seats and trailers are available too, and if you don't fancy going it alone, there are four organised tours for a maximum of 10 people available which not only take in the top visitor attractions but also include wine tasting, tapas, and swims from the beach.

It sounds ideal as cycling is a cinch in the city, but if you are on a limited time, as cruise passengers are, an organised tour is the perfect way not to miss anything.