MALLORCA'S HOLY MOUNTAIN
Every spring, numerous professional cycling teams and thousands of amateur cyclists come to Mallorca for training camps. Shortly after Christmas the first ones arrive to collect kilometers on the Balearic island and in mid-April there will be so many road cyclists on the island that "Germany's" largest road bike festival will take place under the Spanish sun.
Not only Mallorca's tour operators, hotels and rental stations are perfectly prepared for the zealous guests, also the island itself offers perfect conditions for everyone. The Hot Spots, like the "tie knot" Sa Calobra or the Cap Formentor are well known. In the mountains, the Puig Major rises 1,445 meters above the Tramuntana Mountains. But if you want to get a more authentic idea of the original island and its people, you should also set off on a tour of discovery away from the busy coast and mountain routes.
With "only" 542m, the Puig de Randa offers best training conditions, especially when the cycling season is still young. Centrally located in the middle of the island, the Randa rises up like a mesa and can be easily recognized from afar by the balloon-like radar dome on the summit.
Because there are three monasteries on the mountain, the Randa is also called the Holy Mountain. Once you have climbed the often-windy serpentines to the summit, you have not only earned a coffee in the monastery restaurant, but can also enjoy a breathtaking view over the island. In the northwest, you can see the Tramuntana Mountains and in the north the bay of Alcudia, in the east the sandy bays (Calas) cut into the rocks of the cliffs and in the south the bay of Palma.
If you are wondering, why the Randa has a special meaning for us and why there is nothing better than to enjoy the view with friends on the road bike, you need to be patient until Friday and should also have read this blog entry.