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Discover Mallorca's heritage, cuisine and scenery on its Wild Coast

Thursday, 7 June 2014 10:58 AM

The so-called Wild Coast of Mallorca in the east and south-east of the island is an excellent place to go on relaxing cycling holidays, as it is a little off the beaten track and home to some stunning scenery, both inland and along the coast.

Pedalling along in this corner of the Balearic island will give you the chance to uncover some of its unspoilt beaches and traditional countryside, as well as presenting you with the opportunity to try some of Mallorca's tasty cuisine.

One must-try delicacy is the Mallorcan Sobrassada, a type of pork sausage made with paprika, salt and pepper, before being left to cure for approximately one month. Once this process is complete, the sausages are ready to be eaten - and they certainly are a unique flavour you should sample while you are visiting here.

While the food is certainly a high point of cycling around Mallorca on your holiday, the scenery and picture-perfect villages you see along the way make it equally worthwhile. Here are just a few of the wonderful places you can visit when you hop on your bike to pedal along the island's Wild Coast.

Starting out in Es Torrent, near Campos in the south of Mallorca, you will have time to start your break in style with a trip to one of its best beaches - Es Trenc. The scene that awaits you here is idyllic, as you will find a golden stretch of sand backed by dunes and lapped by the blue sea. You can take a dip in the refreshing water before getting back on two wheels and returning to Es Torrent via the salt flats and inland lagoons that are set back slightly from the coast.

The town of Montuiri will be another of your stops later on in your travels, and getting off your bike here will give you the opportunity to view some of Mallorca's prehistoric ruins. Just outside the modern settlement are the remains of Son Fornes, where you can clearly make out old walls and the foundations of some of the buildings that stood here thousands of years ago.

A short distance away from the site is the Archaeological Museum of Son Fornes, where you can view exhibits of some of the items discovered in various digs at the prehistoric settlement. The building in which the museum is housed is an interesting slice of more recent history - it's a restored 18th century flour mill, complete with its own windmill.

Set in the midst of traditional farmland, Sineu is another stop you must make while exploring on two wheels. This is one of Mallorca's oldest towns and the medieval section of its centre is certainly worth walking around. Among its most striking monuments is the Church of Santa Maria, which boasts an impressive bell tower complete with balconies. Other places of interest in Sineu include the Boundary Cross and the Convent of Sant Francesc.

In between these, and many other fascinating towns and villages, you can appreciate Mallorca's stunning and varied scenery. One day you will be cycling past secluded coves and rugged cliffs and the next you will be passing through almond groves, across sheep-dotted plains and into pine forests. This combination of beautiful landscapes and quaint villages makes Mallorca's Wild Coast a brilliant Spanish destination for a cycling holiday.

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