In Palma and throughout the island there is a huge choice of sports available
The landscape of Mallorca is so diverse that although it is a small island it offers a wide scope of diversity from the leafy forests in the mountains of the Sierra de Tramuntana and to bare mountains like those of Artá with beaches with fine white sand and turquoise waters and a coastline with a deep blue sea and steep rocks. The temperatures are mild, with little rainfall and the sun shines for most of the year. This is what it makes Mallorca the best place to do the best sports and to do every type of outdoor activity, with varying degrees of difficulty. The island of Mallorca is perfect for Tennis, Triathlon, hiking, cycling, climbing, canyoning, golf, diving, water sports and extreme sports in general. Facebook and other media sites are filled with photos of people doing sport in Mallorca, you don´t have to look far to find them.
Mallorca on two wheels
Cycling is a sport which is very well received in Mallorca the island has thousands of kilometres of cycle routes, of which some are in Palma and the other 700 or so are on secondary roads, tracks that pass through the most amazing scenery, mountain passes and small inland villages, where it´s worth stopping off for a bite to eat. There is always some news report about a professional team arriving on the island to do some training.
There is cycling for everyone, whatever level of difficulty you want there is a route, the mallorcan roads offer the professionals several training possibilities from on the flat, to steep slopes and to mountains with gentle and tough climbs. All the amateur cyclist needs do is the match the right place and route with the right level which suits them because the most important thing of all is to enjoy the sport you do. Discover Palma and more… For those who wish to discover Palma or the villages of Mallorca in a more eco-friendly manner will find that it is very easy to do so on the island, for instance in Palma there is Bici Palma, which is a network of free to use bikes with numerous pick up and drop points in the city centre, If you want to go out for a gentle bike ride with the family instead of using the local transport then from the Zafiro Palace Alcudia it is very easy to pick up the cycle route to Can Picafort . All the information you need to know about eco-friendly trips or mountains routes here in Mallorca is available from the local tourist offices which are open daily.
Walking around Palma and Mallorca
Besides walking around Palma to discover the capital and its hidden charms, walking can be done nearly everywhere on the island. Many of the walking or hiking trails are old traditional paths used by shepherds and horses and there are also paths which go through the important natural parks on Mallorca, of which there are quite a few, these paths offer you a chance of experience which includes the use of all the five senses. But it is only in the Sierra de Tramuntana where you can walk the trails high above the sea, surrounded by olive trees where it is easy to spot the local fauna, the wild goats and donkeys and if you look towards the sea you will see seagulls and cormorants circling the sea and if you look towards the sky you might catch a glimpse of the only Black vultures left in Europe, the mountains of Mallorca have become their last refuge and are a protected species. Hiking Information No matter how idyllic is the mallorcan landscape one should still take care and be cautious. In Palma and in most of villages and coastal areas of Mallorca you will find information points which give a map with the approx. distance, duration and the level of difficulty of your chosen route but they are not as good as a good book on hiking or even a guide book if you are a beginner and you don´t know your way round mallorca. The sea is another place worth getting to know. Mallorca has over 70 places for scuba diving at whatever level, including learning from point zero. Why not go home with a diving certificate under your arm? It would make a great memento of your holiday. One can dive nearly all the year round on Mallorca, the sea beds are abundant, rich in flora and fauna making this sport a true spectacle in Mallorca.
Diving In mallorca
To give you just an example of a fabulous diving area, well it is really two because the Coves de la Santa has two parts to explore: “the casa of la Santa “(House of the holy) with plenty of holes and tunnels with rock formation at the bottom. The second is “el gruyere” (the swiss cheese) which is considered to be one of the best diving locations in Mallorca it is a cliff pierced with holes and tunnels that interconnect pretty much like holes in a head of cheese, it has a depth of 23 metres and it is one of its kind in Mallorca and furthermore it is easliy accessible from the Zafiro Tropic or the Zafiro Palace Alcudia Golf in Mallorca.
And finally, the star amongst the sports.
Golf there are over 25 golf courses on Mallorca designed by the leading architects in the world of golf, the grand demand for places to stay and play as made Mallorca one the best places in Europe to play golf, it is a favourite destination for amateur and professionals players alike.
The warm and humid climate in Mallorca is ideal for the quality of the greens which are always well-watered and the diversity of Mallorca’s land scape means that no course is the same so there are plenty of golf courses to tease, test and satisfies every golfer´s dream; for this reason, it is always best to book in advance so you are not left disappointed. Only in Santa Ponsa next to the hotel Zafiro Rey don Jaime, will you find 3 golf courses in one place; Santa Ponsa 1,2 and 3 the latter is only 9 holes. All are a short distance from Palma. the courses have some very interesting features such as doglegs and lakes which require good course management. Throughout the year it is home to several important golf tournaments, some of them are the most prestgious in Mallorca.