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7 Betlem177 km / + 1591 m

An All-Day Cycling Pilgrimage to Betlem

Route summary:

This trip, which takes you to the pilgrimage destination of Betlem, is one of the most popular cycling routes. It is a more demanding ride due to the long distance and a couple of steep climbs. It should be taken in a group of more experienced cyclists. The whole trip takes between 5.5 and 7 hours depending on your average speed. The terrain is mostly undulating with some short climbs and descents. The most significant of these is the climb towards the pilgrimage destination of Betlem. At the top, you will find a hermitage, which used to serve as a refuge for the local monks. Combined with the breath-taking view, the scenery here is genuinely beautiful. We can take some rest in one of the towns along the way – Llucmajor, Porreres, Manacor, Artá, or Petra. All of them offer historical monuments and picturesque views.

 Cycling route summary:

The initial 30 kilometers has a flat/slightly hilly, leading through Llucmajor to Porreres. Then a pleasant descent to the town of Manacor follows. Next kilometers are more hilly part of the route. At the beginning, few small climbs come on the way to Arta. Then there is an ascent to Bethlehem itself. After few pleasant descents on the route back from Bethlehem, several cascading climbs come in front of the town Petra. You can perfectly compare your remaining power with your friends. The last part of the route is mostly flat. Only between Algaida and Llucmajor you can expect a few short swingy hills.

 Tourist summary:

The route will take you through the flat inland of the north-eastern part of the island. The main point comes after a 5-kilometer climb to the Hermitage of Bethlehem. It offers a number of extraordinary views and historic monuments.

Route profile

Road bike top frame / Dura-ace Di2

COLNAGO V3Rs DISC + POWERMETER

Specifications
frame: COLNAGO V3rs - carbongroupset: Shimano DuraAce Di2, 2x11brakes: Shimano DuraAce Di2, DISCwheels: Fulcrum Wind - carbongears: 52x36 a 11-30TPowermeter: Stages (Single)Model: 2021/2022Weight: 6,8 kg

Prices start at 44 € per day

distance

177 km

elevation gain

+ 1591 m

highest altitude point

377 m. above sea level

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BMC TEAMMACHINE SLR01 TWO DISC + POWERMETER

Road bike top frame / Dura-ace Di2

Prices start at 43 € per day

Interesting places along the route

17.5 km

Llucmajor

It is the largest city on the island in terms of its wide area, however the population is less than 10 000. The first historical records of the city date back to the 13th century. Definitely the most interesting historical event is the Battle of Llucmajor. It was a part of the war of independence of the Mallorca Kingdom in 1349.

Important city industry today includes tourism and footwear production.

The most famous monuments of the city are the Town Hall, the Church of St. Michael from the 18th century on Plaça Santa Catalina Tomàs and the monument of James III - Passeig Jaume III. Jaume III. fell in a memorable battle in the war for independence.

17.5 km

30.4 km

Porreres

The city history dates back to the Bronze Age. Arab and Roman settlements. The current city name was given after its conqueror, William of Porreres in 1300.

The main street is Avinguda Bisbe Campins. It is a pedestrian area with many cafés, bars and the Gothic church of Nostra Senyora del Consolacion.

If you like modern art, you might be impressed by the Salvatore Dali exhibition in the town hall. And of course, there is a traditional marketplace as well.

30.4 km

50.9 km

Manacor

Manacor is the second largest city in Mallorca. Traces of settlement can be found from around 2000 BC. You can see the marks of Roman and Moorish settlers. Modern history dates back to 1200, when it got granted the city status.

The main ‘must see’ is the parish church of Nostra Senyora dels Dolors. If you would like to go inside the church, it is better to arrive there in the morning. The doors might be closed in the afternoons. The large pedestrian zone can be explored anytime, but the best is to come over on Monday, when the local market is in full swing. You will find there the traditional stalls and special olive wood products, making Manacor famous.

If you are a tennis fan, you may find it interesting to know that Rafael Nadal is a local native and the mentor of the local Rafael Nadal International Tennis Center.

50.9 km

76.8 km

Artá

The town, located in the northeast of Mallorca. It keeps its traditions and has a number of historical monuments. It is definitely worth mentioning the parish church of Transfiguracio del Senyor. The church dominates the pedestrian zone in the city center.

The main attraction is the local fortress Santuario de Sant Salvador. It lies directly above the city and provides magnificent views of the town Artá and its surroundings.

76.8 km

86.5 km

Ermita de Betlem

The hermitage, founded in 1805, offers many cultural experiences as well as a number of breathtaking views of the northeast coast. The whole complex consists of several buildings and structures, used as a monastery by the monks. The interesting one is, for example, the chapel with a beautiful marble altar.

86.5 km

121.7 km

Petra

The historical records date back to the 13th century. The town has less than 3,000 inhabitants nowadays.

If you are interested in architecture, don’t miss the church of Esglesia de Sant Pere. The church was built in the Gothic style between the 16th and 18th centuries. You may also like the two squares, Placa del Pare Serra and Placa Ramon Llull.

You can also try to taste the local famous virgin olive oil Tafona de Son Cuixa SL and wine from the Miquel Oliver winery.

121.7 km

129.2 km

Sant Joan

The historic town, founded in 1300. If you like sport, especially Futsal, you might find interesting that it’s home to the famous Spanish Futsal team Sant Joan C.E.

This town was previously the second residence of King James II.

129.2 km

143.5 km

Algaida

Algaida has a population of 4,500. The origin of the name can be found in Arabic. It means "base".

The first written records date back to 1232. The city's sights are the Mare de Déu de la Pau de Catellitx, pilgrimage chapel and several windmills. The city also has the oldest glass blowing factory in Mallorca. You can still see the local glassmakers producing art objects in the workshop of the Gordiola family.

143.5 km

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