Do you have a family of avid cyclists who were born to ride? Or perhaps you’re longing to get your offspring into your favourite sport – cycling! Either way, I can organise a family Foodie Cycling holiday, set at a pace that suits all family members and will alternative gentle rides with day’s spent hiking, sailing and relaxing on the beach. I’ll also include the best of Mallorca’s family foodie destinations including the island’s best ice cream spots!
You and Yours
My first task will be to get to know you and yours. The practical things to find out will be your abilities, children’s ages, experience and some likes and dislikes plus your combined expectations of the trip. This will help me to know how much support you’ll need which can vary from guided cycling tours, mini–bus pickups for one-way cycling trips, to cycles routes loaded onto an app for maximum freedom. From there we can start to plan the fun things based on your likes including secret beaches, lovely hotels with pools, day’s out sailing, water sports and more. I usually suggest a seven-day trip to include two day’s cycling interspersed with other activities on the island.
Not Just Cycling
Despite its name, a common misconception about Foodie Cycling is that my trips are only about food and cycling. A little secret for you – I can arrange any kind of trip on the island! My passions lie in cycling, food, Mallorca and…making people happy, so my first priority always is to design a trip that you will love. Extra activities might include a day on a yacht with a skipper to show you the coves of Mallorca with stops for snorkelling, a morning in Palma discovering the cathedral, followed by Mallorca’s best ice cream at Can Miquel or a day relaxing at your hotel letting the kids splash around in the pool.
Many families who come to me tend to be on the active side, so they want to explore what Mallorca has to offer. I’ll recommend some gentle family cycle rides that might include the flat, coastal roads around Pollença or inland through olive groves. I’ll always make sure there are plenty of refuelling stops either a delicious picnic waiting for you in a shady spot or a beachside restaurant where you can have a swim afterwards. There are some wonderful hikes around Mallorca too – I have a contact who lives in a traditional stone cottage, about 1.5 hours hike inland where your reward is a swim in natural swimming pool, followed by a homemade meal for lunch. And if your children are still needing activity, how about a beautiful beach with a range of water sports including paddle boarding, wind surfing and jet-skiing?
Where to Stay
Of course, where you lay your head at the end of each action-packed day is just as important as the day itself. I’ve travelled extensively with my own family, so I know instinctively what families need to be able to relax. Firstly – a great hotel with spacious rooms or suites, a large swimming pool, fabulous dining and a beautiful location is a good start! Personally, I love both Son Brull in Pollença and Belmond La Residencia in Deià for families. In a family itinerary, you could stay at both, experiencing a different atmosphere but similarly high levels of service. Depending on your ability you might be able to cycle between the both – if you do, we can arrange your luggage transfer. Another bonus of a five-star hotel are the little extras that turn a good holiday into an excellent one. For example, having a spa to retreat to after a long day cycling for a deep tissue massage. And trusted childcare – maybe mummy and daddy would like challenging cycle ride on their own? Or perhaps a romantic meal a deux in one of the island’s many candle-lit restaurants.
However you want your Foodie Cycling holiday to be, you can trust in me that I will make it the best it can. I’m excited to start planning your next Foodie Cycling holiday!
Get in touch and tell me all about your family.