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March 2019 – Spring is the ideal season to explore the fascinating Spanish island of Majorca on a Vespa scooter. Helmet on, and off you go, riding along the panoramic coastal roads or venturing into the town centres. Some of the best local hotels and scooter and motorbike rental agencies offer tourists the chance to discover and enjoy all the charms of Majorca from the saddle of the famous Vespa scooter – or a rugged Moto Guzzi bike for lovers of hairpin bends – in style and comfort. Three routes are suggested for unforgettable tours.

Northern Route: Palma-Inca-Sóller. This is considered one of the most surprising itineraries between Palma and Inca, almost 30 kilometres through typical Majorcan landscapes. Along the Ma-13, a stop is recommended to visit the old town of Inca (famous for its leather goods); then carry on until you cross the Ma-20140, linked to the Ma-11 which takes you to Soller, one of the most charming coastal villages in western Majorca, regarded as the cultural and business centre of the Sierra de Tramuntana (a World Heritage Site).

The port of Soller, Majorca (Balearic Archipelago, Spain).

Southern Route: Illetas-Santa Ponça-Andratx. If you want to discover some of Majorca’s loveliest beaches, the south-west itinerary is the best choice. Starting from the Illetas area, ride towards Santa Ponça, one of the island’s western-most points. The Ma-1 takes you to many beaches and bays with sparkling turquoise water. And after less than 20 kilometres you come to the fascinating town of Andratx, with its narrow streets and charming port where you can park your Vespa scooter.

Santa Ponça beach in south-west Majorca.

Eastern Route: Manacor-Alcudia-Pollença. Moving towards the east of the island, there is no shortage of spectacular sights such as the old town of Manacor. After a tour of the centre, ride back to the Ma-3340 to travel to some of the other impressive localities of the Balearics, and enjoy the hills and plains. Heading north, it is worth stopping at Alcudia to admire the majestic coastline and look across to the horizon. Then on to the Ma-2220 to reach the famous Pollença bay, and savour a delicious Mediterranean meal overlooking the sea, in one of the port’s many restaurants.

Manacor, in the eastern interior of Majorca.

Pollença Bay on the eastern coast of Majorca.

(Travel suggestions from an article by Carlota Reina “Descubrir Mallorca en tres rutas en Vespa”, published on elEconomista.es, 5 March 2019).