The Balearic government is investing heavily in cycling tourism. | F.F.


Almost three-quarters of a million euros (736,767 euros) are to be invested in improving the cycling tourist network in seven Majorcan municipalities. The investment will bring about a significant advance in safety.

The investment has been announced by tourism minister Biel Barceló. It will be paid for from the consortium fund of tourist accommodation (the fund made up by payments by hotels to "regularise" places). The Balearic Tourism Agency, responsible for tourism promotion, has developed the investment plan.

Barceló stresses the importance of cycling tourism as a tourist product for the "winter" season, though it is most evident in spring and increasingly - as can be observed in parts of the island this year - in autumn. This type of tourism, he noted, is beneficial to villages in the island's interior and so therefore to businesses in these places.

The improvements and greater safety will be for the network that runs from Santa Eugenia up to Pollensa. In addition to resurfacing, signage is to also be upgraded. The improvement work will be for 27 kilometres for three existing routes that start in Sencelles, Inca and Puerto Pollensa. Work is expected to last three months and start early next year.