Day 2 to 7
During our time on Minorca we will have 6 days of walking, Here, to give a ‘flavour’ as to the type of walking
Menorca has to offer, we describe some of the walks which a holiday could include.
Torre d’en Gaumes. Son Bou to Es Migorn Gran
En route to the south-east of Menorca, we
spend an hour exploring the large ancient settlement of Torre d’en Gaumes. Originally established 3,500 years ago, its
use continued through Roman times and into the Middle Ages.
From Son Bou we walk along the beach, on the
dunes and on board-walks to San Tomas, where in the warmer months a quick
splash in the sea could precede a picnic lunch.
Continuing west along a section of the coast popular with naturists we reach
Barranca Binigaus and take the path north up this narrow limestone gorge. We make a diversion, climbing up and into a
cathedral like cave. Our route then
follows an ancient rocky mule track climbing out of the gorge. In thirty minutes we are quenching our thirst
in Es Migorn Gran, before taking the coach back to Mahon.
We ascend some 120 metres up and out of the
gorge. Total distance for the day is
Tirant and Fornells
On the way to the north coast we drive to the
summit of Mt Toro and its sanctuary at a height of 330m. The sanctuary is worth the visit - from the
island’s highest point the views covering much of the island (and on a clear
day, big sister Majorca) are impressive.
We drive down to take a look at Es Mercadal, the main market town for
the island, and for coffee.
Dropped off by the coach in what appears to
be the middle of nowhere, we walk along a track to the bay of Calla Tirant
crossing the bay along the top of the beach.
In the wetter areas we may see (or at least hear) the stripeless tree
frogs. In the drier areas there are tortoises
and a variety of birds and maritime plants.
Whilst some look for the wild life, others may take another opportunity
for a quick dip in the water.
Later, for those wanting a ‘challenge’, we make
our way across rough volcanic rock to the tower of Fornells, originally built
to look out for marauding pirates. There
is also an easier alternative. After
refreshments in Fornells we stroll south along the promenade to meet our return
coach in Ses Salines.
A leisurely day (if omitting the ‘challenge’)
of some 12km and about 60m of ascent/descent.
and Fort Marlborough
We walk from the hotel around a creek where
Nelson’s ships took on fresh water. Heading
inland we visit a site of talayots and taulas, then pass along the lanes
through farmland to a Napoleonic watch tower, guarding the approach to Port
Mahon. We descend into the delightful creek of St Stephen and the huge fort
built by the Duke of Marlborough. This
is a good spot for a picnic lunch and maybe a cooling dip in the Med. A Roman road takes us across country to drop
into the fishing harbour of Cala Fonts to find refreshment. We continue, crossing the old parade ground
of the British garrison of Georgetown and back to the hotel in Port Mahon.
This is one of the longer days, 15-18kms but
it is mostly on easy ground and we cover it comfortably.
south west coast
We follow the ‘Cami de Cavalls’ (horse road)
between Cala’n Bosch and Santa Galdana.
The path goes partly along the open rocky cliff top and partly a little
inland through pleasant pine woodland.
In places it dips down into wonderful sandy bays which are difficult to
access, except on foot. These are often
quoted as being “some of the best beaches on earth”. We picnic at one and have time to soak up the
beauty and have a memorable paddle or swim, if warm enough.
The whole route is some 16km, a rewarding day
for strong walkers. There are several
variations which could provide a shorter day, if needs be. Although no great heights are involved, the
descents and accents into and out of the bays accumulate to about 150m over the