Discover a Baleric biosphere; nature, archaeology and
comfortable island life
Guided Walking Holidays - Coast and Countryside of Minorca
Immerse yourself in island life on Minorca, best explored on foot, with Ramblers Walking Holidays. A wealth of walks and opportunities for relaxation await you on this holiday. Walk along rugged, rocky coves and beaches of the wild north and south coasts. Soak up the sun whilst exploring prehistoric Talayotic villages or discover rural life as you meander through quiet country lanes and across farm tracks. Monte Toro at just 358m, the island's highest point, offers some stunning views.
Minorca is the most easterly, greenest and least developed of the Balearic Islands. Whilst being a Spanish island it retains strong Catalan connections and the Catalan language is most widely spoken as it the local dialect Menorqui (that includes interesting English words). It retains much of its rural tranquility and charm due to the strict control of tourist development on the island. For decades it has been an extremely popular destination for our groups with a highly rated hotel, walks full of charm, flora, wildlife, archaeological and geological interest and some sunny Mediterranean towns to explore.
It is already a UNESCO biosphere reserve and has been nominated to be a UNESCO heritage site due to the number of prehistoric structures. Much of the walking will be on the Cami de Cavalls (GR221) an ancient path of 185km. It crosses gullies, rocky areas, valleys, wetland and farming areas. It connects ancient watchtowers and lighthouses. Decidedly the best way to discover the natural wealth and heritage of the island. The local bred black horse is celebrated on the island and features in many of the festivals.
The island has a beautiful climate. Rolling fertile or barren limestone and volcanic areas and wooded countryside, deserted beaches and a rich and diverse history including prehistoric remains. We stay in Mahon, a delightful city, rich in history and culture but still fairly modest considering its status as the island capital. Fought over by the British, French and Spanish for three centuries, it bears an interesting mix of modern and ancient. The city's notable Georgian style architecture still remains from the influence of British rule, a style not found anywhere else in Spain or its islands. We'll take time to explore the historical sites of the city and the surrounding area during our week. Mahon's city and natural harbour, the largest and deepest in the Mediterranean, are a delight and the old city of Ciutadella is also within easy reach on your free day.
24 March and 31 March 2020 departures are particularly for those
wishing to enjoy the abundant flora of the island.