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COAST & COUNTRYSIDE OF MENORCA

from £995
An invigorating week of walking and sightseeing, with ambles amongst gentle undulating hills, walks along deserted beaches and hikes through a spectacular gorge.

Guided Walking Holidays - Coast and Countryside of Menorca

Menorca is the most easterly, greenest and least developed of the Balearic Islands. For decades it has been an extremely popular destination for our groups with a highly rated hotel, walks full of charm, flora, wildlife and archaeological interest. Fought over by the Moors, Spanish, French and British, this strategic island has an intriguing history.

A wealth of walks and opportunities for relaxation await you on this holiday. Many walks use the Cami de Cavalls - the ‘horses way’ that follows the coast around the island - GR221. Walk along rugged coves of the wild north and white beaches of the south. Soak up the sun whilst exploring ancient Talayotic villages or discover rural life as you meander through quiet country lanes and paths. Monte Toro at just 358m, the island’s highest point, offers some stunning views.

24 March and 31 March 2020 departures are particularly for those wishing to enjoy the abundant flora of the island.


Holiday Highlights

  • Whilst walking, gain a sense of the island’s nature, archaeology and island life.
  • Wander around Mahon Old City and Harbour and relax on the waterfront.
  • Experience coastal and country walking with great views.
  • Admire the panoramic views from Monte Toro, at 358m the island’s highest peak.
  • Discover the old streets of Menorca's second city, Ciutadella.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Mahon (British Airways, Charter or Easyjet). Dec 23 Vueling Airlines via Barcelona
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    After landing into Mahon airport we then take our transfer by road to our hotel.

  2. Day 2 to 7

    During our time on Minorca we will have 5 days of walking. Here, to give a ‘flavour' as to the type of walking Menorca has to offer, below we describe some of the walks which a holiday could include.

    Cap Favaritx to Es Grau along the Cami de Cavalls
    This is a very pleasant walk which follows the relatively isolated east coast. From Cap de Favaritx lighthouse we go south along the well signposted Cami de Cavalls as far as the pretty fishing village of Es Grau. It is a mostly stony, undulating path along the way we will have breaks in isolated bays. Just before Es Grau there is the chance to walk along the duckboards through the wetlands of the Albufera national reserve area. This is part of the ENESCO biosphere where tortoises are often spotted.
    10km gently undulating.

    Cala Tirant or Santa Teresa and Fornells
    On our way to the north coast we drive to the summit of Mt Toro and its sanctuary at a height of 358m. The sanctuary is worth the visit - from the island's highest point the views covering much of the island (and on a clear day, its big sister Majorca) are impressive. We drive down to take a look at Es Mercadal, the main market town on the island 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 Cala 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 from the beach during the warmer months. After leaving the beach at Cala Tirent we make our way across rough volcanic rock to the tower of Fornells, originally built to look out for marauding pirates. We finish in Fornells for refreshments before taking a coach back to the hotel.
    10km and about 200m of ascent/descent.

    The south west coast
    We follow the ‘Cami de Cavalls' between Santa Galdana and Son Xoriguer. 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. Although no great heights are involved, the descents and accents into and out of the bays accumulate to about 290m over the day.

    Trepuco and Fort Marlborough
    We walk from the hotel around a creek where Admiral Lord Nelson's ships took on fresh water. Heading inland we may visit a site of talayots and taulas, then pass along country lanes through farmland to the Cami de Cavalls and 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. A Roman road takes us across country to drop into the fishing harbour of Cala Fonts to find refreshment. We have views of many strategically and historically important sites in the harbour. We continue, crossing the old parade ground of the British garrison of Georgetown and back to the hotel in Port Mahon.
    We walk 12km but it is mostly on easy ground and we cover it comfortably.

    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 pick up the Cami de Cavalls to resort of San Tomas. 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, into a cathedral like cave. Our route then follows an ancient rocky mule track 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 about 12km.

  3. Day 8

    It has now come time to say goodbye to this charming island as we take our transfer back to Mahon Airport and our onward flight home.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Mahon (British Airways, Charter or Easyjet). Dec 23 Vueling Airlines via Barcelona
  • Airport transfers by road c. 20 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Port Mahon, Mahon

The 4 star colonial style Hotel Port Mahon overlooks the picturesque harbour of Mahon and only a 10 minutes from the local shopping centre.
 
Hotel facilities include: 

  • Restaurant
  • Piano Bar (in busier months)
  • Outdoor/unheated swimming pool
  • Sun deck

Room facilities include:

  • En-suite
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • TV
  • Mini-bar
  • Safe (charge applies locally)
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • WIFI
  • hairdryer

Meals come highly recommended with breakfast and dinner buffets in the hotel, perfect for preparing and recharging for your days walking. Breakfasts are a generous supply of everything from fruit and yogurt to continental through to full cooked breakfast. Dinners again are buffet consisting of 4 courses consisting of a chicken, beef and vegetarian main option and a good selection of the best part of any meal, pudding! 

Lunches are not included but you will be able to buy picnic ingredients at a nearby supermarkets in Mahon or your leader may know a great little cafe or bakery on route making a great lunchtime stop.

On your free day do see if the local fish market where the freshly produced tapas really adds to your day.