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COAST & COUNTRYSIDE OF MINORCA

from £975
An invigorating week of walking and sightseeing, with ambles amongst gentle undulating hills, walks along deserted beaches and hikes through a spectacular gorge.
  • Product Code 13030
  • Holiday Type Flora & Walking, Special Selection Hotels
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 7, 10 Nights

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 (GR223) 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.

26 March and 2 April 2019 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.
  • The panoramic views from Monte Toro, at 358m the island’s highest peak..
  • Discover the old streets of Minorca'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 program, 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 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 about 12km.

    Cala 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.

    Trepuco 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.

    The 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 day.

  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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Hotel Port Mahon, Mahon

We stay in the island’s capital Mahon, in the very comfortable and colonially styled four-star Hotel Port Mahon. Set on the cliffs with great views over the spectacular harbour, the hotel has a restaurant, piano bar, cafeteria, pool (seasonal availability), free Wi-Fi access throughout and a splendid terrace-sun deck.


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