An invigorating week of walking and sightseeing, with ambles amongst gentle undulating hills, walks along deserted beaches and hikes through a spectacular gorge.
See what's planned
- Whilst walking discover a UNESCO biosphere; nature, archaeology and comfortable island life with a distinct Catalan flavour.
- 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.
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 waiting to be explored.
A wealth of walks await you on this holiday. Monte Toro at just 358m, the island’s highest point, offers some stunning views, whilst many walks take in the - Cami de Cavalls - the ‘horse’s way’ that follows the coast around the island - GR223. Walk around rugged coves of the wild north and along white beaches of the south. Soak up the sun whilst exploring ancient Talayotic villages or discover unrushed rural life as you meander through quiet country lanes and paths.
Simply put the island has a beautiful climate, rolling fertile countryside, deserted beaches largely unspoilt by any large tourist development. What could possibly make a better backdrop for walking?
March through to early May departures are particularly for those wishing to enjoy the abundant flora of the island.
- Return flights from London to Mahon. Dec 23 London to Mahon via Barcelona
- Airport transfers
- Half board en suite accommodation
- All local transport costs.
What's not included?
- Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
This Grade 4 holiday includes a leisurely pace of full and half day walks at a moderate pace and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Menorca has little in the way high or steep ground so the walking is not strenuous. The maximum altitude we reach on foot during this holiday is 120m.
Some dates are perfect for those with an interest in flowers appealing to gardeners, nature lovers and photographers alike. Our walks on these dates you give you plenty of time to appreciate some of nature's finest wild blooms. Your enthusiastic leader will adjust the pace to suit the interests of the group, though may not be a flower expert.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Welcome to Menorca
Hotel Port Mahon
After landing into Mahon airport we then take a short transfer by road to our hotel.
Transfer Time = 20m
Day 2 to 7
Day 2 to 7
A Sample of Walks
Hotel Port Mahon
During our time on Menorca 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 and along the way we will have breaks in isolated bays. Just before Es Grau there is the chance to walk along the board walk through the wetlands of the Albufera national reserve area. This is part of the UNESCO biosphere where tortoises are often spotted.
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 for coffee. Dropped off by the coach at Santa Teresa, the site of the Roman city of Sanisera, we walk along the Cami de Cavalls to the bay of Cala Tirant for our picnic lunch and an opportunity for a quick dip from the beach during the warmer months. After leaving the beach at Cala Tirant we walk to an 18th century British built Martello tower of Fornells. We finish in old fishing village of Fornells for refreshments before taking a coach back to the hotel.
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.
We walk from the hotel heading inland where we may visit a site of talayots and taulas. Then passing along country lanes through farmland to the Cami de Cavalls and a Martello tower that guards the approach to Port Mahon. We descend into the delightful creek of St Stephen and the huge fort carved out of the rock by the British in 1720. This is a good spot for a picnic lunch. The road then takes us across country to drop into the delightful fishing harbour of Cala Fonts that is now home to numerous cafes and restaurants to find refreshment. We continue back to the hotel crossing the old parade ground of the British garrison of Es Castell (Georgetown) and views of many strategically and historically important sites in the harbour.
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.
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.
Walks & Excursions
Menorca is quiet, pleasant and ‘laid-back' especially out of main tourist season, just like the walks we have established for our holiday. We take each day at a leisurely pace and have time to enjoy the varied scenery, life and history of the island. Some days we follow sections of ‘Cami de Cavalls', the ancient horse track which goes around the whole coast. Other days we explore inland amongst the farms and villages.
Everyday we come across relics of the island's rich history. We see cave dwellings of 4,500 years ago, the strange structures of ‘talayots' and ‘taulas', built 3,000 to 3,500 years ago. We come across many defensive establishments, illustrating the turbulent history of the last 600 years on the island.
Menorca has little in the way of high or steep ground so the walking is not strenuous. The ancient tracks can be a little rocky underfoot and on occasions will take our attention away from the birdsong and views which we have most of the time on the quiet lanes and byways. The generally easy walking enables some of the walks to be a little longer than they may be elsewhere at Grade 4.
Please note even Menorca is considerably cooler in the winter/spring months and layers are key to comfortable walking.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator.
We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by
us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
Holiday Optional Excursions / Free Day
During your free day you could simply take the day to recharge from you previous walking ready to finish your holiday or you could spend your time exploring more of the island. Below are some options we suggest:
- Take a Mahon Harbour Cruise to see the island from the sea. Can you spot where you have walked so far?
- Take the No1 bus to Ciutadella, the islands old capital.
- Enjoy some shopping and trying the local delicacies in Mahon town and its harbour.
- Take part in the local tradition of a siesta after lunch! Why not your on your holiday!
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price,
non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or
additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Spain
The currency in Spain is the euro.
You will find ATMs along the marina front just a few minutes walk from the hotel and in most larger towns/villages. Should you need a bank there are several in Mahon which is only a 10 minute pleasant stroll away.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Your Travel Details
Flights are from London to Mahon and return. Please check details at the time of booking for airlines used.
Manchester flights may be available on some dates.
While on Minorca travel will be by road either by public transport or private transportation.
The transfer time from the airport to our hotel is approximately 20 minutes by road.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport.
Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents
and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to
ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply
with, such requirements.
General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel
and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
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.
Footwear & Kit List
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
- Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
- Lightweight quick-drying trousers
- Walking T-shirt/shirts
- Walking socks
- Fleece or jumper
- Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
- Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
- Swimwear (if appropriate)
- Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
- Day sack liner
- Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
- Basic first aid kit
- Walking poles (should you find them useful)
- Sit mat
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday money
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in Spain
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is
filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter
such as a Water-to-go bottle available from
Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go
for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website
at www.watertogo.eu and
enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the
discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us
to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Some suggested maps to enhance your walking experience on the island are:
- Menorca Tour and Trail (Discovery Walking Guides Ltd)
A great little guide for life on Menorca is the Rough Guide to Mallorca & Menorca. The Menorca Tourist Board website also holds a wealth of information and can be found at www.menorca.es
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:
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Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility
to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on,
and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure.
Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Spain
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
EHIC & GHIC Cards
From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations.
Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence
of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups
not only gives you an up close and personal experience of
your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate
environment. We feel that the most important starting point
to protect the environment is to be out in it.
For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able
to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives.
Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose
aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries
we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long
term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less
developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
See our website for more information and details of some of the
projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
Discover more about our walking grades