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Menorca: Balearics' Hidden Gem

Menorca: Balearics’ Hidden Gem

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Country
Spain
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - July, September - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Mahón
Day 2: Fornells
Day 3: Cala Morell
Day 4: Cala Morell
Day 5: Ciutadella de Menorca
Day 6: Cala Galdana
Day 7: Mahón
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Menorca: Balearics’ Hidden Gem

Menorca (Minorca) is the greenest and most authentic of Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Though not as popular as its neighbours Mallorca and Ibiza, it has a lot to offer to the walker – endless sand beaches, turquoise-watered bays (calas), pine forests along the coast, spectacular cliffs and historic towns. The capital Mahón is a lovely port, which makes it an ideal base for your introduction to the island, with its excellent cuisine, fine wines and rich and fascinating history.

Highlights

  • Menorca, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993
  • The greenest and most authentic of the Balearic Islands
  • Ports full of tiny boats and seafood restaurants
  • Camí dels Cavalls – a horsemen’s trail established long ago by English settlers

Itinerary for Menorca: Balearics’ Hidden Gem

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Day 1: Arrival in Mahón

Arrival on Menorca, where you settle in at your accommodation in the capital city of Mahón. The authentic city centre includes an interesting mix of architectural styles, with stately homes and monuments, such as the Teatre Principal and the churches of San Frances and Santa María.

Day 2: From Es Grau to Port d’Addaia

In the morning a short transfer will take you to the fishing village of Es Grau, just outside S’Albufera Natural Park. Here you pick up the Cami de Cavalls, which takes you through marshes and dune areas around an enormous freshwater lake. Once past Cape Favaritx, the landscape becomes steeper and rockier. The only splash of colour in this stark landscape is the bright pink blooms of Carpobrotus. Traversing salt-water marshes, you reach the holiday town of Port d’Addaia. Short transfer to the next accommodation, in Menorca’s northernmost fishing village.

  • Walking for the day: 19 km, 5-6 hours, ↑350 m ↓350 m
  • Overnight in Fornells (Hostal La Palma or similar)

Day 3: From Fornells to Cala S’Alocs

Short transfer to Cap de Cavalleria, where you pick up the Camí dels Cavalls for a walk along the rough, isolated coastline of the island’s most mountainous area. The terrain alternates between rocky cliffs and low marshlands, and you traverse Mediterranean woodlands which are home to a variety of birds. Along the way, you can stop for a rest at a café on the beach, before reaching Cala S’Alocs, where you’ll be met for the transfer to your accommodation in Cala Morell. 

  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 5-6 hours, ↑350 m ↓350 m
  • Overnight in Cala Morell (Agroturismo Casa Biniatram or similar)

Day 4: Cala Morell Circular Walk

Today you walk from Platja Cala Pilar through a flatter landscape of open farmland. Here, the local cheese “Queso de Mahón” is made on old farmsteads dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. A relatively easy day providing some time in the afternoon to relax at your accommodation.

  • Walking for the day: 14 km, 4 hours, ↑200 m ↓200 m
  • Overnight in Cala Morell (Agroturismo Casa Biniatram or similar)

Day 5: From Cala Morell to Cales Piques

Today’s route starts in Cala Morell and takes you into an area dotted with ancient dwellings from the Talaiotic period. Surrounded by typical Mediterranean plants – rosemary, rockrose and chamomile – you make your way toward a dry limestone plateau, where the Tramuntana wind blows continuously and fields are protected by high walls. No modern houses in sight just “barracas”, strange pyramidal structures from prehistoric times. Your route ends in Cales Piques, where you catch a bus (or optionally continue on foot) to the pretty port town of Ciutadella de Menorca.

  • Walking for the day: 19 km, 6 hours, ↑250 m ↓250 m
  • Overnight in Ciutadella de Menorca (Hotel Alfons III or similar)

Day 6: From Son Xoriguer to Cala Galdana

Short transfer to Son Xoriguer to continue your trek along the coast. The landscape here is mainly flat and you walk through woodlands of evergreen oaks, firs and wild olive trees, passing gorgeous coves such as Platges de Son Saura or Cala en Turqueta. Later, the terrain becomes more rugged and you traverse deep ravines on your way to the coastal village of Cala Galdana.

  • Walking for the day: 14 km, 4.5-5 hours, ↑250 m ↓250 m
  • Overnight in Cala Galdana (Hotel Artiem Audax or similar)

Day 7: Cala Galdana Circular Walk

The last walk of your programme takes you through an oak wood with remains of ancient chalk ovens to Migjorn plateau, home to the Mediterranean species Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hernanni). At Platjas de Binigaus you leave the Camí dels Cavalls and follow the coastal path (“El Litoral”) back to Cala Mitjani. Private transfer to your hotel in Mahón

  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 4.5-5 hours, ↑350 m ↓350 m
  • Overnight in Mahón (Hotel San Miguel or similar)

Day 8: Departure

Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast.

Hotels for Menorca: Balearics’ Hidden Gem

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The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels have a swimming pool. Hotel Artiem Audax in Cala Galdana is adults only.

Sample hotels: Hotel San Miguel, Hostal La Palma, Agroturismo Casa Biniatram, Hotel Alfons III, Hotel Artiem Audax

Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

All breakfasts and 1 dinner on Day 3 are included in the programme. When no restaurant location is available on route lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops or you can pre-order a packed lunch at your hotel. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or restaurants in the village near your hotel.

Travel for Menorca: Balearics’ Hidden Gem

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Up-to-date FCO travel advice on Spain is available here. Detailed travel information, tips and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

By Air

The nearest airport is Menorca Airport

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

You can take the shuttle bus line 10 into Mahón city centre. Services operate every half an hour. The bus station is about 20 minutes from your accommodation. You can also order a taxi direct to your hotel in the city centre. From the bus station in Mahón, you can take a bus to the airport or a taxi directly from your hotel.

For further information and timetables visit http://www.aena.es/en/menorca-airport/public-transport.html

Baggage Transfers

All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included (maximum one piece of 20 kg per person).

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

Buy travel insurance online

Difficulty Grade: Moderate

The walking sections require good fitness level; there are no steep descents and ascents. Each day, you walk a section of the route circling the island. With the help of taxi transfers, you’ll walk the best routes and skip the less interesting parts. Camí dels Cavalls – a horsemen’s trail established long ago by English settlers – has recently been way-marked as a GR long-distance walking path. (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The routes on this trip are generally well marked but marking can be poor in places and you will need to follow the route notes and maps provided by us. We strongly advise you to follow the trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between the beginning of April and the middle of July and from the beginning of September until the end of October. It is not available in August as it is very hot. The best time to visit is between May and October when the weather is warm and pleasant. The high season for beach tourism is between June and September, although this island never sees as many tourists as neighbouring Mallorca.

MENORCA WEATHER

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 15 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots (no trail running shoes!)
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Menorca: Balearics’ Hidden Gem

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  • 7 nights in charming hotels and country inns in private en-suite rooms
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner on Day 3
  • Detailed digital holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps. Please note that the info pack is emailed to you prior to departure and no printed documents are mailed or provided on-site
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days (up to 20 kg per person)
  • Transfers to/from the trails according to the programme: day 2 and day 3 – in the morning and in the afternoon; day 4, 5 and 6 – in the morning; day 7 – in the afternoon
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Supplements

  • Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, there is a solo traveller supplement to the standard price.

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Public bus transfers on day 5 in the afternoon, day 7 in the morning and other not mentioned as ‘included’ in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, lunches and dinners, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request

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