Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Spain
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
W07MN
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Ages: 15+

Trip Overview

There's a sense of peace and tranquillity on beautiful Menorca, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to the greatest concentration of prehistoric sites anywhere in Western Europe. More sparsely populated than any other Balearic island and only a fifth of the size of Mallorca, it has more beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza combined! The island has been claimed in turn by many armies, all desperate to control the capital Mahon, set on the Mediterranean's most perfect natural harbour. 

At a Glance

  • 7 Nights, single centre
  • 5 days walking
  • Departs Selected Fridays from 01 May '20 to 26 Jun '20
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meal on first night
  • Managed locally by hotelier
  • Route notes and maps provided 
  • GPX files available
  • Car Hire essential (included when booking a flight-inclusive package)

Trip Highlights

  • Menorca, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Stunning coastal scenery, lush countryside and gentle walking trails
  • Golden-sand beaches, sparkling azure bays and turquoise seas
  • Rich in cultural history: prehistoric settlements, fortresses, castles and watchtowers
  • Fabulous flora: sea lavender, golden asphodels and serapia orchids
  • Beautiful Spanish finca hotel with panoramic pool and sun terrace

Is This Trip for You?

This self-guided walking holiday combines a wonderfully varied itinerary that takes in many of these ancient sites, exploring stunning coastal scenery dotted with narrow rocky inlets and magnificent beaches. Castles, fortresses and watchtowers line the coast, linked by the Cami de Cavalls, the paths originally used by the soldiers. These now allow walkers to explore the coastline with its idyllic sandy beaches, hidden coves and bays with dazzling aquamarine seas. With the freedom a car affords, you really can explore this entire beautiful island at your own pace. Car Hire is essential for this trip (included when booking a flight-inclusive package).

This is a self-guided tour, as such there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own pace. Please bear in mind that although this is a self-guided holiday, the atmosphere in the hotels tends to be quite social and they will sometimes place walkers together at breakfast and dinner. We have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you.

Group

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. The hotelier is on hand to assist you and can meet you at the beginning of the week to point out particular places of interest.

Adult min age:
15

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Ciutadella
End City:
Ciutadella

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Ciutadella

    On arrival in Mahon drive to the hotel in time for a relaxing swim before dinner. (Staying at Morvedra Nou for 7 nights)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Santa Galdana Bays Walk

    Starting in Santa Galdana and winding along coastal paths dotted with pink orchids and gladioli, this walk takes you over three breezy headlands which dip down to pine fringed beaches before arriving at Cala Turqueta, named as such for its shimmering turquoise water. after a picnic in the shade, return to Santa Galdana to end your walk, or stroll via the country lanes back to the hotel, before getting a taxi back to collect the car.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 8 miles
  • Day 3

    North Coast Trail

    The dramatic red and purple rocks of the north stand in real contrast to the bays of the south. From a poppy-strewn headland, the Cami de Cavalls lead along a series of beautiful lonely windswept beaches, before a farm track loops back inland through a host of golden asphodels. on the way back, perhaps stop for a drink at Fornells, a chic village with a pretty port, or drive up Monte Toro (357m) for panoramic views of the entire island!

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 11 km / 7 miles
  • Day 4

    Punta Prima to Sant Esteve

    You can taste the sea salt in the air along this stunning coastal path leading to Torre d'Alcaufar, a restored lookout tower. Perhaps enjoy lunch in Alcaufar, before the Cami de Cavalls leads you past fig trees and fortified farmhouses to the fortress of Sant Esteve, set on a tiny harbour. Continue on to a local cafe where they will call you a taxi to return to your car. Relax with a swim in the hotel pool before dinner.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 11 km / 7 miles
  • Day 5

    Ciutadella or Mahon Walks

    The cities at either end of Menorca make fascinating days out, and we provide walking notes for both. Mahon's natural harbour is big enough to shelter an entire fleet of ships and forms the backdrop to some impressive Georgian English architecture. In Ciutadella, the plazas, fountains, palm trees, cobbled alleys and Spanish Palaces are steeped in history. Perhaps treat yourself to a seafood lunch looking out over the attractive harbour.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Caves and Coast Walk

    From the golden sand beaches of Sant Tomas on the south coast, a path lined with white cistus and yellow crown daisies leads between lush terraces to the Cueva des Coloms, a gigantic limestone cave, perfect for a cooling picnic in the shade. From the top of the valley a pine scented track leads you back down to the beach for a swim. On returning to the hotel, relax on your terrace with a cold drink and take in the beautiful sunset.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 9 km / 6 miles
  • Day 7

    Son Xoriguer

    Today's route takes you back down to the south coast and across low creamy rocks covered in bright yellow seapoppy, wild thyme and pink cistus. Lunch by the sea in Son Xoriguer, there are masses of swimming options along the way, then head back via the enchanting former capital, Ciutadella.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 9 km / 6 miles
  • Day 8

    Leave Ciutadella

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Morvedra Nou Hotel

Your base is an elegantly converted 17th century Spanish finca, the Morvedra Nou Hotel near Ciutadella, the island's former capital in the south west. It's run by Victoria Bendito, the granddaughter of the original farm owner. The tastefully decorated rooms all have garden terraces and are located within the converted stables. The lovely pool terrace is a perfect place for relaxation with panoramic views over pretty fields all the way to the sea.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £322.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts included and evening meal on first night included.

Menorcan cuisine is Mediterranean, based on fresh natural ingredients from land and sea. Fresh fish, shellfish and lobster are often incorporated into a stew such as the famous “caldereta” - lobster stew, for which Fornells is particularly renowned. Farmhouse cheeses made in local farms have a ‘denomination of origin’ here and are very tasty. Meat from the island farms is also delicious, often made into chorizo style sausages and served for breakfast.

Cuisine has been influenced by the French, who changed the way the Menorcans made their bread. The original recipe for mayonnaise comes from Menorca and following the French conquest of Menorca was introduced to the court of Louis XV and became the international known food it is today. 

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

The trip runs from May through to October , it is generally quite hot in May, June and September with approximately 10 hours of sunshine per day. Average maximum temperatures range between 23-26ºC. October is a cooler monh with increased rainfall and average maximum daytime temperatures range between 15 and 23ºC but even at this time of year it is often perfectly pleasant.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Standard Flights:

TUI Airways Gatwick to Mahon 13:50/17:05 and car hire (Europcar Group B air-conditioned car). Drive to hotel, 1 hr.

Return: Mahon to Gatwick 18:10/19:30. Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Group B air-conditioned hire car is included for travel to and from the hotel when booking flight-inclusive packages.

 

Location start:
Ciutadella
Location end:
Ciutadella

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Walking boots
Water bottle
Daypack
Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses
Warm jumper
Waterproof jacket

Optional Equipment

Walking poles
Swimwear

Reading List

  • The Rough Guide to Mallorca and Menorca
  • Collins Field Guide: Mediterranean Wild Flowers,Christopher Grey-Wilson
  • Collins Bird Guide: Authors: Svensson, Mullarney, Zetterstrom and Grant
  • The Birds of Menorca by Enric Ramos 

Practical Information

Passport

Spain

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Spain

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

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It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Spain's Timezone:
Europe/Madrid CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Spain's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Spain's Currency

The national currency of Spain is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2021) of approximately 1.17 to the GBP, 0.85 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.62 to the AUD and 0.59 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available, but we recommend taking some Euros cash with you in case you can't get to a bank at the start of the trip. Cards are widely accepted. 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You will need spending money for meals not included in the itinerary and all drinks. We suggest €25 per day to cover a few drinks if not then €10 per day. On the days where lunch or dinner is not included expect to spend €10-€15 for lunch.

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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.