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Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

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Easy, tranquil walking based in the north western corner of Menorca, but including a rental car so you can easily explore the entire tiny island. It offers a rich cultural history, deserted white beaches and is a UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve.

  • Reviews 52 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Easy
    3/8
All about the Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca.

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.
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 rental car affords (not included, inquire for rates and details), you really can explore this entire beautiful island at your own pace.
Your base is an elegantly converted C17 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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 Nights, single center accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • GPX files available
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Rental car (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)
  • Half Board (available at a pre-bookable supplement)

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
  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive in Ciutadella

    On arrival in Mahon, pick up your rental car (not included, inquire for rates and details) and drive (1 hour) to the hotel in time for a relaxing swim before dinner. (Staying at Morvedra Nou for 7 nights, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 - Santa Galdana Bays Walk 12km/7.5mi/4hr

    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.

  3. Day 3 Day 3 - North Coast Trail 11km/7mi/4hr

    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!

  4. Day 4 Day 4 - Punta Prima to Sant Esteve 11km/7mi/3.5hr

    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.

  5. Day 5 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 harbor.

  6. Day 6 Day 6 - Caves and Coast Walk 9km/6mi/3.5hr

    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.

  7. Day 7 Day 7 - Son Xoriguer 13km/8mi/4hr

    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.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Leave Ciutadella
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Where you stay
Morvedra Nou Hotel
Located 7km from Ciutadella in the south west corner of the island, the Morvedra Nou is a beautifully converted traditional farmhouse ‘finca’. The landscaped gardens are stunning in springtime, and the pristine bedrooms are located in the converted stables. Decoration of the rooms in the converted stables use the wooden beams and exposed stone walls, giving the rooms a rustic appearance in keeping with the country views around the hotel. Each room also has a terrace that is perfect for relaxing outside. All rooms have a bath with a shower over it.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 evening meal are 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.

Activity level: Leisurely

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 hire car affords, you really can explore this entire beautiful island at your own pace.

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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 14/05/2013
5/5

Mrs White

Menora is a beatiful island and as it had rained the week before our arrival (beginning May) the wild flowers were fantastic. If you're a birdwatcher there is also a lot to see (and hear) - spent a great half hour one evening after dinner watching a Barn Owl coming and going between the trees and the hotel grounds. Morvedra Nou Hotel is a delightful, converted farmhouse, very peaceful location. Victoria and all her team made us feel really welcome and couldn't have been more helpful. The daily dinner menu was a great way to sample Menorcan cuisine.

Reviewed On 02/10/2013
4/5

Mr Higdon

Overall a good holiday, Menorca is unspoilt and spotlessly clean. The walks a very well marked, just follow the Cami De Cavalls marker posts which are everywhere. In hindsight, we probably should have gone at a different time of year (we went end Sept) as the temperature got to 30 deg on most days, and as the walking was mainly costal there was not much shade. We also felt a bit overdressed walking across nudist” beaches in our walking boots, back packs and sun hats! The hotel is very nice, with friendly and helpful staff. The only drawback is that there is not a communal bar where you can meet fellow guests for a pre dinner drink so there is not much of a social atmosphere. You just sit down, eat and go! A shame as the hotel has so much to offer. Our recommendation would be to go out of season, when the temperature is lower, the beaches empty and the scenery greener.

Reviewed On 27/09/2019
4/5

Mr Cunningham

We found it too hot to complete all the walks but time by the pool was a god restorative. If one wanted to start early one had to miss breakfast which is only available from 8.00am. If we wanted to go to Cala Turqueta we were advised to get to the queue for access to the road leading to the beach by 7.30am - after that and for most of the day access was prevented. The hotel is isolated so there is no chance to wander off easily and enjoy local life without a fairly long car journey along an unsympathetic, narrow road. Once in the hotel the ambience and staff were charming and welcoming.

Reviewed On 03/06/2019
5/5

Mrs Sharman

A great welcome from the holel that continued through out. Excellent variety of walks on the charming island of Menorca.

Reviewed On 15/10/2018
4/5

Mr Lawson

A generally enjoyable first visit to this attractive island with varied and undemanding walking on offer. Also, the historic centre of Ciutadella is charming. We were delighted and disappointed in equal measure with our hotel. The welcome, quality of service and the comfort of the lounge and bar areas were excellent. Our bedroom was comfortable enough but let down by a lack of storage space and a serious level of noise transference from adjoining rooms. Breakfasts were excellent but we felt the evening meals were somewhat mediocre considering the quality of the hotel, and the dining room though ideal for summer visitors became cold and draughty when it was windy.

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