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Self Guided Walking Holiday on the Coast of Menorca
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Highlights

  • Follow Menorca’s historic Cami de Cavalls route.
  • Relaxed walking along beaches and through olive groves and pine woods.
  • Swimming in the turquoise sea amongst sandy coves.
  • Quaint fishing villages and port towns such as Ciutadella.
  • Tucking into Queso de Mahon and fresh seafood, delicious local specialities.

A relaxed self-guided walking holiday along the ancient Cami de Cavalls path circling the island of Menorca.

An established and waymarked GR route, the Cami de Cavalls dates back to the 16th century and was once a military road connecting the watchtowers of the island. Menorca is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and you’ll see a great diversity of plant and bird life.

With easy-going walking and varied terrain such as cliffs and quiet farmland, you are sure to enjoy your time in Menorca, especially as you will stay in comfortable hotels and guesthouses in picturesque port towns.

DAY 1
Arrive Menorca / Mahón

Arrive in Mahon– the island’s small but lively capital.  Enjoy the elegant architecture which harks back to the English occupation of the 18th century.


Take a wander around the Plaça de la Constitució square and perhaps tuck into a meal of freshly caught seafood.


Overnight: Mahon


DAY 2 Walk from Es Grau to Port d’Addaia

A short transfer takes you to the fishing village of Es Grau, where you will start your walk. A well waymarked route takes you through varied terrain today. Passing swampy dunes, a lagoon, rocky coastal paths, salt flats and the lighthouse of Cape Favaritx.


Finish the day with a transfer from Port d’Addaia to Fornells where you will be staying tonight.


Walk: 19 km, 5-6 hrs, 350m ascent / descent


Overnight: Fornells


DAY 3 
Walk from Cap de Cavalleria to Cala Pilar

Today you will be dropped off at Cap de Cavalleria where you will re-join the Cami de Cavalls. The walk today is along the rugged coastline and through the most mountainous region on the island. Passing only one beach with a café-restaurant, embrace the otherwise unspoilt surroundings as you walk.


Transfer from the end of the walk back to Fornells for your overnight.


Walk: 17 km, 5-6 hrs, 600m ascent / descent


Overnight: Fornells


DAY 4
Walk from Cala Pilar to Cala Morell

You will be dropped off at Platja Cala Pilar where you pick up the trail once more. Head inland today for about 10km, negotiate a few ascents before the landscape starts to open up again. This area is where the famous local cheese (Queso de Mahon) is made and you are sure to pass dairy cows along the way.


A shorter day today means you will have time in the afternoon to relax in Cala Morell before being transferred to your hotel in Ciutadella.




Walk: 14 km, 4 hrs, 200m ascent / descent


Overnight: Ciutadella


DAY 5
Walk from Cala Morell to Ciutadella

Return to Cala Morell and begin today’s walk. Follow the trail along low walls and bizarrely shaped ’barracas’, shepard’s huts,  where the local livestock take refuge from the Tramuntana wind. Arrive at Punta Nati lighthouse and soak up the views and quiet before setting off again.


Next is the busy coastal town of Cala Piques. Time-permitting, take a dip and lounge on the beach. From here you have the option to continue walking along the coast to Ciutadella or catch a bus for the last 5km.


Walk: 14 km, 4.5 hrs, 250m ascent / descent


Overnight: Ciutadella


DAY 6
Walk from Son Xoriguer to Cala Galdana

After taking a local bus to Son Xoriguer start today’s walk through initially flat pastures passing pine groves and wild olive trees. You will then come across some of Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches. Today’s walk is quite short and easy going so you have plenty of time to explore them.


Finish in Cala Galdana and meet your transfer to take you back to Ciutadella.


Walk: 15 km, 4.5 hrs, 250m ascent / descent


Overnight: Ciutadella


DAY 7
Circular Walk from Cala Galdana 

Another easy day awaits. Start with a local bus transfer to Cala Galdana and re- join the Cami de Cavalls. You will be walking inland first, crossing the limestone plateau of Migjorn where you might catch a glimpse of the Mallorcan turtles in the deep crevices.


The second part of today’s walk takes you off the official route to follow the coastal path of ’El Litoral’. Again there is ample opportunity to swim in the clear blue waters. Finish at Cala Galdana and meet your transfer to Mahon.


Walk: 17 km, 5.5 hrs, 350m ascent / descent


Overnight: Mahon


DAY 8
Departure Day

Check out after breakfast and make you way to Mahon airport for your onward travel.


Additional Nights and Extensions

You can add additional nights at any point along the walk or in Mahon, a great base to relax for a few days. If you would like to extend your stay in the Balearic Islands this trip combines very well with our walking or cycling holidays on Mallorca (Ferries daily) to make a two week holiday.


Accommodation

5 Nights accommodation in a 3* hotel and 2 nights in a guesthouse are included in your trip. We have carefully selected small hotels and guesthouses which we feel capture the essence of true Menorca and are in ideal locations for exploring the island. Below you will find an example of our standard accommodation. 




Alternate Accommodation

During high season, you might be booked into different accommodation which is not listed in the description, and the start or end of some of your walking routes may be slightly altered. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.


Meals

7 Breakfasts are included. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch– this should be requested on arrival. On some days it may be possible to stop en-route for lunch. Your route notes will have more details on this.  Evening meals are available either at your hotel or nearby restaurants.


 



 

 

 




Hotel San Miguel - Mahon

Only 300m from the heart of the town, the Hotel San Miguel is a friendly and spacious hotel and the perfect base from which to explore Mahon. Afterwards relax with a cool drink on the patio.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hostal La Palma - Fornells



Hostal La Palma - Fornells

Located on the harbour front, it is only a 10-minute walk to the beach from this charming guesthouse. There are also two pools for use, an on-site café bar and free wifi throughout.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Patricia - Ciutadella

Located on the harbour front, it is only a 10-minute walk to the beach from this charming guesthouse. There are also two pools for use, an on-site café bar and free wifi throughout.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start this tour anytime between the beginning of April and  middle of July and the start of September and end of October. Generally the best months for walking in Menorca are May and September when the temperatures are a bit cooler. This tour is not available from mid–July until the start of September as it is too hot to walk.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers but we recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone. There is a solo walker supplement payable.  Similarly, single rooms are available and a single room supplement is payable.




Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded as easy-moderate overall as the walks are fairly short and do not involve that much ascent or descent. You will be mostly walking on gravel paths and trails and occasionally on beaches and minor roads. You should have a reasonable level of walking fitness to get the most from this holiday.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The walks on this holiday are well marked and we supply route notes and maps. You should be comfortable reading a map and following directions.


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to Menorca

By Air—Menorca has excellent flight links from most UK and European countries. Flight time from London is about 2h30.


Airlines flying from the UK include; Thomson Flights, easyJet, Monarch, flythomascook and Jet2.


From the Airport—The airport is 4.5km from Mahon. Taxis are available at the terminal and shuttle buses leave every 30 minutes and cost approx. euro 1.50.


By Ferry - Ferries are available from Barcelona, Valencia and Mallorca (1hr) daily.

Included

  • 5 nights accommodation in 3* hotels
  • 2 nights accommodation in a guesthouse
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Transfers and luggage transfers as per the itinerary
  • Detailed route descriptions and pre departure information pack
  • Maps
  • 24-hour assistance by phone

Excluded

  • Flights and transfers to/from Mahon, Menorca
  • Bus transfers on day 6 & day 7 (payable locally)
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals, snacks & drinks
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Additional nights during the holiday

We are often asked the following questions and hope that you will find the answers useful.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is easy to moderate but some days are long, although with little ascent & descent so you should enjoy a good level of walking fitness.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

Menorca, which is served by low cost, charter and scheduled airlines.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially in Spring and Autumn. We will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

What equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a day pack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

When is the best time of year?

You can start this tour anytime between the beginning of April and  middle of July and the start of September and end of October. Generally the best months for walking in Menorca are May and September when the temperatures are a bit cooler. This tour is not available from mid–July until the start of September as it is too hot to walk.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. in some cases, you may be able to travel with your luggage transfer service.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Pros

  • Well organised (9)
  • Fun (6)
  • Great accommodations (6)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Holiday (6)
  • Trying something new (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Occasional traveller (3), World traveller (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beautiful country, friendly people

By Elli

from Northern Ireland

About Me First walking holiday

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls:

    This was an amazing holiday and we loved it! The accommodation was great especially in Fornelles. The feedback we want to give is so that it can be perfect!
    Too many route notes. For the 1st day we thought we needed to read them constantly whereas most of the time you are following the same path.
    Transfer times of 9 and 5 even on the short day where the itinerary says there is time to explore ciutedella. These could be rearranged with the company but difficult for us to predict in advance. A couple of times our transfers were shared with other groups - mostly fine but on last day we had to go all the way back to ciutedella before mahon.
    Some places that the walk ended eg Cala Morelles it was more difficult to find anywhere to eat or drink than we expected. Maybe because it was May and not high season?
    As I said a truly fantastic holiday but just a few little niggles

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I would recommend this holiday

    By steamer

    from wales

    About Me Active person, Occasional Traveller

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • arrange transport last walking day - few local b
    • correct directions in book.
    • length of walks meant not enough swimming time

    Best Uses

      Comments about macs adventure Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls:

      As a good way of seeing a country, enjoying the countryside and being active.
      We felt a little pressured with time, wanting to spend more time than we had to stop and swim more. On the last walking day, with timing of local bus, a better suggestion may be Cala Galdana to St Thomas.

       
      5.0

      Great introduction to walking holidays

      By DAwn

      from Scottish Borders

      About Me Occasional Traveller

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Great Accommodations
      • Well Organised

      Cons

      • wrong directions for pick up

      Best Uses

      • Holiday

      Comments about macs adventure Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls:

      A brilliant week, walking superb and glad we chose an easy/moderate level for our first walking holiday as by the last day we were well and truly worn out. Loved all the hotels and friendly and helpful transfers. Loved every bit of the holiday.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Go in Mid-May for Gorgeous Wildflowers!

      By Cyn

      from Pennsylvania, USA

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about macs adventure Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls:

          The Cami de Cavalls trip is a walk back in time, along a trail created centuries ago to defend the coastline of this Mediterranean island. My brain is stuffed with beautiful images from our recent trip: quiet coves with white sand beaches where you can stop for a dip, spring wildflowers in a riot of bright colors, ancient stone walls and quaint country gates made of olivewood. This walk is rated easy to moderate but does include a good bit of up-and-down to navigate coastal ravines, not to mention rocky footing. We heartily recommend scheduling an extra day mid-walk to explore the historic city of Ciutadella and Menorca's amazing archaeological sites--we enjoyed a tour led by two personable and knowledgable young archaeologists. Macs was great about customizing our trip, and the drivers for transfers to/from the trail heads were always spot-on-time. And did I mention that the weather was perfect?

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful solo journey.

          By Rebsokol

          from Oregon, USA

          About Me World Traveller

          Pros

          • Beautiful Coastline All T
          • Great Accommodations
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Scenery Expansive And Ref
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls:

            this was a safe and beautiful trip.Well organized and the accommodations were clean and lovely. I had a most enjoyable and adventurous trip. loved being by the sea all day everyday, and landing in a comfortable bed,
            thank you!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great beaches, surprising ruins and relics

            By Lisa Lee

            from Montana, USA

            About Me Avid hiker, Nature lover, World Traveller

            Pros

            • Fun
            • Great Accommodations
            • Well Organised

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls:

              My husband and I walked the Cami in September 2015. We're in our early 60s and in good shape. We loved the varied scenery, the access to the Med for a swim on almost all days, and the walks farthest from crowds the first, second, and last days. The middle of the trip has incredible scenic beaches, however, tour boats bring lots of tourists to these beaches, so expect company. In spite of that, the beauty is incredible and we just chose to swim at the less popular spots, of which there are many.
              A big surprise of the trip was the incredible number of ruins, relics, and caves, clearly used and revamped over the ages. We had no idea the role Menorca has played in the sweep of history and prehistory.
              Macs did a great job with accommodations; these vary and all suited us fine, but especially Hotel San Miguel in Mahon (fabulous and quiet), and the Hostal La Palma in Fornells (friendly, nice pool scene). We also highly recommend going to Troglodites restaurant in Cala Morells while you stay at Biniatriim. The cook here simply knows how to cook. When I asked her to prepare me a dish off the menu of sauted sweet peppers in garlic, out they came, perfectly.
              Expect to be tired on the long days. The trail conditions on all hikes can be rocky and you often need to pay attention -- not a stroll in the woods. If you like hiking with a perfect swim option thrown in, you'll love this trip.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Enjoyable walking in Menorca

              By Steady Eddie

              from Coventry

              About Me Occasional Traveller

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Well Organised

              Cons

              • Poor Accommodations

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Relaxation

              Comments about macs adventure Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls:

              My wife and I enjoyed the organised walking routes. Although occasionally more challenging and occasionally the terrain a little repetitive overall there was sufficient variety in the landscape, fauna and flora to keep us entertained through the 6 days of walking.

              The organisation of taxis for transport of ourselves and luggage generally was good aside from on 2 occasions when the taxi did not turn up or was at a different location. This was sorted with a telephone call to the company and apologies that things had not gone smoothly.

              As others have highlighted accommodation was variable. We enjoyed our stays in Mahon and Fornells. The rooms were clean and hosts friendly. The accomodation in Cala Galdana was more typical of a luxury chain hotel. Very comfortable - if anything we felt out of place after a sweaty day of walking arriving in our walking boots. The hotel in Ciutadella was very basic. Minimal toiletries, small breakfast, thin walls and room with an odour - I am not sure how you get a 2 star rating as I would not have felt this was warranted. The farmstay (Agroturismo) was a different experience. The location and accommodation were good. Unfortunately the owner (Esperenca) was far from hospitable, unsmiling and largely leaving the care of guests to her two sons. They tried their best no doubt but seemed too eager to complete their tasks (serving dinner and getting us off to our destinations each morning). As a consequence we did not feel totally relaxed.

              I recognise I have dwelt a lot on the accommodation in this review this presumably is where most of the cost of the holiday is spent.

              Overall an enjoyable experience. Menorca is a lovely island with generally friendly hospitable people. We enjoyed the variety of cuisine available in restaurants and bars which is good value for money.

              To improve the overall experience I would encourage the company to look for alternative accommodation in or near to Ciutadella.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A Great Experience

              By Anthony

              from Lincs

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun
              • Great Accommodations
              • Well Organised

              Cons

              • Poorly Organised

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Relaxation

              Comments about macs adventure Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls:

              I am hesitant about commenting on organisation because I was not the point of contact with MacsTours. In our group there were four couples (mainly either in their 70s or approaching)of varying fitness. Wife and I really enjoyed it, but have some recommendations to make for even more fun!
              1. Menorca is a small island and travelling times around it are therefore quite short, so I would recommend two hotels only between days 2-6.
              2. Six strenuous days in succession could be too much. What about one rest day with three active before and three after?
              3. Putting the two most strenuous days first seems a little perverse. Golden oldies need to build up to the bid one...about Day 4?

              These suggestions could make a great adventure holiday even better!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great scenery and good fun

              By Team Julie

              from Leeds

              About Me Avid walkers

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun
              • Great Accommodations
              • Well Organised

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Holiday
                • Trying Something New

                Comments about macs adventure Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls:

                The walks were very varied and interesting. The accommodation was excellent and the transfers went off every day without any problems. The island was beautiful and full of wild flowers. the weather was good between low to mid twenties perfect for walking. Eating out was easy with fresh good food and inexpensive. All in all a fantastic holiday.

                (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Cami de Cavalls - A hidden gem

                By Stan the Man

                from Croydon

                About Me Up for a challenge, Very Keen Walker, World Traveller

                Pros

                • Fun
                • Great Accommodations
                • Well Organised

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Holiday
                  • Trying Something New

                  Comments about macs adventure Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls:

                  The Cami de Cavalls is a national footpath that goes right round the island of Menorca which is a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. The route includes the S'Albufera Natural Park, gorges, up and down cliffs and hidden beaches and accordingly each day's walk is different fron the previous day. The scenery is fantastic.

                  The walk is graded moderate to easy and generally this is correct although the hill and cliff walks can be more more difficult in the afternoon sun.

                  Accommodation varies from an upmarket tourist hotel to a very poor hostal. The two nights stay in an Agroturismo is a highlight of the trip. Generally accommodation is more than adequate.

                  Transfers went well and were seamless.

                  The Cami de Cavalls is a ""hidden gem" and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to explore the hidden Menorca.

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