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Self Guided Hiking Vacation 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: 19km, 6 hrs, approx 250m ascent / 200 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: 16km, 5-6 hrs, approx 450m ascent / 450 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: 14km, 4 hrs, approx 250m 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: 18km, 6 hrs, approx 150m ascent / 170 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: 15km, 4.5 hrs, approx 100m ascent / 100m 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. This tour also has access to the Macs Adventure Navigation Smartphone App - we highly recommend using it, or at least having it on your phone ready to use should you ever be in any doubt about your direction.


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, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • GPX tracks and access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone Navigation App
  • 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.

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