Want to enjoy a favourite outdoor hobby or try something new under sunnier, warmer skies? Menorca offers more and more ways to enjoy it's pristine undeveloped coastlines, lush hidden valleys and serene landscapes.
Don't know Menorca? Unspoilt best describes this island. A destination where a long standing balance has been struck between tourism and preserving one of the Mediterranean's most attractive beach and costal paradises.
Perhaps less known than Menorca's stunning beach filled coastline, is the Island's interior. Sparsely populated with miles of signed and unsigned ancient trails and rural lanes (camis ) lined by dry stone walls all of which criss cross Menorca's diverse landscape.
...and best of all you have all the other great things about Menorca like the beautiful scenery, waterside restaurants , traditional Tapas without the cold! ...all this is just 2 hours flight time away which makes Spring and Autumn shortbreaks possible.
Early summer sunshine on Menorca starts in March, where visitors will notice it being much warmer than back at home. The land with be a burst of colour and newborn animals.
However most beach resorts only open fully in May so you need to look at being based in a town or have a hire car ( circa 80-100 Eur / week )
Top Tips : Cala en Porter, Fornells
Love the thought of pounding through the surf on horseback? Even in summer months the northern virgin beaches can be ridden while the sourthern beaches will start to welcome sunbathers from May onwards. ( Horses are transported to beach )
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With its unspoiled countryside, stunning coastline and countless trails, there is a wide variety of terrain to suit all levels of ability.
Many of the smaller country lanes are virtually traffic free and there is plenty of opportunity for riders to explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Mediterranean.
There are several stables offering excursions 1 to 2 hours and horse trekking ( adults and children ) which can last from a morning to several days.
With rolling rather than steep hills, quiet roads, and many kilometres of rough country tracks, cycling is one of the best ways to explore Menorca. Mountain Bikes hired for a day or two or organised excursions are an exciting way to discover Menorca 'hidden' from the beach resorts. Winter time is often 15 C plus with sunny days.
While there are few purpose made cycle ways, alongside roads cyclists are allowed to use the 1.5m wide plus margins at the side of most of the major roads. There is now an increasing network of signposted recommended routes and more and more places offering MTB hire.
Casual walkers and hardened day trekkers will love Menorca's walking pleasures. Walk off long lunches or all day hikes there is a so much to choose from. Lush hidden valleys, coastal walks to secret coves and turquoise bays. No need to be a Millets model either!
Despite being surrounded by water, preserving the Menorca's nature and tranquility means Watersports are not full on on every beach. Rather there are centres in allocated areas.
Menorca is fast developing into a new destination for experienced Kayak fans who love the sun and sea mix. But it's definitely not just for die hard paddlers but great for holidaymakers to add something special to their stay on Menorca. A chance to see the amazing coast up close, reach dreamy beaches and coves without the coast of a more expensive boat charters.
It would be difficult to think of an island more suited to sea kayaking than Menorca. Springtime and early summer season means sunshine , glistening waters and lower priced accommodation.
Basic kayaks can be hired from beach but generally they will not have good enough back support for trips of more than an hour or two. Hired Kayaks from excursion companies will be much better suited to longer paddles.
A more leisurely way to get on the water. A wide stable board, on which you stand rather than sit and glide over the water uisng a long single paddle. Standing means you can see into the crystal waters below you.
The main windsurfing area is the bay of Fornells, it being ideal for holiday beginners to learn.
Hard core winssurfing with wave jumping happens in winter time. Son Bou and Punta Prima being popular spots.
Spring and Summer
The pristine warm clear waters with visibility of up to 30 metres, calm seas, and a well established Marine reserve on the north coast make the island a popular destination for divers of all abilities. Menorca diving now is one of the most popular and established sports on the island with centres around the island offering courses up to dive master levels. The wide shallow inlet at the Bay of Fornells offers the perfect conditions for beginners to take courses and yet minutes from the dive centres just outside the bay are beautiful dive spots on the reefs and underwater caves of the Marine Reserve. There are also many dive spots around the island which can easily be accessed from the
The waters of Menorca are a real holiday memory. They are amazingly clear so even with just a simple snorkel you will see lots, not murky haze. And because the water is in such good condition you'll see lots of fish and marine life too. Many,many of the resort beaches have shallow sandy bottoms fringed with rocks, ideal for young snorkellers. Organised trips can take you to spectacular places by boat for that something extra special.
Menorca has a deserved reputation for relaxation that doesn't mean it does not know how to enjoy it'self. How about 200m above the ground Paragliding or taking the wheel of a jeep down rugged tracks where cars cannot go? Three karting tracks can provide a buzz for speed freaks.
Spring and Summer
Jet Ski and Rib riding across the water is very exhilarating. Water Sking is available in Fornells
A 'Rib' is a lightweight open rigid hulled vessel with a big outboard engine and basic fittings ie 'a seat of your pants water roadster' built for speed and fun! A real wind in your face way to see the coast and because they are smaller you can get in close to sea caves and beaches.