Menorcans are passionate about their horses. The island's native breed ( descendents of the traditional Spanish Andalusian and Arabian ) is a magnificent jet black animal you will often see being ridden late afternoons along roadsides, through towns and villages and perhaps most memorably performing in the summer fiestas.
Riders can enjoy guide led horse treks out to the coast and beaches, explore quiet woodlands or the old ancient bridleways - Cami de Cavall that circle Menorca's entire coastline. Less experienced riders can have 1 hour easy horse and pony treks in the nearby countryside.
For more experienced riders there are 6 recently established routes for Menorca horse riding published on a map by the Consell Insular de Menorca which cover the north coast, the central areas and the south near Es Castell. The rides include elements of the best that Menorca horse riding has to offer – from the stark landscape of the rugged northern cliffs to the rolling gentle hills of the centre, and the soft white beaches of the south.
Pictures courtesy of Sa Ferradura Riding Stables
Horse treks, guided excursions, and pony rides available at all these horse-riding centres. Open most of the year . Pre-booking advised in Summer. Times will vary by season.
|Company||Location + Services||Address|
|North West + excursions||Cami Algaiarens - 07760 Ciutadella +34 609 833 902|
|Central + Classes, excursions, Pony rides||Along the ME-7 at Km 5.5 between Son Parc and Mahon (6 Km from Mahon ) +34 630 605 397 Formally Can Pouny|
|Menorca Horse Riding||Eastern + Classes, excursions, Pony rides||ME-2 to Es Castell/Son Villar - Turn right up Cami Verd at the orange 'HIPICA' sign, continue up hill to Equimar.|
|Taris Centre Ecuestre||Central + Classes, excursions,||ME-1 betqeen Alaior and Mahon|
|Central + Open all year round||Along the ME-1 at km 24 between Ferreris and Es Mercadal (close to Es Mercadal ) Signposted to lloc de sta. Rita- Crta. Gral Mercadal - Ferreries 07740 Es Mercadal +34 971 374 637|
|Son Olivar NOU Crta. Cala en Bosch, km. 8 07760 Ciutadella +34 679 980 872|
|Central + Open all year round, local Excursions||Son Bou - Torre Soli Nou Carrer Atalis (Parking) 07730 ALAIOR MENORCA +34 619 84 15 21|
The shows are very popular with children and horse fans alike. Guided visits to stables to see the horses being trained and shows demonstrating the legendary equestrian and dressage skills of riders and horses.
|Location + Services||Address|
|South West - Ferreries||Along ME-22 Cala Galdana-Ferries road, km. 0.5 07750 Ferreries Tel. +34 971 155 059|
|South West - Ferreries||Along ME-22 Cala Galdana-Ferries road, km. 1.5 07750 Ferreries Tel. +34 669 808 131|
Fiestas are not held for the benefits of tourists, so are genuine and much loved by the islanders. Menorcan horses play a big role often with riders parading and showing off their horsemanship skills. Even if you dont agree with 'performing' Horses there is no doubting the beauty of these horses. Recommended at Es Castell Fiesta Photos.
The official name of the breed is 'Pura Raza Menorquina' (Pure Breed Menorquina). Must be black to be registered. In spring you will see lots of little newcomers in the fields.