Cycling and MTB Guide
Mountain Biking, Hire and cycle routes
Introduction Discover Menorca by bike, enjoying the interior of the islands' landscapes, picturesque villages and hamlets and the 'tancas' (small fields) separated by typical dry stone walls which divide the countryside of Menorca. Paths and routes such as the extensive network of 'Camis' -single track roads and rough tracks are ideal for mountain biking and cover a large proportion of the island. A restored historical path, the Cami (Camis de Cavalls) follws the entire cosatline of Menorca and takes you along dome dramatic coastal views. This path dating from medieval times is fully signposted and a guide book and individual maps are available from island tourist offices.
Good to know
Spanish Law requires you to wear a cycling helmet when riding on any roads. Off road the stoney ground hurts a lot - so always wear a helmet despite the heat! ;-)
Many small roads have blind bends and high stone walls so a lead rider wearing some high visibility vest is always sensible. Springtime/ Early Summer is the best time ( mid March to mid May )
The dominant sport is MTB. The main road ME-1 is the backbone road and access point to many idylic country lanes and off road tracks. While there is no cycle way on the ME-1 there is a 1.5m wide safety zone along the entire length that cyclists can use.
Bus and Bikes - Normally not allowed onboard.
Bus Bike Trailer
Save the legs - Island end to end. The L14 non stop express ( 45 min.) offers a ( max. 14 ) Bike Trailer at selected times between Mahon < - > Ciutadella Mon- Fri.
2 Eur per Journey on top of the 5.10 passenger fair
Stops : Mahon Bus station and Ciutadella City outskirts ( Via Perimetral ) or Centre ( Place de la Pau )
|Mahon bus station: 06:45||Ciutadella Plaça de la Pau: 8:00h|
|Mahon bus station: 13:20||Ciutadella Plaça de la Pau: 14:20h|
|Mahon bus station: 15:20||Ciutadella Plaça de la Pau: 16:20h|
What to expect and Terrain
Don't expect extensive surfaced cycle lanes at beach resorts. Menorca is adding more cycle routes for the local population however the biggest appeal for cycling fans is the network of tiny tracks, country roads ( Camis ) and the around the island's coastal route ( Cami de Cavalls ) - this requires mountain bikes! Camis can be anything from a tiny narrow unsurfaced stoney tracks connecting villages to a narrow asphfalt road. being Spain road cycling is popular especially the traditional Sunday cycle. The island has rolling hills in the interior rather than steep climbs. If hills are your thing head to Ferreries area and Es Alocs heading north.
Menorca's Road Network
Spring time is a great time to explore the island with an abundance of green scenery at wildlife that will suprise you. And accommodation will be also be attractively priced.
Camis and the Camis de Cavalls network
The original road system of the island when horses and feet were the transport norm.
The island has an extensive network of the original bridalways/little roads ( " Camis" ) built long before the arrival of the motor car. There have been extensive projects to re-open these and signpost them as part of cycle tracks. Still only suitable for off road machines. Best to just go. The island is so small you'll never get lost! Pack a high visibility vest as the stone walls that line the little lanes can make you hard to see for the occasional car.
Cycle Hire / MTB rentals
As the demand increases so does the number of hire shops. But dont expect to find a hire shop on every corner! ( dated 2019 ) A day's hire will be around 15 Euros, but weekly hire is encouraged with discounts. Often in the beach resort the local watersports activity company will also hire out machines. In beach resorts hire prices tend to be higher.
While currently the island lends itself more to mountain biking, but there is an increasing network of modern cycles routes for the less energetic. Particularly in the south east corner of Menorca cycling around the white washed local villages is very pleasant.
There are six major signposted routes criss crossing areas, using roads, tracks and pathways. Again a free pamphlet is available at various tourist information offices and outlets.
Menorca Holiday Tips
Here are a collection of cycling trips done and described by others on maps with points of interest photos Mountain Bike Routes.
Cycle Hire Locations
City bikes , low and high end Mountain Bikes, Road racers and E-bikes. Spares and repairs.
Guided Bike Tours
Make a group or Join a Group. Road, MTBs and easy going E-Bike tours on MenorcaDetails appearing shortly...