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) stretches the entire coastline of the island and takes you along 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.
Spanish Law requires you to wear a cycling helmet when riding on any roads. Helmets are not always included in any hire price and because they are unique fit for everyone you should think about bringing your own helmet. Off road the stoney ground hurts a lot so always wear a helmet!
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. There are interesting places to stop off for food and just general discovery. 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.
Menorca is adding more cycle routes for the local population however the biggest appeal for cycling fans is the network of tiny country roads ( Camis ) and the around the island coastal path ( Cami de Cavalls ) . Camis can be anything from a tiny 2m wide unsurfaces track connect villages to a narrow tarmaced road. Mountain Biking Guide.
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.
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.
As the demand increases so does the number of hire shops. But dont expect to find a hire shop on every corner! ( dated 2015 ) A day hire will be around 10 Euros, but weekly hire is much cheaper at around 42 Euros. 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.
Here are a collection of cycling trips done and described by others on clear maps with points of interest on the way in photographs Mountain Bike Routes.
Around Punta Prima along to Binibequer there are modern cycle tracks for those looking for more relaxing cycling. Cycles can be hired in Punta Prima.
Son Bou electric bikes can be hired for resort area and surounding countryside
Audax Sports & Nature - next to Audax hotel at western end of beach - Also provide Mountain Bikes excursions.
Katayak - Paseo Maritimo 69,Fornells.
Cala En Porter,Cala en Bosch,Son Xoriguer can be hired at various locations in the resort.
|Equipment,repairs and hire||On the Ronda. Avenida Francesc Femenias 44,07702 Mahon (Mao) tel. (+34) 971 35 37 98|
|Equipment,repairs and hire||Carrer Sant Isidre 32-34
07760 Ciutadella tel. (+34) 971 35 37 98
On the Ronda. Avenuida. Francesc Femenias 58
07702 Mahon (Mao) tel. (+34) 971 369 979
|Basic Hire||Centre of Cala en Porter. Calle Xaloc,Local 6, Cala'n Porter, Alaior, 07730.|
|Equipment,repairs and hire||Cami des Castell 241C Mahon - Menorca - Tel : 971 35 13 23|