This introductory guide is for both people who just want to enjoy a walk while on holiday in Menorca as well as those for whom walking is the holiday.
There are some great specialist walking guides and printed maps on offer.
As your aircraft approaches the island airport or from ariel map images you will see just how sparsely populated Menorca is, how natural it remains and that its's cross crossed by a myriad of 'hidden' footpaths, tracks and narrow stonewall lined lanes. Much of the island's beauty can be enjoyed in easy walks for the casual holiday stroller and longer treks for avid walkers. You will be able to explore the coastline along the Camis de Cavalls, deep lush limestone gorges, pine forests, rolling hill scapes, pre-historic sites and idylic remote beaches. In 1993 Menorca was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Over 40% of the island is protected.
Camis are small narrow track lanes, the original road system of the island, that criss cross the island.
The island has an extensive network of these Camis built long before the arrival of the motor car. There have been long term projects to re-open these and signpost them as part of walking and cycle routes - only suitable for off road Bicycles.
Here are a collection of walks (hikes and easier walks ) and cycling trips recorded and described by others. With clear maps, points of interest en route, photographs and with GPS locations data.Walks and Cycling Routes
Cami de Cavalls
Cami de Cavalls, ('path of the horse') is a rough track coastal path from medieval times that originally followed much of the entire Menorcan coastline. The path encircling the island is now open to the public and can be freely used by hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders. The 184 kilometres of path is divided into 20 sections, each of which is clearly signposted and with information panels giving details of that particular stretch. Parts of the Cami de Cavalls are open for horses ( see sign below). Other sections are accessible for walkers and mountain bikes. Originally created by occupying nations for the purpose of keeping an eye on the coastal defences as a horseback supply route.
It is a great way to see the beautiful coastline but the pathways are 'au natural' so take care close to cliff edges.
Menorca Holiday Tips
This recently completed attraction is still in its early stages of tourist development so you will need to plan any multi-day walks carefully as accommodation is restricted to holiday resorts facilities which may or may not be open outside of may-october
The various signs below indicate that a section of the Cami de Cavalls is under your feet or in that direction.Cami de Cavalls details
Cami de Cavalls routes like this one from Cala Galdana to Sant Tomas or Cala Galdana to Cala Turqueta will often have a rewarding beach along the way for a quick dip, so don't forget lots' of water and to pack swimwear/towel in your rucksack.
Cala Galdana : Cami de Cavalls to Virgin Beaches
Two long routes east and westward starting st Cala Galdana ( so you can stock up on last minute water,food for trip) along the recently opened and signposted original Cami de Cavalls. These original paths will take you along stunning coastlines where you can visit several of the islands most attractive Virgin Beaches. Bus no. 51 Mahon-Cala Galdana , Bus no. 52 Ciutadella-Cala Galdana and No. 53 From Ferreries.
Westward to Cala Turqueta 4.3 Km one way ( approx 3 hours return with stopping to enjoy views - terrain easy ) also passing Cala Macarella virgin beach. Startpoint in Galdana is signposted at steps next to Hotel Audax,ewestern end of resort.
Eastward to Santo Tomas 4.4 Km one way ( approx 4.5 hours return with stopping to enjoy views - terrain medium ) more up/down and also passing Cala Mitjana, Tebaluger, Escoxada . I.e te crem del creme of south coast virgin beaches. Startpoint in Galdana is along Avinguida de la Punta ( 3rd Left turn ).
Menorca Holiday Tip You could also have a friend drop off/pick up at either end as Turqueta/Santo Tomas is accessible by car.
Our useful guide to Cami de Cavalls
Hills to Climb
Walk in the footsteps of the Romans. An incredibly well preserved road as you climb for magnificent views.
San Agueda Castle
Due to its political symbolism the castle was destroyed and abandoned by the re-occupying Kings of Aragon, but it remains one of the island most attractive walks with great views at the summit.
Built circa 1230 a castle contructed by the Moorish occupiers (the name is based on the Arabic name "Sen Agaiz") for defence sitting on top of the island's better vantage points on the island. Reached by a 45 min. climb up an ancient path which is in places was an old Roman road ( over two thousand years old ) - the views from the top are superb.
Like many ancient sites Santa Agueda has sprung many rich legends and myths including buried biblical treasures.
Travel the ME-1 between Ferrerias and Ciutadella. Take the turn for Els Alocs and continue 1.5 km until you reach an abandoned building on right ( see photo ). This marks the start of the path to the top of the hill.
Valleys and Gorges to walk
The Binigaus Valley is very attractive and offers a couple of extra rewards for the walker. Cova des Coloms and the beautiful virgin beach of Binigaus at its coastal entrance.
Cova des Coloms
Along the Barranc de Binigaus ( Binigaus Ravine ) you will find a spectacular cave called Covas des Colom also known as the 'Cathedral cave' due to the sheer height of its ceiling (24 meters high!). Previously used as a place of pre-historic worship. There is another cave called Cova Polida
Binigaus valley is reached in land from Es Migjorn Gran ( follow the red arrows down a track starting at the old cemetery ) and from the coast from behind Binigaus beach. Route Map
Cala en Porter
The Valley starting behind the nature area extends inland towards Alaior or follow coastline to Son Bou or along south east coastline.
Menorca by Joan F Lopez Casasnovas
Includes attractive sets of photographs - translated from the spanish original. "As someone who has been visiting Menorca for more than 40 years I was utterly spellbound by the photographs in this book. I don't even know where half these places are so I have much more to explore."
Algendar Gorge ( Barranc d'Algender )
One of the most spectacular gorges on the island. About 6 kilometers long starting just outside Ferreries stretching to the south coast behind Cala Galdana where the river meets the sea. The easiest access point is at Cala Galdana. The gorge is cut out of one of the soft limestone plateaus so typical of the southern half of the island. This ravine was declared Common Heritage of Mankind in 1998.
Remains discovered in Barranc d'Algender date from the year 2200 BC and are the oldest found in Menorca.
You are led down age-old paths that wind through leafy Mediterranean woods, the ruins of ancient constructions in the rocks and slopes or through lands cultivated with ancient farming techniques.
Its slopes connect to an old path to Mao, popularly known as Ses Voltes, one of the most marvellous spots on the journey. It is one kilometre long, made up of horse-shoe shaped nooks chipped into the rocks and leads down to the bottom of the valley.
S'Albufera National Park is a lakeland, wetlands and marsh area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by hills. It is protected habitat for wildlife, particularly birds. It is a stop over point on a major migratory route between Europe and Africa making it a favourite with birdwatchers.
S' Albufera Nature Reserve
S'Albufera Parc Natural - is a wonderful place for an early morning or evening walk (avoiding the summer heat) . Footpaths lead, through pleasant lakelandscapes and woodlands to the sand dunes behind the beautiful beach at Es Grau. Walk on further to the fishing village of Es Grau to enjoy beachside sunsets at the waterside Cafe Bars.
The park has a visitor centre and guided walking tours are available. Routes through the park are sign posted and scenic walks which can be taken at any time of the year without a guide.
The area around here is also great for walking and exploring. Follow the Cami de Cavalls from Es Grau beach past watchtowers to the coves of Cala Tamarells and Cala de sa Torreta. Further along you will come across the taula and talayot remains (pre-historic stone structures ) at Sa Torre Blanca.
The pretty authentic village of Es Grau lies inside the park making a good starting point ( long stay Car Parking) or even better still, returning point to sip a drink while the sun sets at one of the little Bar Restaurants near the beach.
The island is so richly covered with sites and often refered to as an 'open air museum'.
Guided Walking Tours
If you prefer the company of others or enjoy the added interest of a knowledgeable local guide there are some emerging walking tours on offer. Some with pickups from your accommodation,meals and swimming stops. Walking Tour Companies.
Walking Tours / Holiday Service Companies
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Recommended walking guides and maps.
Walk! Menorcaby David Brawn
A personal and definitive guide (with GPS way points ) to walks on Menorca. 160 page full colour paperback guidebook with Colour photographs. Includes : Menorca - The Living Museum. Flora & Fauna. Location Maps. Walking Maps with Information and map Legend.
Menorca Tour and Trail Mapby David Brawn
THE walkers map to the island.Superbly detailed large scale map of Menorca. At 1:40,000 scale this is the largest, most detailed, up-to-date map of the island that you can buy. 4th Edition is available in 'Super-Durable' and 'Map-Paper’'versions.
Landscapes of Menorcaby Rodney Ansell
"Menorca is a peaceful island, free from most of the excesses of its neighbouring Balearic islands. Walks take you to some beautiful scenery, both inland and along the truly idyllic coastline..."
Includes 45 long and short walks, 18 picnic suggestions and 2 car tours
Popular Guide Books
Unbeatable for the colours, springtime ( March-April ) is a welcome change of scene from winter greys back home. Walks along coastal paths will lead onto a magnificent bay. Inland there are walks through hushed pine forests.