Bridge & Walking on Menorca
Enjoy healthy competition and spectacular walking on Menorca
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Exercise your mind and body with this classic holiday combination of Bridge and walking. During the day you'll have a choice of two walks; either an easier or harder route, both carefully selected to enable you to see the best of the local area. We'll return to the hotel in time to freshen up before the Duplicate Bridge competition in the evening.
- Easier walks of between 4 and 6 miles
- Harder walks of between 6 and 8 miles
- Daily Bridge competition
- Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
- Small prizes offered, for fun
- Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
- Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
- Carefully selected friendly, knowledgeable and EBU qualified Bridge Director, and HF Holidays’ Walk Leaders to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- All Bridge fees, stationery and prizes
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
- All transport for the walks
Hotel Port Mahon occupies an excellent position overlooking Mahon harbour. The hotel is located in a peaceful residential area above the marina and just 15 minutes’ walk from the historic city centre. The hotel is owned by Set Hotels, a small chain with hotels on Menorca and mainland Spain. Most of the staff speak good English and are very keen to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable stay.
|Hotel Port Mahon has 82 bedrooms in the main hotel building.
All bedrooms have:
|The main public space at the Hotel Mahon is the piano bar on the ground floor which has lots of comfortable seating.
In the hotel grounds there is a good sized outdoor swimming pool and gardens.
The main reception desk is manned throughout the day and sells postcards and stamps, and you can book a hire car if you would to explore the island on your free day.
Internet access is also available in the reception area.
Our holidays at Hotel Port Mahon are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
Hotel Port Mahon offers an extensive self-select buffet for breakfast, served in the dining room. A typical breakfast will offer a choice of, cereals, bread, croissants and pastries, jams and honey etc, cooked ham, fruit juice and fresh fruit, cheese and yogurt, bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes, tea and coffee.
Hotel Port Mahon offers a four-course evening meal and is served buffet style. First course comprises soups and salads, the main course has a variety of hot dishes, followed by a large dessert buffet, with a choice at each course. There is a good choice of vegetarian options. For guests who have special dietary requirements we suggest you tell our reservations team at the time of booking.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
It is possible to order picnic lunches from the hotel; these should be ordered the night before. Alternatively you may prefer to buy ingredients from one of the many shops and supermarkets in Mahon. On some days it may be possible to visit shops or eat in a local café during the day; your leaders will advise you of the options.
The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. On most evenings you will be able to take advantage of the hotel's entertainment programme.
You may wish to take a stroll with your leader along the harbourfront and marina, where there is a number of cafés and bars, or even try a little flutter at the casino.
Your leader will also be checking for any local events going on nearby.
Alternatively you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar with a drink and chat with your fellow guests The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new clients and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas, and of couples, friends and people travelling alone.
During the day, enjoy a guided walk to explore the best of the local area, led by an experienced HF Holidays' walks leader. Each day choose between an easier walk of between 4 and 6 miles; or a harder walk of between 6 and 8 miles.
We return from our walks with time to freshen up. Each evening from 5pm we'll enjoy a Bridge competition, with a break for the evening meal.
You are of course free to opt out of any of the sessions but it would be helpful if you could let your leader know should you decide not to attend any of the evening competitions.
Small prizes will be awarded for competitions held during the holiday.
If you are on your own, there is no need to worry about whom you are going to partner with, as partnerships will be arranged when necessary, and may be changed from day to day. Leaders are always happy to play when required and enjoy partnering with our guests.
On 7-night holidays there is a free day, when you're free to relax and enjoy the facilities at the Hotel Vila Galé Tavira or to explore the local area independently.
Saturday - Coastal Defenses
After a short bus journey to the delightful inlet of Cala de Sant Esteve, there is an opportunity to make a short visit to Fort Marlborough. Built by the British in the 18th century it is largely hidden from view. Leaving the fort we head south passing two further defensive towers. Our route follows the Cami de Cavalls coastal footpath passing modern day resorts to reach the resort of Punta Prima with its sandy beach and
6 miles (9.5km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.
Leaving Trepuco it’s only a short journey until we arrive on the outskirts of Es Castell. This has a very military feel to it as the centre is a former parade ground. A short walk leads to Calas Fonts with its attractive harbour before we join the Cami de Cavalls en-route to Cala de St Esteve. From this point we follow the easier group route to arrive in Punta Prima.
8 miles (13km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent.
Sunday - Along the east coast to Es Grau
We start the day by visiting the Cap Favartix lighthouse, before travelling onto Es Grau for the start of our circular walk. Our walk takes us north along the beach to meet the Cami de Cavalls which we follow passing secluded beaches, only accessible on foot, to reach the boathouse at Cala de Sa Toretta. Here we can enjoy lunch before retracing our steps to Es Grau beach. At this point the route visits S’Alburfera Lake, an important site for migrating birds; we can spend time here or relax in the local bars.
5 miles (8km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.
The walk follows the Cami de Cavalls leading to Cap Favartix lighthouse. In just a couple of kilometres the landscape changes dramatically from lush countryside to a lunar landscape. After a visit to the lighthouse our route turns south to follow the east coast to Es Grau. We pass secluded beaches and Bassa de Morella Nature Reserve before reaching Cala de Sa Toretta. Our route then joins the easier route to Es Grau and its inviting bars, beach and nature reserve.
8 miles (13km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent.
Monday - Ciutadella sightseeing day
Today we’ll visit Ciutadella, the second largest town on the island situated at the western end. Originally settled by the Moors, this was formerly the island’s capital until this was switched to Mahon by the British. The historic centre is clustered around its narrow harbour and contains a maze of narrow alleys and Moorish buildings. We continue to Monte Toro, the highest peak of the island, to enjoy the view before visiting Fornells, a picturesque fishing village on the north coast. Allow approximately €10 for sightseeing costs.
Tuesday - Free day
Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest.
Wednesday - Limestone valley and sandy beach
We follow the track from the village to Barranco de Binigaus, where the path becomes more rugged and descends to reach the beach at Binigaus. There is an option to visit the Covo des Coloms and a small bar for lunch in St Thomas. After lunch we continue to return to Es Mighorn Gran.
6 miles (8km) with 600ft (180m) of ascent.
Our walk starts in Son Bou, a modern resort with the remains of a 5th century basilica. The walk follows the new routing of the Cami de Cavalls which heads to the marshland of Sant Jaume. The route turns south to the sea and then west of St Thomas. It may be tempting to stay for lunch or a swim before continuing to Binigaus and its barranco. The rugged path ascends close to Cova des Coloms, our second “cathedral” of the day before returning to Es Mighorn
9 miles (14km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.
Thursday - Coast and Country
Walking to and from the hotel means we can begin at a time to suit ourselves and possibly include a restaurant lunch. We walk along Cala Figuera to Es Castell and the pretty fishing village of Cales Fonts where it is possible to catch a water taxi back to Mahon. We then explore country lanes before arriving back at our hotel.
5.9miles (9.5km) with 475ft (145m) of ascent and descent.
Our route today uses quiet lanes and tracks which are well surfaced and suitable if the ground elsewhere happens to be saturated. The Talayotic site of Trebaluger provides us with a wonderful visit before we enjoy lunch in St Lluis. This was a garrison town from the time of French occupation and it has an interesting museum (which sadly may be closed for lunch) with a photogenic mill. As we walk back to the hotel, we pass close to Trepuco Talayotic site that we visited earlier in the holiday.
9.0 miles (14.0km) with 355ft (108m) of ascent and descent.
Please note, every effort is made to adhere to this itinerary; however there may be circumstances beyond our control which could lead to a change in the programme.
What to bring
All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes. EBU Members - don’t forget to bring your EBU membership number to earn Master Points on this holiday.
To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
Bring a rucksack, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar, and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed). Many guests find walking poles useful, particularly for descents. You may find a thermos flask handy if you like to have a hot drink. Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses and protection cream and a camera are all optional extras you may choose to bring.
An introduction to the area
In the summer months Menorca is a popular holiday destination; in spring and autumn it is much quieter and has a sleepy ambience. Most of the local population live in the five main towns of Mahon, the island's capital, Alaior, Es Mercasel, Ferreries and Cuitadella, which are all linked by one main road which runs from one end of the island to the other. Away from this central highway are peaceful traditional villages and a few modern tourist resorts.
Just 30 miles long and 12 miles at its widest point, Menorca is an idea island for a week of exploration. It’s highest points is Monte Toro in the centre of the island which rises to a height of 1,175ft.
Menorca’s long and fascinating history dates back to prehistoric times and one of the highlights is to visit the extraordinary concentration of prehistoric monuments, standing stones and burial chambers. There are several hundred such sights on Menorca and we will visit some of the best examples.
Mahon - Spend more time exploring this interesting town including a visit to the Mahon museum (this beautifully restored building is home to many artefacts discovered on the island throughout its history and tells the history of Menorca from ancient times) and the La Mola fortress, also known as Isabel II, in honour of the queen who ordered its construction in the 19th century during the Spanish dominion.
Ciutadella - described as dignified, aristocratic, ancient, secretive and deliciously Mediterranean – Ciutadella is an historic showpiece which has failed to be ruined by the 20th century. Like Mahón, it was originally named by the Carthaginians, who called it Jamma. It was the original capital of Menorca until the British changed the capital to Mahón in the 18th century. However the Bishop refused to move and consequently Ciutadella still remains the religious capital of Menorca.
Shops & facilities:
There are plenty of shops, banks, bars and cafés in Mahon, with the market on Tuesday in the old convent. There is a very good SPAR shop close to the hotel selling a good selection of packed lunch ingredients. There is also an excellent bakery, a mini-market and a newspaper shop close to the hotel.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham flights to Mahon airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The short coach transfer takes approx 15 minutes to the Hotel Port Mahon.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Titch is a professional Bridge teacher. She ran her own Bridge School in Devon for many years before selling it to move to Surrey. Bridge has been an important part of her life, opening doors when she moved to new countries in her youth, including Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, East Africa, Canada, India, etc. Titch works for the English Bridge Union, training Bridge teachers all over England. Her love of the game is infectious and she believes every player is an ambassador to Bridge. Learning and playing Bridge is equivalent to taking your brain to a mind gym and giving it a good work-out, thereby keeping it fit and active while also improving the memory. Titch’s classes are relaxed and full of good humour.
Titch is an excellent and very interesting and lively communicator and excellent organiser.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Double rooms for sole occupancy: £19 per night
- Seaview: £7 per person per night