Highlights of Menorca

Hikers on a coastal path by the sea in Menorca, Balearic islands, Spain
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European walking holidays
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £1,349pp

The most easterly of the Balearic archipelago, the laid-back Mediterranean island of Menorca is the perfect choice for rolling hills, forest valleys, sleepy whitewashed villages, protected natural environments, and a stunning coastline. Highlights include exploring the former capital of Ciutadella, admiring the numerous megalithic sites dotting the landscape, and spending time enjoying cultural offerings in Mahon – the charming port city built upon a cliff overlooking a natural harbour.

What you’ll love

  • Enjoying coastal walks to sandy beaches and fishing villages
  • Exploring the cobbled lanes of Ciutadella, once the island’s capital
  • Admiring the wetlands in S’Albufera Natural Park
  • Visiting Cova des Coloms (Cave of the Pigeons)
  • Spotting archaeological remains scattered across the island
  • Staying in Mahon, the biggest natural harbour in the Med

What’s included

  • Full programme of guided walks led by local HF Holidays Leaders
  • HF Holidays Tour Manager
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Welcome to the hotel. Unpack and settle in.


Menorca has an impressive collection of ancient Talayotic sites. Both groups have a short visit to Trepuco – the ruins of a village which dates back to the Megalithic period. There are the remains of stone buildings and defence towers but the most noticeable feature is a giant stone table (taula). Both walks then follow the coast which allows good views of Mahon harbour and its impressive fortifications.

Option 1 - Coastal defences to Punta Prima

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Total ascent: 350 feet (100m)

In summary: 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 lighthouse.

Highlight: The Cami de Cavalls, an important historic route.

Option 2 - Es Castell to Punta Prima

Distance: 8½ miles (14km) 

Total ascent: 620 feet (200m)

In summary: 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.

Highlgiht: Walk along the peaceful coastline with views out to sea.


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.


Today we’ll travel to the north of Mahon to enjoy walks along the east coast. We’ll pass delightful beaches taking in views over the coastal village of Es Grau and beyond to the island of Colom. Our journey takes us to a protected nature reserve which overlooks the S’Albufera Lake before reaching the village of Es Grau.

Option 1 - Es Grau and Albufera des Grau

Distance: 5½ miles (9 km)

Total ascent: 540 feet (170m)

In summary: From Es Grau, 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.

Highlight: The local nature reserve to ES Grau - known for migrating birdlife and a good chance of spotting tortoises

Option 2 - Cami de Cavalls and Cap Favartix

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 940 feet (290m)

In summary: 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. The walk then joins the easier route to Es Grau and its inviting bars, beach and nature reserve.

Highlight: Pass Bassa de Morella, a lagoon rich in wildlife.


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. Some options for your free day may include

Santo Tomas – is lovely resort town on a beautiful beach, you can spend time relaxing in one its bars and restaurants, or take a lovely coastal walk to Punta d’Atalis a lovely view point along the coast and bathe from Playa de Talis and quiet off the beaten track sweep of sand.

Mahon – The islands capital is just a 45 minute bus ride away or maybe take a taxi. With a population of around 25,000, it has a good selection of shops, cafés and facilities. The city’s great harbour has long been recognised for its strategic importance and over the years has been a base for the British and Spanish fleets. Boat trips around the harbour depart from the main quayside and are a great way to see its full scale. The city’s main historic sites, including the cathedral, can be found on the hill just above the harbour and display a variety of different influences from the island’s various rulers.


Today's walks head to southwest Menorca for some particularly attractive coastal walks. Both walks visit sandy beaches before finishing in the resort of Cala Galdana, a popular resort with sandy beaches, pine clad headlands and plenty of bars to relax in after a day’s walking.

Option 1 - Santa Galdana and Cala Mitjana, Azure Coves

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 540 feet (170m)

In summary: The day begins with a choice – Lithica stone quarry for an hour’s visit or stay on the coach to Son Xoriguer where the harder walk starts. Best described as a butterfly walk, the easier route visits the coves, to the east of Cala Galdana is Cala Mitijana. After returning to Cala Galdana you may decide to explore its facilities whilst the group visits the viewpoint above the cove of Cala Macarella to the west. We then return to Cala Galdana for our transport to Mahon.

Highlight: Explore the beautiful cove on this delightful walk.

Option 2 - Southwest Coast Path, Son Xorgiuer to Cala Galdana

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 980 feet (300m)

In summary: Our journey to Son Xoriguer takes about an hour. The walk follows the Cami de Cavalls coastal path with sections of limestone paths, woodland, low cliff tops, beaches and coves. We will pass this generally natural coast of remote and deserted caves and several tempting beaches. The walk finishes in Cala Galdana with its many facilities.

Highlight: A fantastic coastal walk.


On the final day we head to the south for walks which combine both inland and coastal scenery. A limestone valley descends from Es Migjorn Gran to the sea and is well known for an enormous cave, Cova des Coloms (cave of the pigeons), said to be large enough to accommodate a cathedral. Both groups visit this impressive site.

Option 1 - Leisure and Legend, Cova des Coloms

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (190m)

In summary: We follow the track from the village to Barranco de Binigaus, where the path becomes more rugged to reach the beach at Binigaus. There is the option to visit a small bar for lunch in St Thomas. After lunch we continue to return to Es Migjorn Gran, on the return there is the option to visit the Cova des Coloms.

Highlight: Experiencing a rugged landscape which in spring is full of flowers and birdsong.

Option 2 - Two Cathedrals, Son Bou to Es Migjorn Gran

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In summary: Our walk starts in Son Bou, and 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 Migjorn Gran.

Highlight: A walk of great variety from coast to lush countryside.


We hope to see you again soon.


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Seth Port Mahon - Menorca

Refurbished in 2023, the Seth 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. The hotel features a piano bar on the ground floor with comfortable seating and an outdoor swimming pool and gardens.  (September - October 2023 departures)

Rooms

Hotel Port Mahon has 82 bedrooms in the main hotel building.

All bedrooms have:

  • En-suite bathroom with shower or bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Satellite Television

About your stay

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.

Food & drink

Our holidays at Hotel Port Mahon are on a half-board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast

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.

Lunch

Items for lunches can be purchased 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.

Evening meal

Hotel Port Mahon offers a buffet style dinner. There is a wide choice of of salads and hot dishes together with soup and bread.  Desserts are offered ass well as fresh fruit, yogurts and ice cream.  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.

Drinks

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Your evenings

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.

You may wish to take a stroll with your leader along the harbour front 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.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

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Non-member fee: £30 per person.

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  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort - price available on request
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Mahón Airport - please contact us for prices
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European walking holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

7 nights from £1,349pp

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