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Menorca Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £1,099pp £999pp with flights

In spring and autumn, Menorca has a sleepy ambience and its sun-drenched coastline is very peaceful. This leisurely guided walking and sightseeing holiday will take you on walks along gentle paths in low-lying terrain through the pretty countryside and along the coast. During some of the walks we’ll pass by some of the island’s 1,500 Megalithic sites giving a glimpse into the lives of Menorca’s earliest inhabitants. A sightseeing day in the fascinating old island capital of Ciutadella accompanied by an expert local guide will reveal more of the island’s interesting history. Our base for the week is the port town of Mahon which is home to some 18th century British fortifications built in recognition of the strategic importance of Mahon’s large natural harbour.

Holiday Highlights

  • This tranquil island offers gentle coastal walks to sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages
  • Enjoy a day's sightseeing at fascinating Ciutadella, influenced by the Baroque and Gothic eras
  • Walk through green rolling scenery to traditional Menorcan villages
  • See a wealth of pre-historic monuments including standing stones and burial chambers
  • An ideal location for a relaxing walking holiday, full of commerce and culture
  • Stay at a popular 4-star hotel overlooking Mahon harbour

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day plus 1 full sightseeing day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

Welcome to Hotel Port Mahon. 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: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

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: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

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.

View on old town Ciutadella port on sunny day, Menorca island, Spain.


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: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

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: Visit the Cap Favartix lighthouse.

Option 2 - Cami de Cavalls and Cap Favartix

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

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:

Mahon: A 10 minute walk from the hotel will take you to the centre of Mahon. With a population of around 25,000, this is the island’s capital and 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.

La Mola Fortress: The immense fortress of La Mola was built between 1848 and 1875 to guard the entrance to Mahon Harbour. This is the most impressive historic site on Menorca and a visit lasts about 2½ hours. It is best reached by taxi or hire car. Please check with hotel reception for opening hours and possible guided tours.

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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: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

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 two coves local to Cala Galdana. The first, 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 second cove, Cala Macarella to the west. We then return to Cala Galdana for our transport to Mahon.

Highlight: Explore the two beautiful coves on this delightful walk.

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

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

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 Mighorn 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: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: We follow the track from the village to Barranco de Binigaus, where the path becomes more rugged and descends via the Cova des Coloms 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 Mighorn Gran.

Highlight: A beautiful coastal walk.

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

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

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 Mighorn Gran.

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


We hope to see you again soon.


Welcome to Hotel Port Mahon. 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: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

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: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

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: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

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: Visit the Cap Favartix lighthouse.

Option 2 - Cami de Cavalls and Cap Favartix

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

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:

Mahon: A 10 minute walk from the hotel will take you to the centre of Mahon. With a population of around 25,000, this is the island’s capital and 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.

La Mola Fortress: The immense fortress of La Mola was built between 1848 and 1875 to guard the entrance to Mahon Harbour. This is the most impressive historic site on Menorca and a visit lasts about 2½ hours. It is best reached by taxi or hire car. Please check with hotel reception for opening hours and possible guided tours.

Local information website: For information on Menorca please visit www.spain.info


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: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

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 two coves local to Cala Galdana. The first, 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 second cove, Cala Macarella to the west. We then return to Cala Galdana for our transport to Mahon.

Highlight: Explore the two beautiful coves on this delightful walk.

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

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

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 Mighorn 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: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: We follow the track from the village to Barranco de Binigaus, where the path becomes more rugged and descends via the Cova des Coloms 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 Mighorn Gran.

Highlight: A beautiful coastal walk.

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

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

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 Mighorn Gran.

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


We hope to see you again soon.


Menorca Itinerary Map

Hotel Port Mahon - Menorca

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. The hotel features a piano bar on the ground floor with comfortable seating and an outdoor swimming pool and gardens.  

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

Facilities

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 (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.

Evening meal

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.

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.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Information: Single room £24 per night.
  • Sea view: price on request.
  • Travel: London Gatwick flight included.
  • Flight supplement from Manchester and Birmingham: £80pp.
  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort – price per taxi: £27 one way.
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Mahón Airport: £15pp one way.
Duration:
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Type:
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Walking Grade:
1

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