It’s easy to get swept up in the magic of Menorca. This sleepy Balearic Island is an outdoor lover’s playground, blessed with serene bays, rolling countryside and protected wetlands, where time seemingly stands still.
While there’s oodles to do on this island, walking in Menorca should be high on your list. Ditch the tourist hubs and head off the beaten path to embrace its bewitching landscapes. Miles upon miles of paths snake around hidden coves and through the hinterland, meaning you can explore all the island on foot and enjoy stunning views along the way.
Whether you’re up for afternoon ambles or all-day adventures, if you’re planning on going walking in Menorca, these are the top routes to meander along.
Camí de Cavalls
Winding more than 185km around the island, the Camí de Cavalls is the big cheese when it comes to walking in Menorca. Here you can literally trace history, as the route’s been in existence since the Middle Ages. Today, it’s divided into 20 clearly-marked stages, so pick the one nearest to your base and tackle this legendary pathway. Stage ten from Punta Nati to Ciutadella is an easy 5km stretch if you’re after something gentle, while stage 16 from Son Bou to Cala’n Porter is a bit tougher, with 8km to cover.
Cypress Tree Walk
This 2km ramble is perfect if you’re on holiday with little ones! Start from the top of Camí Vell de Binidalí, a country lane just five minutes from Sant Climent. This rural route will take you past Mediterranean shrubbery, farms and white-stone walls. When you reach the main road, turn right into the village of Binidali and loop back towards Sant Climent – you’ll be able to see the shimmering sea en route!
Cova des Coloms
Hidden within the depths of the Binigaus Valley is this 24-metre-high cave. To experience it for yourself, you’ll need to wander down from the dinky hamlet of Es Migjorn Gran. It’s around a 2.6km trek along the green-fringed road. If you’re after something longer, continue onto Platja de Binigaus, where you’ll be rewarded with views of the Mediterranean ahead.
Stretching 7km all the way to the outskirts of Ferreries, this spectacular gorge on the south coast of the island provides an idyllic walking route. Use Cala Galdana as your starting point and follow the gorge as it meanders inland. Limestone rockfaces tower high above you and local wildlife dart in and out of the greenery. Turtles, lizards, eagles and butterflies all call Algendar Gorge home.
Cape Cavalleria Lighthouse
Perched on the most northerly tip of Menorca, Cape Cavalleria Lighthouse boasts a spectacular coastal spot. Set off from Cala Pregonda and follow the path markers for Camí de Cavalls, passing golden-sand beaches along the way. You’ll be able to clap eyes on the Cape Cavalleria Lighthouse from this path, as well as an ancient Roman archaeological site.
Posted: 1st Aug 2019.