Hiking Menorca. The possibilities for a walking holiday abroad are still limited. But how we look forward to the moment when we are allowed to cross the border again! Menorca as a destination for your walking holiday may not (yet) be so obvious. But I’ll give you 5 reasons to explore this beautiful island on foot.
About Walking Menorca
Menorca is an island in the Mediterranean Sea and belongs, together with Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera, to the Balearic archipelago. What makes this island so special is that it is not (yet) known to the general public. There are no hordes of tourists, no party people like in Ibiza, no big hotels and resorts. Most of the tourists come to the island for the beautiful beaches and wonderful weather. And for those who want a little more, there are many sights and activities on the island, such as strolling through the narrow streets of Mahon, visiting the highest mountain of Menorca, the Monte Toro, here you have an amazing view, all over the island while walking Menorca. On Monte Toro is a 17th-century church with a statue of the Virgin Mary with a bull at her feet. On the island, you will find mainly small-scale boutique hotels and cute white houses with the typical entrance gate of Menorca that is the same everywhere. And not unimportantly: the island has been listed in its entirety on UNESCO since 2006, in the category of bios reserve. The island is beautiful, well-kept, natural, authentic, green, untouched and peaceful.
197 beautiful beaches
Most tourists explore Walking Menorca for the beautiful beaches and the wonderful weather. Not surprising, since you will find no fewer than 197 beautiful beaches here! Varying from wide sandy beaches with all amenities to small idyllic bays, which sometimes require an hour’s walk. They have one thing in common: the water is crystal clear and crystal clear. The light blue colour contrasts beautifully with the white sand on the beach. The most popular beaches can be found in the south and west of the island. There you will find the beaches of Cala Macarelleta, Cala Mitjana, Cala Pregonda and Cala’n Bosch.
Talaiots in Menorca
The island also stands out for its 274 stone monuments that indicate the existence of people on the island in the prehistoric period, they are called Talaiots. The island also has a rich and varied flora with more than 900 flowering plant species, as well as no fewer than 17 dragonfly species and 30 butterflies. The capital of Menorca is Mao and has its own airport. In high season there are direct flights from Amsterdam almost daily. Experience this all nature very closely with Walking Menorca.
Walking Menorca: the Cami de Cavalls
Of all the walks in Menorca, the Cami de Cavalls is the most spectacular. This hiking trail in Menorca is 185 km long and runs along the entire coast of the island. In the past, it was used by soldiers on horseback to guard the safety of the island. When you hike the Cami de Cavalls, you traverse rocky areas and valleys. And along the way, while walking Menorca, you will come across ancient watchtowers, lighthouses and trenches. But the most beautiful are the many beaches that are located directly on the footpath. Small and beautiful bays, where you can relax in peace during your walking holiday in Menorca.
5 reasons to hike Menorca
Why should you choose walking Menorca? Let me give you 5 reasons to hike in Menorca.
- A walking tour with different faces: If you want to walk around Menorca, you need about 20 stages. From about 15 and 25 kilometres per day. In these 20 stages, you will see an island with different faces. From the pearly white beaches with clear blue water in the south to the deserted plains in the north. You pass authentic villages, attractive cities, green forests, heather, sandy paths and sometimes you even walk on the beach. Walking Menorca is a walking holiday full of variety!
- The route is well signposted: the Cami de Cavalls is well signposted. So you don’t have to be afraid of getting lost. The entire walking route is well signposted. It is a GR route. And so every few meters you will find a wooden sign with a red and white marking on it. So as long as you follow it, you know you’re in the right place. Extra handy: often the kilometres to the endpoint are also indicated here!
- The Cami de Cavalls is an undiscovered walking tour: the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca is not very well known yet. And that means that not many walkers can be found yet. So you can enjoy walking Menorca in peace here.
- Time to disconnect for a moment: you do not have a good connection to the network everywhere on the island. Of course in the villages, cities and your accommodations. But while walking in Menorca it can happen that you have no internet connection for a while. And to be honest: that is sometimes very nice! You have the opportunity to shut yourself off completely and be with yourself.
- Menorca is a safe island: In contrast to, for example, the busy Mallorca and party island Ibiza, Menorca is a very quiet and safe island. Menorcan’s are very friendly and warm people. Even if you walk alone, you do not have to be afraid. Walking in Menorca is wonderful!
Also, walking Menorca?
Do you want to know more about hiking Menorca? For example, you can walk along the south coast in 6 stages. Do you prefer pure and whimsical? Then the northern route might suit you better. Of course, you can also put together your own walking holiday. Whichever route you choose, I am sure you will enjoy walking Menorca 100%!