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Menorca – a beautiful island with a stunning nature
Javier Mendez – the guide and his excellent knowledge of the island’s nature and wildlife
Port Mahon Hotel – a very comfortable hotel with an excellent location
Scenery – a wonderful range will be encountered that displays the diversity of terrain that can be found in Menorca
Menorca offers a wonderful variety of terrain for walking, which is both diverse and scenic. Our resident guide, Javier Mendez, who also leads our ‘Flowers and Wildlife of Menorca’, in addition to his skills as a walking guide, offers an expert insight into the exceptional nature and wildlife of this beautiful island. The trails followed will encounter a wide mix of the beauty Menorca offers; stunning beaches, centuries old forests, coastal wetlands, fishing villages, a national park, and at the same time, Javier will introduce you to a little of the island’s history. The walks average around 9kms with just one day 11kms.
Our Guide - Javier Méndez
Your guide for this tour is a professional ornithologist and naturalist. Javier is a co-founder of Menorca Ornithologist Society and a member of Menorca Research Institute. He was born and bred in Menorca and knows the island intimately. He has been a keen birdwatcher and nature lover all his life and he has done many studies about Menorcan birds population and wildlife. Javier speaks good English and has a natural and infectious enthusiasm for birds and the unique wildlife of Menorca. He has been guiding groups of birdwatchers, walkers and nature enthusiasts on the island since 2001. Javier also has an excellent knowledge of the Menorcan wild flowers having also led many botanical tours.
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Departing: 09th October 2020 at 06:40
Returning: 16th October 2020 at 10:30
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Mahon, Menorca (regional flights may be available - these are on request and subject to a supplement, please call to enquire.). Transfer to Port Mahon Hotel. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2: Favàritx – Es Grau.
The walk starts at Favàritx lighthouse, at the north of the Es Grau Natural Park, one of the most magical and enigmatic places on the island. The walk follows the east coast, passing through the only natural park of the island, to the small fishing town of Es Grau. Along the way we’ll discover small beaches, coastal wetlands, a spectacular endemic flora, defence towers that tell us about the stormy past of the island, and the Es Grau lagoon, the largest wetland of Menorca. Accompanying us will be the majestic presence of the Mediterranean Sea and some splendid views of the east coast of the island.
Day 3: Cala Tirant – Binimal·là.
Our walk today takes us from the beautiful beach of Cala Tirant to the no less surprising one of Binimal·là on the north coast of Menorca, which will amaze us with its beauty. This part of the island is characterized by the beauty of its beaches, its geological wealth and its contrast of colours. A walk for the senses on a coastal path that leaves no one indifferent.
Day 4: El Pilar – Algaiarens.
Today's walk takes us through one of the wildest areas of the north of the island, giving us the opportunity to discover a more rural Menorca, with its variety of landscapes and the spectacular nature of its forests. It is a walk that alternates between coast and interior but always an exuberant nature; we will discover red sand beaches, centuries-old oaks forests and cow pastures with vulture roosts.
Day 5: Day at leisure.
Day 6: Cala Galdana – Son Saura
The south coast of Menorca is characterized by white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Today’s route will encounter some of the most spectacular beaches of the island with a gentle walk that follows the Menorcan south coast, where pine forests are interspersed with small but beautiful beaches, which have become known as the 'Menorcan Caribbean'. Macarella, Macarelleta, Turqueta, Es Talaier or Son Saura beaches will transport us to a Menorca totally different from what we had seen so far.
Day 7: Santo Tomas – Cala Galdana.
The limestone rock that forms the southern half of Menorca has been moulded over the years by small rivers that have crossed the island from north to south forming spectacular ravines that flow into spectacular beaches on the south coast. Today’s route will take us into some of these ravines, showing us the bowels of the island, its vertical walls and its wildlife in a winding route with a start and finish at the spectacular beaches of Binigaus and Cala Mitjana.
Day 8: Transfer to Mahon Airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 15 passengers.
Port Mahón Hotel
The Port Mahón Hotel occupies a magnificent position overlooking the Port of Mahón. We have chosen this hotel for its close proximity to the town and the many restaurants along the water’s edge reached either by a few ‘Spanish Steps’ or the convenience of a public lift. The hotel is a classic Anglo-Menorcan building painted in the traditional dark red Menorcan style of all important buildings on the island, and offers a buffet and à la carte restaurant, piano bar, cafe, pool, and a splendid terrace-sun deck with exclusive views over the Port. Rooms include en-suite bathrooms, telephone, air-conditioning, TV, mini bar, rental safety deposit box, Wi-Fi and hairdryer. It is possible to upgrade your room to include a balcony or a balcony and sea view - prices on request.
Port Mahón Hotel Website
The base for this tour is Mahón (known as Mao in Catalan). A picturesque and historical city, Mahón became the capital of the island in 1721 when the British moved the capital from Cuitadella to Mahón. This was done predominantly because of the size and depth of the town’s natural harbour, which meant the entire British Mediterranean fleet could be housed here. Today the town remains an attractive place with lots of elegant 18th-century mansions dotted between the many churches and the town’s Gothic cathedral. It is a place best explored on foot especially the narrow and atmospheric pedestrianised streets with their shady squares and choice of outdoor cafes and restaurants.
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