Walking Holidays in Spain - Balearic Islands - Menorca - Short Break Walks


Holiday Highlights
  • Follow the Camí de Cavalls, an ancient pathway which encircles the whole island
  • Spot birds of prey as you traverse the rugged and isolated coast


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Our Menorcan Short Break begins in the island’s capital of Mahon, a beautiful city well worth an exploration. You will experience a nature reserve with an abundance of birdlife, shady woodland, agriculture, moorlands and grasslands before arriving in Fornells for the night. Continue along the Cami de Cavalls through typical Mediterranean vegetation to the island’s old capital of Ciutadella, a historic city full of culture.

The Area

Menorca is the second largest of Spain’s four beautiful Balearic Islands and its name derives from the Latin for ‘smaller island’ due to its size in comparison with Mallorca. The island is also much quieter than its neighbour giving a more relaxed feel. This walk will take you across various sections of the island where you will be following the Camí de Cavalls. This ancient pathway, which in total encircles the whole island, was built in order to connect the many cannons, fortresses and watchtowers needed to protect the island from invaders. This created a path for soldiers to patrol on horseback; the word Cavalls means horses in Mallorquin. 

Day 1: You will be collected from Mahon airport and transferred the brief distance to your hotel in Mahon. Overnight Mahon. 

Day 2: After a short transfer to the start of your walk, you enter a beautiful nature reserve. You traverse a large area of wetland, including a lagoon, dunes, rocky cliffs and several sandy beaches. The further west the rougher and rockier the coast becomes. You can visit this wild headland with its prominent lighthouse. Towards the end of the day you pass old salt pans. A short transfer takes you to your hotel. Overnight Fornells.

Ascent: 320m. Descent: 290m. Distance: 11 ¾ miles (additional 1 ¼ miles to visit the lighthouse). Time: 5 hours.

Day 3: After a transfer you walk along the rugged and isolated coast through the hilliest terrain of the trek. You walk along cliff tops and through fields, across moorland and through a variety of Menorcan vegetation and past sandy beaches. There’s a good chance of spotting some interesting birds of prey. Before the end of the walk, you turn inland through pleasant woodland. You are then transferred to your hotel. Overnight Ciutadella.

Ascent: 440m. Descent: 400m. Distance: 9 ½ miles. Time: 4.75 hours.

Day 4: You will be collected from your last hotel in Ciutadella and transferred back to Mahon airport.

Hotel San Miguel, Mahon

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Located in the heart of Mahon, this 3* hotel offers spacious rooms each uniquely decorated. Relax on the patio with an evening aperitif surrounded by beautiful flowers. The hotel provides a full and varied breakfast.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer. 

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Hostal La Palma, Fornells

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Situated next to the marina, this lovely accommodation offers two outdoor swimming pools and a large terrace where you can enjoy breakfast. The rooms are modern and spacious, and all have private terraces.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer. 

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Hotel Alfonso III, Ciutadella

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Located in the centre of town, only 5 minutes’ walk from the cathedral this simple hotel offers a warm welcome to walkers. Some of the comfortable rooms feature panoramic views of the garden. They have a cafe and restaurant where you can take your meals.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer. 

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Availability Information

This is available from mid-March to late October, except in July and August which can be too hot with average high temperatures of over 28C but on the coast there is often a cooling breeze. June to August are the driest months with very little precipitation. Autumn is a little cooler, Spring even more so.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 

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