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Walking in Menorca

AuthorPaddy Dillon
PublisherCicerone Press
ISBNISBN-13: 978 1 85284 688 6
Also available in eBook and Kindle formats
Impressive cliff coastline at the inlet of Caló de Rafalet.

Impressive cliff coastline at the inlet of Caló de Rafalet.

The amazing talaiotic settlement of Torralba d’en Salort.

The amazing talaiotic settlement of Torralba d’en Salort.

The candy-striped lighthouse on the rugged Cap de Favàritx.

The candy-striped lighthouse on the rugged Cap de Favàritx.

A huge amount of work has been completed around Menorca, clearing old trails, creating new trails, signposting and waymarking them to allow walkers and cyclists access all over the island. When a friend in Mallorca told me how good the walking was, I couldn’t wait to get there, and I found it a fascinating place to explore.

Chief among the newly waymarked routes is the long-distance Camí de Cavalls, or GR223, which completely encircles the island and takes about ten days to walk. Although many stretches are coastal, it also spends plenty of time inland. The route largely follows a centuries-old route used to deploy troops around the coast whenever the island was threatened with invasion. The cliff coasts and sandy beaches are incredibly scenic, while inland lie woodlands, bushy scrub and old fields criss-crossed by drystone walls. The southern stretches link several small resorts, while the northern stretches are surprisingly remote.

The book also includes a four-day coast-to-coast walk from Maó to Ciutadella, linking Menorca’s two small cities with a handful of small towns. Dotted around the island are several day-walks, and many of these link with the longer trails. Altogether, there are enough walks to occupy the feet of a keen walker for a whole month on this small island. They explore the coast and inland parts, visiting villages and amazing ‘talaiotic’ settlements, as well as many other interesting and intriguing archaeological remains.

Menorca was, for almost a century, a British possession, and Britons make up the bulk of the island’s holidaymakers. Although it can be a busy place in the summer, it is much quieter in the winter months, and walking conditions in winter can be quite good.

Walk Contents

Walk 1 Maó and Es Castell
Walk 2 Cala de Sant Esteve and s’Algar
Walk 3 Maó and Trebalúger
Walk 4 Sant Lluís and Biniancolla
Walk 5 Llucmaçanes and Binissafúllet
Walk 6 Airport to Sant Lluís
Walk 7 Maó to Cala en Porter
Walk 8 Es Migjorn Gran and Cova de Coloms
Walk 9 Cala Galdana and Sant Tomàs
Walk 10 Ferreries and Cova des Moro
Walk 11 Cala Macarella and Cala Turqueta
Walk 12 Sant Joan, Son Saura and Son Catlar
Walk 13 Santa Àgueda and Cala del Pilar
Walk 14 Fornells and Cala Tirant
Walk 15 Es Grau and Sa Torreta
Walk 16 s’Albufera des Grau

Coast to Coast: Maó to Ciutadella

Stage 1 Maó to Alcaidús and Alaior
Stage 2 Alaior to Monte Toro and Es Mercadal
Stage 3 Es Mercadal to Ferreries
Stage 4 Ferreries to Ciutadella

GR223: Camí de Cavalls

Stage 1 Maó to Binissafúller
Stage 2 Binissafúller to Son Bou
Stage 3 Son Bou to Cala Galdana
Stage 4 Cala Galdana to Cala en Bosc
Stage 5 Cala en Bosc to Ciutadella
Stage 6 Ciutadella to Cala Morell
Stage 7 Cala Morell to els Alocs
Stage 8 els Alocs to Ses Salines
Stage 9 Ses Salines to Cap de Favàritx
Stage 10 Cap de Favàritx to Maó