The island of Menorca may be just 30 miles long and 10 miles across, but it hosts a world of contrasts. The north is comparatively lush and green, with extensive bays and long headlands. The south is much rockier and riddled with caves. At the eastern end lies the island’s capital Mahon, a historic city well worth exploring, whose fine deep-water harbour led to British and French occupation in the 18th century (in 1756 the British Admiral Byng was court-martialled and shot for losing it to the French ‘por encourager les autres’!). To the west lies Ciutadella, a former island capital, again with impressive city walls and harbour, but much quieter than the capital. But it is the island’s unspoiled beaches and coves that may impress you most of all: our resort area of Son Bou is home to one of the best of them, Menorca was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in October 1993.
Day One: Flight to Menorca, transfer to your hotel, half an hour away. Seven nights half board accommodation is reserved for you.
Days Two to Seven: In resort with three included walking excursions:
Walk 1: The North. After a 30-minute coach transfer to the Cape of Cavalleria, the island’s most northerly point, you walk along the coast in the direction of Cala Pregonda, famed for its red and yellow rocks. After your walk, you return by coach, visiting ‘El Toro’, Menorca’s 358m-high ‘mountain’ to take in the view. 5 miles, 100m of ascent/descent.
Walk 2: The South. This is a circular walk from the hotel, passing through Son Bute Valley. You then go through the Ravine of Binigaus, passing the Coloms Cave, and walking along the coast back to Son Bou. Total 10.7 miles, ascent/descents 200m.
Walk 3: The East. You transfer to the Cape of Favaritx, with its black rocks, and follow a path by s’Albufera lagoon to the fishing village of Es Garau. 8 miles, 100m of ascent/descent.
Day Eight: Free time until your departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Please note: there is a local tourist tax in Mallorca and Menorca of 3.30 euros per person per day. It is not included in the price of the holiday and will be payable by hotel guests directly to the hotel.
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