Activities in Menorca

Activities in Menorca

Menorca walking
Wild meadow flowers, Menorca. Photo by Audax HotelThe island is crisscrossed with a diverse range of walking trails to suit all kinds of ability and interest. The newly opened Camí de Cavalls, a bridle path which rings the entire island mostly along the coast is a perfect way to explore. Other paths follow the ravines and gullies which extend inland from the southern coast. Within minutes of a beach the walker can find himself in pristine woodland ringing with birdsong and carpeted with wild flowers. Menorca walking is one of the best ways to explore and get the feel of this lovely unique island with its extraordinarily wide range of landscapes and habitats.

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Menorca cycling
Cyclist in Menorca. Photo by Nick haslamCycling is growing in popularity, with an extensive network of unpaved paths, paved roads and country lanes which have very little traffic. The newly opened Cami de Cavalls, a bridle path which rings the entire island follows the coast and is a perfect way for mountain bikers to explore the coastal zones.

Many of the paths follow ancient routes across the island, which pass the standing stones and settlements erected during the Bronze Age. Some trails follow unpaved country lanes between the lovely stone walls which form an integral part of the beautiful Menorcan landscape.

Cycle routes are clearly signposted and offer access to remote parts of the island which vehicles cannot access. For those determined to try more extreme Menorca cycling there are more than three thousand kilometres of trails for mountain bikers which offer challenges to the most experienced rider.

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Beverley Ward
Beverley Ward - Activities
"There’s so much variety and things to do here even though it’s a small island – swimming, diving, sailing – wildlife and birdwatching."

Menorca kayaking
View of the beach from a kayak, Menorca. Photo by Audax HotelWith many untouched beaches and sheltered coves which can only be accessed from the sea, and good weather for most of the summer months, Menorca kayaking is an established sport on the island. Sea conditions are perfect most days for kayaking and canoeing, but should the wind be blowing too strongly on one side of the island, then the sheltered leeward coast is never far away by car. Activity centres specialising in kayaking are to be found in most of the towns and villages on the coast, and two, three day or even round island trips can be organised. The Bay of Fornells on the northern coast, with a wide protected inlet and shallow water is an ideal location for beginners.

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Menorca horse riding
Menorca horse. Photo by Nick haslamHorse riding in Menorca has some of the most varied opportunities to explore the hidden and remote country and coast of the island. The newly opened Camí de Cavalls, an almost 200 km long bridle path now extends around the island on the coast but there are many other trails throughout the island on the coast and in the interior.

Horse trekking companies offer tuition in dressage or hacking, and organise riding by the hour or longer treks which can last up to a week. The Menorcan breed is a spirited powerful glossy black horse famed for its beauty, spirit and speed.

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Menorca scuba diving
Couple snorkelling in Menorca. Photo by Audax HotelThe pristine warm clear waters with visibility of up to 30 metres, calm seas, and a well established Marine reserve on the north coast make the island a popular destination for divers of all abilities. Menorca diving now is one of the most popular and established sports on the island with centres around the island offering courses up to dive master levels. The wide shallow inlet at the Bay of Fornells offers the perfect conditions for beginners to take courses and yet minutes from the dive centres just outside the bay are beautiful dive spots on the reefs and underwater caves of the Marine Reserve. There are also many dive spots around the island which can easily be accessed from the beach or rocky coastline.

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Mathieu Nieuwland
Mathieu Nieuwland - Sports
"Canoeing, birdwatching cycling: For birdwatching it is so interesting in Menorca – you can see kites, vultures and eagles – the variety is amazing."

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