Menorca Adventure

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Menorca Walking Holiday

Saturday 12 October-Saturday 19 October 2019.

 

About the holiday

This is a walking holiday on the island of Menorca organised by Sandwell Ramblers.

The holiday is based in the resort of Cala Galdana, a small, laid-back resort in a spectacular setting at the foot of the D’algendar gorge, the largest gorge on the island. It lies in a large bay surrounded by high limestone cliffs and has a sizeable and beautiful sandy beach and safe swimming. 

 

Briefing

There will be just one overall briefing for the holiday. This will take place on the main beach at Cala Galdana next to the Bar Restaurante Aquario at 18:00 on Saturday 12th. It is the first beach bar you pass as you walk onto the main beach. You may want to get there early to have a drink and to soak up the atmosphere of the beach at the end of the day.

 

 

The Walk Itinerary

There will be a coach to the walk start and end points most days. The coach will depart from both the Floramar and the Artiem Audax hotels in Cala Galdana.

 

The led walks are as follows:
 

Walk 1
Virgin Beaches Walk - Son Xoriguer to Cala Galdana (Linear)
Sunday, October 13. 


9.5 miles. Moderate.
Total Ascent: Approx. 250 metres.
There will be a coach to the start point at Son Xoriguer.
Cami de Cavalls Stages: 12 (partial) & 13.
 
Beach Bar stop at Bar Suzy at Cala Macarella.
Coach start time from the hotel: 09.30.
Walk start time: 10.15.
Walk finish time: Approx. 17.00.
 
This straightforward walk will visit some of the most beautiful unspoilt coves to the west of Cala Galdana. These are Cala Macarella, Cala Macaralleta, Cala en Turqueta, Es Talaier and Son Saura (Google them if you are curious). To reach these coves we will walk through woodlands of evergreen oaks, firs and wild olive trees. To begin with, there will be some 4 miles of relatively flat coastal walking. Overall, the walking is fairly gentle with just a few descents and ascents of 50 metres or so in each case - in and out of the coves - leading to some very picturesque beaches. This classic walk is a very good introduction to walking on Menorca with a mix of coastal and forested inland sections. It will give you a genuine feel for the type of walking on the island.   

 
 

Walk 2
Sa Mesquida – Es Grau - Favoritx Lighthouse (Linear)
Monday, October 14

 
9 miles. Moderate.
Total ascent: Approx. 350 metres.
There is a coach to the start point and from the finish point.
Cami de Cavalls Stages: 1 (partial) & 2.
Restaurant stop at Es Grau village.
Coach start time from the hotel: 09.30.
Walk start time: 10.15.
Walk finish time: 17.30.
Return to resort: Approx. 18:15.
 
A beautiful linear walk on the eastern coast of the island. Highlights of the walk include a lunch stop in the tiny fishing village of Es Grau, crossing the nature reserve of S’Albufera and the finish at the north-eastern tip of the island with its lighthouse and other-worldly rocky moonscape. There are several easy ascents along the way. There is a short section of road walking just before we get to Es Grau village.

 
 

Walk 3
Cavalleria to Cala Pilar (Linear)
Tuesday, October 15

 
10 miles. Moderate. 3 moderate ascents.
Total ascent: Approx. 500 metres - mostly in the 3 moderate ascents. Otherwise relatively flat.
There is a coach to the start point and back from the finish point.
This is probably the best coastal walk on the island.
Cami de Cavalls Stages: 5 (partial), 6 & 7 (partial).
Coach start time from the hotel: 09:00.
Walk start time: 09:45.
Walk finish time: 18:00.
Return to resort: Approx. 18:30.
 
This is a linear walk along the remote, spectacular, rugged north coast of the island. We will pass the stunning beaches at Cavalleria, Cala Pregonda and Cala Pilar as well as walk through fragrant woodland and enjoy constantly changing panoramic views of the Menorcan seascape and interior hills.
 

Walk 4
Cala Pilar to Cala Morrel (Linear)
Wednesday, October 16

 
9.5 miles. Moderate.
Ascent: Approx. 300 metres.
There is a coach to the start point and back from the finish point.
Cami de Cavalls Stages: 7 (partial) & 8.
Coach start time from the hotel: 09:30.
Walk start time: 10:00.
Walk finish time: 17:30.
Return to resort: Approx. 18:00.
 
Another stunning coastal walk - starting with an extended forest section - before arriving at the impressively wide bay of Algaiarens, which contains another beautiful and unspoilt beach. We will lunch here, where there will be swimming opportunities. We then follow the cliff-top path to Cala Morell, which is situated in a wide, dramatic bay, full of geological interest. The local cheese, Queso de Mahon is made in this area.
 

 

Walk 5
Cala Galdana, Binigaus and more Virgin Beaches
Thursday, October 17 

 
Long Walk: 12 miles Moderate (Circular). Contains virgin beaches.
Short Walk: 7 miles Moderate (Linear). Cala Galdana to Sant Tomas. Coach back from Sant Tomas. No virgin beaches.
Ascent: Approx. 250 metres (7-mile walk); 450 metres (12-mile walk).
Cami de Cavalls Stage: 14.
We start from Cala Galdana on foot: 09:00.
The return coach pickup for the short walk is from the car park outside the Es Bruc restaurant in Sant Tomas at 15:00.
Return to Resort: Approx 18:00 (long walk); 15:30 (short walk).
 
First, we climb onto the limestone Migjorn plateau, which is traversed by deep crevices, and cross over several streams. You may see a Mediterranean turtle on this stretch. For the longer walk, we return along the coast path, ‘El Literol’ which passes the gorgeous cove beaches of Cala Mitjana, Cala Trebaluger, Cala Fustam and Cala Escorxada. There will be opportunities to swim in the idyllic clear turquoise bays here.
 

 

Walk 6
Es Migjorn Gran to Son Bou (includes the impressively huge Cova des Coloms cave)
Friday, October 18


7.5 miles. Moderate.
Ascent: Approx 150 metres.
Cami de Cavalls Stage: 15.
Beach Bar stop at the Es Bruc bar/restaurant in Sant Tomas
Start time from the hotel: 09:30
Walk start time: 10:00
Walk finish time: Approx 15:00 in Son Bou
We then have 2 hours on Son Bou beach or you can enjoy a drink in one of the beach bars or walk around the resort.
Coach return time: 17:00
Return to resort: Approx. 17:45
 
We travel inland to the authentic market town of Es Migjorn Gran and then walk to the nearby cathedral-like cave of Cova des Coloms. We then continue down a gorge to the laid-back resort of Sant Tomas and its popular beach bars and on to Son Bou with its 2-mile long beach where we will finish the walking part of the holiday with a swim.
 

 

Weather

The weather will be similar to an average August in the UK. The temperature is usually a pleasant 22 degrees centigrade during the day and 17 degrees centigrade at night. The sun shines most days, and you can sunbathe and swim; the walking temperature is also very comfortable. As with August in the UK, there can be cloudy days and there can be rain showers.