Walking in Menorca

16 day and 2 multi-day routes

By Paddy Dillon

This guidebook explores Menorca through 16 mostly inland one-day walks plus a 4-day coast to coast and the 10-day GR223 trek of 185km round the whole coastline. The trek uses historic bridleway trails to offer plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding. Easy walking generally but routes can be combined.



Summer can be very hot, while mid-winter can be wet and muddy underfoot. Spring and early summer are excellent, with the island at its greenest and most colourful, but autumn is often very good too.


Maó (or Port Mahon) and Ciutadella have the best bus services. Most coastal resorts only open fully in summer, but Fornells is open all year.


Gradients are often gentle, but occasionally steep for short periods. Conditions underfoot are often easy, but can be rough and stony in places, making walking and cycling difficult. However, with enough time available, all the routes can be completed easily enough by ordinary walkers.
Must See

Must See

Attractive coastline with dramatic cliffs and secluded beaches which vary according to the changing geology. Amazing archaeology dominated by huge stone 'taulas' and 'talaiots'. The historic bridleway - Camí de Cavalls - has been restored as a long-distance, round the island walking, cycling and horse-riding route.
24 Oct 2013
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook to walking on the Balearic island of Menorca in the Mediterranean includes a wide variety of walking. The first part of the guide includes 16 day walks that lead inland, exploring Menorca's rich history of castles, military fortifications, picturesque houses, windmills and towns as well as protected nature reserves and the prehistoric marvels of huge stone taulas and talaiots.

    The guide also includes two longer-distance treks. The first is a coast-to-coast route from Maó to Ciutadella lasting 4 days over the gentle hills and countryside. The other trek is the GR223 Camí de Cavalls, the 10-day, 185km walk around Menorca's coast. This trek leads you along dramatic coastline and hidden beaches, and was entirely restored in 2011 for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.

    From city walks through Maó, to trails through woodlands and along clifftops with the surf crashing below, Menorca has a great deal to offer any walker. The best time to walk in Menorca are spring and autumn, but especially spring if you have an interest in wild flowers, or want to see the island at its most colourful.

    This guidebook is a perfect aid to explore Menorca, with practical information on transport and accommodation, to passages on the history and culture of the island. Menorca is more than just its beaches, this guidebook helps show you why.

    • illustrated with detailed mapping on all routes and stunning photography
    • useful tips on making the most of Menorca, when to go, what to take with you
    • insight on the long and colourful history of the island, from prehistoric to the present
  • Contents

    Trees and flowers
    Protected Areas
    When to go
    Health and safety
    Getting to Menorca
    Getting around Menorca
    What to take
    Waymarking and access
    Food and drink
    Tourist information offices
    Using this guide
    Day walks
    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

    Appendix A Route Summary Table
    Appendix B Language Notes
    Appendix C Topographical Glossary
    Appendix D Useful Contacts

  • Maps

    The best map for exploring Menorca on foot is the Editorial Alpina Menorca sheet, at a scale of 1:50,000 (www.editorialalpina.com). This highlights the long-distance Camí de Cavalls (in green) and many other walking routes, as well as showing the intricate network of roads and farm tracks around the island. Its detail is equal to what walkers would expect of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series of maps in Britain.

    Extracts from the Editorial Alpina map have been reproduced in this guidebook by kind permission of the publishers. These are fine for each of the walking routes, but if you want to see how all the routes relate to each other, then either obtain the complete map in advance of a visit, or look out for it on Menorca, where it is widely available and widely used by walkers. UK stockists include Stanfords (12-14 Long Acre, London, WC2E 9BR, tel 020 7836 1321, www.stanfords.co.uk) and The Map Shop (15 High Street, Upton-upon-Severn, WR8 0HJ, tel 01684 593146, www.themapshop.co.uk).

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    Oct 2018

    Walk 8 - The Cova des Coloms might be closed due to bats roosting. A locked gate prevents a return as described. However, by doubling back to the 'three gaps in walls', keep straight ahead and the final part of the return route to Es Migjorn Gran can be followed as described.

    Walk 12 - This walk uses lengthy stretches on minor roads. Try to avoid weekends or other busy times, as the beaches at the end of these roads are very popular.

    Walk 15 - There have been a couple of reports of difficulty following the tracks to and from sa Torre Blanca, to visit the talaiotic site. The farmer now limits visits to Thursdays only, 0900-1300, with access only from the Me-7 road.

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications, and has appeared on radio and TV. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.

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