Walking in Menorca

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Landscapes of MENORCA: walks and car tours

by Rodney Ansell

This, in common with other books in the series, is an excellent book of walks. Instructions are generally clear, and a wealth of useful information is provided. The book was invaluable in Menorca. (RtD, Amazon)

Perfect if you’re hiring a car but want to walk to see the island. We usually go [with a walking tour operator] but this is a very good alternative and a lot cheaper! The book itself is very robust which is important — we did 6 walks and part of a Menorca tour by car and it’s still in fine condition. (Letham, Amazon)

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Description

MenorcaMenorca is a peaceful island, much more low-key than its neighbouring Balearic Islands. Walking in Menorca takes you to some beautiful scenery, both inland and along the truly idyllic coastline with its splendid beaches. Whether you’re walking or touring Menorca by car, you will marvel at the amazing remnants of Menorca’s past scattered all around the island — the densest concentration of prehistoric monuments in Europe.

This fully updated fifth edition will delight Menorca’s many enthusiasts. The large-scale topo maps and the fold-out touring map now include the Camí de Cavalls, a round-the-island coastal walk.

Area covered: the whole of Menorca

The best months for walking in Menorca are April, May, June, September and October (when it will still be warm enough for most people), but take something showerproof for the occasional wet day — Menorca is the wettest of the Balearic islands, though July and August can normally be relied upon for lots of sun and heat (so are not ideal for walking!).

Where to stay

If you are going to be relying on public transport, stay in or near Mahón or Ciutadella so as to have easy access to the buses. But if you plan to hire a car, on this relatively small island, you will be able to reach most of the walks from any of the main resorts.

Edition/contents etc

2 car tours, 50 long and short walks, 18 picnic suggestions
136 pages + touring map; plans of Mahón and Ciutadella; 1:40,000 topo maps
6th ed, 2016; ISBN 978-1-85691-457-4; UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $18.00

Table of contents:

Preface 5
Acknowledgements 5
Useful books 5
Introduction 6
How to get there 6
Geography 6
Weather 6
Where to stay 7
Getting about on the island 7
Language hints 8
Place names 9
Country code 10
Picnic suggestions 14

TOURING 20
Tour 1: Eastern Menorca 22
Tour 2: Western Menorca  27

WALKING
WALKS NEAR MAHON
1 A walkabout tour of Mahón 32
Plan of Mahón 36-37
2 Sa Torreta 41
3 Es Vergé and the Ermita de Sant Joan 45
4 Fort St Philip and Mahón harbour 48
5 Trepucó 53
6 St Stephen’s Creek and the Binissaida coast 56
7 Torelló and Talatí de Dalt 59

WALKS NEAR ALAIOR
8 An archaeological ramble 63
9 Two walks to the valley of Egypt 66
10 Monte Toro 70
11 Beside the reed beds: Son Bou to Sant Tomàs 74

WALK NEAR SANT LLUIS
12 Through the deep south 77

WALK NEAR ES MIGJORN GRAN
13 The Binigaus valley and Sa Catedral 81

WALKS NEAR FERRERIES
14 A walk along the ridge 86
15 The gorges and prehistoric village of Son Mercer 88
16 Cala Mitjana and Trebalúger Bay 92
17 Cala Santa Galdana · Torre Trencada · Cala Macarella ·
Cala Santa Galdana 95

WALKS NEAR CIUTADELLA
18 A coastal walk between Cala’n Bosch and
Cala Santa Galdana 101
19 Es Pujol de Son Tica and Cala Macarella 109
20 A walkabout tour of Ciutadella 112
Plan of Ciutadella 114-115
21 Two country strolls near Ciutadella 122
22 The Naveta d’es Tudons 124
23 Curniola and the caves of Cala Morell 129

Destinations in the bus timetables 132
Bus timetables 133
Index 135
Touring map inside back cover

Guidebook index

Alaior (town) 22, 25, 27, 28, 63, 70, 72-73, 132, TM
Alcaufar (resort) 79, 80, 132
Arenal d’en Castell (resort) 22, 24, 132
Artruix, Atalaia d’ (tower) 96-97, 102-103, 106, 107
Barranco (gorge, valley, river)
de Binigaus 74-75, 81, 82, 100
de Cala Santa Galdana 95, 96-97
de Macarella 110
de Sa Cova 88, 90

Biniancola (resort) 26
Binibeca Vell (resort) 22, 26, 132
Binidalí (resort) 26
Binigaus (beach) 74-75, 81, 82, 100
Binimatzoc (farm) 66, 67, 68, 69
Binisafúa (resort) 26
Binissaida (farm and district) 23, 49, 56, 58, 80, TM
Cala (creek, cove, bay)
de Fornells 24
de Sant Esteve 14, 50, 56, 58, TM
de Son Vell 102-103
d’es Talaier 102-103, 107
Figuera 26, 49, TM
Fonts 52, 58, TM
Macarella 16, 95, 96-97, 98, 104, 105, 108, 109, 110
Macarelleta 96-97, 104, 106
Mesquida 15, 22, TM
Mitjana 16, 29, 92, 94, 96-97
Mitjaneta 29, 92, 94, 96-97
Padera 51, TM
Parejals 101, 102-103, 108
Pregonda 16
Presili 15
Sa Torreta 41, 42, 44
Trebalúger 92, 93, 96-97

Cala Blanca (resort) 132
Canutells (resort) 26
Morell (resort and prehistoric caves) 12, 15, 129, 130, 131, 132
Santa Galdana (resort) 16, 27, 28, 92, 94, 95, 96-97, 98-99, 101, 104, 105, 108, 109, 132

Cala’n Bosch (resort) 101, 102-3, 108, 132
Cala’n Porter (resort) 17, 22, 25, 28, 132, TM
Cala’n Turqueta (beach) 96-97, 103, 106
Cales Coves (prehistoric caves) 17, 22, 26
Caló d’es Rafalet (cove) 17, 77, 78, 80
Camí d’en Kane (‘Kane’s Road’) 22, 29, 70, 72-3, TM
Cap d’en Font (resort) 26
Ciutadella 27, 29, 112, 113, 114-5, 116, 117-122, 123, 124, 126-127, 128, 132
Town plan 114-5
Curnia (site) 60, 65, TM
Curnia Vell (farm) 60, 62, TM
Ejipte (farm and valley) 66, 67, 68, 69
Ermita (church, chapel)
de Fátima 22, 66, 67, 111
de Sant Joan 14, 22, 45, 46, 47, TM
de Sant Joan de Missa 109, 110-111, 111
de Sant Llorenç 67, 69, 111

Es Caló d’es Vi Blanc (creek) 57, TM
Es Castell (town) 14, 22, 26, 48, 52, 56, 58, 132, TM
Es Castell de Sant Felip (Fort St Philip) 17, 48, 51, TM
Es Custe d’Ejipte (farming area) 67, 68, 69
Es Grau (resort) 15, 27, 29, 41, 44, 132
Es Mercadal (town) 16, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 70, 72-73, 132
Es Migjorn Gran (town) 27, 28, 81, 82-83, 85
Es Pujol de Son Tica (farming region) 109, 110-111
Es Vergé (market gardens) 45, TM
Favaritx, Cap de (cape) 22, 23
Ferreries (town) 27, 29, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 132
Fondearo de los Llanos (beach) 41, 42, 43, 44
Fornells (town) 20-1, 22, 24, 25, 132
Fort Marlborough see Marlborough Redoubt
Fort St Philip see Es Castell de St Felip
Golden Farm (house) 53, TM
Illa de l’Aire (island) 79
Mahón (Maó) 14, 22, 25, 26, 27, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36-38, 39, 40, 45, 47, 49, 52, 53, 59, 62, 63, 65, 132, TM
Town plan 36-7
Mallauí (farm) 102-103, 106
Marlborough Redoubt (fort) 14, 50, 56, TM
Monte Toro (‘mountain’; 358m) 22, 24, 70, 71, 72, 72-73, 88
Na Macaret (resort) 24
Naveta (ossuary)
d’es Tudons 27, 124, 125, 126-127
L’Argentina 29
Rafal Rubí 29, 64, TM

Pou de Na Patarra (prehistoric well) 63, TM
Puerto Addaia (resort) 24
Puig Menor (hill) 66, 67
Punta Prima (resort) 26, 77, 80, 102-103, 108, 132
Punta Radona (point of land) 74-75, 76
Racó d’es Pi (cove) 102-103
S’Albufera (lagoon) 41, 42, 44
S’Algar (resort) 17, 77, 80, 132
Sa Catedral (cave) 81, 83, 85
Sa Roca de S’Indío (rock) 16, 25
Sa Torreta (bay, farm, site) 41, 43
Sant Antoni see Golden Farm
Sant Climent (village) 22, 26, 132, TM
Sant Jaume Mediterrani (resort) 27, 28, 74-75
Sant Lluís (town) 4, 22, 25, 26, 77, 80, 132, TM
Sant Patrici (farm) 2, 11
Sant Rafael (farm) 64, TM
Sant Tomàs (resort) 27, 28, 74-75, 81, 84, 85, 132
Santa Agueda (hill and site) 15, 28, 65
Sol del Este (resort) 51, 58, TM
Son Arret (farm) 86, 87
Son Bou (resort and caves) 19, 28, 74-75, 75, 76, 132
Son Mercer (farms and site) 88, 90, 91
Son Parc (resort with golf course) 24, 132
Son Saura (bay and beach) 102-3, 107
Son Vitamina (village) 17, 26, 132, TM
Son Xoriguer, Platja de (beach and resort) 102-103, 108, 132
Talatí de Dalt (site) 1, 12, 13, 15, 29, 59, 60-61, 62, 64, TM
Terra Rotja (farm) 11, 86, 87
Torralba d’en Salort (site) 22, 25, 63, TM
Torralba Vell (farm) 63, TM
Torre d’en Gaumés (site) 13, 28
d’en Penjat (tower) 50, TM
d’en Quart (fortified farmhouse) 128-129, 130
Llafuda (site) 28
Trencada (site) 17, 28, 95, 96-7

Torellisa Vell (site) 25
Torelló (site, also called ‘Torrelonet Vell’) 59, 60, 65, TM
Trebalúger (village, site, see also Cala) 77, 80, TM
Trepucó (site) 13, 53, 54-5, TM, cover
Xoroi, Cova d’en (nightclub in prehistoric cave) 25

Current update

Menorca, 6th edition (2016); updated 20/2/2017

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) on Menorca given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

 

Walk 1:  Page 34, third full paragraph. “Leave the door diagonally opposite the one you came in by…” The number 7 has been erroneously inserted here;  [ 7 ] is the tourist office. (Sunflower)

Walk 17: The track on the right after leaving Torre Trencada, closed to cars, is secured by a substantial locked gate at either end and required considerable agility to climb over/round it to manage the circuit. The road down to Cala Macarella is now surfaced all the way to the car park, which means there is now a wearying amount of tarmac on this walk. (User, 10/16) + We did only part of the walk but got disoriented at this point of the description on page 93. The paragraph starts with “Curl right, then left, pass the farm, keeping the farmhouse on the right…” What it does not mention is the gate you need to go though. It should say “Go through the gate, curl right…” (User, 1/17)

Walk 18 in the direction from Santa Galdana to Cala’n Bosch. Page 103, second complete paragraph it states “Cross the beach and go over the water drain… To your right at the foot of the cliff is an iron gate barring access to a track leading to the Macarella estate (closed to walkers).  A green arrow here points to a second path, immediately to the left of the gate… In fact after going over the water drain we did not find any iron gate but straight ahead, there is Cami de Cavalls Signpost towards Cala Turquetta. This path leads up the hill, initially along the wall of the mentioned Macarella estate. It goes away from the cliff but will also reach Macarella Beach before going onto the Cala Turquetta. This path is wider and easier that the path over the cliffs. We took this path on our way to Macarelleta Beach but took the path described in the book on our way back. The path described in the book goes to the left of the mentioned Cami de Cavalls signpost when facing it and is not particularly well marked. The only gate we could see is a shiny new wooden gate, but that is well to the right when you cross the water drain. (User, 1/17)