Taking holidays to Menorca, the second largest of the Balearic Islands, is a great way to relax, but as well as giving the body peace it is a good idea to grant the mind that same tranquillity.
Walking as an activity is a great way to achieve this and with some stunning scenery, Menorca offers plenty of options.
The first thing to decide is what type of walk to undertake, with coastal paths, countryside scenery or hill walking all options. Whether a beginner to the world of walking holidays or an experienced hiker, Menorca has routes to suit all.
One of the most fantastic things about Menorca is that an ancient pathway was constructed around the entire island as a way to help defend the territory and warn of any invading armies. For the first time in around 400 years this path has been re-opened in its entirety.
This allows those on short holidays to pick a section of the coastline around which they would like to hike and simply start walking. A great thing to do is start from one scenic spot and choose another to be the target for the day.
Anyone on longer holidays in Menorca can decide to cover larger sections throughout their stay with some people even choosing to come back again and again until they have completed the whole of the Cami de Cavalls. This totals 116 miles and takes in some beautiful beaches and other places of interest.
Heading into the Menorcan countryside offers a great opportunity to see another side of this beautiful island away from the sea. Here a different way of life is lived and old fincas, farms and livestock tend to dot the landscape.
The rural scrubland also has its own distinct wildlife, so visitors should keep their eyes peeled for the likes of rabbits, mice and even a North African sub species of hedgehog. Those interested in birds may also spot red kites, Egyptian vultures and bee-eaters in the summer months.
Climb to Menorca’s highest point
Monte Toro is a great walk for anyone who likes to feel like they have achieved a summit at the end of the day. It is the highest point on the island and is geographically situated right in its very centre, making the views stretching off to all sides unrivalled in terms of scope.
It sits at 358 metres above sea level and is approached via a steep winding path, drawing the walk out over a longer period. When undertaken on a clear day it is possible to see for miles, with the peaks of mountains on nearby Mallorca even visible.
Added interest is provided by the remains of an old Augustinian monastery as well as a little church, where a carved image of the Virgen del Toro, patroness of Menorca, can be seen.
The picturesque town of Es Mercadal is also situated not far away and makes for a lovely place to explore after scaling Monte Toro and looking out across the island.
It is important to make the proper preparations before heading out on any walks in Menorca, wearing appropriate footwear and taking provisions along too. The sun can get very hot, so water, sunscreen and a hat are vital items to carry on any hike.
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