Exploring the unique UNESCO biosphere of Menorca
12th Apr 2022 – 19th Apr 2022
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Tour code: 56000
Last Modified: 14th September 2021
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A Mediterranean island known for its size Menorca, compared with its larger sister Majorca, doesn’t mean that this island doesn’t have much to offer. The island is a UNESCO biosphere well known for its diverse birdlife and flora. Early human activity and culture from the end of the 2nd century BC can be spotted all over the island as can the island’s famous black horses which can be seen grazing in the fields as we walk.
Its strategic location in the western Mediterranean led to it being invaded 12 times as it became embroiled in other peoples’ wars. The invasions by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Moors, Barbary pirates, Spanish, French and British bear witness to the history of the western Mediterranean.
While discovering the delights on offer those keen of ear may notice locals are not speaking pure Catalan or Castilian Spanish. Can you learn their language of Menorqui?
What's not included?
To fully enjoy the walking on this holiday you should be able to walk along uneven undulating paths at about 1½ to 2 miles per hour for distances between 5 and 7 miles broken into two or three sections, with walks lasting up to a total of 5 hours.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
Welcome to Menorca!
Upon arrival onto Menorca we take the short transfer to Es Castell where, if time allows, your leader will show you where you can find all the amenities you might need locally during your stay.
Getting to know Mahon
Breakfast & Dinner
Join your leader for a walking tour of Mahón (Maó) the capital of Menorca. We can retrace the history of the city and the influence of the British during the 18th century. Visiting churches and a museum. After lunch we hop on the Yellow Catamaran with it glass bottom hull for a trip out into the harbour and see the British 18th century military legacy and other defences along the coast and. When we reach land we can pop into the local gin distillery; another British navy legacy for a tour and tasting.
This 2 mile walk is on pavement with only one short steep climb up steps at the beginning. It has 40m of ascent and descent.
White Beaches to Son Bou
Breakfast & Dinner
We visit the well preserved prehistoric Talayotic site of Torres d’en Galmés that was inhabited from 1400BC until being abandoned when the Romans invaded in 123BC. We then head to the coast and walk for 5 miles on the Cami de Cavalls and the white beaches and dune system at Son Bou. Menorca has more beaches than the other three Balearic Islands put together and Son Bou is one of the longest.
A walk from the hotel to Fort Marlborough
Breakfast & Dinner
A local day visiting Fort Marlborough with views across the harbour echoing the Yellow Catamaran trip. Then a visit to Binifidet bodega (vineyard) at nearby St Luis for a tour finishing with a wine tasting.
The morning walk is 2.8 miles on the Cami de Cavalls but this time on pavement with 80m ascent and 60m descent. Plus a short walk sightseeing at Fort Marlborough and a walk around the vineyard.
Breakfast & Dinner
Lazareto Island in the harbour mouth had an important role to play in the health of Menorca and all of Spain. From 1817 as a quarantine island with heavy fortification. We take a boat trip in the morning to learn more with a local guided tour. In the afternoon take some time to yourself to enjoy the hotel or discover more of the island.
Cituadella the Old Capital
Breakfast & Dinner
We start the day by travelling through the centre of the whole island calling at Monte Toro which at 358m is the highest point in Menorca with views across the whole island and, on clear days, Menorca’s big sister Majorca is visible. We then visit the quarries and botanical gardens at Lithica and then to Ciutadella the old historic capital of Menorca with its distinctly Moorish influences. Time for lunch in one of the many restaurants and bars and then free time exporing the compact historic city centre.
The Cami de Cavalls
Breakfast & Dinner
A coastal walk on the Cami de Cavalls (the horse’s way) from Cap Favàritx lighthouse in its unique lunar landscape to the s’Albufera UNESCO Biosphere nature reserve at Es Grau. Look out for tortoises and orchids in the Spring. The Cami de Cavalls is 115 mile long footpath that follows the coast of the island and is split into twenty stages. Established in 1330 it fell into disrepair until it was fully restored in 2010 as GR223 (Gran Recorrido). This 6½ mile walk is gently undulating with with a few short rough tracks and only two short steep inclines. It has 250m of ascent and descent but never above 40m so is more like walking undulating hills.
Please note that this day is at the top of the Adagio Grade in reflection of distance.
It is time to bid a fond farewell to Menorca as we head back to the airport for our flight back to the UK.
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
The currency in Spain is the euro. ATMs are widely available in the larger towns and villages and most establishments accept credit/debit cards. You may wish to take some euro in cash with you for the first day or so until you locate a bank.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Getting to your Holiday
Flights are from London Gatwick to Mahon and return. Please check details at the time of booking for airlines used.
Manchester flights may be available on some dates.
While on Minorca travel will be by road either by public transport or private transportation.
The transfer time from the airport to our hotel is approximately 20 minutes by road.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Where are we going to stay?
Agamenón 16 07720 Es Castell Menorca
(0034) 971 362 150
The four-star Hotel Agamenon sits alongside the historically significant Mahón harbour in Es Castell just 2k from Mahón town centre, 20 minutes from the local shopping centre, perfect for all those essential supplies you need to enjoy your holiday.
With only 75 rooms the hotel offers a quiet stay with facilities including, restaurant, snack bar and outdoor swimming pool.
Rooms are clean and crisp and most come with a balcony offering a very comfortable stay with en-suite bathrooms, phone, air conditioning, television, mini-bar, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, WIFI and hairdryer.
Meals come highly recommended with breakfast and dinner buffets in the hotel, perfect for preparing and recharging for your days walking. Breakfasts are a generous supply of everything from fruit and yogurt to continental through to full cooked breakfast. Dinners again are buffet consisting of 4 courses consisting of a chicken, beef, fish and vegetarian main option and a good selection of the best part of any meal, pudding!
Lunches are not included but you will be able to buy picnic ingredients at a nearby supermarkets in Mahon/Es Castell or your leader may know a great little cafe or bakery on route making a great lunchtime stop.
On your free day do visit the local fish market where the freshly produced tapas really adds to your day.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
Electricity in Spain
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Maps & Guidebooks
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
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Visas and Passports
No Visa Required
Staying Healthy on Holiday
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Further Health Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Adagio that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 1000m.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Please call us on 01707 386700 or email us at [email protected]