Menorca may be small – but it is definitely a “must ride there” place! This unspoiled Balearic island is full of great contrasts in the landscape and in nature. It has preserved its rural life and it encapsulates the history of thousands of years of civilization – we were amazed – it has the largest number of archaeological sites of any Mediterranean island. The settlement of Torre d’en Galmes, erected by the early settlers of the island in the Bronze Age 1300BC!
AND – we discovered that Menorca has its own local breed of horses: the black Menorcan horses. They are drop dead gorgeous and oh so sensible. They navigate the varied terrain, including steps – yes, literal steps – both up and down, with ease. Recognized as a formal breed only a few years ago, the breed is, in fact, centuries old.
This is not a fast ride, but don’t let that deter you from signing up as it’s a very technical ride that covers some rugged terrain. The wild Northern coastline with rocky towering cliffs and red beaches, the deep lush ravines, canyons and caves of the Southern coast, these combine to make Menorca an ideal habitat for many kinds of endemic plants and haven for shelter of migratory birds. And the water……simply stunning! You ride the famous El Cami de Cavalls – and perimeter “road” designed to help protect the island and completely inaccessible unless on horse or foot – you will see the island the way the original Menorcans saw it.
Fresh seafood abounds as does wonderful meat and vegetables. Be sure to try the “caldereta de llagosta”, a succulent lobster stew served on fine slices of toast. You’ll also enjoy a traditional lunch at local cheese making farm hosted by the farmers. You won’t go home hungry!
2023 Dates: April 9-15, April 23-29, May 7-13, Oct. 1-7, Oct. 15-21
2023 Rate: $3,275.00 USD per person in a shared room (Single Supplement: $345.00 USD)
NOTE: 6 riders minimum to confirm a departure. If less than 4 riders the following fees will apply (per person) to run the ride.
– 5 riders: $500.00 USD
– 4 riders: $625.00 USD
- 6 nights accommodation
- 5 days of guided riding
- All meals
- Horse and all tack
- Guiding services
- All local taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Airport transfers
MAHÓN – CIUTADELLA
Arrival day. Meeting the Menorcan horses at Son Angel. Visit and walking tour with introduction of Ciutadella.
TORRE DEL RAM – CALA MORELL – SON ANGEL
Today you explore the northern coast. From the wild and dry arid Menorca to the Mediterranean lush forest of Son Angel - you'll see why Menorca is classified as a biosphere, the diversity is striking.
Afternoon visit to Cala Morell archaeological site.
SON ANGEL – ELS ALOCS – SANT VICENT (ES MERCADAL)
We head out again to a different area of the northern coast. Around every bend in the trail are breath-taking views and extraordinary diversity. Today's riding is along the wildest coastline of Menorca!
SANT VICENT – CAP DE CAVALLERIA – SES SALINES
Again, we explore a bit more of the last part of the northern coast. Dune formations and great biodiversity are in store for today - these beaches are absolutely pristine and lead into water that is every color of green and blue - simply amazing!
We stop for a picnic lunch on the beach at the unspoiled Cala Mica. If traveling with us in October, you have the chance to swim with the horses!
Tonight's dinner is at the Fornells harbour.
TORRE D’EN GALMES – SANT TOMÀS
Moving down to the southern coast, you'll see a different side of the island. Highlights of the ride and tours for today include a visit to the prehistoric “Talayotic” site from 1000bc (truly incredible), riding past some of the lush “tropical” gorges and enjoying a traditional beach seafood restaurant as well as visiting the “cathedral” Cave Coloms.
SANT TOMÀS – MACARELLA – TORRALBET
We continue our exploration of the southern coast. The turquoise waters of Menorca are all around you - so inviting and utterly gorgeous.
Our lunch today is at a local farmers location - they are producers of exquisite cheeses and typical Menorcan delicacies. This is a true treat!
BINIDAUS VELL – MAHÓN
Breakfast and transfer to the airport afterward.