Walking, biking and paddling are the activities that best adapt to the pace of Menorca. The Explore 4 days program of Menorca 360º allows you to discover the island’s treasures and enjoy this land of contrasts as well as the practice of sustainable outdoor activities.
Menorca can be enjoyed in many ways, but possibly there is no one better adapted to its pace and that allows you to explore its territory in the most authentic way. Menorca 360º offers the Explore 4 days program to discover the island’s treasures by walking, biking and paddling in four days of hiking, mountain biking and kayaking.
The proposal is aimed at all kinds of people who like to practice outdoor activities. As always, the participants focus on enjoying physical activity and the landscapes, while the Menorca 360º organization takes care of everything else, both in terms of planning and advice on the route as well as logistics or accommodation after each day of activity: two nights at the Artiem Capri hotel in Maó and two more at the Artiem Audax hotel in Cala Galdana.
Do you want to know what you are going to find throughout these intense days? Would you like to know some more details about the places to visit? Here we will tell you roughly:
Day 1: Hiking in the south
Distance: 11,9 km | Elevation gain: 236 m
The first scheduled route takes place in the south of Menorca. The southern coast of the island is responsible for first sight crushes with the territory and the theme of charming postcards. White sand, crystal clear waters and an untamed and welcoming character are its main ingredients.
Going beyond the beaches and dreamy coves, traversing the ancestral paths traced by the inhabitants of this land over generations is the way to deepen and discover all the nuances of the environment. Furthermore, in the south of Menorca there are not only coves, but it is quite filled with Mediterranean woods. Often, they approach the seafront and the holm oak and pine mixed forests predominate, as well as wild olive trees.
On the other hand, the paths of the route also lead to cross some of the main ravines on the island. These lush green arteries of Menorca have great ecological value and play a fundamental role in the balance between their ecosystems.
Day 2: Kayaking along caves and cliffs
Duration: 3 h
The jagged and abrupt relief of the south coast of Menorca is mostly painted in the light color of the limestone rock. Its geology does not usually form high cliffs, but there are many interesting corners, including several caves. This route allows you to discover, with the help of an expert guide, very special spots. The crystal clear waters of this portion of the Mediterranean are protected as a Biosphere Reserve and are the ideal means to enjoy a unique landscape.
There are many perspectives and panoramas that are simply impossible to achieve from the mainland. Only on board a boat is it possible to contemplate the beauty of the coast. And not only see it, but also live it, experiencing the exciting sensations of entering the rocks with the kayak and observing a cave from inside.
Day 3: Hiking in the Natural Park
Distance: 15 km | Elevation gain: 320 m
The Parc Natural de S’Albufera des Grau is the most important protected area in Menorca. Its territory, located in the northeast quadrant of the island, north of Maó, is the terrestrial core area of the Biosphere Reserve. It is a wetland of extraordinary ecological value, which houses different habitats that stand out for their biodiversity. It is also a strategic spot for birdwatching.
The route programmed in this environment includes walking through a series of small wild and little crowded coves of the area. Participants will be able to test their senses amid the tranquility that preserved nature offers. They will find endemic plant species, they will be able to see birds of many types and they will even have the chance to contemplate interesting examples of local fauna such as turtles.
Day 4: Bike through the Talayotic Menorca
Distance: 37 km | Elevation gain: 312 m
The last day of the program proposes to bike in search of the original past of the island. Rural paths of low and medium difficulty link some of the main sites of the so-called Talayotic Menorca. The 1,500 vestiges of this civilization found on the island offer a testimony of those settlers, who prospered during almost nine centuries between the years 1000 BC and 123 BC.
The bike is the best means of transport to visit some of these ancient settlements, without losing detail of the environment where they are located. Learning how they were organized and what types of buildings they erected is only part of the enjoyment of this route, and adds to the enjoyment of biking between places with a very long history.