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Menorca Rural Hotel, Menorca




Programmes


• Eight Day Programme

• Five Day Programme

 

Reviews



We loved our holiday. Riding the Cami de Cavalls surrounded by the sea, nature and wonderful wildflowers and butterflies. It was a lovely escape from city life. The accommodation was excellent, staff very friendly and helpful. The horses were great, the tack good and saddles very comfy.

Alison W.
Location, horses, riding, accommodation, safety and company (French, Spanish and English) all excellent. Favourite memory? Riding down through the woods to the almost deserted coves and taking the horses in the sea - unforgettable. Immaculately kept accommodation, lovely rooms, gardens definitely put mine to shame! Pool superb. Beautiful Menorcan horses, so kind and well-behaved. Both Frederic and Matiz very considerate of our needs and nothing was too much trouble.

Jan G.
Fabulous - Menorca is beautiful. Stunning scenery and very well-behaved horses. The accommodation was good and the staff were excellent, nothing was too much trouble.

Tippi W.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Menorcan, Spanish Thoroughbreds, some crosses.

Nature of horses:

Surefooted & well schooled

Height of horses:

14.2 - 16hh

Weight limit:

210lbs/95kg

Tack type:

English

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

Menorca was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1993 with the S'Albufera d'es Grau national park, a bird-filled wetland at its heart. With this national park, five nature reserves, a marine reserve and 19 ANEI areas (natural areas of special interest), the island can offer many unspoiled green areas to be discovered by visitors on horse back. Here you can ride around the rural tracks such as the Cami de Cavalls (used as a perimeter track by military in the 18th century) and enjoy the magnificent landscape and views offered by this island, as well seeing some beautiful and unspoilt beaches. Menorca is a natural paradise shaped by a multitude of canyons, caves, underwater caves and unique plants and animal species.

The rural architecture of Menorca, so different from that of Mallorca, forms an integral part of the landscape. The whiteness of the farmhouses and hamlets scattered across the countryside is one of the island's most characteristic images. Houses were always built facing south with a minimum of doors and windows on the north side to exclude the cold tramuntana wind. The endless dry stone walls crisscross the land to divide up the farmhouses and fields, their construction clearing the fields of stones and preventing the spare topsoil from being blown away by the strong winds. Wooden gates, often made of twisted olive tree wood, prevent cattle and sheep from straying. When riding here, you will appreciate this unique countryside and see how time has stood still.

Menorcan horses are renowned as one of the finest breeds in the world, being entirely black in colour. They were bred for speed and agility to cover the rocky ground of the island, as they were considered vital to the security of the island in the 14th century when riders were stationed along the coastline ready to report an enemy sail. They were also appreciated for their usefulness in farm labour. Today they are truly magnificent animals and are most famous for the spectacle they provide at the various fiestas in Menorca where they lead parades doing their signature trick - standing and walking on their hind legs. They are a noble breed, resilient and energetic, and they are a joy to see. During these trails you will ride horses from the host's own stud farm - Menorcan horses, Spanish Thoroughbreds and some crosses - the horses will be calm and well schooled.

Each night during these trips you will return to an ancient Menorcan farm which has been restored into a 4 star rural-country hotel. Located roughly in the centre of the island, yet just 3km from sandy beaches, it is in an ideal position for guests who wish to explore the surroundings and enjoy the charming atmosphere. It has a relaxing swimming pool and excellent restaurant in which to taste the local style food.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Guests stay in a 4 star hotel which combines real amenities and comfort, respecting a long Menorcan architectural tradition and showing the aesthetics of the island's farmhouses.

Located just half a mile from the municipality of Es Migjorn Gran, the hotel provides a magical setting in the centre of what was once a 220 acre farm. The farm produced cereals and also milk - the prime ingredient of the very tasty Mahón cheese manufactured locally by skilled cheesemakers.

The hotel offers 6 double rooms, 9 superior double rooms each with their own terrace and 5 junior suites, also with their own terraces. It is situated some 20-30 minutes from the beach at Binigaus and some 10-15 minutes from the spectacular cova des Coloms, accessible through protected pine groves and scenery of incomparable beauty.

The hotel has a salt water swimming pool, designed in keeping with the environment, and a restaurant which offers you delicious local flavours. Bedrooms all have an ensuite bathroom, TV, telephone, internet and a safety deposit box.

The traditional cuisine of Menorca is a clear reflection of both its history and island status. Fresh seafood is plentiful, but so also are some superb dairy products that reflect the British introduction of Friesian cattle to Menorca in the 18th century. Mahon Cheese is produced across the island to strict standards and is very popular throughout Spain. It is characterised by a square shape with an oily yellow rind and comes in a variety of types, depending on their maturity, some of which are cured for up to two years.

The meat dishes are also worthy because of their meticulous and traditional preparation. Pork meat is put to good use in dishes such as baked rice and Spanish omelette with delicious pork sausage and Menorcan style meat balls.

Seafood is an unsurprising favourite here with an abundance of prawns, mussels, squid, mullet, sole and sea-bass. However the island is famed for caldereta de llagosta, a lobster stew once prepared simply by local fishermen on their boats. This dish has become a true speciality and it is said that King Juan Carlos travels from Mallorca to Fornells just to eat the excellent lobster.

For those with a sweet tooth they produce an array of pastry desserts. There are almond macaroons (carquinyols) and ensaimada (a fluffy spiral pastry made with lard and sugar). Menorcans also have their own ice cream from Alaior - La Menorquina. Its smooth, creamy taste is highly popular and is now sold throughout Spain.

Commercial production of gin in Menorca began in the 18th century, stimulated by demand from British sailors. Xoriguer is the last remaining distillery on the island, whose gin is still sold in traditional earthenware bottles. The gin is unlike British gin (NOT recommended with tonic), more akin to the Dutch version. It is traditionally drunk neat, with herbes (a locally made liquer) or with lemonade to make a pomada.

You will find that in Menorca the main meal of the day is lunch which is a relaxed affair with no sense of urgency.

 

Activities

There are a variety of historical and cultural places of interest available to visit during your stay in Menorca. You can sample local wines and cheeses and visit local manufacturers making shoes and jewellery. It is also possible to see the island from the air with a flight in a light aircraft. You can hire a boat and spend a day discovering all the hidden beaches only accessible by the sea. From sailing boats to pedalos, windsurf boards and motorboats almost every kind of craft is available for hire.

A day on the golf course is also available. Excellent facilities can be found and there are also a profileration of municipal tennis courts in the towns.

There are several interesting museums in Mahon and visitors are often surprised by the variety of musical activities that take place on the island. Jazz, rock and folk concerts are held throughout the year.

Spas, massages, snorkeling, bike rides, cultural tours and sailing can all be arranged for non-riders whilst riders take part in the programmes.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Health requirements: No special vaccinations are required. We recommend a reasonable level of fitness.

Age limit: 12+ for riding, none for non-riders.

Tuition: No

Included: Horse riding as per itinerary, full board accommodation (including wine and water with meals), transfers from and to Mahon airport, guide and transfer from and to the starting/ending points of riding trails as necessary.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, car hire, lunch during day off (week programme), personal riding equipment (boots, hat, jodhpurs etc), extras.

 

Travel Information

Flights are to Mahon. Airport transfers are included but we recommend you hire a car to make the most of this trip.

Airport: Mahon

 

Programmes


Eight Day Programme



A week long adventure with five riding days exploring the beauty of Menorca. You will ride around the amazing natural landscapes of the island and stay in a fabulous 4 star hotel. This is a chance to learn about Menorcan horses as well as Menorca's other strengths such as the delicious Mediterranean food and its mild climate which is ideal for horse riding.

Saturday:

Arrival and welcome: You will be transferred from the airport to the hotel to check in. Dinner will be at the hotels restaurant. 

Sunday:

To begin the programme, you will visit the stud of San Adeodato, where you will be told more about Menorcan horses. Afterwards you will visit the stables and be assigned a horse before enjoying a short ride around the farm. At lunchtime you will sit around a table to taste typical Menorcan products and to enjoy a typical Spanish Paella. In the afternoon you will tour the inside of the Cami de Cavalls, visiting the farm of Sa Torre with its old lime kiln.

On the way back you will cross the Barranc de Son Fideu (ravine), a famous ravine that houses one of the highest and most impressive caves of Menorca: Sa Cova d’es Coloms, which is also known as “the Cathedral”. On the way to the end point of the day, the stables of the hotel, you will take a detour to visit the prehistoric village of Sant Agustí.

Monday:

The Trail of the Ravines: San Adeodato-Binigaus-Escorxada-Fustam-Trebalúger-Mitjana

After breakfast you will meet at the stables of the hotel. On todays journey you will pass through the major ravines of the island: Algendar, Trebalúger and Albranca, with water that flows all year around in their streams. That’s the reason why in many stretches of the path you will need to leave the coast to venture inside and save the steep slopes caused by those vertical cuts. In the morning, you will ride to the most beautiful beaches, wilder and more difficult to reach: Escorxada, Fustam y Trebalúger. Later on, you will reach the beach of Cala Mitjana, which is well prepared with tables and wooden benches for having lunch. After a short rest you will head back to the stables taking the original path of the Camí de Cavalls.

Tuesday:

DAY OFF: An excursion (not included in the price) will be organized to discover more about Menorca. Lunch will be on your own (not included in the price) and dinner will be at the hotel.

Wednesday:

Natural Reserve of S’Albufera D’es Grau. Es Grau-Favaritx-Port d’Addaia

This path runs entirely inside the limits of the Natural Reserve of S’Albufera (marsh) d’Es Grau (the centre of the Biosphere Reserve) and it covers some of the most impressive cliffs of the island. During the route, you will find several wetlands (Tamarells Cove, Sa Torreta creek, Arenal de Morella) and also some of the Watch Towers which, in the past, safeguarded Menorca from several attacks and sieges. (If you leave the path for a while and go deep into the west, you will find the megalithic settlement of Sa Torreta). This stretch will lead you to one of the seven Lighthouses which surround Menorca’s coastline: Favàritx Lighthouse. Here is where you will take the opportunity to enjoy a succulent picnic, whilst you get your strength back.

For the latter part, the route will be wavy and will alternate farming and wild landscapes, with areas of an interesting ecological value such as Pou d’en Caldés, which concentrates many endemic plants. You will pass as well as go through the ancient military installations of Favàritx. During the ascent through Sa Marina de Mongofra Vell you will observe spectacular rock formations such as Es Capell de Ferro.

At the end of the trail, the path will present a new ecosystem: the Port of Addaia Wetlands, combining saline marsh and aquatic vegetation. Both in autumn and spring, this is a good place for bird watching.

Thursday:

The impressive and abrupt North coastline: Binimel.là-Cala del Pilar- Algaiarens- Cala Morell

This morning you will ride through one of the most unspoilt, hidden and beautiful stretches along the north coastline. The starting point is the beach of Binimel.là. The path through the dunes will take you to Cala Pregonda, where you will discover a single and astonishing landscape. Going around the coast, you will ride parallel to the Menorca's Marine Reserve, created in 1999, with an area of 5199 marine hectares. You will ride several cliffs up to reach Ets Alocs, where you and the horses will have a well-deserved break to eat and have a rest.

After your break you will go to Cala Pilar, to its red dyed walls, and following the path you will see Arenal d’Alfurí: another spot which concentrates important endemic plants and floral species. Riders can admire Es Pla de Mar and its fantastic pebble cove before going deep into Sa Muntanya Mala area to finally reach Algaiarens beach. Here you will bump into the dry part of Menorca - the forest practically disappears and the coast vegetation adapts itself to the strong Tramuntana (north wind) influence. This land is rich in plants such as the rosemary or the appreciated Menorcan camomile. Upon arriving at the end of the route, Cala Morell, you will visit a necropolis from the megalithic age (1500-1300 BC), consisting of caves dug out of the rock.

Friday:

The Winding South: Es Canutells –Cala en Porter-Son Bou-Sant Tomàs-San Adeodato

During your final journey you will ride through the Camí de Cavalls from East to West. It starts gently but finishes covering the most rugged landscape that the southern gullies form along the central coast. Es Canutells will be your meeting point, which is surprising because of its elm grove. You will be going off course from the original path to visit Cales Coves: an ancient necropolis from the Iron Age which has more than 90 caves. After crossing the urbanisation of Cala en Porter, the path runs far away from the coast until arriving to Son Bou. Before that, you will leave the original path once again to visit one of the most important prehistoric sites, which better represents the talaiotic culture: Torre d’en Gaumés. At the beach’s edge of Son Bou (the longest beach on the island, nearly 1.9 miles) you will find an interesting Christian basilica dated from 400 BC. Here in Son Bou the group will savour a delicious picnic. Once you have eaten and relaxed, you will start marching again along the path surrounding El Prat de Son Bou: an important wetland which represents the rich biodiversity on Menorca. This is another ideal spot for bird watching. Soon after, you will cover the gully of Sa Vall and its wetland and then will pass in front of Talis farm from where you will follow the cliffs that will lead you to your final destination: Sant Tomàs and San Adeodato.

On return to the hotel, you will have the option of taking part in a 1hour dressage lesson which will include learning to perform the famous Menorcan dressage move "The Bot". The Menorcan horse is one of the only breeds in the world that is able to perform this upright movement where the horse will walk along on it's hind legs!

Please note that this is not compulsory and you can certainly opt out if you do not wish to take part. No alternative activity will be offered.

Saturday: 

After breakfast you will be transferred from the hotel to the airport. 

The route can be changed due to security reasons, bad weather or for reasons beyond our control such as natural disasters, local events, local strikes… The staff will provide all the means and resources to provide the best solution, even modifying the route if is necessary or offering alternatives.

According to the Menorca law, during the summer, (from May to October, both inclusive) horse beach riding on some beaches is forbidden.



Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Intermediate+. Riders must be capable of riding at all paces with a medium level of riding experience. Good physical fitness is advised (riders must be 12 years old or more).
Type of ride: Day trails returning to base each night.
Total riding time: 5 riding trips of approximately 5 hours per trip.
Departure dates: 2017: 22 April, 7 October
 
Pricing: 2017: £1450 per person, based on twin/double accommodation.

Non-riders: £795 per person (shared room).
Single supplement: £35 per night.
Upgrade supplement: £44 per night.
Under 12s: £62 per night accommodated in the same room (full board and airport transfers included). Over age 12 are considered adults.



Five Day Programme



This is a wonderful opportunity to explore this glorious island on fabulous Menorcan horses returning each night to the luxury of a four star rural hotel. You will enjoy riding on three days and get to explore some interesting places, and, of course, get to taste the delicious local cuisine.

Monday:

You will be transferred from the airport to the hotel upon arrival to check in. Dinner will be in the hotels restaurant. 

Tuesday:

To begin the programme, you will visit the stud of San Adeodate, where you will be told more about the fabulous Menorcan horses. After learning more about them, you will be assigned to your horse and enjoy a short ride around the farm. At lunchtime, you will sit around a table laden with Menorcan produce and enjoy a typical Spanish paella. In the afternoon you will tour the inside of the Cami de Cavalls, visiting the farm of Sa Torre with its old lime kiln.

On the way back you will cross the Barranc de Son Fideu (ravine). This ravine houses one of the highest and most impressive caves of Menorca: Sa Cova d'es Coloms, which is also know as the Cathedral. On the way to the end point of the day, the stables of the hotel, you will take a detour to visit the prehistoric village of Sant Agusti.

Wednesday:

After breakfast you will meet at the stables of the hotel. On todays ride you will pass through the major ravines of the island: Algendar, Trebaluger and Albranca with water that flows all year around in their suggestive streams. That's the reason why in many stretches of the path you will need to leave the coast to venture inside and save the steep slopes caused by those vertical cuts. You will start the route from the stables of the hotel and you will ride to the most beautiful beaches, wilder and more difficult to reach: Escorxada, Fustam and Trebaluger. After a visit to Cala Mitjana you will ride back to the stables of the hotel.

Thursday:

On your final journey you will ride through the Cami de Cavalls, visiting the East side of Menorca. You will start from the stables of the hotel and will reach the beach of Binigaus were you will take the Cami de Cavall trail in the direction of Sant Tomas. From here, you will cover the gully of Sa Vall and its wetland, you will pass in from the Talis Farm. From Talis you will ride through the path surrounding El Prat de Son Bou, an important wetland which represents the rich biodiversity in Menorca. This is another ideal spot for bird watching. After this important wetland, you will arrive at Son Bou. This beach, with is 3 km of sand, is one of the best places for riding. At the beaches of edge of Son Bou you will find an interesting Christian basilica dating from 400 BC. After crossing the urbanisation of Son Bou the path runs far away from the coast until it arrives at Cala de Porter. Before that, you will leave the original path once again to visit one of the most important prehistoric sites, which better presents the talaiotic culture; Torre d'en Gaumes. After visiting the beach of Cala en Porter, you will take the path back to where you started your riding: the stud of San Adeodato.

On return to the hotel, you will have the option of taking a 1hour dressage lesson which will include learning to perform the famous Menorcan dressage move "The Bot". The Menorcan horse is one of the only breeds in the world that is able to perform this upright movement where the horse will walk along on it's hind legs!

Please note that this is not compulsory and you can certainly opt out if you do not wish to take part. No alternative will be offered.

Friday:

After you last delicious breakfast you will be transferred back to the airport.



Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Intermediate. Riders must be able to trot and canter comfortably and must be reasonably fit.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: Riding on 3 days
Departure dates: 2017: 3, 10 & 17 April, 1, 8, 15, 23, 29 May, 2, 16 & 23 October
 
Pricing: 2017: £829 per person

Prices based on twin/double accommodation.
Single supplement £35 per night
Non riders £461
Children under 12 years, sharing room with 2 adults £62 night.