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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.
The holiday was very enjoyable and relaxing - a great introduction to Menorca, which I've not visited before. The hotel was very comfortable and clean. I had a spacious room with a/c overlooking the pool and gardens. The food was of high quality and the breakfasts were superb. (favourite memory?) Riding along the Cami de Cavalls - the stunning scenery and the delightful birdsong. Lunches at the seaside restaurant and the picnic on Wednesday were also memorable.

Carol B. (May 2017)
A beautiful destination with diverse rides on very well mannered horses. Accommodation was tip top with lovely friendly staff. I don't eat meat so the food was restricted, we had the same menu all week with one fish dish - asked for other dishes which they did for me. Horses and tack all good - horses well looked after which is important. the rides were quite a roller coaster at times and you had to have a good head for heights.

Jane K. (October 2017)
 

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 hotel's restaurant. 

Sunday:

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 and visit the historic village of Sant Agusti

Lunch will be taken a typical beach restaurant where you will enjoy some time to sit around a table trying the Menorcan produce. In the afternoon you will tour inland along one of the trails of the Cami de Cavalls. On the way, you will cross the Barranc de Son Fideu, a famous ravine which holds one of the highest and most impressive caves on Menorca: Sa Cova d'es Coloms, also known as "the Cathedral". The end point of the day will be back at the stables of the hotel.

Monday:

After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel and transferred to the stables. On today's ride, you will pass through the major ravines of the island: Algendar, Trebaluger and Albranca. Following the Cami de Cavalls, you will find that on many stretches of the path you will need to leave the coast to venture inland to avoid some of the steep slopes caused by the cascading water. During the morning, you will venture off the Cami de Cavalls briefly in order to visit some of the beautiful, wild and difficult to reach beaches of the area: Escorxada, Fustam and Trebaluger. After a visit to the beach of Cala Mitjana for lunch, you will ride back to the stables of the hotel.

Dinner and overnight.

Tuesday:

After breakfast, you will meet at the stables again to begin your day of riding. Today's path runs entirely within the boundary 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 on 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. 

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 secluded picnic lunch and a good leg stretch if you'd like to. For the latter part of the day, the route will alternate between cultivated farming land and more wild landscapes, with some areas of interesting ecological value such as Pou d’en Caldés.

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

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Wednesday:

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

Thursday:

After breakfast this morning you will start your 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 unique landscape. Following the coast, you will ride parallel to the Menorca's Northern Marine Reserve, created in 1999, which safeguards an area of around 5.2 marine hectares of reef along the northern coast. You will ride along several steep, rocky cliffs in order to reach Ets Alocs, where you and the horses will have a well-deserved break to eat lunch and have a rest.

Moving on, you will pass Cala Pilar, with to its red dyed slopes and following the path you will come to Arenal d’Alfurí: another spot with a high concentration of important endemic plants and floral species. Next, you will traverse Es Pla de Mar with its fantastic pebble cove before turning inland toward Sa Muntanya Mala and finally arriving at Algaiarens beach. Here you will discover the more arid part of Menorca - the forest practically disappears and the coast vegetation adapts itself to the strong Tramuntana (north wind). This land is rich in hardy plants such as rosemary or the Menorcan camomile. 

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Friday:

Today will be your final journey; you will ride through the Cami de Cavalls, heading toward the east side of the island. Today's ride will begin in a gentler landscape but soon progresses to the rugged, ravine studded terrain that this region of Menorca is best known for. After passing through the town of Sant Tomas you will begin to head inland toward the town of Son Bou stopping at the ravine of Sa Vall and it's associated wetlands along the way. This is an ideal spot for bird spotting as it is one of the most biodiverse habitats on Menorca (apart from the sea, of course!). Passing Talis farm, you will arrive at the tourist beach of Son Bou. This beach, with is 3 km of sand, is one of the best places for riding. At the edge of Son Bou, you will find an interesting Christian basilica dating from 400 BC and have some time to take a look around. After visiting the beach again, you will take the path back to where you started your ride: 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 its 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 riding will be offered.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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: 2018: 14-21 April, 5-12 May, 6-13 October & 20-27 October
 
Pricing: 2018:

£1437 per person, based on twin/double accommodation.

Single supplement: £35 per night.
Upgrade supplement: £44 per night.

Non-riders: £788 per person (shared room).



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 at the hotel's 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 and visit the historic village of Sant Agusti

Lunch will be taken a typical beach restaurant where you will enjoy some time to sit around a table trying the Menorcan produce. In the afternoon you will tour inland along one of the trails of the Cami de Cavalls. On the way, you will cross the Barranc de Son Fideu, a famous ravine which holds one of the highest and most impressive caves on Menorca: Sa Cova d'es Coloms, also known as the Cathedral. The end point of the day will be back at the stables of the hotel.

Dinner and overnight.

Wednesday:

After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel and transferred to the stables. On today's ride, you will pass through the major ravines of the island: Algendar, Trebaluger and Albranca. Following the Cami de Cavalls, you will find that on many stretches of the path you will need to leave the coast to venture inland to avoid some of the steep slopes caused by the cascading water. During the morning, you will venture off the Cami de Cavalls briefly in order to visit some of the beautiful, wild and difficult to reach beaches of the area: Escorxada, Fustam and Trebaluger. After a visit to the beach of Cala Mitjana for lunch, you will ride back to the stables of the hotel.

Dinner and overnight.

Thursday:

Today will be your final journey; you will ride through the Cami de Cavalls, heading toward the east side of the island. Today's ride will begin in a gentler landscape but soon progresses to the rugged, ravine studded terrain that this region of Menorca is best known for. After passing through the town of Sant Tomas you will begin to head inland toward the village of Son Bou stopping at the ravine of Sa Vall and it's associated wetlands along the way. This is an ideal spot for bird spotting as it is one of the most biodiverse habitats on Menorca (apart from the sea, of course!). Passing Talis farm, you will arrive at the tourist beach of Son Bou. This beach, with is 3 km of sand, is one of the best places for riding. At the edge of Son Bou, you will find an interesting Christian basilica dating from 400 BC and have some time to take a look around. After visiting the beach again, you will take the path back to where you started your ride: 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 its 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 riding will be offered.

Dinner and overnight.

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: 2018: 2-6 April, 9-13 April, 23-27 April, 30 April - 4 May, 14-18 May, 21-25 May, 28 May - 1 June, 1-5 October & 15-19 October.
 
Pricing: 2018:

£822 per person

Prices based on twin/double accommodation.
Single supplement £35 per night
Upgrade supplement: £44 per night.

Non-riders: £470 per person (sharing room)