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Menorca Trails, Menorca





Horses



Type of horses:

Menorcan bred horses, various types (the trail horses are not all the typical black Menorcan breed that you will see at the festivals)

Nature of horses:

Calm but fit and ready for the trail.

Height of horses:

14.3 - 15.3hh

Weight limit:

90kg / 200lbs

Tack type:

English, western and australian stock saddles.

 

Weather




Current Conditions:
Partly Cloudy, 25 C

Forecast:
Tue - Sunny. High: 27 Low: 20
Wed - Sunny. High: 27 Low: 21
Thu - Sunny. High: 27 Low: 22
Fri - Mostly Sunny. High: 27 Low: 22
Sat - Sunny. High: 27 Low: 23

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Ride Description

One of the pillars of Menorca's culture is the history and character of the Menorcan horse. In the XIV century the horse was the main player in Menorca's defence system, associated with the bridle path known as the 'Camí de Cavalls', which runs around the edge of the island. The route originally linked up the fortresses and watchtowers of the island and was regularly patrolled by soldiers on horseback. In recent times the path has been restored and is now the perfect way for riders to explore Menorca and the incredible scenery it has to offer. The horse remains the true star of local festivals - the local breed is famed for its shiny black coat and ability to walk on its hind legs in a move known as the 'bot'.

Menorcan dressage plays a fundamental role in the local culture as it is an equestrian art unseen elsewhere. It originates in the local saints' day celebrations, from which it takes specific figures and transforms them into a show. Other disciplines to compliment the equestrian culture are the Trotting Races, which take place every week at the island's racecourses. The island boasts nine official riding clubs through which you can enjoy equestrian activities, organising competitions in the three major disciplines, show-jumping, classical dressage and Menorcan dressage.

Anyone who loves nature will enjoy the excursions available here. The trail offers the possibility of getting to know the island from a new angle and the chance to discover the rich natural beauty and horse culture of the island.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is in a variety of comfortable hotels along the route.

Hotel Sant Ignasi:
Hotel Rural Sant Ignasi is located in an old stately house and was built in 1777 and completely restored in 1997. It is surrounded by gardens and centenary holm oaks.
Ciutadella
www.santignasi.com

Agroturisme Biniatram:
Agroturisme Biniatram offers unbeatable accommodation all year round to enjoy peaceful days surrounded by nature. Located on the northern coast of Menorca, this accommodation offers eight rooms and seven apartments – with a fully equipped kitchen and one or two bedrooms – and equipped with all the necessary facilities to enjoy with your partner or family. The house also has a pool and a garden and sports area to play tennis, basketball or to play football with the children.
Ciutadella
www.biniatram.com

Hotel Es Mercadal:
The hotel is located on the main street of the village; it is a typical Menorcan house built in 1869 with two storeys which was totally refurbished in 2007. The hotel has been decorated in a Menorcan style and has been customized with details relating to the Menorcan pure-breed horse.
Mercadal
www.hotelesmercadal.com

Hostal Port Fornells:
This is relaxed and family-based hostal, located 1 km from Fornells. The hostel has a comfortable bar and a large terrace surrounded by a garden.
Fornells
www.hostalfornells.com

Binigaus Vell:
The Rural Hotel Binigaus Vell is a four-star hotel combining the latest comfort features with the respect for the traditional architecture of the island’s farmhouses. Located 800 metres from the village of Es Migjorn Gran, the hotel is an oasis of peace and quiet in the middle of what used to be a large farmhouse on 89 hectares of land. Cereals and milk are produced here and used to elaborate delicious pieces of hand-made Maó Cheese, following the tradition, shaped by wise and skilled hands.
Es Migjorn Gran
www.binigausvell.com

Morvedra Nou:
This old farmhouse (built before 1650) was restored in 1997 and offers visitors peace and quiet in the middle of nature with all its rural features. It is a four-star hotel offering spectacular views over the sea and the horizon. It also has a bar and restaurant with Menorcan-style cuisine and a large garden with a pool.
www.morvedranou.es

The cuisine is typical Menorcan fare with some picnic lunches according to the riding route.

 

Activities

Hiking tours can be arranged for non-riders.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan and some French.

Health requirements: Fit and healthy.

Age limit: 14+

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation, meals, horse riding as per itinerary and the company of a qualified guide.

Not included: Transfers from Mahon (Mao) airport, flights, travel insurance, drinks, tips and extras not mentioned.

 

Travel Information

Guests should fly into Mahon airport (also known as Mao) from where they will be collected.

Return transfers cost €60 and can be paid for locally. We have included the cost of airport transfers in the special festival date programmes.

Airport: Mahon

 

Programmes


Cami de Cavalls Trail



A seven night programme which follows the Cami de Cavalls, an ancient bridle path used for the island's defence, around the whole island. By travelling on this route you can discover the lovely coast and the inland beauty spots. You will be accommodated in comfortable hotels along the way.

Day 1. Ciutadella

You will be transfered from the airport to the hotel, in Ciutadella, where you will stay for the first night.

Day 2. Ciutadella - San Àngel

After breakfast and once you have prepared your horse, you will depart from "Eugues de Flo" and head towards Torre del Ram. At around midday you will reach Cala Morell, where you will stop for a picnic at the Caves of Cala Morell, on  the north coast of Menorca. This is the location of one of the most important archaeological sites of the island, the Necropolis of Cala Morell, containing a set of fourteen caves carved out of the cliff-edge artificially. This necropolis also has around twenty small oval-shaped cavities or niches, known as “capades de moro”, which may have been used as ossuaries, urns or for the burial of children.

After regaining some energy you will continue along the route to Son Àngel, where you will take the saddles off the horses, and you will be able to have a refreshment and admire one of the pure-breed Menorcan studs which is represents the land and will serve as an introduction to the patron festivities of the local towns and villages. Later, you will head to the Biniatram Agro tourism farm, where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 3. San Àngel – Es Mercadal

Breakfast will be at Biniatram before you are transferred to Son Àngel to get the horses ready for the next stretch of the route.

Today you will pass by the Pla de Mar, El Pilar, Els Alocs and Son Ermità, where you will be offered a typical farmer’s lunch (or a picnic at Els Alocs as an alternative). You will continue after lunch towards Cala’n Calderer, Cala Barril, Pregonda and you will then take a turn towards the farm of Sant Vicent where you will leave the horses and then be transferred to Es Mecadal. You will have dinner and spend the night here. 

Day 4. Es Mercadal – Fornells

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Sant Vicent where you will get the horses ready and set off towards Binimel·là and Cap de Cavalleria. You will have a picnic lunch in Cala Viola and visit the Cap de Cavalleria Ecomuseum. Then, you will then carry on to Cala Tirant and end the day at Hostal Port Fornells. 

Day 5. Fornells – Es Migjorn Gran

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the park of Torre Den Galmés. From here you will take the Camí de Cavalls at Llucalari. The route will continue towards Son Bou and from there on to Talis and Sant Tomàs, where you will stop for lunch at the restaurant Es Bruc. After lunch, on your way to the rural hotel Binigaus Vell, you will stop to visit the amazing Cova des Coloms. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel Binigaus Vell. 

Day 6. Es Migjorn Gran

The trail today will take you to Cala Mitjana, Cala Galdana and Marcarella. Not far from Macarella is the farmhouse of Torralbet, where you will stop for a typical Menorcan farm meal including cold meats made from pork (sobrassada, carn i xua, cuixot, etc.) and cheese, all produced and sold directly at the farm. Dinner and overnight will be at the rural hotel Morvedra Nou.

Day 7. Menorcan Horses 

In the morning you will have some free time to spend in Ciutadella, where you can do some shopping or visit the fantastic village. After lunch you will be picked up and taken to visit one of the most important studs of the Menorcan horses. 

Day 8. Departure

You will be transferred to the airport.



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Intermediate riders and above. This is not a fast trail due to some of the terrain.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 5 days of riding covering a total distance of around 135km.
Departure dates: 2014: 27 April - 4 May, 11 - 18 May, 7 - 14 September, 5 - 12 October.
 
Pricing: 2014

£1321 per person.
Single supplement: £248

Price includes 7 nights of full board accommodation (shared room), 5 days of guided horse riding as per itinerary and transfers.



Cami de Cavalls Trail with Festival or Exhibition Visit



On certain dates throughout the year the Cami de Cavalls Trail (seen above) can be adapted to include local festivals. These are a lovely way to make your Menorcan adventure even more special!

Exhibition Visit - May (17th and 18th) 

During 17th and 18th May there is an exhibition of the 'Menorquina Breed' horses which includes competitions and shows for you to see. If you book the standard seven night trail from 11th - 18th May then there is the opportunity to visit the exhibition on the 17th and 18th May before departure. Entry to the exhibition is an additional cost to be paid locally when you are there. 

Two Day Festival Add-On - September (5th - 7th) 

September brings the 'Festes de Gracia' in Mahon (Mao). This is a street festival and includes the 'Jaleo' where Menorcan breed horses are ridden through the crowds, walking on their hind legs (a special trick taught to Menorcan horses). The crowds try to touch the horses' hearts as this brings good luck. The horses are trained specifically for this and are seen as a majestic animal who is well respected. This add-on includes two nights of B&B accommodation from 5th to 7th September, during which you will enjoy this amazing festival, then you start the standard seven night trail programme from 7th to 14th September. 



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Intermediate riders and above.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 5 days of riding covering a total distance of around 135km.
Departure dates: 2014: 11-18 May, 5-14 September.
 
Pricing: 2014

May date:
£1321 per person.
Single supplement: £248

Price includes 7 nights of full board accommodation (shared room), 5 days of guided horse riding as per itinerary and transfers. Entry to the exhibition is an additional cost to be paid locally.

September date INCLUDING extra festival nights:
£1405 per person.

Price includes 2 nights accommodation during festival nights (5 - 7 September) followed by the trail with 7 nights of full board accommodation (shared room), 5 days of guided horse riding as per itinerary and transfers.