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Trail riding holiday in Menorca

Menorca - Pearl of the Mediterranean

7 days / 5 days riding - Price: contact us

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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SPAIN-Menorca - Pearl of the Mediterranean

7 days / 5 days riding - Price: contact us


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This horse riding holiday allows riders unique access to the unspoilt Menorcan coast and its turquoise waters. Follow the Camí de Cavalls, an ancient coastal trail encircling the island of Menorca. Immerse yourself into Menorca's diversity, the scents that are carried on the breeze and the intense colours of its skies and beaches.

Strengths

- Ride through the beautiful Menorca countryside, the most untouched Balearic island, declared as a World Biosphere Reserve in 1993
- Set dates are scheduled at a particularly nice time of year: April, September and October with average temperatures of 20 ° - 25 ° c
- Swim in small creeks
- Ride wonderful Menorcan or Andalucian horses
- Enjoy local speciality dishes and sumptuous picnics
- Stay in quality accommodation and view the charming local architecture along the way
- Canter along the beaches and through the surf

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - MAHON - CIUTADELLA SANT IGNASI -

Fly to Mahon, most likely through Madrid or Barcelona (flight not included)

You will be collected at the airport and transfered to the country hotel Hotel Rural Son Juaneda (or similar). Depending on the arrival time of the group, you will hopefully meet the horses and have a short ride to match you to a horse and adjust to the tack. The horses will be transferred from their stables to the point of departure of the ride.

Dinner in the country hotel or at a restaurant in the beautiful town of Ciutadella.

Day 2: SANT IGNASI–CALA MORELL–SON ANGEL - 27 KM RIDING

Transfer to Eugues de Flo, near Torre del Ram, where the ride will depart from. Firstly you will discover the arid and dry area of Menorca, one of the wildest parts of the island, with a very unique landscape. The only traces of human presence you see are lighthouses, the remains of shepherds huts and corrals and some archaeological sites. You will ride inland and along the coast towards Cala Morell. Stop for a picnic lunch at the Caves of Cala Morrell and see a necropolis (from 1500- 300 BC). A short afternoon ride along the coast before heading south to Son Angel, home to the horses and your guide, Toni.

Dinner and night at the same hotel as last night (or similar)

Day 3: SON ANGEL–ELS ALOCS-SANT VICENT - 24 KM RIDING

Accommodation : HOTEL ES MERCADAL

A short transfer back to the stables at Son Angel. This morning you ride in and out of the Mediterranean sea at Tramuntana, an area that is extraordinarily rich with endemic wild plants. Ride along the coast and across beautiful beaches, all of which are different. You will stop for a picnic lunch at Els Alocs. Some parts of this ride are quite rough and riders may need to dismount, or you may ride on some alternative inland paths to avoid the difficult passages. After lunch, you will see the most attractive beaches complimented by the deep turquoise sea. Ride inland to the finca Sant Vicent, where you will finish today's ride and where the horses will spend the night.

Transfer to Es Mercadal (or similar) where you will have dinner and overnight.

Day 4: SANT VICENT–CAP DE CAVALLERIA–SES SALINES - 21 KM RIDING

Accommodation : Hôtel Port Fornells

Transfer to Sant Vicent and start riding through sand dunes. This is an area which is rich in birdlife, with a great biodiversity and geological interest. Ride to Binimel là, Cala Mica, and the beach of Cavaleria. Ride up the cliff to Cap Cavaleria, which offers the most spectacular views. Ride to the Eco-museum at the top where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, ride to Cala Tirant, before riding along a small road to get to Ses Salines. Dinner and overnight at the Hostal Port Fornells (or similar). The horses will be in a field close by that has great views out to sea and to the village of Fornells.

Day 5: SES SALINES (transfer to) TORRE D'EN GALMES–SANT TOMÀS–BINIGAUS VELL - 19 KM RIDING

Accommodation : Hôtel Binigaus Vell

This morning riders and horses will be transferred to Torre d'en Galmes, on the south western part of Menorca. This is where you start your Southern ride.
At Torre d'en Galmes you visit the the largest “Talayotico” site on the island. The Talayots were watch towers built by pre Roman settlers. Continue your ride south to reach the Camíde Cavalls at Llucalari. From Llucalari you ride around Son Bou, through some farmlands discovering different vegetation characteristic of the wetlands, until you reach Sant Tomas. You will stop at the restaurant Es Bruc for lunch. In the afternoon, head inland, visiting the spectacular cave Cova des Coloms, also called the Cathedral, given its dimensions. Ride to the stables of the country hotel Binigaus Vell (or similar)
Dinner and overnight at Binigaus Vell. (or similar)

Day 6: BINIGAUS VELL–MACARELLA–MORVEDRA NOU - 31 KM RIDING

Accommodation : Hôtel Binigaus Vell

From Binigaus, you ride south, back to the Camí de Cavalls. Ride inland around deep gorges, called Barrancos, like the barranco de Trebalúger. After riding through Cala Mitjana, and Cala Galdana, one of the few beaches on the island where you will see a hotel, you arrive at the unspoilt Cala Macaralleta. Have lunch near Macaralleta, at Torralbet, where you can taste a selection of the Menorcan pork products (sobrassada, carn I xua, cuixot) and cheeses. Your afternoon will be spent riding through the unspoilt beach of Cala en Turqueta and then inland to reach Morvedra Nou where the ride ends. A farewell dinner this evening and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: MORVEDRA NOU–MAHÓN -

After breakfast transfer back to the airport in Mahon on time for your flight back to London.


Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- International flights are not included.

- Groups comprised 6-10 international riders.

- There is a single supplement of c. €250/£230 if you end up in a single room - this is payable locally to your guide when you arrive (cash).

- The weight limit is to 90kgs/15 stones

- Rides cannot be arranged from May - mid September as riding on the beaches is prohibited during the tourist season.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English speaking horse guide

Logistic

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle
1 assistant with vehicle

Accommodation

Double/ triple room in hotel standard 4*

Meals

Full board from first diner D1 to last breakfast D7, with wine
Tapas before the lunch from D2 to D6

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement c.£230

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverage and personal extra
Lunch on day 1 and 7 is not included in the price

Transports

Airport transfers
International flights

Extra

Tips to local team
Small group supplement
Touristic sites fees (museum, castle)

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

TIPS

Tips are welcome and recommended - usually 10%, but you should tip what you feel confortable with.

HORSES

The horses are Menorquina crosses and Andalucians. The Menorquina horses have been officially recognised as a breed since 1987, but have existed since the 1st century AD. The breed originates from a mixture of Arabs, thoroughbreds and Andalusians. They are either black or dark bay in most cases and are a truely stunning breed. The Menorcan horse is known for its kindness and its cooperation. It is a horse that is forward going and energetic yet very calm and docile. Ride in English general purpose leather saddles. Seat savers and saddle bags are provided.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

It is not necessary to be an expert rider but it is essential that you have lots of outdoor riding experience. You must be able to manage a horse at all paces and be familiar and comfortable handling a horse on the ground. There are some difficult passages and very steep rocky places, the horses are extremely sure footed and know the terrain. You should be able to keep calm, trust the horses and ride properly over the difficult passages. You must be able to mount from the ground.

There is a maximum rider weight of 90kg/ 14st/ 198 lbs.

PACE

Although the pace of the ride is slow, there is some very challenging terrain to navigate. There are opportunities for trots and canters on the beaches.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

Horses will be ready for the riders to get on every morning and will be taken care of during the ride.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

A good level of fitness is required, as you will be in the saddle for 4-6 hours. You must be able to mount from the ground.

A trail riding experience is a plus, but not a requirement. You must be an experienced rider, confident at all paces and be able to mount outdoors.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Leather and Wintec saddles.

We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

Menorca's country hotels are filled with charm and built in the local architectural style. They are very comfortable, some are luxurious 4* country hotels and nearly all have swimming pools.
A support vehicle will meet the riders at lunch time to deliver the picnic. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on the trail. Dinner will be at the country hotels where you stay. The usual schedule for meals is breakfast 8.30am, lunch at around 2.00pm, followed by a siesta. Dinner is usually served at 9.00pm. Drinks at the hotel bars are not included.

CLIMATE

Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. It knows mild temperatures, relatively rainy winters and hot, sunny summers. It can get pretty windy so better to be prepared and bring a wind-breaker.

Spring and early autumn are great times to visit Menorca with relatively cooler temperatures (around 20°C on average) and very little rainfall.

Meals

Meals are delicious and this is your opportunity to taste the local food. Picnics are served at the table and always very tasty, including tapas.

The Spanish live on a different schedule, with breakfast served at around 08.30, lunch at 14.00, traditionally followed by a siesta. Dinner is usually around 21.00.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Maria Elena is a qualified trail leader certified by the Spanish Riding Federation. After many years spent working for the Marketing department of an American corporation, she decided to change careers and to dedicate herself to her passion for travels and horses. She speaks fluent French and English. She has ridden in several countries herself, including Tunisia, Argentina, the USA, Australia and Botswana.

Packing list

Head
- Riding helmets are mandatory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun and dust

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts to provide protection from the sun
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict, even in Menorca, and it's better to be prepared.

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof over trousers
- Casual clothes for the evenings

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps
- Lightweight shoes for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Nightwear
- Pyjamas etc

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - there are pools on some nights
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Swiss army knife or equivalent

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Our Recommendations
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Any liquids in your hold luggage, such as shampoo, moisturiser, over 100ml should be decanted into small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- In your hand luggage take any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.

ENTRY FORMALITIES

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by British, Australian, Canadian and all other EU nationals.
If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though.
Visas:
Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact their embassy for visa requirements.

BREXIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The UK is leaving the European Union. The rules for passports, entry requirements, driving, EHIC cards and more may change after Brexit.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

Addresses of consulates

  • Paris | Ambassade d'Espagne
    22, avenue Marceau
    75381 Paris Cédex 08
    Tél. : 01.44.43.18.00
    Fax :
    emb.paris@maec.es
  • Ambassade de France en Espagne
    Calle Salustiano Olozaga 9
    28001 Madrid
    Tél. : +34 91 423 89 00

    Fax :
    presse.madrid-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Spain. Remember to take your EHIC card with you.
The health system in Spain is good. It's not exceptional, but certainly not bad. People who work in Spain are insured through a social security plan, which covers most of their needs. The only thing that is not included are dental treatments. There is also the possibility for a private insurance.
Pharmacies can be found in every town, and in bigger cities almost every street has one. Even at night it should not take you a long time to find a pharmacy that is open. Remember that more drugs are prescribed in Spain than any other country.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

Time zone GMT +1

BUDGET AND MONEY

Spain has adopted the Euro (EUR, symbol: €) as its official currency. One Euro is divided into 100 (euro)cents, which are sometimes referred to as eurocents, especially when distinguishing them from the US cents.
Euro banknotes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. The highest three denominations are rarely used in everyday transactions. All Euro banknotes have a common design for each denomination on both sides throughout the Eurozone. The Euro coins are 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, €1 and €2. Some countries in the Eurozone have laws which require cash transactions to be rounded to the nearest 5 cents. All Euro coins have a common design on the denomination (value) side, while the opposite side may have a different image from one country to another. Although the image side may be different, all Euro coins remain legal tender throughout the Eurozone.

VOLTAGE

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

This horse riding holiday allows riders unique access to the unspoilt Menorcan coast and its turquoise waters. Follow the Camí de Cavalls, an ancient coastal trail encircling the island of Menorca. Immerse yourself into Menorca's diversity, the scents that are carried on the breeze and the intense colours of its skies and beaches.

  • The best views of Menorca, through the horses' ears.
    Mediterranean horseback trail in menorca
  • Riding in the mountains of Menorca
    Menorca mediterranean trail ride
  • Explore hidden coves with the horses
    Menorca on horseback
  • Enjoy a swim with the horses in the Mediterranean
    Bathing with the horse in the Mediterranean sea
  • Ride along the wild and rugged coast of Menorca
    Wild coast horseback riding in Menorca
  • Riding in the Baleares
    Horseback trail in Menorca
  • Horseback trail on the Menorcan paths
    On horseback in menorca
  • Riding on the beach in the Baleares
    Beach riding in Menorca
  • Cantering in Menorca
    Horses cantering in the menorcan landscapes
  • Horseriding trail in Menorca
    Menorca on horseback

YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know ? 

Pure menorcan breed

History 

These horses are named after the island of Menorca, on the Bealearic Islands of Spain. Their origins date back to the fourteenth century, during the reign of King Jaume II. When he decided to form a cavalry to defend against invasion, they crossed the small local horses with different breeds to achieve an agile war horse, manageable yet robust. Although used regularly for farm work, pure Menorcan breeds have gained their fame through participation in traditional spanish festivals.

Characteristics 

Exclusively black in colour, pure Minorcan horses have a noble bearing and are very proud. The breed has a happy disposition and are attentive, but they do not like to be aggravated ... a true Mediterranean ! Although versatile, the specialty of this horse remains dressage

Unique to the island of Menorca, the doma menorquina (close discipline of Doma Vaquera) has a posture that shows its full splendour : Most famous is the “bot” where the horse rears up standing on his hind legs and remains upright for several minutes. The horses do it for the huge shows during the traditional festivals like the San Juan Festival.
 


 

 

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