- 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
Day 1 1: LONDON - MAHON - CIUTADELLA SANT IGNASIFly 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 2: SANT IGNASI–CALA MORELL–SON ANGEL - 27 KM RIDINGTransfer 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 3: SON ANGEL–ELS ALOCS-SANT VICENT - 24 KM RIDINGHOTEL ES MERCADALA 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 4: SANT VICENT–CAP DE CAVALLERIA–SES SALINES - 21 KM RIDINGHôtel Port FornellsTransfer 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 5: SES SALINES (transfer to) TORRE D’EN GALMES–SANT TOMÀS–BINIGAUS VELL - 19 KM RIDINGHôtel Binigaus VellThis 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 6: BINIGAUS VELL–MACARELLA–MORVEDRA NOU - 31 KM RIDINGHôtel Binigaus VellFrom 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 7: MORVEDRA NOU–MAHÓNAfter breakfast transfer back to the airport in Mahon on time for your flight back to London.
Dates & prices
- 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.
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.
1 assistant with vehicle
Tapas before the lunch from D2 to D6
Price doesn't include
Lunch on day 1 and 7 is not included in the price
Small group supplement
Touristic sites fees (museum, castle)
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
There is a maximum rider weight of 90kg/ 14st/ 198 lbs.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
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.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.
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.
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.
Spring and early autumn are great times to visit Menorca with relatively cooler temperatures (around 20°C on average) and very little rainfall.
Guide and local team
- 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
- Long sleeved shirts to provide protection from the sun
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Visa & Health
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.
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.
Addresses of consulates
- Paris | Ambassade d’Espagne
22, avenue Marceau
75381 Paris Cédex 08
Tél. : 01.44.43.18.00
- Ambassade de France en Espagne
Calle Salustiano Olozaga 9
Tél. : +34 91 423 89 00
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.
Budget and money
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.
Telephone and jetlag
Time zone GMT +1
Did you know?
Did you know?
Pure menorcan breed
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.
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.