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Menorca Getaway on Horseback


Itinerary for Menorca Getaway on Horseback



Explorer 8-day Sample Itinerary


DAY 1. ARRIVAL AND WELCOME
Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check-in and accommodation in the rooms. Dinner at the hotel Restaurant

DAY 2. FIRST CONTACT 
Visit to the stables and allocation of horses followed by ride around the area (the ravine of Son Fideu, the cave “cova d’es coloms...).  
To begin the program, we will visit the stud of San Adeodato, where we will be told more about Minorcan horses. Afterwards, horses will be allotted according to the riders’ skills and we will then go for a short ride around the estate visiting the prehistoric village of Sant Agustí. Lunch features a spread of local Minorcan products in a beach restaurant. In the afternoon we will take an inland trail of the Cami de Cavalls, visiting the Barranc de Son Fideu, a famous ravine that contains one of the highest and most impressive caves of Menorca: Sa Cova d’es Coloms,  which is also known as “the Cathedral”, that we will visti before ending at the stables of the Hotel.

DAY 3 THE TRAIL OF THE RAVINES.
San Adeodato-Binigaus-Escorxada-Fustam-Trebalúger-Mitjana
The meeting point will be the stables of Hotel rural Binigaus Vell.  On today’s trip we will pass through the major ravines of the island: Algendar, Trebalúger and Albranca.  Owing to the streams that flow through the ravines, in many stretches of the cami de cavalls we need to leave the coast and venture inland to avoid the precipitous slopes caused by these vertical cuts. In the morning, we will leave the cami de cavalls briefly to visit some of the most beautiful, wild and difficult to reach beaches: Escorxada, Fustam y Trebalúger. Later on, we will reach the beach of Cala Mitjana for lunch. Then, we will return to the stables of San Adeodato via the inland route of the Camí de Cavalls.

DAY 4. NATURAL  RESERVE OF S’ALBUFERA D’ES GRAU.
Mesquida-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 center of the Biosphere Reserve) and it features some of the most impressive cliffs of the island. During the route, we will find several wetlands (Tamarells Cove, Sa Torreta creek, Arenal de Morella) and also some of the Watch Towers which, in the past, safeguarded Minorca from the numerous attacks and sieges the island has suffered.
This stretch will lead us to the Favàritx lighthouse, one of the seven which surround Minorca’s coastline. Here we take the opportunity to stop for a picnic and rest. The second part of the route follows an undulating path over alternating cultivated and wild landscapes, with areas of considerable ecological interest such as Pou d’en Caldés, home to many endemic plants.
At the end of the itinerary, the path reveals 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.

DAY 5. REST DAY.
An optional excursion (not included in the price) will be organized to enable you to discover more about Menorca. Lunch on your own (not included in the price) and dinner at the Hotel.

DAY 6 THE WILD AND IMPRESSIVE NORTH COASTLINE
Binimel.là-Pregonda-Cala Calderer-Cala del Pilar- Algaiarens
This ride will take us through one of the most unspoilt, beautiful and least known stretches of the northern coastline. The starting point is the beach of Binimel.là. The path through the dunes takes us to Cala Pregonda, where we will discover a unique landscape. Continuing along the coast, we will ride beside Minorca´s Marine Reserve, created in 1999, with an area of 5.199 marine hectares. Following the steep rocky coastline path we reach Ets Alocs, where we will halt to eat and rest. Moving on, we pass through Cala Pilar, with its red stained slopes, and following the path, we come to Arenal d’Alfurí another spot with a high concentration of important endemic plants and floral species. Next we traverse Es Pla de Mar and its fantastic beach of  sea-rounded stones, and then turn inland to Sa Muntanya Mala before finally reaching Algaiarens beach. Here we move into a more arid Minorcan landscape: the trees practically disappear and the coastal vegetation adapts itself to the influence of the strong Tramuntana (north wind). This land is rich in plants such as Rosemary or the Minorcan Camomile.

DAY 7 THE WINDING SOUTH
San Adeodato–Sant Tomàs-Talis-Son Bou and a lesson of Menorcan dressage.
On our last journey, we will ride along the Camí de Cavalls direction to East. It starts gently but finishes covering the extremely rugged landscape formed by the ravines that characterise the central southern coastline. After crossing the town of Sant Tomàs the path turns inland before arriving at Son Bou. Shortly before that however, we leave the main track to visit the ravine of Sa Vall and its wetland, passing in front of the Talis farm, from where we will follow the oddly-shaped cliffs that lead us along the seashore and sand-dunes of this tranquil tourist area to Son Bou. At one end of the beach of Son Bou (the longest beach on the island, nearly 1.9 miles) we find a Christian basilica dating from 400 AD. Afterwards, we will start off again along the path bordering El Prat de Son Bou: an important wetland that exemplifies the rich biodiversity on Minorca. This is another ideal spot for bird watching. Soon after, we will cross the longest beach of Son bou direction Sant Tomàs and San Adeodato.
The day will finish with a particular lesson of “menorcan dressage” (duration: 1 hour) and includes, if you wish, to try the original and unic “bot” (jump)

DAY  8. END OF THE ACTIVITIES.
Breakfast and transfer from the Hotel to the Airport.

• Given the usually good weather, these routes are practicable throughout almost all the year.
• A Mediterranean diet featuring Minorcan and Spanish cuisine.
• Improve your knowledge of the Minorcan strain of horse.
• Flexibility to enjoy other activities for the non riders such as bike routes, cultural tours, spa, massage, snorkel, sailing…
• Alternative routes to use in case of inclement weather or other reasons beyond our control.
• We visit the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches of Minorca.

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Getaway 5-day Sample Itinerary  (days 1,2,3,7 and 8 of the 8-day itinerary)

DAY 1. ARRIVAL AND WELCOME
Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check in and accommodation in the rooms. Dinner at the hotel Restaurant

DAY 2. FIRST CONTACT 
Visit to the stables and allocation of horses followed by a short ride around the estate.  
To begin the program, we will visit the stud of San Adeodato, where we will be told more about Minorcan horses. Afterwards, horses will be allotted according to the riders’ skills and we will then go for a short ride around the estate visiting of the prehistoric village of Sant Agustí.
Lunch features a spread of local Minorcan products in a beach Restaurant. In the afternoon we will take an inland trail of the Cami de Cavalls and we will cross the Barranc de Son Fideu, a famous ravine that contains one of the highest and most impressive caves of Menorca: Sa Cova d’es Coloms,  which is also known as “the Cathedral”, that we will visit before ending at the stables of the Hotel.

DAY 3 THE TRAIL OF THE RAVINES.
San Adeodato-Binigaus-Escorxada-Fustam-Trebalúger-Mitjana
The meeting point will be the stables of Hotel rural Binigaus Vell.  On today’s trip we will pass through the major ravines of the island: Algendar, Trebalúger and Albranca.  Owing to the streams that flow through the ravines, in many stretches of the cami de cavalls we need to leave the coast and venture inland to avoid the precipitous slopes caused by these vertical cuts. In the morning, we will leave the cami de cavalls briefly to visit some of the most beautiful, wild and difficult to reach beaches: Escorxada, Fustam y Trebalúger. Later on, we will reach the beach of Cala Mitjana for lunch. Then, we will return to the stables of the hotel via the inland route of the Camí de Cavalls.

DAY 4 THE WINDING SOUTH
Binigaus Vell–Sant Tomàs-Talis-Son Bou and a lesson of Menorcan dressage.
On our last journey, we will ride along the Camí de Cavalls direction to East. It starts gently but finishes covering the extremely rugged landscape formed by the ravines that characterise the central southern coastline. After crossing the town of Sant Tomàs the path turns inland before arriving at Son Bou. Shortly before that however, we leave the main track to visit the ravine of Sa Vall and its wetland, passing in front of the Talis farm, from where we will follow the oddly-shaped cliffs that lead us along the seashore and sand-dunes of this tranquil tourist area to Son Bou. At one end of the beach of Son Bou (the longest beach on the island, nearly 1.9 miles) we find a Christian basilica dating from 400 AD. Afterwards, we will start off again along the path bordering El Prat de Son Bou: an important wetland that exemplifies the rich biodiversity on Minorca. This is another ideal spot for bird watching. Soon after, we will cross the longest beach of Son bou direction Sant Tomàs and San Adeodato.
The day will finish with a particular lesson of “menorcan dressage” (duration: 1 hour) and includes, if you wish, to try the original and unic “bot” (jump)

DAY  5. END OF THE ACTIVITIES.
Breakfast and transfer from the Hotel to the Airport.

• Given the usually good weather, these routes are practicable throughout almost all the year.
• A Mediterranean diet featuring Minorcan and Spanish cuisine.
• Improve your knowledge of the Minorcan strain of horse.
• Flexibility to enjoy other activities for the non riders such as bike routes, cultural tours, spa, massage, snorkel, sailing…
• Alternative routes to use in case of inclement weather or other reasons beyond our control.
• We visit the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches of Minorca.

NOTES: 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 is forbidden on some beaches.
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Menorca Getaway on Horseback
Tour Code: IT-SPMEN-4
5 days / 4 nights ~$1,120.00
Dates : April-June, Sept-Oct

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Tack: English
Horses: Purebred Andalusian, Menorcan and mix
Pace: Moderate with trots and canter - 5 hrs...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Menorca - Mahón Airport
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