Menorca Explorer

Mallorca/Menorca Spain: (IT-SPMEN)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_menorca_equestrian_explorer.aspx

Introduction
Mallorca/Menorca Spain
Visit the most beautiful and unspoiled countryside and beaches of Menorca on horseback on this equestrian escape, based at a beautiful 4-star country estate. Enjoy high grade purebred horses out of the own breeding farm on daily excursions to explore the breathtaking surrounding.

Menorca, the smallest and most eastern of Spain’s Balearic Island, has a long standing history with horses. In fact, some might say that Menorca has no history without its equestrian friends. The horses on this program are the finca’s own breed of the infamous Menorcan horse: a harmonious animal, it has a peaceful character and is smart and obedient. With a sleek silhouette and a handsome black coat, this noble horse has led explorers around this gem of an island for centuries.

The Menorcan Riding Program takes advantage of Cami de Cavalls, the island’s ancient route once used to defend the island and allow military officials surveillance of the coastline. Today, it is an efficient and rewarding way to discover the beauty of this island. Following the entire Menorcan coastline and occasionally crossing through farms, the Cami de Cavalls is a path that resourcefully takes the equestrian traveler to diverse areas of dynamic topography. The Menorcan Riding Program also takes advantage of the Menorca Biosphere Reserve, declared as such by UNESCO in 1993.

However, what would a great riding program be without a venture off the beaten path? The Menorcan riding tours one dip in and out of the interior to discover plentiful and great ravines and caves, unique flora and fauna, isolated and pristine beaches, and historical and beautifully preserved churches and buildings, all nestled among breathtaking landscapes and views across the Mediterranean. When all the riding has worn you out, you can relax at the ancient Menorcan farm, redone as a 4 star country hotel. Here, no amenity is out of your reach: the onsite restaurant prepares local flavors and dishes in a charming atmosphere, the swimming pool is delightfully refreshing and several beaches lie within 3 kilometers. Located amongst nature in the centre of the island, the restored accommodations are easily accessible from each coastal area.

Accomodation

Your accommodation is an ancient Minorcan farmhouse restored as a tranquil rural hotel. Situated in the midst of natural surroundings, the hotel offers Mediterranean comfort and tranquility. The hotel exists in peaceful harmony with its surroundings and features 20 rooms which have been refurbished respecting the original Minorcan style. They have all possible amenities (TV, telephone, Internet, safety deposit box, bathroom, etc.). 
The swimming pool with salt water chlorination and its organic form has been designed with the environment in mind. Its shape, colours and textures are reminiscent of the pristine beaches of Menorca. 
The hotel is situated at less than 1 km from the beautiful village of Es Migjorn Gran and at less than 3 km from the sandy beaches of Binigaus and Saint Tomas.

Meals

When evening falls or night comes down and stars sprinkle the heavens with their light, the hotel kitchen offers a magnificent opportunity to indulge in the irresistible seduction of the most exquisite pleasure.
A menu - at the same time young and ageless being both modern and traditional - offers the best of excuses to blindly surrender to the intensity of tastes and smells which invite the guests to submerge themselves in a whirlwind of sensations.
The restaurant offers you the opportunity to taste the local flavours in a pleasant and charming atmosphere.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Required Riding Level

Riders must be able to master the horse at a medium level in all gaits (walk, trot and canter). It is advisable to be physically fit.

Horses
The horses are from our own stud (Yeguada de San Adeodato) and are Minorcan, Andalusians and crossbred. The Minorcan horse is well-balanced, has a peaceful character, is elegant and obedient.

Guides
We have at our disposal guides specialized in horse trek, speaking English, French or Spanish. They know the horses and terrain, providing the necessary security and maintaining at all times the pace and tempo of the route.

Insurance
It is mandatory to take out travel insurance for this trip.

Itinerary

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.


Rates and Dates for Menorca Explorer

Rates include:

Accommodations at 4 star rural hotel, all meals (imcluding wine with dinner) except 1 lunch, support vehicle during the riding days, 5 full riding days with qualified English speaking guide, Transfer to/from the airport of Menorca

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 day trip€1700$2040
    • Single supplement€280$335
      Room upgrade, per room€350$420
      Non-rider discount, dbl, pp(€765)($920)
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2019 Transfer from the airport of Menorca is included

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip 3 /8 Sold Out
A 2019 10/19 - 10/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip 3 /8 Sold Out

Dates Note: Other dates are possible for 3+ riders

Rates do not include:

One Lunch. Travel and medical insurance (can be provided) is mandatory.

Other Info
Meeting: Es Migjorn Gran
Airport: Menorca - Mahón Airport
Transfer: Menorca Airport

Climate:
                                            Minorca area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

57

57

60

64

71

79

84

84

79

73

64

59

Average Low Temperature (°F)

46

45

47

50

56

63

69

70

66

60

53

48

Average High Temperature (°C)

14

14

16

18

22

26

29

29

26

23

18

15

Average Low Temperature (°C)

8

7

8

10

13

17

20

21

19

16

11

9

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

6

6

6

4

1

0

2

5

7

7

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Minorca is a great place to visit year-round thanks to its geographical location in the Balearics, which promises milder weather than continental Spain.

The Minorcan climate is typically Mediterranean, with mild average temperatures and seasonal rainfall. The dry season coincides with the warm summer. Average annual temperatures are between 16 and 18 º C. The strongest wind is from the North (Tramuntana), which in winter often reaches 100 km/hour. In summer, thermal breezes are a feature of the coast but do not cause rough seas.

Annual rainfall is irregular, varying greatly from year to year, sometimes even resulting in drought. Most of the rain is concentrated in a few days of heavy or very heavy rainfall in autumn with the rest of the year of low intensity. The average annual precipitation on the island is 650 mm, depending on the area.

What To Bring: Untitled 2
This list is only a guideline for you
 
Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)
 
RIDING GEAR
Normal riding gear, no rubber boots, please
Light pants without any strong seams
Ankle-high solid shoes with flat heels
Long sleeved cotton shirts (sun protection)
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Light gloves, if wanted
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
 
PERSONAL CLOTHING
Lightweight jacket or vest
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra films and batteries
Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm