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Idyllic Menorca

Honey-coloured coves, flower-filled meadows
 
By day, cycle self-guided, while your luggage is transported, through Menorca’s sleepy whitewashed villages, to dramatic cliffs, pristine coves, sandy beaches and fascinating Talayotic monuments, and then relax in charming hotels each evening.
Idyllic Menorca. 6 nights
Idyllic Menorca. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in Menorca

The least developed of the Balearic Islands, Menorca's rural interior of red sandstone rock, green rolling hills and pretty pastures gradually gives way to rocky coves, idyllic sandy beaches and fishing villages that line the coastline between the grand ports of Mahón (Maó) and Ciutadella. The landscapes are awash with prehistoric sites, medieval palaces and historic churches, making it a fascinating island to explore by bike or on which to relax by the sea.
Your two-centre holiday begins at the very heart of the island at the foot of Monte Toro, from where you discover both the rugged northern and softer southern coasts. Country lanes wind past fascinating archaeological remains, alongside ancient dry stone walls through pristine white villages to end at stunning cliffs and coves. You then cycle to the east coast where whitewashed houses and windmills give way to ancient forts and crumbling castles. You also have time to take in Ciutadella, the gracious Spanish port of the west, as well as the dramatic fortifications that once commanded the entrance of the eastern British capital of Mahón.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for flowers is March, April and May, when there are also lots of butterflies.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 14 14 15 17 21 25 28 28 26 22 18 15
    mm 61 52 50 45 32 17 5 23 61 99 84 78
  • Arrival in Es Mercadal
    Night 1: at Es Mercadal (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Choice of routes from Es Mercadal: both 35km 

    Circular route via Cavalleria and Binimel-là: 35km
    This leisurely circuit is a wonderful introduction to Menorca's tranquil rural interior and attractive northern coast. The first section of the route leads you through rolling agricultural hills and pretty pastureland, before the scenery becomes increasingly rugged and remote as you approach the most northerly point of the island, the lighthouse at Cap de Cavalleria. Here, you'll find the beautiful natural beaches of Cavalleria and Binimel-là, and there is also the option to walk to the classic cove of Cala Pregonda (1.5km each way), a small beach of fine sand backed by pine forest.

    Circular route via Fornells: 35km
    This varied route gives a real taste of all that Menorca has to offer. You cycle initially through the island's central plains, before passing around its highest peak of Monte Toro and heading out to the northern coast. Your destination is the palm-fringed fishing village of Fornells, where you can visit the historic watchtower, enjoy a boat trip around the bay or simply relax over a lazy lunch of caldereta – the area's famous fish stew. You return to Es Mercadal along quiet, country roads through pretty pastureland.

    Visit Ciutadella 
    If you fancy a more leisurely day, there is the option to take a bus to the elegant, western port of Ciutadella. The centre of the city is compact and easy to get around – a place of cobbled narrow streets, Baroque and Gothic palaces and churches. It’s also a place to sit and soak up the atmosphere, especially on the harbour front, which is lined with fish restaurants.
    Ciutadella
  • Es Mercadal to Alcaufar: 34km; longer option via Cap de Favàritx: 56km
    Today, you cross the island to reach easterly Alcaufar. Beginning on the Camí d’en Kane – a road named after the Irish-born soldier Sir Richard Kane who did much to improve the network of roads on the island – you then cycle along narrow undulating lanes which give a sense of quiet rural life on the island. As you approach Menorca's capital, Mahon, the road winds around the port and marina with glimpses of the majestic monastery and old town above. You also pass several important Talayotic sites before reaching your second hotel, the elegant and luxurious Alcaufar Vell, where you spend the final three nights. If you prefer a longer day, there is the option of extending your ride out to the remote yet striking Cap de Favàritx.
  • Choice of routes from Alcaufar Vell: 38km to 45km

    Circular route via Cales Coves: 45km
    This lovely route begins with a 4-kilometre detour to the unspoiled hamlet and cove of Alcaufar, though this visit could be made at another time during your stay if you prefer. It then takes you through the rambling, white village of Torret to the island's southern coast and the secluded Cales Coves – an ideal spot for a swim. There are more Talayotic sites to be visited on the way, and you may even spot a wild tortoise as you cycle along the lanes that skirt the airport runway.

    Circular route via the S'Albufera Natural Park: 39km
    This route leads you to the quiet north-eastern corner of the island; first to the protected natural park at S’Albufera, where you can cycle on the trails around the reserve, then on to Es Grau, a tiny fishing village set on a lovely inlet.

    Circular route via La Mola & Maó: 38km
    A final option explores the northern edge of Maó’s natural harbour before continuing through wild and rugged moorland to reach the impressive stone fortifications of La Mola. The return route again passes through Maó, giving you the opportunity to try one of the tempting harbourside restaurants in this charming town.
    Cales Coves on the circular route around Alcaufar
 

Accommodation

You stay in two excellent hotels.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 06 April - 13 July 2019 & 01 September - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    6 - 16 April £915 £335
    17 April - 13 May £950 £375
    14 - 29 May £1065 £475
    30 May - 10 June £1125 £560
    11 - 29 June £1195 £615
    30 June - 7 July £1245 £675
    1 - 3 September £1245 £675
    4 - 10 September £1195 £615
    11 - 17 September £1125 £560
    18 - 29 September £1065 £475
    30 September - 25 October £950 £375
    3rd & 4th person discount -£45
    Single traveller supplement £45

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £100 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Es Mercadal
    Junior suite: 06 Apr - 31 May 2019 £19
    Junior suite: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £25
    Junior suite: 01 Jul - 13 Jul 2019 £19
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 11 Sep 2019 £19
    Junior suite: 12 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £25
    Junior suite: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £19
    Alcaufar Vell
    Junior suite: 06 Apr - 20 Apr 2019 £18
    Junior suite: 21 Apr - 18 May 2019 £24
    Junior suite: 19 May - 15 Jun 2019 £30
    Junior suite: 16 Jun - 13 Jul 2019 £35
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 07 Sep 2019 £35
    Junior suite: 08 Sep - 21 Sep 2019 £30
    Junior suite: 22 Sep - 05 Oct 2019 £24
    Junior suite: 06 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £18
    junior suite with terrace: 06 Apr - 20 Apr 2019 £30
    junior suite with terrace: 21 Apr - 18 May 2019 £38
    junior suite with terrace: 19 May - 15 Jun 2019 £50
    junior suite with terrace: 16 Jun - 13 Jul 2019 £58
    Junior suite with terrace: 01 Sep - 07 Sep 2019 £58
    Junior suite with terrace: 08 Sep - 21 Sep 2019 £50
    Junior suite with terrace: 22 Sep - 05 Oct 2019 £38
    Junior suite with terrace: 06 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £30
    'Standard' with terrace: 06 Apr - 20 Apr 2019 £14
    'Standard' with terrace: 21 Apr - 18 May 2019 £17
    'Standard' with terrace: 19 May - 13 Jul 2019 £29
    'Standard' with terrace: 01 Sep - 21 Sep 2019 £29
    'Standard' with terrace: 23 Sep - 05 Oct 2019 £17
    'Standard' with terrace: 06 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £14

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £20pp per day.
    Hotel Es Mercadal (B&B) Double room Single room
    06 Apr - 31 May 2019 £80 £135
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £100 £175
    01 Jul - 13 Jul 2019 £125 £225
    01 Sep - 11 Sep 2019 £125 £225
    12 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £100 £175
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £80 £135
    Alcaufar Vell (with dinner) Double room Single room
    06 Apr - 20 Apr 2019 £145 £190
    21 Apr - 18 May 2019 £155 £210
    19 May - 15 Jun 2019 £195 £285
    16 Jun - 13 Jul 2019 £215 £325
    01 Sep - 07 Sep 2019 £215 £325
    08 Sep - 21 Sep 2019 £195 £285
    22 Sep - 05 Oct 2019 £155 £210
    06 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £145 £190
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Mahón

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Mahon (Menorca) Thomas Cook 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Mahon (Menorca) jet2,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Mahon (Menorca) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Mahon (Menorca) easyJet,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Mahon (Menorca) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Mahon (Menorca) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Mahon (Menorca) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Mahon (Menorca) jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Mahon (Menorca) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Mahon (Menorca) jet2,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Mahon (Menorca) jet2,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Mahon (Menorca) easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Mahon (Menorca) British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Mahon (Menorca) easyJet,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Mahon (Menorca) British Airways 
    Heathrow - Mahon (Menorca) (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Mahon (Menorca) easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Mahon (Menorca) jet2,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Mahon (Menorca) jet2,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Mahon (Menorca) jet2,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Mahon (Menorca) TUI 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Mahon

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Mahón airport to hotel (0h30) £36 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Mahón airport (0h15) £22 flexible
What's included
  • 6 nights
  • 3 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a trekking bike with 21 gears (grip shift system); a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • The cycle suppliers can only provide helmets if these are booked in advance (there is a local charge of around 10€ per helmet per week). As it is a legal obligation to wear helmets on public roads in Spain, we strongly recommend bringing your own.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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