If you’re keen on epic coastal walks in Europe, look no further than Menorca. Situated in the Mediterranean, this Balearic Island is well-known to hikers for its multi-day (7–10 day) 184km Camí de Cavalls route, which circles the entire island. However, our intention isn’t to discuss the multi-day hike. Instead, we’re going to cover the best sections of this route. By doing so, we’ll cover the 8 best day hikes in Menorca, showing you the highlights of the Camí de Cavalls route. Certainly, by following this guide you can enjoy the absolute best of the beautiful Menorcan coastline.
Don’t get us wrong, we seriously considered doing the multi-day Camí de Cavalls route. However, visiting in winter meant we declined the opportunity. Poor weather and reduced services in the off-season were the main reasons we decided against the multi-day option. So, whatever reason you may have for not wanting to do the multi-day walk, this guide will help uncover the highlights of the route. This way, you can pick and choose the day hikes that suit you best for your hiking trip to Menorca.
For more Menorca hiking motivation and inspiration, watch our YouTube production below. Feel free to use the chapter function to check out any hike in particular, or, just watch the introduction for a taste of hiking paradise!
Menorca Hiking Itinerary
By spending 5 days hiking in Menorca, Beck and I were able to complete the 8 best trails on the island. Having visited in late November/December, the weather was quite poor at times, meaning we experienced a couple of washed-out mornings and afternoons. If you visit from April–October though, with much better weather, it may even be possible to fit in the 8 best hikes in Menorca in 4 days.
Similar to our Mallorca and Malta hiking guides, we’ll detail all of the hikes that you should include in your itinerary. With in-depth information on hiking specs, trailhead locations and our GPS-guided maps, this will make it easier for you to plan your Menorca hiking holiday. Depending on the distance, time, accumulated elevation gain and trailhead location, it’s certainly possible to fit in 2 hikes per day. For example, after hiking Cala Morell to Algaiarens in the morning, we then did the Arenal d’en Castell to Cala Pudent trail.
Hiking in Menorca in Winter
For those of you interested in doing these coastal walks during the off-season, the main problem is reduced services on the island. During the off-season, many of the bus services that operate to trailheads of these hikes stop running. As a result, it’s nearly impossible to do one-way hikes. Unless you can car shuffle, organise taxis or tour services, you’ll always need to do an out and back.
Certainly, a benefit of hiking during peak season is that bus services operate to the trailheads of most of the hikes described in this guide. It’s not easy or straightforward, but it’s possible to connect the start and end of your hike with the infrequently running bus services.
So, if you decide to hike in Menorca in the off-season, you’ll essentially be doing twice the amount of walking compared to either doing one-way walks connected by buses or by doing these sections as part of the multi-day Camí de Cavalls. However, given the beauty of the Menorcan coastline, we were never dissatisfied, bored or tiresome on the return legs.
We thought doing out and backs continuously may be tedious. But honestly speaking, the return components of these hikes were always just as excitable and amazing. By simply walking in the opposite direction to return to the trailhead, it felt like we were experiencing a new trail. You’ll see the natural coastal wonders from a different perspective and be thrilled again. So, we can vouch for these incredible out and back coastal walks, thereby, recommending hiking in Menorca in winter.
Despite the reduced services, the main benefit of hiking in Menorca during the off-season is the reduced crowds. We guarantee that you’ll have most of these walks to yourself if you visit in winter!
Of course, if you plan on visiting Menorca in summer and are able to complete these trails as one-way hikes, you can definitely still use this guide! For the hiking specs listed for each trail, simply half the distance, time and accumulated elevation gain, to get a better understanding of what you’re getting yourself into!
1. Binimel·là to Cala Pilar
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 21.3km
- Time: 6–8 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 745m
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Trailhead: Cala Binimel·là and Pregonda Car Park
FYI Travel Made Me Do It have personally rated the difficulty of each trail in this guide.
The Binimel·là to Cala Pilar coastal walk was our favourite in Menorca. The coastline that makes up both Binimel·là and Cala Pilar are some of the most outstanding stretches of coast we’ve ever seen. Plus, the trail connecting these two beautiful spots is the most challenging on the island. So, you’ll have a phenomenal experience hiking this trail.
Initially, a dirt road will guide you to Cala Binimel·là. You’ll then exit the beach from its western end. Very soon, you’ll see the vivid red rock of the exquisite Binimel·là coastline and the wondrous sea stacks close to the shore. Make sure to catch the sunrise here. Golden hour enhanced the mind-blowing colours of this place!
Afterwards, the first of the steep section awaits you as the trail leads you around and away from Binimel·là. The next beach you’ll pass is the serene Cala Barril. Following this, there is an unbelievable section of Marsian landscape that will leave you mesmerised!
The trail then continues through differing terrain, undulating and weaving along the coast. In winter, a section of trail leading to Cala Calderer can flood, and so, you may be bush bashing your way through this part of the hike. Remember, this section is considered the hardest along the Camí de Cavalls route, so expect to be buggered!
Eventually, you’ll arrive at Ets Alocs, which is where some hikers choose to finish this out and back trail. However, not far away is the stunning Cala Pilar, so make sure to walk that bit further to reach this stunning location. Particularly, the orange-rock platform overlooking the beach is a magnificent spot to take in the views. Feel free to explore the beach, or simply retrace your steps to complete the hike.
2. Cala Mitjana to Cala Turqeta
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 16.1km
- Time: 4 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 400m
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trailhead: Cala Mitjana Car Park
The Cala Mitjana to Cala Turqeta trail is easily one of the best hikes in Menorca. Expect spectacular beaches and bays along this stretch of coast.
A dirt road weaving through the forest will initially guide you to Cala Mitjana. After walking on the sand, continue west along the coast. After checking out a viewpoint of Cala Galdana, take the steps down to this beach. Admittedly, the water of both Cala Mitjana and Galdana weren’t looking their brightest. This is due to algae, formed in the freshwater river running into Cala Galdana, which causes discolouration of the water. Despite the lack of turquoise-coloured water we had expected, the beaches were still fun to explore.
The trail then continues parallel to, but away from the coast, undulating over varied terrain. There are many side-trail options leading to coastal viewpoints. With sunset approaching, we decided to take just one of these side trails. You can see in our Wikiloc GPS directions below, the side-trail we chose was a viewpoint of the spectacular Cala Macarella. This viewpoint was amazing, so if you’re going to choose a side-trail, we highly recommend this one.
You’ll then hike down to this beach, walk across it and continue west along the coast. Eventually, you’ll arrive at the pristine and secluded Cala Turqeta. This beach has to be one of the best in Menorca. In winter, you may even get it all to yourself. From here, retrace your steps and re-explore the coast in reverse to finish the hike.
3. Cala n Bosch to Cala Turqeta
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 21.6km
- Time: 6–7 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 100m
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trailhead: Cala n Bosch Car Park
The walk from Cala n Bosch to Cala Turqeta is an equally impressive hike in Menorca. As you’ve noticed, the previous hike we discussed also finished at Cala Turqeta. Such is the beauty of this stretch of coast, two of the best hikes in Menorca start roughly 10km either side of Cala Turqeta.
Of course, in peak season and with buses running, we would have simply walked the approx. 20km trail from Cala Mitjana to Cala n Bosch (or vice-versa) via Cala Turqeta. But, because it was off-season, we had to settle for two separate approx. 20km out and back walks, approaching Cala Turqeta from different ends.
Certainly, if you have already hiked Cala Mitjana to Cala Turqeta, you can simply finish the Cala n Bosch to Cala Turqeta trail earlier at Cala des Talair and return from there. This way, you’ll avoid visiting Cala Turqeta a second time. This was our plan until we got caught in a hailstorm halfway through the hike!
STORYTIME: The forecast was a hailstorm in the capital of Mahón on the east coast around midday. Because this hike is on the southwest corner of Menorca, we figured we’d be finished before the hailstorm hit, if it was to reach this side of the island at all. Well, we learnt the hard way that the forecast for Mahón was indeed reflective of the entire island, and like all forecasts, it was slightly inaccurate. The hailstorm came early and so, we had to abandon the hike near Platja des Comte, returning from there and taking shelter at Cova dels Pardals. Thankfully, the weather improved later in the day, so we picked up the end-stage of the hike from Son Saura to Cala des Talaier, in the afternoon.
Typically, this hike starts from Cap d’Artrutx, where you’ll take in Faro d’Artrutx – a 19th-century lighthouse. However, to avoid road and town-walking, we recommend starting your hike from Cala n Bosch. This way, you’re straight into the beautiful coastline and natural attractions.
Although surrounded by hotels and apartments, Cala n Bosch is a gorgeous beach and a cracking start to the walk. Soon after departing the beach in an easterly direction, the coastline feels more rugged and wild. This helps to enhance the natural ambience of this coastal walk.
After walking the sands of Playa de Son Xoriguer, the trail continues past the amazing Cova dels Pardals. You’ll then pass by a smaller beach – Platja des Comte, before hiking along a stretch of short but glorious seaside cliffs. This is when the hailstorm hit and we had to return!
The next worthy natural attraction along this trail is a long beach called Son Saura. A boardwalk guides you over the sand, to protect the nesting turtles in the coastal heathland! You’ll then continue to more incredible beaches – Platja de Bellavista and finally, Cala des Talaier.
Of course, feel free to continue to Cala Turqeta from here. The next stretch of coast has stunning coves and caves. Otherwise, if you’ve already checked out Cala Turqeta, it’s time to head back to the trailhead to complete the hike.
4. Cala Morell to Algaiarens
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 14.5km
- Time: 3.75 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 270m
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Trailhead: Necropolis de Cala Morell (street parking)
Hiking Cala Morell to Algaiarens is a fantastic experience and one of the best hikes in Menorca. Starting from the historic Necropolis de Cala Morell, the site has 14 burial chambers that were active during the pre-Talaiotic period up to the 2nd century! Afterwards, follow the road down to the majestic Cala Morell. It’s one of the nicest beaches in Menorca, with an epic coastal path that winds up and around the beach.
From the elevation gained, you’ll have sweeping views out to the Balearic Sea. Shortly after, you’ll have a more mundane path for about 1.5km, nestled in between farmland and dense coastal bushland. Thankfully, the trail leads you to one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Menorca, facing Cala d’Algaiarens.
The trail then hugs the coast, as you wind around the stunning Cala de ses Fontanelles. You’ll then briefly head inland, before arriving at the Playa Algaiarens Car Park. From here, a dirt path connects you to the wonderfully serene and isolated Playa Algaiarens. We also recommend continuing a bit further to check out another secluded cove called Platja Des Bot.
From here, it’s time for the return journey. Once you arrive back at the town of Cala Morell, feel free to choose a more direct route that connects you back to Cala Morell Necropolis.
5. Pont d’en Gil to Punta Nati
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 13.5km
- Time: 3.25 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 255m
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trailhead: Pont d’en Gil (street parking)
Another awesome hike in Menorca is the trail from Pont d’en Gil to Punta Nati. On its own, Pont d’en Gil is easily one of the best natural attractions on the island. So, even if you didn’t have time for this hike, make sure you still visit this epic natural arch.
If you choose to hike to Punta Nati, you’ve made a great choice! From Pont d’en Gil, follow the coast in a northerly direction. The trail is fairly flat but subtly uneven underfoot at times. The path winds its way through vacant and barren lands parallel to the coast. Personally, we found it a great trail to speed hike. Long stretches of easily navigatable trail is a speed hikers dream!
What is speed hiking? Speed hiking is what it says on the tin – hiking at speed! We love speed hiking to help us cover more ground, so we can experience as many trails as possible on any given day. Find out more about speed hiking here.
Eventually, you’ll reach a road leading to the lighthouse at Punta Nati. Admittedly, the lighthouse was slightly underwhelming. But, we recommend walking around it to explore the surrounding coastline. There are some epic hidden caves and coves dotted along the Punta Nati coastline, situated behind the lighthouse. After exploring this secluded area, it’s time for the return journey back to Pont d’en Gil!
6. Cova des Coloms
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 7.35km
- Time: 2 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 90m
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trailhead: Santo Thomas Car Park
Rivalling Pont de’n Gil as Menorca’s best natural attraction, Cova de Coloms is an incredible cave inland from Sant Tomas. To reach this cave, you’ll initially follow the Camí de Cavalls route in a westerly direction from Sant Tomas. With Platja Binigaus to your left, you’ll follow a boardwalk, which has a narrow but vivid strip of orange rock, contrasting brilliantly with the white sand of the beach.
Eventually, you’ll depart the Camí de Cavalls trail, turning right to follow a dirt path inland. This trail meanders through the forest, leading you to a set of caves. First, there’s Cova Polida, which is nothing too extraordinary. A short distance from here is the second cave and by far, the more spectacular one. Cova des Coloms is a huge cave and is one of the best caves we’ve ever explored!
If possible, try to time this walk, so it’s sunset when you return to the beach from the cave. Even in winter, there were quite a few people watching the delightful sunset from Platja de Binigaus. From there, you’re only a short boardwalk away from completing the hike.
Read more: Cova des Coloms – The Ultimate Hiking Guide
7. Es Grau to Faro de Favaritx
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 19.3km
- Time: 5–6 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 275m
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trailhead: Es Grau Car Park
Located in Parc Natural de s’Albufera des Grau, the hike from Es Grau to Faro de Favaritx is another stunning trail. We recommend setting off around sunrise, again, to maximise your experience of the gorgeous Menorcan coast. With Ilsa de Colom facing opposite Platja Es Grau, the start of your walk will undoubtedly get off to a cracking start with golden hour parading the landscape!
By following the coast in a northerly direction, you’ll soon ascend away from Es Grau and into the forest. After passing the sands of Cala En Vidrier and Cala Tamarells des Sud, you’ll have a long stretch weaving its way through more forest and farmland. Be mindful, that in winter, the section of trail after Cala en Cavaller can flood. We had to backtrack and walk via an unofficial path by the coast in order to reach Cala Morella Nou. Shortly after, you’ll arrive at the best beach on this trail – Platja d’en Tortuga. With Bassa de Morella set behind the beach, your senses will be overloaded by natural beauty.
You’ll then briefly steer away from the coast. A dirt trail will then connect you to the road, which leads to the impressive Cap de Favaritx. The terrain significantly changes in this corner of Menorca with black volcanic rock surrounding the coast. Certainly, the Es Grau to Favaritx Cape trail has many different landscapes to enjoy. From the lighthouse, you’ll then begin the return journey back to Es Grau.
8. Arenal d’en Castell to Cala Pudent
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 10.3km
- Time: 2.5 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 95m
- Difficulty: Hard
- Trailhead: Arenal d’en Castell Car Park
Hiking Arenal d’en Castell to Cala Pudent is another trail that starts on the Camí de Cavalls trail, but then ventures onto a different path. Even though the Camí de Cavalls is obviously a sensational trail, it’s nice to explore less-walked paths, particularly those revealing secluded and hidden beaches.
The trail begins from the lovely Playa Arenal d’en Castell. You’ll then be walking roadside with towering apartment blocks overshadowing the coast. Thankfully, soon enough, you’ll leave the buildings behind, and be walking an epic stretch of coastline overlooking the Balearic Sea. Once you arrive at Arenal de Son Saura, you’ll leave the Camí de Cavalls, taking a path leading further north.
The well-defined trail is uneven underfoot so take your time. Soon enough, the trail weaves its way to the majestic Cala Pudent. Unfortunately, when we visited, a river stream connected to the beach, left the sand flooded and a bit dirty. But, thankfully, a small and stunning beach, that forms part of Cala Pudent, saved the day. In winter, expect this remote beach all to yourself! After exploring the hidden beaches of Cala Pudent, it’s time to return to Arenal d’en Castell to finish this hike.
8 Best Hikes in Menorca Recap
Menorca has an irresistible coastline, making it an ideal location for hiking. With the well-known Camí de Cavalls route well laid out and signposted, it’s easy to navigate and explore the Menorcan coast. By using this guide, you’ll know the best sections to hike along the Camí de Cavalls route, particularly if you have decided not to do the multi-day hike. This guide also reveals tips and hints for hiking outside of peak season, when the trails are at their quietest best!
For more information on planning and booking your Menorca trip, read below.
Getting to Menorca
Being an island, it probably goes without saying that you’ll need to fly to Menorca if you’re travelling from abroad! Although, it’s possible to catch a ferry to Menorca from the other Balearic Islands or some cities in Spain like Barcelona. When booking flights, you should use Skyscanner to search for the cheapest flights. When flying abroad, we always get the ball rolling with a Skyscanner search. Although, with the pandemic, booking directly with the airlines is a far safer option.
Having found dirt-cheap return flights from Manchester to Mallorca, we couldn’t find similar cheap return flights from the UK to Menorca. Having hiked for a week in Mallorca first, we decided to travel from there to Menorca. Surprisingly, in late November 2021, catching a ferry (3–4 hours) from Mallorca to Menorca was pricier than flights. Given the convenience and efficiency, we decided to take the short 45-minute flight from Mallorca to Menorca. Because we’d fly home to Manchester from Mallorca, we booked return flights from Mallorca to Menorca for £46.35 each.
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Getting to the Best Hikes in Menorca
To hike in Menorca in the off-season, you have no choice but to hire a car, simply, so you can reach the trailheads. However, even in peak season, the buses run so irregularly, that it’d be highly inconvenient to do a hiking trip in Menorca relying on buses. Trying to coordinate the buses can be a nightmare to organise too, so even in summer, we recommend hiring a car for your Menorca hiking holiday.
We hired an automatic car using Rentalcars.com from Menorca Airport for only £11.50/day! Finding and booking a car with Rentalcars.com was straightforward and stress-free. They offer an unbeatable free cancellation policy too, which is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Being a popular holiday destination, Menorca doesn’t have much in the way of budget accommodation. The best-valued accommodation we could find was Apartments California booked with Booking.com for £204 for 6 nights. With approx. 470 reviews (as of 2021) and an 8.4 rating, Apartments California is a well-established holiday apartment in Menorca. You can read my honest review below and find out why I rated it a 9/10.
Five Hiking Gear Essentials for Menorca
These are our five hiking gear essentials for exploring the best hikes in Menorca. For a more comprehensive hiking gear list, check out our 66 Travel Accessories That You Must Travel With. Otherwise, for a general summary of everything you’d need for a trip, visit our Ultimate Packing Checklist.
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These hiking boots are very comfortable and well suited to the varied terrain of coastal walks in Menorca
This camera is hands down the best compact digital camera on the market. Lightweight, compact and durable, the Sony Cybershot RX100 VII takes brilliant photos and high-quality 4K videos
This jacket saved our bacon when we got caught in a hailstorm on the island. Menorcan coastal walks can be windy and wet in winter so pack a high-quality waterproof jacket
A fantastic backpack for hiking, which has plenty of storage capacity and a convenient compartment for your hydration bladder
The DJI Mavic Air 2 is an incredible and reliable drone that takes amazing aerial footage. We were extremely happy with the photos and videos captured by this drone when hiking in Menorca
Trip Length: 7 days / 6 nights for 2 people
- Accommodation (for 6 nights): £204 (378$AUD/$274USD)
- Flights: £92.70 ($172AUD/$124USD)
- Car Hire: £69 ($128AUD/$93USD)
- Food: £60 ($111AUD/$80USD) – groceries, cheeky coffees and pastries included
- Petrol: £46 ($85AUD/$62USD)
= £235.85/person ($437AUD/$316USD per person)
The Camí de Cavalls is very well signposted, so completing hikes along the route is very straightforward. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the area, it wouldn’t hurt to have GPS-guided directions just in case. We recommend using our Wikiloc maps for GPS guided directions. You’ll see many of our Wikiloc maps sorted under the relevant trail on this page.
Maps.me is a decent backup option if you’re struggling for directions when hiking in Menorca. But, you would need to download the map in an area with phone reception before setting off. We found reception to be quite good in Menorca, but it did drop out in some remote areas along the coast.
- Consider doing the multi-day Camí de Cavalls: undoubtedly, this multi-day hike would be an absolute pearler. Even though we have described the best day hikes along the route, experiencing the multi-day affair would surely be amazing.
- Visit outside of summer: visiting Menorca in off-season means everything is cheaper and quieter. We visited in late November/December 2021, and found most of the trails were empty. The only trade-offs are the weather and reduced services.
- Check out Binibeca after the Es Grau to Favaritx Cape hike: this beautiful white-washed town is worth a visit. The closest trailhead from the hikes described in this guide, to Binibeca, is Es Grau.
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