7 routes to enjoy the experience of horse-riding around Menorca
Riding on horseback, a gentle ride through the woods, edging along the sea shore, feeling the fresh air on your face... they say there’s no greater sense of freedom. Horseback riding in Menorca is fun, a thrilling adventure. Are you keen?
Horses are iconic on the island. They are the stars in the popular fiestas and boast their own breed, Menorcan, noble creatures of slender build and dark coats. And they form part of many of the excursions programmed throughout the year because, depending on your own riding experience, Menorca has the suitable tracks to trot and gallop on.
There are several companies with competent instructors to take you on horse rides along various routes, all of them set in amazing natural settings either inland or on the coast. Here are some the Bini Hotels recommendations:
1.- Ride through Sa Roca in Es Mercadal, drinking in the Mediterrranean woodland, the tranquillity, scents and colour. You set the pace.
2.- On the Camí de Cavalls old bridle path as far as Cala Mitjana. Tree-lined tracks, fantastic views and the sea. From November to May you can get there on horseback and gallop along the shore. You can even ride right into the stunning turquoise sea and touch the water with your hands.
3.- From Binimel·là to Cala Pregonda. A flat track of red earth, craggy white rocks rising up from the sea and creating imaginary figures. Stop in Cala Pregondó for a break and come back on the upper pathway, where you can spot the cape of Cavalleria and its lighthouse in the distance.
4.- In Es Migjorn Gran there’s a lovely track that takes you from Binigaus, skirting around the ravine, to the pristine beaches of Cala Fustam and Cala Escorxada. Flanked by soaring cliffs on one side and crystal clear sea on the other, this track is rarely used and you’ll sense nature so closely that it will almost seem like another world.
5.- Or trot slowly along the Prat de Son Bou, below the Son Boter ravine, until you reach the beach of Sant Tomàs. In the springtime, the countryside is full of yellow flowers known as "vinagrelles" (African wood-sorrel), whose petals are opened wide by the sun’s rays and simply flood the landscape with colour.
6.- From Algaiarens to Els Alocs, between dry stone walls that mark the borders of the island’s properties. Sit down for a rest in the pine wood close to Cala Pilar or go and take a look at Macar de Alforinet, a beach with no sand but softly shaped rock instead, which looks as if it has been modelled by the wise hands of Menorca’s artisan potters.
7.- From the Albufera des Grau Natural Park to Sa Torreta, within clear sight of the bay of Es Grau and the island of Colom. A landscape of low shrubbery, the scent of the sea and, if you’re lucky, a glimpse of eagles silently hovering overhead – or Mediterranean tortoises that sometimes cross your path, and beautiful wild orchids.
Switch off and share a great sensation with your partner… a relaxing horse ride that will make you feel free as bird in the midst of nature, with strong and docile horses to take you through stunning scenery at just the right pace. An experience not to be missed, or forgotten.