Menorca – Walking & Birdwatching

8 Days from £809 | May 809

The island of Menorca may be just 30 miles long and 10 miles across, but it hosts a world of contrasts. The north, the ‘Tramuntana’, is a geological mosaic full of green hills, with extensive bays and long headlands. The south, the ‘Migjorn’, is a limestone platform where deep ravines have sliced a path to fantastic white sand beaches and the sea. At the eastern end lies the island’s capital Mahon, a historic city well worth exploring, whose fine deep-water harbour led to British and French occupation in the 18th century (in 1756 the British Admiral Byng was court-martialled and shot for losing it to the French ‘pour encourager les autres’!). To the west lies Ciutadella, a former island capital, again with impressive city walls and harbour, but much quieter than the capital. But it is the island’s unspoilt beaches and coves that may impress you most of all: our resort area of Son Bou is home to one of the best of them. Menorca was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in October 1993.

Extend your holiday – extra week’s stay available in resort.

Menorca – Walking & Birdwatching

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 87%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb in Son Bou, Menorca
  • Three walking excursions, accompanied by an expert ornithologist
  • Transport to walks

DAY ONE: Flight to Menorca, transfer to your hotel, half an hour away. Seven nights half board accommodation is reserved for you.

DAYS TWO TO SEVEN: In resort with three included walking excursions. Transport to/from walks is included where appropriate. There are other walks in the area; for example, along the coast to the Binigaus Ravine. Be sure to pick your guide’s brains!

Walk 1: This walk leaves from the hotel, visiting the marshy area near Son Bou and the Son Boter Ravine. Expected sightings include the distinctively crowned Hoopoe, the Purple Heron, Purple Swamphen, the Booted Eagle and the endangered Egyptian Vulture, also known as the ‘Pharaoh’s Chicken’. 5.1 miles, ascent/descent 85m.

Walk 2: Transfer to Son Parc beach, on the north of the island, crossing through wetlands of Son Saura, heading towards the salt marshes/mines of Fornells, where you will stop at a farm for a short while to observe the birdlife. You then continue to the Concepción Salines to meet your transport. Expected sightings today include the fastest member of the animal kingdom, the Peregrine Falcon, the Osprey, the Black-winged Stilt and the Kentish Plover. 4.2 miles, ascent/descent 50m. On the return journey we make short stops at the Bee-eater colony near Lluriac, and take in the fabulous views from ‘El Toro’, Menorca’s highest point (over 1100ft above sea level).

Walk 3: Transfer to Algaraiens, in the west of the island, from where you walk via Pla de Mar to Cala del Pilar, to see the wide variety of birds found in the agricultural interior of Menorca though our varied route also includes a forest of holm oaks as well as a coastal section. On this walk expected sightings include the Tawny Pipit, the elegant Woodchat Shrike, the solitary Blue Rock Thrush and the disputed ‘King of the Birds’ from a legend told by Pliny and Aristotle, ‘The Firecrest’. 6 miles, ascent/descent 100m.

DAY EIGHT: Free time until your departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extend your holiday – extra week’s stay available in resort.

Please note: there is a local tourist tax in Mallorca and Menorca of 3.30 euros per person per day. It is not included in the price of the holiday and will be payable by hotel guests directly to the hotel.

 

Menorca – Walking & Birdwatching

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 87%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL VALENTIN ****, Son Bou (seven nights)
This hotel (214 rooms, plus 98 apartments) enjoys a quiet location on the crest of a hill, a mile from the beach (daytime shuttle service available). It has outdoor and indoor pools, two bars (one restricted to adults only), and a shop. Bedrooms have bathroom, air-conditioning, tv with satellite, telephone, hairdryer and balcony. There are 2 tennis courts, gym, and daytime and evening entertainment programme. Meals are buffet-style. (www.valentinhotels.com)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 92%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking Holiday - Menorca – Walking & Birdwatching
Holiday code: 7WMB
Supplements per person:
Extra week: £330
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

Belfast IntlSat 18/05/20198Jet215402225On request809Mahon150 (on request)2BFS17WMBB7

Doncaster ShefSat 18/05/20198Thomson14502055On request809Mahon150 (on request)2DSA17WMBB7

GlasgowSat 18/05/20198Jet208001445On request809Mahon150 (on request)2GLA17WMBB7

NewcastleSat 18/05/20198Jet206251305On request809Mahon150 (on request)2NCL17WMBB7

Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 26/06/2019 at 7:47:06

All of the walks were very enjoyable. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the area, plants and the birds. Brilliant holiday!

Mr & Mrs H, Warwickshire

Just had another excellent week courtesy of Preferred Travel Services. As I’ve come to expect, all was up to the usual high standard. I had a super week and am already working on next year!

Mrs C, Warwickshire

We want to tell you how much we enjoyed our week in Menorca – Hotel very welcoming, accommodation good, walks good, location good and weather perfect. Thank you.

Mr H and Mrs S, Fife

Great food, clean and comfortable rooms, and friendly staff. The guides and local rep were also excellent. I would recommend this holiday and Preferred Travel Services to anyone.

Mr T, Ayr

Local guide was very good. Excellent knowledge of both birds and environmental issues as well as the wildlife.

Mr & Mrs N, Monmouthshire

I just had to say how much we enjoyed the holiday. We have been on several PTS walking holidays and always enjoyed them. In this case the hotel was fantastic, excellent transport, very nice group of people and great walks led by Xavier and what a beautiful island!

Mrs J, Gloucs.

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