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8 Day Horse Riding Holiday with Beautiful Intermediate Trails in Menorca, Balearic Islands

Hotel Rural Binigaus Vell, Camí de Binigaus Nou Kilometer 0,9, 07749 Es Migjorn Gran, Balearic Islands, Spain

Horse Riding Holiday in Spain

Join this horse riding holiday in Spain with Binigaus Vell. Ride along horse trails and beautiful beaches in Menorca. You will improve your knowledge of the Menorcan strain of horse on this holiday. Discover many natural places, watch the magnificent sights, and let yourself free on horseback. Feel the breeze while riding and enjoy the guided horse trips in this natural paradise!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 105 kg
  • Horse height range: 1,45 - 1,70 m
  • Tack type: English
  • Horse Breed: Menorquín, Spanish thoroughbred, and crossbred

Highlights

  • 5 horse riding trips
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 hours
  • Visits to the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches of Menorca
  • Transfer from and / or to the starting point of routes
  • Service of a guide during the horse riding trips
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
Group size: Minimum of 3 participants
Airport transfer included: Menorca Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

You will stay at an ancient Menorcan farmhouse restored as a tranquil rural hotel. Hotel Rural Binigaus Vell exists in peaceful harmony with its surroundings and features 20 rooms which have been refurbished respecting the original Menorcan style. They have all possible amenities (TV, telephone, internet access, safety deposit box, bathroom, etc.). The hotel is situated less than one kilometre from the beautiful village of Es Migjorn Gran and less than three kilometres from the sandy beaches of Binigaus and Sant Tomàs.

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. Its restaurant offers you the opportunity to taste the local specialities in a pleasant and charming atmosphere.

Situated in the midst of natural surroundings, the hotel offers Mediterranean comfort and tranquillity. Its location in the centre of the island provides easy access from all parts of the island.

Twin room

All twin rooms are situated on the first floor of the central building and the old house of the original owners. These are all very bright rooms and the views from them are certainly the very best. They contain two beds (200 centimetres x 90 centimetres).

Junior suite

The room is located in the centre of the hotel, close to the swimming pool, and with a sunny terrace from where the sea can be seen. The junior suite, with a large lounge area, a double sofa bed, and a full bathroom with shower and bathtub, makes it an ideal room for a family of three or four. Also, it is ideal for those who want to feel more relaxed with the extra bit of space.

Program

Day 1: Arrival and welcome

You will be transferred from the airport to the hotel. Check in to the rooms in the accommodation. Have dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

Day 2: First contact

The second day includes a visit to the stables and allocation of horses followed by a ride around the area (the ravine of Son Fideu, the cave Cova des Coloms, etc.). To begin the program, you will visit the stud of San Adeodato where you will be told more about Menorquín horses. Afterwards, horses will be allotted according to the riders’ skills and you will then go for a short ride around the estate visiting the prehistoric village of Sant Agustí.

Your lunch will feature a spread of local Menorcan products in a beach restaurant. In the afternoon, you will take an inland trail of the Camí de Cavalls, visiting the Barranc de Son Fideu, a famous ravine that contains one of the highest and most impressive caves of Menorca, Cova des Coloms, which is also known as the cathedral, that you will visit before ending at the stables of the hotel.

Day 3: The trail of the ravines, San Adeodato - Binigaus - Cala Escorxada - Cala Fustam - Cala Trebalúger - Cala Mitjana

The meeting point will be the stables of Hotel Rural Binigaus Vell. On today’s trip, you 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 Camí de Cavalls, you need to leave the coast and venture inland to avoid the precipitous slopes caused by these vertical cuts.

In the morning, you will leave the Camí de Cavalls briefly to visit some of the most beautiful, wild, and difficult to reach beaches: Escorxada, Fustam, and Trebalúger. Later on, you will reach the beach of Cala Mitjana for lunch. Then, you 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, Cala Mesquida - Es Grau - Favàritx - 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, you will find several wetlands (Tamarells Cove, Sa Torreta creek, and Arenal de Morella) and also some of the watch towers which, in the past, safeguarded Menorca from the numerous attacks and sieges the island has suffered.

This stretch will lead you to the Favàritx lighthouse, one of the seven which surround Minorca’s coastline. Here you will 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 d’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 organised to enable you to discover more about Menorca. Have lunch on your own (not included in the price) and dinner at the hotel.

Day 6: The wild and impressive north coastline, Binimel-là - Cala Pregonda - Cala Calderer - Cala Pilar - Algaiarens

This ride will take you 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 will take you to Cala Pregonda where you will discover a unique landscape.

Continuing along the coast, you will ride beside Menorca's marine reserve, created in 1999 with an area of 5,199 marine hectares. Following the steep rocky coastline path, you will reach Ets Alocs where you will halt to eat and rest. Moving on, you will pass through Cala Pilar with its red-stained slopes and following the path, you will come to Arenal d’Alfurí, another spot with a high concentration of important endemic plants and floral species.

Next, you will 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 you will move into an arider Menorcan 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 Menorcan camomile.

Day 7: The winding south, San Adeodato - Sant Tomàs - Talis - Son Bou, and a lesson of Menorcan dressage

On your last journey, you will ride along the Camí de Cavalls to east direction. 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, you will leave the main track to visit the ravine of Sa Vall and its wetland, passing in front of the Talis farm, from where you will follow the oddly-shaped cliffs that lead you 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) you will find a Christian basilica dating from 400 AD.

Afterwards, you will start off again along the path bordering the Prat de Son Bou, an important wetland that exemplifies the rich biodiversity on Menorca. This is another ideal spot for bird watching. Soon after, you will cross the longest beach of Son Bou to the direction of 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 unique bot (jump).

Day 8: End of the activities

Have breakfast and then you will be transferred from the hotel to the airport.

Note

  • Given the usually good weather, these routes are practicable throughout almost all the year.
  • There are alternative routes to use in case of inclement weather or other reasons beyond Binigaus Vell's control.
  • The routes may be changed for reasons of safety, bad weather or causes beyond Binigaus Vell's control such as natural disasters, local events, and local strikes. Their staff will provide all the means and resources necessary to minimise disruption, including modifying routes if required or offering alternatives.
  • According to Minorcan law, during the summer months, (from May to October, both inclusive) horse riding on some beaches is forbidden.

The horses

The horses are from Binigaus Vell's own stud (Yeguada San Adeodato) and are Menorquín, Spanish thoroughbred and also crossbred. The Menorquín horse is well-balanced, elegant, and obedient. It also has a peaceful character. It has a sleek silhouette and a black coat. It is a noble horse, warm-blooded, robust and energetic, with a great aptitude both as a saddle-horse and draught animal.

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. It is possible that on certain occasions, beginner’s weeks will be organized with a varied program suitable for beginners.

The guides

Binigaus Vell has at their disposal, guides specialised in horse trek, speaking English, French or Spanish. They know the horses and terrain, thus providing the necessary security and maintaining the pace and tempo of the route at all times.

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place in Menorca, Spain. During the holiday, you will ride along an inland trail of the Camí de Cavalls.

Menorca (biosphere reserve)

Menorca is located at the eastern end of the Balearic Islands and is the most easterly of all Spanish regions, therefore, it is the first part of Spain to see the sunrise. It has a maximum length of 48 kilometres (nearly 30 miles) from Ciutadella (west) to Mahón (east). It has 220 kilometres of coastline, with more than 50 beaches, of which two-thirds are unspoilt. It is the ideal destination for families who want to relax by combining cultural visits with natural scenery and beaches that would grace the Caribbean. The romantic quality of Menorca is also surprising, with such a variety of idyllic places.

Menorca contains the best-preserved natural areas in the Mediterranean and was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO on October 8, 1993. In its 702 square kilometres, you can find a natural park S’Albufera d’Es Grau (wetland), five nature reserves, a marine reserve along the north coast, and 19 ANEI areas (natural areas of special interest). The island is a natural paradise shaped by a multitude of ravines, caves, underwater caverns, and unique plant and animal species.

Camí de Cavalls

Supposedly, its origins date back to the 14th century, following the reconquest of Menorca by the king of Aragon, Alfonso III. Historians believe that horses already played an important role in the defence of the island, linked to the Camí de Cavalls skirting the coast. During the 18th century, under British rule, it became an essential communication network around the island to defend it from both Moorish incursions and European invasions.

The Camí de Cavalls allowed the local and military authorities an effective surveillance of the coast and easy maintenance of the watch-towers and other military installations. Today, the route is open for the entire 200-kilometre perimeter of Menorca, a surprising distance given the small size of the island. The trail is very dear to the Menorcan people since, apart from its historic value, it has great ecological, environmental and scientific importance; allowing one to discover varied landscapes and returning once again to its origins, a major horse trail.

Distances

  • Cova des Coloms - 20 minutes
  • Es Migjorn Gran, 0.5 mile
  • The beach at Binigaus - 45 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

A Mediterranean diet featuring Menorcan and Spanish cuisine will be served for you. On route days, the lunch will be picnics. In total, you will have seven dinners, seven breakfasts, and five lunches.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Cycling along bike routes
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa

What's included

  • 5 horse riding trips
  • A lesson of Menorcan dressage
  • Service of a guide
  • Support car on the routes
  • Obligatory safety equipment required by law (basically the riding hat)
  • Transfer to the starting point of routes and / or return to the hotel
  • Transfer from an airport to the hotel and vice versa
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • Wine and water

What's not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Any service or activity not mentioned in the program
  • The lunch on the rest day
  • Personal riding equipment (riding boots, trousers, etc.)
  • Processing of visa if required
  • Travel assistance insurance, coverage for any cancellation and / or loss of luggage

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Menorca Airport (MAH)

  • Upon leaving the airport, follow the signs for Ciudadella.
  • Keep to the main road and pass the town of Alaior, then turn left approximately 2 kilometres later in the direction of Es Migjorn Gran.
  • Upon arriving at Es Migjorn Gran, continue in the direction of Sant Tomás and, still in Es Migjorn Gran, take the last street to the right, called Avenida David Russell just after the S'Auba pizzeria.
  • Here can be seen the first yellow “Hotel Rural” sign.
  • Continue straight along the road until the junction with the school, where the second “Hotel Rural” sign is located.
  • Go left slowly along a narrow country lane in the direction of the Hotel Rural Binigaus Vell and after some 800 metres, just where the asphalt road surface ends, the hotel can be seen on the right-hand side.

Driving directions from Ciudadella

  • If you are coming from Ciudadella, look for the turning off to Es Migjorn Gran just before entering the town of Ferreries.
  • Upon arriving at Es Migjorn Gran, continue in the direction of Sant Tomás and, still in Es Migjorn Gran, take the last street to the right, called Avenida David Russell just after the S'Auba pizzeria.
  • Here can be seen the first yellow “Hotel Rural” sign.
  • Continue straight along the road until the junction with the school, where the second “Hotel Rural” sign is located.
  • Go left slowly along a narrow country lane in the direction of the Hotel Rural Binigaus Vell and after some 800 metres, just where the asphalt road surface ends, the hotel can be seen on the right-hand side.
Airport: Menorca Airport Airport transfer included: Menorca Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Pricing information

The upgrading supplement for your accommodation is 50 EUR per night.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

Saturday April 17, 2021
(8 days / 7 nights)

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