Bike holidays in Menorca: discover the island on two wheels

Bike holidays in Menorca: discover the island on two wheels

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Try biking in Menorca and fall in love with island life

What could be better than cycling around a Mediterranean island paradise? Menorca has some of the best bike trails in the region, letting you explore every nook and cranny of this stunning isle. Follow the rugged coastline, with 96 virgin beaches to discover along the way. Discover white-walled Mediterranean villages, where you can enjoy a gentler pace of life. Cycle through the narrow streets of Mahón and Ciutadella, seeing the old colonial buildings and epic sea views. It's all waiting for you in Menorca!

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Why should I choose Menorca for a cycling holiday?

Menorca is known for its unspoiled, natural beauty. While Ibiza and Mallorca offer wild parties and celebrity lifestyles, Menorca is the island to choose from if you crave simplicity. Here you can immerse yourself in the wonders of nature, making it a great choice for cyclists craving some peace and quiet. The island's terrain is fairly accessible to cyclists of all levels. Unlike Mallorca, with its tricky Serra de Tramuntana mountains, Menorca does not have a single mountain. In fact, its highest point is a hill just 358 m above sea level. This makes it a great choice for newcomers, cycling families and any biker who'd like to take it easy.

Where can I find the best Menorca bike trails?

If you choose holiday lettings in Menorca near Mahón, you'll be close to the official starting point of the Camí de Cavalls, Menorca's most famous trail. However, as this route is circular, you can stay anywhere on the coast and you'll be able to access it. The Camí de Cavalls runs for 185 km around the island, hugging the coastline and leading you to dozens of beautiful beaches. If you'd rather cycle inland, try Es Mercadal as a starting point. This charming village is a 30-minute ride from Monte Toro, the highest point on the island. At the top, you'll find an old religious sanctuary, complete with a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary.

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FAQs: Bike trip in Menorca

What's the best time of year for a bike holiday in Menorca?

Menorca is not quite as hot as Mallorca in summer, and temperatures rarely get above 30°C. However, a cycling holiday in July or August may not be the best idea. There is very little shade along trails like the Camí de Cavalls, so you will feel the heat more acutely. With so much unspoiled nature, there are long stretches without shops or restaurants. This means cyclists will need to carry lots of water. Furthermore, the summer months are when the island is at its busiest. It's better to go in spring or autumn: the months of April - May and September - October have mild temperatures, ideal for cycling. In winter, the strong Tramuntana winds can cause problems for cyclists.

What sort of bike will I need to explore Menorca?

You'll need a mountain bike for Menorca's trails. Although you won't see serious elevation changes as you cycle around the island, you'll usually be on unpaved paths. Road-cycling is possible in Menorca, but it involves sharing the road with cars, and many of the best beaches are a long distance from the road. As such, your cycling tour of Menorca will involve a lot of off-roading, and you'll need a bike that can handle that. Be sure to wear reflective gear if you are cycling on a road. Many of the island's smaller roads have hairpin bends and high stone walls, so it's very important to be as visible as possible.

Can I follow the entire Camí de Cavalls on my bike?

Yes, but you'll need to watch out for your fellow travellers. The trail is extremely popular for hiking in Menorca, and you'll often have to make space for walkers. The route was traditionally used by knights on horseback patrolling the island for pirates, and you will sometimes see riders today. There are a few limited sections that involve cycling on the road, but they are always well-signposted. Be aware that at times, you will need to dismount to take your bike up and down short but steep hills. This is most common when you reach a small, secluded beach. If you don't feel like going down to the beach, you can continue along the trail without getting off your bike - but it's always a good idea to make time to explore these lovely little coves!

Where can I rent a bike in Menorca?

You'll find bike rental shops in both Mahón and Ciutadella, with mountain bikes, road bikes and electronic bikes. Generally, you can get a discount if you rent for a longer period of time: a mountain bike may cost €25 a day, or €154 for a week. If you're staying outside these two cities, some shops will transport your back to your chosen town for an extra charge. If your cycling holiday will be in the high season, it's a good idea to book your bike rental in advance.

What are the best trails for families?

With so many off-road trails, family cycling holidays in Menorca are a great way to encourage youngsters to take an interest in sports. Start with gentle routes like the 8-km trail from Mahón to the charming seaside town of Es Castell. This is short and easy, and you'll end up in a picturesque location with lots of shops and restaurants. If you want to continue, the turquoise waters of Sant Lluís are just 6 km from Es Castell.

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