If you have never considered going on a cycling holiday before, Menorca may just be the perfect destination to give it a try. A series of signposted routes have recently been created, meaning there is no better time to head out exploring on two wheels.
The terrain on the Mediterranean island is relatively flat, so you will not find yourself struggling to cover the miles. Even those who consider themselves unfit will find it a good introduction and be able to go at their own pace.
Whether you cycle every day on your holiday with Cosmos or just use a bike as a cheap mode of transport, there are plenty of benefits. Read on to find useful information about cycling on the island.
What will I see?
Menorca is particularly picturesque and you can decide whether to stick to the coast or explore the island’s interior. This central section is characterised by single track roads passing trancas or small fields that are subdivided with traditional dry stone walls.
Pretty woodlands are scattered across Menorca and are home to much of the wildlife that sets the island apart from its neighbours. Everywhere you go you should be on the lookout for creatures as you never know what you might spot.
Geckos and other sorts of lizards, as well as non-poisonous snakes are particularly prevalent, as are bats, field mice, hedgehogs and ferrets. Twitchers will also enjoy their bike rides as they are likely to catch glimpses of mallard ducks, American coots, king quail, reedwarblers, storks, grebes, sharp tailed sandpipers, pochards and stone curlew.
Much of the 3,000-kilometre network of cycling routes on Menorca uses unpaved tracks that require a hybrid or mountain bike to make short work of. Those keen to keep to paved surfaces will find that many of the country roads see little traffic. It is always important to remain aware of the possibility of vehicles, however.
The next question to consider is what type of places you wish to take in during your journey. Would you prefer to stop off at small villages and pass quaint churches along the way or take in the larger towns?
A new route stretching across the islands takes in the principal towns of Alaior, Es Mercadal and Ferreries, but avoids the main road. This is a great way to feel like you have seen a lot of the island, especially as Talaiotic megalithic stones built by the first settlers on the island are included along the way.
Alternatively choose to follow the Cami de Cavalls, the unpaved bridle path that has just been reopened in its entirety. It hugs the coastline, offering the chance to do a complete circuit of the island complete with stunning views and a bracing breeze.
What if I want a challenge?
If you are an experienced cyclist and still want to spend your holiday in Menorca, do not fear, there is a route that will challenge you too. It is called the lighthouse tour and stretches for 210 kilometres, taking in a large number of these structures along the way.
If you happen to be on the island in May you can complete the route alongside other keen cyclists as part of the annual Tour of the Lighthouses Race. This competitive event is just one of the highlights in the Cycling Association of Menorca’s jam-packed calendar of activities.