Enjoy riding around the stunning island of Menorca. This tour will allow you to discover most parts of the island and take in the fabulous scenery, flora and fauna. Six cycling stages will take you to the most varied inland landscapes where pine and oak forests alternate with wide open spaces that will lead you close to the most beautiful, transparent, clear water coves or the imposing rocky cliffs where the lighthouses rise up. The route mainly runs along minor roads and asphalted rural roads and, occasionally, along dirt roads.
Need to Know
Upon arrival at your first hotel we will hold the orientation session, to help familiarise you with your equipment and route. Your bike will be specially fitted for you and you will be presented with all the documentation and things you need for your trip. The rest of your day is then free to explore this beautiful, capital city. Explore the Georgian architecture, stunning churches and visit the harbour or spend time exploring the shops, bars and restaurants.
Day 2 - Mahon and the South Coast
Your week begins with a gentle ride around Mahon to visit its fortress called La Mola and then around the bay to Mahon port, and from there to the city centre. After visiting the city we will leave Mahon to go to Cales Coves (a cove with caves dug into the rock), Cala en Porter and its beautiful beach and Torre d’en Galmés, a Talaiot period settlement. We finish at Alaior, in the middle of the island. Your accommodation for this evening is in a typical Menorcan rural house.
Day 3 - Cap de Favàritx and Lunar Landscape
Today’s stage is a circular one, leaving from and arriving at the same location. You will ride the northern side of the island, most of the time along a variety of fascinating inland landscapes including pine and holm oak forests, farm lands and much more and getting to the Cap de Favàritx to enjoy its extraordinary lighthouse nestled in the threatening lunar landscape.
Day 4 - The North Coast
Distance: 42 km
The first part of the stage will lead us to the lighthouse of Cap de Cavallería which rises on a spectacular cliff. When walking back from the lighthouse we you can go down to the Cavalleria beach and dip your toes in the clear water. Another must see is a visit to the Binimel·là beach and its lagoons and dunes. Today’s route will end in Port Fornells.
Day 5 - Journey to the South
Distance: 35 km
Leaving from Port Fornells you will head towards Sant Tomás along the old Royal Path (Camí Reial). You will cross the island from North to South, crossing Es Mercadal and es Migjorn Gran before arriving at the gorgeous Sant Tomas Beach. Our final stop is Cala Galdana, a huge bay with high cliffs dotted with pines and holiday complexes along with magnificent private houses. Relax in the sunshine at the end of your cycle on this lovely sandy beach with a gentle incline and the crystal clear waters.
Day 6 - Turquoise beaches and Ciutadella
Distance: 30 km
Today’s stretch first runs along the wonderful southern beaches, riding to Turqueta and Macarella coves. This is possible through a transfer in the morning, from Cala Galdana to Cala Macarella (45min). These beautiful and remote beaches have high cliffs covered in pine-trees which drop down to the pale white sand and crystal-clear water. The day ends at Ciutadella. Ciutadella is a veritable jewel, built of limestone. It lights up the facades of the stately palaces in creamy golden hues, it paves the narrow streets with their lovely arched porches built in ancient medieval times. The gargoyles on the cathedral were carved from the local limestone. Ciutadella’s walls tell a story of feudal lords, medieval traditions and invading Turkish pirates. Now the historic streets and little squares are filled with charming outdoor cafes and designer shops. The sheltered harbour lies under the ramparts and has plenty of delightful restaurants to choose from for a taste of the local cuisine.
Day 7 - The Wildest Coast
Today you will visit the wildest coast of Menorca. The coastline here showcases the stunning scenery of la Vall, which includes the Falconera hillside (the cliff-face is 207 meters high), woods, lowlands, farmland, lakes, rolling dunes, spectacular gorges and unspoiled beaches. We will visit Algaiarens and Cala Morell. Cala Morell is a small natural harbour on the north coast of Ciutadella and the site of a beautiful necropolis. A set of fourteen artificial caves have been excavated in the rocky walls of a small ravine and formed one of the largest and most spectacular prehistoric burial sites on the island. It was used as a cemetery from the Naviforme era (1700 B.C.) up until the 2nd century A.C. Return to Ciutadella.
Day 8 -Departure
Departure day and transfer to the airport (optional).
Hybrid bikes are provided and included in the cost of this tour, as they are ideal for the nature of the route and the terrain involved, as well as offering a reasonable level of comfort over the daily distances shown.
As for all of our tours, electric ‘E-Bikes’ are available with an additional supplement.
Bikes are provided fully equipped with helmets, pump and puncture repair kit, pannier bags, bike lock and bike computer, all included.
This is a SELF-GUIDED cycle tour, while comprehensive maps and route notes are provided. It is available from around mid-March to mid-October, while the months of July and August are of course the busier times and the weather can be very warm to cycle, however this does not mean it would not be enjoyable! We ask for 48 hours to confirm our tours, yet this may be slightly longer in the aforementioned peak July and August period.
The hotels and accommodations provided here are of an excellent standard, they are a mixture of traditional and modern Balearic hotels and authentic 'agriturismo' farmhouses, offering a warm welcome. They are specifically selected as being ideal places to relax after a hard day's cycling while offering a taste of the local culture.
Of course, single rooms are available at a supplement on the main tour cost, while this can again vary dependent on the overall package, whilst not forgetting that extra nights are always available too.
There is a bus that connects from Mahon airport to Mahon town centre, taking around 10 minutes or it is a short journey in a taxi. From Ciutadella there is also a bus service taking approximately 45 minutes. However, the service can be sporadic and therefore direct transfers are available, from only 45 Euros one way (maximum 4 persons). Please just ask for further details.
Most of our tours are available from early April until the end of October to enable you to make the most of the weather and scenery with some available year round. There is no ‘best’ time to go, this is really down to personal preference and your requirements however, peak summer months like July and August can be warm in southern Europe and busier so we would recommend these to sun worshippers. We would suggest that around May, June and September are the preferable months for comfortable and optimum cycling experience.
What clothing and kit should I bring?
Each individual tour provides slight variations in kit provided so we would always recommend checking your individual booking. In all cases bicycles are provided along with full puncture repair kit. In the majority of cases helmets will be provided and you will be given this information as part of the booking process. Where these are not provided there is the option to add this on or bring your own. Clothing is not provided but we would recommend suitable, comfortable clothing to cover all eventualities! Lycra and padded short are not mandatory but we would recommend these for your comfort. Breathable fabrics and light layers with a shower proof jacket will enhance your experience and we would also recommend comfortable footwear.
How do I carry this clothing and kit from A to B?
You don’t! Whilst we would recommend taking a small backpack or loading your panniers with daily essentials such as a light cycle jacket, water, snacks and your phone and camera the great news is your main luggage will be transported by ourselves between your accommodations allowing you to enjoy you day baggage free. We usually ask you to leave this the morning of the day you depart the particular hotel and should arrive by late afternoon at your next destination but we always aim to have this there before you.
How fit do I need to be to do the tours?
Every tour description gives an indication of the level of suitability along with details on the distances and terrains covered. However, the majority of our tours on Pedal & Break are open and suitable for all with a reasonable level of fitness and all age groups. As we say Lycra is optional and we actively encourage and truly welcome those on a first time cycling holiday. You also do not all need to be the same level to enjoy our holidays as a group. A basic level of cycling is a must in order to be confident on the roads and routes and we would recommend a good base level of fitness. Our routes are designed to enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace with sightseeing and refreshment stops factored in, after all this is your holiday! The days should not be viewed as a leg of the Tour de France and don’t require you to cycle flat out from dawn till dusk. The e-bike is also an excellent option for those needing a ‘boost’. As a husband and wife partnership on our first holiday this worked perfectly for us and enabled us to enjoy our holiday together stress free.
What is an e-bike?
An e-bike is an electric bike and does not require a license and nor should it be confused with a moped or scooter! An e-bike will be available on most of our tours and is the perfect option for the slightly more apprehensive cyclist, simply as these bikes provide the ideal boost when the legs feel a little tired or when facing a hilly section. You are still required to pedal as the bike is a modified standard bicycle and the e-bike merely gives you a helping hand. The electric element can be turned on and off as you like but from personal experience having this at a low level throughout with an extra boost added for setting off at junctions and up hills enabled my wife to enjoy her first cycling tour alongside me throughout and gave her the confidence she needed.