Walking in Minorca
- Balearic Beauty
This famously beautiful coastline has many different faces.
- Cami de Cavalls
The historic 'Pathway of the Horses' encircles this unspoiled island.
- Hotel San Luis
This modern hotel has a raft of facilities and it's close to the promenade and the lido.
This leafy resort is set on a rocky headland with sea views.
- The Minorcan countryside
The island is farmed in the traditional way and olive trees and herbs grow wild.
- Local flights
- Save £
- Half board
Follow an ancient footpath
Discover the hidden Minorca while walking stretches of the historic Cami de Cavalls – the ancient coastal path that encircles the island. This unspoiled Balearic beauty has it all – gorgeous beaches, carefully–preserved countryside, rich heritage and a deliciously balmy climate.
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Five walks
- Wine and water at dinner
- Welcome drink and drinks reception
- Walking host
- Resident Saga representative
- Porterage at your hotel
- Fruit and water in your room on arrival
Hotel San Luis, Avenida Decima, 07713 S'Algar, Minorca, Spain
The locally-rated 4-star Hotel San Luis (4Q) has everything you need for a relaxing break. It's also just a short distance from the sea and only a little further to a string of shops, bars and restaurants.
All 228 bedrooms have a balcony or terrace. You can upgrade to a room with a sea view for a supplement, subject to availability.
Balcony or Terrace
Safe (extra charge)
Food and Drink
A wide range of buffet-style meals are served in the main restaurant. The free bar is open 11am to 11pm.
During your stay, enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Some activities may be at an extra charge and activities may change from time to time.
- The hotel has three tennis courts
- Guided walks
- Entertainment several times a week during the day and night
- Table tennis
- French bowls (extra charge)
- Giant chess board
- Golf is available at the 18-hole Golf Club Son Parc – please ask in resort for details and prices
Outdoor swimming pool
The hotel is located 500 metres from the bars, restaurants and shops in the centre of the resort, and it's just 400 metres down a slope to the seafront. You can discover the fine sandy beaches and pretty cove of Cala Alcaufar just over a kilometre away and from the bus stop 50 metres from the hotel you can travel nearby San Luis and Mahón.
Mahón airport is approximately 15 minutes' drive away.
S'Algar is a leafy resort of tropical plants and flowers set on a rocky headland. The numerous capes, coves and islets in this region are dotted with fishermen's cottages and watchtowers, while inland the landscape is peppered with traditional windmills and rural farmsteads.
The resort has a number of bars and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy the sea views, or perhaps take a leisurely stroll along the attractive seafront promenade. S'Algar is also known for offering an excellent array of activities, from tennis and lawn bowls to water sports and boating.
Stay longer, see more
Make the most of your holiday with an extra week at the Hotel San Luis, and look forward to visiting Ciutadella and Alayor on two included excursions. There will not be a walking programme, or a walking host, just our brilliant Saga Host on hand to help.
Your walking programme
Please be aware that the following walks are subject to change depending on weather and local conditions. Alterations may be made in the interest of your comfort and safety.
National Park Route
Distance: 9 kilometres
This coastal walk is within the boundaries of the Parc Natural de s'Albufera des Grau, an area blessed with great biodiversity. Start from Albufera des Grau, where a coastal lagoon connects to the sea via the Sa Gola channel. Look our for salt cedars – better known as tamarisk – and saltworts. See dune vegetation, sculpted by the wind and marshlands favoured by birds such as osprey and shag – Minorca is a bird-watchers paradise. Moving away from the coast to farmland where livestock graze, you'll see groves of wild olives and scrubland before returning to the coast and ending the walk at the rugged Cap de Favàritx, where a lighthouse alerts ships to the rocks.
The North Coast
Distance: 11 kilometres
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Starting from Arenal d'en Castell, explore this flat northern section of coast. Walk to the dunes and wetlands near Son Saura beach, see salt cedars and pinewoods. Continue to Fornells' Port, a natural harbour that is part of a marine reserve. Continue on through marshlands near Ses Salines, to see saline ground plants and boggy vegetation and end your walk near the resort of Platges de Fornells, east of Cala Tirant.
Distance: 11 kilometres
Dubbed the gorge path, this walk takes you past some of the island's loveliest beaches, through marshes, farmland, dunes and woodland, as well as some of the more interesting gorges. These run from the island's central limestone plateau through its southern portion and create some diverse landscapes. In this section the path necessarily diverts inland to avoid the deep slashes in the landscape. High above sea level you'll see herbs such as rosemary and cistus – the rock rose. The gorges reveal plants that thrive in a rocky environment, and those that relish the cooler, darker, damper conditions at the foot of the gorge.
Distance: 12 kilometres
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Follow a winding path through one of the gorges towards the marshes that lie close to the beach
See wet and dry gorge ecosystems, look out for rock-dwelling plants at Calas Coves, also home to a necropolis. Then walk through typical Minorcan countryside and farmland, all edged with dry stone walls and dotted with wild olive groves . Drop back into a second gully and walk down to the sea at Binisafuller.
The Flatlands of the East
Distance: 7.5 kilometres
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Walk a flat section of the coast from Punta Prima, past saltpans and the Alcafar Tower. Cut inland through gorges and gullys such as Rafalet, where evergreen holm oaks grow, and sheltered Cala de Sant Esteve and Binnissaida gorges, where trees grow tall away from the wind, to reach the islands most easterly point.