Sports and Leisure
If you love sports and leisure Menorca need not be a pure beach holiday nor a series of sightseeing excusions. The sea can be for swimming in but in Menorca it can also offer visitors the opportunityto experience windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing , fishing, lateen sailing or scuba diving. For the less energetic amongst us you can try a boat trip around the island, or a short trips to points of interest along the coast.
Diving centres for novices or the more advanced divers are available in the well known Fornellsarea in Maó, Addaia, Ciutadella and Cala'n Bosch; as well as in other smaller locations. Fornells is also famous for windsurfing as the bay offers conditions suited to beginners and the more experienced windsurfer. more
Riding centres around the island especially in Maó, Ferreries and Ciutadella offer the opportunity to take lessens and develop new skills. Pony-trekking across rural tracks and roads and along the Camí de Cavalls is an unforgettable experience. The Camí de Cavalls provides an idea introduction to the beautiful Menorcan Countryside. more
If you love horses but want to take it a little more slowly on your holiday you can arrange a visit to the Trotting Tracks at at the Maó and Ciutadella racecourses. There are also a number of horse showstaged around the Island and do not forget the Festivals which use horses as one of their centerpieces.
Menorca is a beautiful and intriguing Island, and there are many sightseeing companies give excellent guided tours to places of beauty and historic significance.As you will soon realise on your first visit there are lots of places that a bus cannot access and are therefore inaccessible to tourists.
However if you enjoy sports and leisure you will be fascinated by the advent of guided tours on mountain bikes, led by members of the recognised Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme. Such Guided Tours have existed in many of the Balearic Islands which have a large number of cycle trails.
Cycling and Mountain Bike Tours range from all day tours of up to 70 Kms down to a leisurely ride around Mahon taking in the Harbour, the northern edge of the port and La Mola. The tour then contiues on to Es Castell, Binisaida and Cala San Esteban.
The Islands only Golf Courae is at Son Parc. It boasts an eighteen hole golf course,a practice range and new golfers are welcome and there is help on hand in the form of lesson from experienced instructors. more
Although not really a sports and leisure topic camping can be combined with these activities. There are only two Campsites in the whole of Menorca they are conveniently located justoutside the popular resorts of Son Bou and Cala Galdana. It must be remembered that in many areas camping is prohibited especially in nature areas of special interest.
Sports Centers, public swimming pools, tennis courts and a wide range of sporting activities are available throughout the Island in Municipal facilities near majorTowns and Cities.
Yes this is not a joke nor a typing error. In Sant LluísThe MCC, Menorca Cricket Club, founded in 1985 has its own ground atBiniparrell. It is considered to be the most beautiful cricket ground in the Mediterranean. The game here is essentially at the village cricket level butit must be noted that the MCC were Spanish Champions in 1994. They have also had someillustrious names play for them such as Ronald Butcher, John Snow, Mike Denness and Faroukh Engineer, to name but a few.
Visitors are always welcome and the season runs from Mid April until mid September.
Light Aircraft Flying
For those in possession of a licence you can hire a light aircraft to enjoy the island from the sky.Those who would like to try their hand at flying can take trial lesson. If sports and leisure are not your scene you may prefer to take it easy there are fights around the Island available for groups of up to six people. Contact the Aeroclub, located between Maó and Sant Lluís.
The coast and the interior offer the pottential for potholing with its vaste wealth of of caves, cliffs and Gullies.
Hiking continues to be popular as a sports and leisure activity which continues to attract more and more people to Minorca as it offers an ideal location for Ramblers. The reopening of the Camí de Cavalls offers hikers with even greater opportunities to roam far and wide around the coastline of the island.
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