Sport in Minorca

Water Sports (Illes Balears)

Warm, limpid waters enable sports lovers to enjoy sailing, diving and swimming. Below is a list with helpful addresses and information about your favourite sport. Since this information is updated constantly, we recommend you contact the Tourism Offices on the island or the area you plan to visit to confirm the latest additions to the activities you wish to enjoy.

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Diving Centers of Ibiza & Formentera

Asociación de Centros de Buceo de Mallorca - Mallorca Dive Centers Association

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Horse Riding and Equestrian Activities (Illes Balears)

Visitors to our islands will be surprised by the local popularity of harness racing. The islands' racecourses offer the chance to enjoy exciting races and bet on the winner. Menorcan horse shows feature the beauty of the local breed and its special style of dressage. This following is a list of centres where you can practice or enjoy equestrian activities. We recommend you contact the Tourism Offices on the island or area you plan to visit to confirm the latest additions to the activities you wish to enjoy.

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Hunting and Fishing (Illes Balears)

The following is a list that includes most of the centres that offer information about different hunting and fishing activities. Since this information is updated constantly, we recommend you contact the Tourism Offices on the island or area you plan to visit to confirm the latest additions to the activities you wish to enjoy.

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Aerosports (Illes Balears)

One of mankind's oldest desires - flying like a bird high over the islands coastal and inland areas - is now a reality in the Balearic Islands. Motorised or not, flying over the islands is an unforgettable experience. Hang-gliding, paragliding, hot-air balloons, ultralights, etc. This section includes a list with the most important addresses and information about your favourite sport. Since this information is updated constantly, we recommend you contact the Tourism Offices on the island or area you plan to visit to confirm the latest additions to the activities you wish to enjoy.

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Adventure Sports (Illes Balears)

The Balearic Islands are the perfect place for combining holidays with activities that will lend a touch of adventure to your stay: rock climbing, descents into ravines, etc.. This section includes a list with the most important addresses and information about your favourite sport. Since this information is updated constantly, we recommend you contact the Tourism Offices on the island or area you plan to visit to confirm the latest additions to the activities you wish to enjoy.

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Ball Games (Illes Balears)

Sports lovers at all levels will find the perfect installations for their favourite activities. The following list includes the most important addresses and information about ball games. Since this information is updated constantly, we recommend you contact the Tourism Offices on the island or area you plan to visit to confirm the latest additions to the activities you wish to enjoy.

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Track and Field (Illes Balears)

A number of different competitions are held throughout the year at tracks and velodromes as well as outdoors, and are open to residents and visitors alike. The following is a list with the most important addresses and information about these types of sport. We recommend you contact the Tourism Offices on the island or area you plan to visit to confirm the latest additions to the activities you wish to enjoy.

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Table Games and Other Activities (Illes Balears)

The following list includes just a few of the many activities available in the Balearic Islands. Since this information is updated constantly, we recommend you contact the Tourism Offices on the island or area you plan to visit to confirm the latest additions to the activities you wish to enjoy.

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Automobile and Motorcycle Racing (Illes Balears)

Fans of these sports can participate as spectators or drivers in the wide array of different activities available. The following is a list with the most important addresses and information about your favourite sport. Since this information is updated constantly, we recommend you contact the Tourism Offices on the island or area you plan to visit to confirm the latest additions to the activities you wish to enjoy.

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Martial Arts and Others (Illes Balears)

The martial arts and olympian wrestling clubs in the Balearic Islands are famous, thanks to the world-class island athletes who have demonstrated their prowess in a number of competitions and allows our visitors to enjoy expert instructors while discovering new types of martial arts such as 'Joc Maonès'.

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Indoor Gym Sports (Illes Balears)

Today's growing interest in physical fitness means that centres specialising in an extensive assortment of gymnasium activities are flourishing. A world of choices to suit the widest array of tastes, most of which can be found in the following list of addresses and information. Since this information is updated constantly, we recommend you contact the Tourism Offices on the island or area you plan to visit to confirm the latest additions to the activities you wish to enjoy.

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Sharpshooting (Illes Balears)

One of the activities that made early Balearic inhabitants famous in ancient history was their skill at slingshots. Practice this ancestral form of marksmanship, along with other more modern activities, such as pigeon and skeet shooting.

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Golf

Club de Golf Son Parc (Es Mercadal)

Inaguration: 1977
Design: Dave Thomas
Holes: 18

Par: 69
White bars m/yd: 5.169/5.654
Yellow bars m/yd: 4.872/5.329
Blue bars m/yd: 4.652/5.089
Red bars m/yd: 4.320/4.709

Services: driving range, putting green, chipping green, bunkers, hire of clubs, trolleys and buggies. Golf shop, bar and restaurant, 2 tennis courts.

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Golf Santa Ponsa III (Illes Balears)

Private golf course for club members only
9 holes
par 30
1.599 m
Tel:971 232 531
golf2@habitatgolf.es

www.habitatgolf.es

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Golf Santa Ponsa II (Illes Balears)

Private golf course for club members only
18 holes
par 72
6.053 m
Tel:971 232 531
golf2@habitatgolf.es

www.habitatgolf.es

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Rules and Safety Precautions (Illes Balears)

  • Wear reflective clothing which can be seen from at least 150 metres away.
  • Use standardised helmets.
  • Children up to age 7 can be transported in standardised seats.
  • Ride as far to the right as possible on roads. Cyclists can ride in columns of two abreast. Ride in single file in places where visibility is poor.
  • On inter-city roads, turn from the right.
  • No cycling is allowed on motorways or highways.
  • Bring extra food and drink. High energy food such as chocolate, dried fruit and bananas are recommended. Water is very important, especially in summer.
  • Be careful with the sun. Walking many hours in the sun may burn skin, even in winter. Use the protective sun cream best suited to your type of skin
  • Respect the flora and fauna along the way. Close the doors or gates you pass through behind you. Do not continue when trespassing is not allowed.

 

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Cycling tourism

Ciutadella-Cala Blanca (Menorca)

Time: Approximately twenty minutes
Distance: 4.7 kilometres
Difficulty: Very easy

The route starts from the city of Ciutadella and proceeds along the PM-V-7212 road to Cala Blanca. This short route is an excellent way to spend the day at the beach without a car.

Places of Interest:

  • The city of Ciutadella, Menorca's other large city. Its narrow harbour, teeming with fishing boats, the old quarter with winding streets lined by white houses next to the port, the churches of Sant Francesc, Socorro and Sant Crist, the Saura palace and the Cloister del Seminario are a few of its most interesting features. Teatro Municipal del Born and Ciutadella's Centro Artístico are also well worth a visit. The city's most important fiestas are celebrated on San Juan and take place during the summer solstice. These are the most famous fiestas in the Balearic Islands and are attended by people from all over. Like all of Menorca's fiestas, horses and riders play a fundamental role in all the celebrations.
  • Son Saura, 8 kilometres from Ciutadella, the largest talaiotic settlement in the Balearic Islands. It has a one-kilometre-long megalithic wall.

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Safety precautions (Illes Balears)

  • Be careful not to travel alone; you never know what may happen. Don't rely solely on mobile phones as coverage may not be good, the battery may run down or you may not be able to use them. We recommend telling your acquaintances or the hotel reception staff which trail you plan on taking.
  • Be well informed about the degree of difficulty, distance and terrain of the trail you choose. We recommend hiking a trail accompanied by someone who has taken it before. Take the hours of daylight into consideration.
  • Wear clothing suited to the time of year. Bring a spare set of clothing, which will come in handy to replace sweaty clothing or for additional warmth if the weather gets chilly. When weather is changeable, bring a waterproof cape or raincoat.
  • Wearing suitable and comfortable footwear is very important. Several different types of footwear are sold according to the type of terrain; select the most suitable. Never wear normal street shoes.
  • Bring some type of light in case night falls; a torch, flashlight or gaslight.
  • Walk on the left side if you must walk on a road and wear reflective clothing.
  • Bring extra food and drink. High-energy food such as chocolate, dried fruit and bananas are recommended. Water is very important, especially in summer. Do not rely on the springs you find along the way on an excursion; they may be dry or contain water not suitable for drinking. Do not drink from water reservoirs as they may contain chemical products.
  • Be careful with the sun. Walking many hours in the sun may burn skin, even in winter. Use the protective sun cream best suited to your type of skin and wear a hat with a brim.
  • Take a small first-aid kit with you.
  • Respect the flora and fauna along the way. Close the doors or gates you pass through behind you. If trespassing is prohibited, do not continue. Be especially careful with fire, which is not allowed in most areas, especially in spring and summer.

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Maó-Sa Mesquida (Menorca)

Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Distance: 6.7 kilometres
Difficulty: Very easy

Leave Maó on the road to Ciutadella and a few kilometres later, turn right at the PM-V 710-1 road that goes to Sa Mesquida. The route is short, not quite 7 kilometres long, but it follows busy roads and cyclists must take precautions with traffic.

Places of Interest:

  • The city of Maó, the capital of Menorca, set on the Mediterranean's largest natural harbour. Small and welcoming, its streets are lined with handicraft shops, cosy cafés and teahouses influenced by the period of English rule. The saint's day fiestas in Mahon, La Mare de Déu de Gràcia, are on September 7-9 and crowds pack the streets for the colcada and jaleo, typical events in which horses and riders dance among the crowds. A typical outdoor market can be visited every Tuesday and Saturday morning in Plaza de la Esplanada. The city is home to many emblematic buildings, such as the Town Hall and the Church of Santa Maria as well as the Menorca Museum, on calle Seminari. Contact telephone: 971 481 217. The lookout point Mirador des Pont des Castell in Plaça Conqueridor provides magnificent views of the harbour.
  • Cala Mesquida, a nudist beach.
  • Talai de Dalt, a talaiotic settlement 3 kilometres outside Mahon on the road to Ciutadella.

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Punta Nati-Cala Morell (Ciutadella de Menorca)

Time: Approximately 4 hours (one-way)
Distance: Approximately 8 kilometres (one-way)
Difficulty: Medium

This excursion follows a large part of Menorca's northern coastline and passes through several coves until it reaches the small village of Cala Morell. The trail begins in Punta Nati, which can be reached by a road that starts in northern Ciutadella, where cars can be left, and then simply follows the coastline the entire time. It passes through Cala Pous, Cala Morts and Sa Punta des Singles and covers rocky terrain over 50-metre-high, barefaced cliffs. After crossing the small S'Encletxa de S'Ull de Sol valley, the trail proceeds to an old stone wall and from there continues for three hours to Cala Morell.

Places of interest

  • The blue waters of Cala Pous and Cala Morts.
  • The prehistoric caves of Cala Morell, where a talaiotic cemetery is located. Cala Morell can be reached directly from Ciutadella on a road behind its industrial estate. 6 kilometres from Ciutadella is a fork in the road, the right-hand road leads to Cala Morell, three kilometres away. The caves are located on a small ravine next to the trail.
  • The dune beaches of Tancats and des Bots, which have been declared Nature Areas of Special Interest. The area is known as La Vall. Follow the same road that goes from Ciutadella to Cala Morell, but take the left-hand side of the fork. The coves are 5 kilometres away.
  • The lighthouse of Cabo Cavalleria. Take the road from Mercadal to Fornells and turn left on the Tramontana trail at km 5 on the C723 road at the intersection with PM710 road between Maó with Fornells. A short distance away (depending on the rains), a lagoon can be seen to the right of the trail, after which a turn-off leads to several different places of interest, all of which are signposted.
  • The city of Ciutadella, Menorca's other large city. Its narrow harbour teeming with fishing boats, old quarter with winding streets lined by white houses alongside the port, the churches of Sant Francesc, Socorro and Sant Crist, the Salort palace and the Cloister del Seminario are a few of its most interesting features. Teatro Municipal del Born and Ciutadella's Centro Artístico are also well worth visiting. The city's most important fiestas are celebrated on San Juan and take place during the summer solstice. These are the most famous fiestas in the Balearic Islands and are attended by people from all over. Like all of Menorca's fiestas, horses and riders play a fundamental role in all the celebrations.

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Ets Alocs-Penyal de sa Muntanya Mala (Ferreries)

Time: Approximately 3 hours (one-way)
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometres (one-way)
Difficulty: Easy

The excursion begins in the rocky cove of Ets Alocs, on the outskirts of Ferreries. To reach it, take the C721 road and turn north at kilometre 31.7 on the road to Ferreries to the abandoned hermitage. The trail follows the coastline along flat land until it reaches the foot of Mount Mala. It passes through Cala Pilar, a broad sandy beach, and after skirting Point des Carregador, Playa del Mar, a large natural harbour made up of large fallen rocks appears. Mount Mala is located on the far side of the harbour.

Places of interest.

  • The village of Ferreries, founded in the thirteenth century by Jaime I. Ferreries is located on the Maó-Ciutadella road. Ferreries' patron saint's fiestas in honour of Sant Bartomeu are held on August 23, 24 and 25 and like all Menorcan fiestas, horsemen display their prowess in them by making their horses dance among crowds of people. The thirteenth-century church in Ferreries is open to visitors.
  • The hermitage of the Inmaculada Corazón de Maria, on Mount Son Granot, to the north of Ferreries.
  • Mount Santa Àgueda, where the remains of a fort dating back to the time when the Moors ruled can be seen. The fort stands on a small, long, more or less semi-circular irregular plateau on the mountaintop. It can be reached by an unpaved trail that forks to the right off the Maó-Ciutadella road in the area known as Es Pla Verd, past Ferreries. In addition to the fort, there are remains of a Roman road that ends at the castle entrance, and the Hermitage of Santa Àgueda.
  • The prehistoric settlement of Son Mercer, which contains the naveta of sa Cova del Moro, a collective tomb, as well as other horseshoe and rectangular-shaped navetas. Son Mercer is located on the heights of the eastern slope of Barranco d'en Fideu, close to the farmhouse known as Son Mercer de Baix, which can be reached by a dirt trail that turns off the Ferreries-Es Migjorn Gran road (the first turn-off to the right when heading towards Es Migjorn Gran).

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Port of Maó-Cala Sant Esteve (Maó)

Time: Approximately 2 hours (one-way)
Distance: Approximately 4 kilometres (one-way)
Difficulty: Easy

The excursion begins at the docks in the port of Maó, follows the coastline to Cala Figuera and continues to the village of Castell, where Cala Corb is located. The following stretch proceeds to Cala Fonts, a tourist area with many cafés and restaurants. After Cala Fonts, the trail veers away from the coastline to circumvent the Santa Ana residential estate, but soon retakes the coastal road until reaching Cala Sant Esteve, at the mouth of the natural harbour of Maó. Retake the trail to return to Maó.

Places of interest:

  • The city of Maó, the capital of Menorca, set on the Mediterranean's largest natural harbour. Small and welcoming, its streets are lined with handicraft shops, cosy cafés and teahouses influenced by the period of English rule. The saint's day fiestas in Maó, La Mare de Déu de Gràcia, are held on September 7-9 and crowds pack the streets for the colçada and jaleo, typical events in which horses and riders dance among the crowds. A typical outdoor market can be visited every Tuesday and Saturday morning in Plaza de la Esplanada.
  • The village of Castell de Sant Felip. Spain's easternmost point, this Georgian-style village is full of houses built during George III's reign. Menorca's typical lobster stew (caldereta de langosta) can be sampled at restaurants in the port.
  • The megalithic settlement of Trepucó, 2 kilometres from Mahon on the road to Sant Lluís. The site has Menorca's largest taula. There is also an enormous talaiot, next to another, smaller one. Entrance is free of charge.
  • Marlborough Fort, the remains of an old English fort in Cala Sant Esteve, is today a museum. For further information call 921 360 462.
  • Illa del Rey, one of three islets in the bay of Maó, on which the ruins of an old military hospital are located.

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