Enjoy everything the Biosphere Reserve has to offer

The island of Menorca possesses a wide range of resources available to be able to enjoy the experience of visiting the biosphere reserve. From its wide variety of cultural possibilities, to the wealth of its natural resources including the Camí de Cavalls path, the beaches, and the seabed around the island, you will truly be able to live the experience of being in a biosphere reserve.

The Natural Park of S'Albufera des Grau, core area of the Biosphere Reserve, offers the Rodriguez Femenias Interpretation Center and the possibility for guided or self-guided tours on different interpretive itineraries within the natural park. The Park includes two important wetlands (the Albufera des Grau lagoon and the Prat de Morella lagoon), ample areas of well preserved coastline, the Islet d'en Colom, and several farms where traditional agricultural activities are still being carried out today.

The island is also an excellent place for taking part in activities related to the discovery of nature. In addition to the interpretive itineraries of the Natural Park of S'Albufera des Grau, there are several other adapted itineraries of a botanic nature (Pas d'en Revull, Es Torretó, and Santa Eularieta), or routes that can be followed to discover the principal ornithological fauna of the island.

The coast and the sea
A key element of the Biosphere Reserve is the excellent state of conservation of its coastline, and especially, the beaches of Menorca. The OBSAM's project "Turisme Natural" intends to make known and remark on all natural values present in the coastal systems and beaches in Menorca, from a multidisciplinary view.

The Estaciones Náuticas of Menorca, or Nautical Resorts, are tourist destinations specialized in providing active vacations that revolve around marine activities. The goal is to make the sea accessible to the greatest number of visitors possible, bringing to their fingertips the chance to take part in nautical sports like: scuba diving and snorkeling, water skiing, kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing. There are only four official Estaciones Náuticas in the Balearic Islands, three of which are found in Menorca. This is an indication of the importance given to nautical activities in Menorca, an island which, thanks to its natural elements, and beginning long before the arrival of tourism, has maintained a tight relationship with the nautical world surrounding it.

The lighthouses of Menorca also must not be missed by visitors. Port Authority of the Balearic Islands provides ample information regarding the lighthouses around the island, including part of their historic archives at this reference website.

Hiking, cycling, and horseback riding
Beyond a doubt, the Camí de Cavalls of Menorca is the itinerary of choice for discovering the impressive nature around the island. The Camí de Cavalls was an old military route, which today has been transformed into part of the network of Natural Paths of the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment. It is approximately 200km long and runs around the entire perimeter of the island, crossing through diverse ecosystems and coastal areas. (More information: photo gallery, and stages).

The island also boasts an interesting series of rural paths off of the Camí de Cavalls that may be visited. For example, the town of Mahon has defined a comprehensive network of routes, consult itineraries here. As for bicycle touring, there are six cycling routes that are very well indicated: Ciutadella to Ferreries, Ferreries to Mercadal, Mercadal to Alaior, Alaior to Maó, Maó to Es Castell, and Es Castell to Sant Lluís.

Horses are another fundamental element of our culture. Their ancestral and harmonious relationship with humans has its origins from time immemorial, with a perfect balance between their use in field work and their starring role in the town festivals around the entire island. So naturally an abundance of activities involving horses exist on the island, with possibly the most noteworthy being the celebration of local festivals in each of the municipalities of the island throughout the summer months. There are also dressage shows organized by the many equestrian sports clubs that exist on the island and several equestrian routes for horseback riding around Menorca.

Historical and cultural heritage
The Menorca Monument Network allows visitors to get to know first hand the vestiges of our history, including megalithic sites, constructions of great ethnological interest, defensive fortifications built by the English, and several museums that are worth a visit. The network is made up of 27 monuments and has the primary goal of developing joint activities for the increase awareness of the sites that welcome cultural visits.

Menorcan traditional crafts and products are a living reflection of our island's culture. For this reason, a visit to the Centro Artesanal de Menorca (Craft Center of Menorca), located on the old military barracks of Es Mercadal, is an ideal way to discover them. This visit can be made along the route, “Tras los pasos del Archiduque” (In the Archduke's footsteps), made up of a series of itineraries that take us inside artisan workshops of each of the Menorcan villages. The routes use the Archduke Luis Salvador “Die Balearen”, from the end of the 19th century, as a reference point.

An essential resource for further discovery of our cultural heritage is the website of cultura popular de Menorca (Menorcan popular culture), which includes an excellent agenda of activities around the island.

Finally, in the website of Fundació Destí Menorca you could find lots of information to complete your visit to the island.

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Agència Menorca Reserva de Biosfera - Departament de Medi Ambient i Reserva de Biosfera - Consell Insular de Menorca
Plaça Biosfera, 5 / 07703 Maó (Menorca) Illes Balears / Tel: 971 35 62 51
Reserva Biosfera