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Menorca: route maps

Menorca: route maps

I don’t normally carry the technology for uploading my route maps from my GPS to my blog, so here they are. I stayed mainly in the south of the island because that is where most of the rideable roads are.

day-1-71km

Intended as a 30km warm-up ride, it turned into a 71km exploration of the south of the island.

 

day-2-77km

77km taking me to two coastal holiday villages…..thankfully one of them had some services open!

 

day-3-25km

25km, my attempt to cycle the length of the island to Ciutadella was foiled by the ferocity of the weather.

 

day-5-91km

91km, in search of beaches and bays that lie several kms off the main roads. Everywhere is closed up for winter.

 

day-6-72km

72km, a final route that included paeleo-Christian basilica and 19th century fort.

 

 

 

 

 

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Menorca

My quest to cycle most of the major islands of the Mediterranean continues apace tomorrow, as I set off for the small island of Menorca, lying to the north east of Mallorca. I have already cycled Mallorca a couple of times, always off-season, and Ibiza and Formentera. Further to the east, I have spent a week each on both Sicily and Cyprus, but still in my sights are islands like Sardinia, Corsica, Crete and Rhodes. I have visited Malta as a tourist, and the size of the island and the density of both population and traffic make it a poor destination for a cyclist like me. menorca-map

Menorca, however, holds a lot of mysteries. It is small and basically has just one road that straddles the entire length of the island, about 50kms long. From this central spine, several local roads and tracks lead down to bays and beaches, all waiting to be explored. Around the entire island there is a bridleway, Cami des Cavalls, established by the British in the 18th century when they occupied the island for over 60 years. This route around the island was used by British coastguards (on horseback) to look out for invading forces.

The last remaining gin distillery is a lasting testament of the British presence, but much remains to be discovered in order to unearth other nuggets of information about the history of the British on the island.

Intrigued? Stay tuned…….

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