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Menorca, Walks, Birds & Flowers
Menorca, Walks, Birds & Flowers OverviewMenorca, Island Walks for Birds, Flowers & Prehistoric Taulas is a gently paced walking tour of this lovely small island, focused on spring wildflowers (especially orchids), bird watching & prehistoric monuments. Running 2 - 9 May 2020, a maximum of 14 guests stay in 1 exceptional historic hotel and enjoy superb cuisine and wines.
“Poc a poc”, slowly, slowly, say Menorquins, describing the way of life on the quietest of the Balearic islands. The wonderfully green landscape is a patchwork of dry stone-wall enclosed fields, open heaths, stands of umbrella pines, deep limestone gorges and deserted sandy coves. The lack of development has led to UNESCO declaring the whole island a Biosphere Reserve. As a result, flowers (including many orchids and endemics) are everywhere in spring, migrant birds pass through in large numbers and the resident birds include blue rock thrush, red kites, Egyptian vultures and Booted eagles.
We stay for a week in a delightful, first class hotel, a Manor house dating back to the 14th century, set in a private 100 hectare estate, with a swimming pool and an outstanding restaurant. Daily walks take us to a variety of coastal and inland habitats. We visit forts, cathedrals and museums in the architecturally pleasing towns of Ciutadella and Mahon; taste wines on a local estate and sample the famous Menorca gin; and encounter the island’s remarkable heritage of prehistoric stone monuments, ‘taulas’ and ‘talayots’.