Cycling and Mountain Biking in Menorca

Looking for a demanding challenge or a gentle ride through peaceful country lanes and sleepy villages, Menorca is an ideal destination for riding on two wheels

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Menorca is an exciting country for a cycling and mountain bike holiday or as an activity whilst visiting the island. Menorca’s landscape offers a wide network of cycling roads through beautiful rolling countryside with very few hills and quiet country lanes that twist and bend through picturesque villages. For those mountain bike riders the spectacular rugged coastline, offers both easy and challenging off-road mountain bike routes. There are cycling routes in Menorca that suite all ages and abilities.

The main road in Menorca passes through the centre of the island and is called the Me-1 and connects the capital Mahon on the east coast to Ciutudella on the west coast. The road is approximately 27 miles (45 km) in length and passes by the towns of Alaior, Ferreries and Mercadel with numerous cycling routes branching off to popular resorts and towns. A new and alternative cycling route is also suitable for road bikes but bypassing the main ME-1 route, an option for those after less traffic and wanting to explore Menorca’s mainland towns and prehistoric settlements. The route includes a stretch along the Cami den Kane or Kane Road, one of the oldest roads on the islands named after Richard Kane the first British governor in 1733.

The Cami de Cavalls is an ancient path around the coast of Menorca and is ideal for mountain biking with routes suitable for all levels of experiencea and ages. The route encircles the island and is used by horse riders, cyclists and walkers and is a total 116 miles long (186 kilometers). The route is well signposted and is split into 20 sections and passes by secluded beaches, stone walled meadows and traditional fishing villages. The easiest sections are those nearby the tourist resorts of Punta Prima, Binibeca and Son Bou.

Menorca’s towns and especially the capital Mahon and Cuitadella also have well maintained and clearly labelled cycling paths, which provides an excellent alternative way to explore these towns.

Cycling and mountain bike hire companies

Racing bikes, touring bikes or mountain bikes can all be hired from the main tourist resorts and towns and there are also companies that’s will also offer a delivery service as well as guided cycle tours.

Bike Menorca

Bike Menorca are experts in selling, renting and maintaining bikes in Menorca, located in the heart of Mahon with over 15 years’ experience. They sell and hire a wide range of bikes including top brands such as Giant, Cannondale and Specialized. Road bikes costs from 15€ per day to hire and mountain bikes 15€ per day. For more information, please visit the Bike Menorca website.

Ciclos Tramontana

Ciclos Tramontana has over 13 years of experience in selling professional bikes and accessories, bike rental and bike maintenance. Situated in Mahon, Ciclos Tramontana has recently released its 2016 pricing details and new range or bikes available. For more information, please visit the Ciclos Tramontana website.

Velos Joan

Velos Joan has stores in both Mahon and Cuitadella and both bike shops offer a good quality range of bikes to hire including kids bikes from 1€ per day, mountain bikes from 4€ per and road bikes from 25€ per day. You can hire scooters from 20€ per day and electric bikes from 15€ per day. They also stock a wide large range of bikes for sale, as well as offering bike repair and maintenance. For more information, please visit the Velos Joan website.

Anthony's Bikes

Located in the holiday resort of Cala'n Porter, Anthony's Bikes rent scooters from 20€ per day and mountain bikes for 10€ per day.  For more information, please visit the Anthony’s Bikes website.

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Cycling and mountain bike experiences

Cavalls de Ferro

Famous mountain biker Ruth Moll setup the company called Cavalls de Ferro (Iron House) that specialises in mountain bikes trails around Cami de Cavalls. The route is designed to take up to 6 days to complete, although experienced bikers are challenged to attempt the route within 4 days. For more information, please visit the Cavalls de Ferro website.

Planoram

For those wanting to pre-book a cycling or mountain biking experience in Menorca, Planoram the activity specialist offers some fantastic cycling experiences.

Mountain bike route along the coast (Beginners level) Ideal for beginners and suitable from the age of 8, this two hour route runs along stretches of the famous Cami de Cavalls. The route is just 8 miles long and takes in some beautiful Menorca scenery in the area of Son Saura. The packages includes, Mountain bike, water, energy bar, instructor and insurance.

Mountain bike route through paradise (Immediate level) This mountain bike experience is for immediate levels and visits some of the most beautiful locations in the South of Menorca, Calan Turqueta. This 22km long bike ride runs along the sea passing through the Cami de Cavalls. The packages includes, Mountain bike, water, energy bar, instructor and insurance.

Tour the south cost on a mountain bike (Advanced level) This route is most challenging of the three currently available from Planor.am and ideal for those advanced mountain bikers. The 38 km route is along the South Coast and passes by the area of Sa Farola with some amazing Menorca scenario. The packages includes, Mountain bike, water, energy bar, instructor and insurance.

Cycling Events

For those serious riders after a competitive challenging race, Menorca hosts two cycling events during 2016.

Tour a Menorca

Menorca’s biggest cycling event, the Tour a Menorca (Vuelta a Menorca 2015), is a two day event attracting famous guests from Spanish Cycling history. The route covers a total of 166 km, starting in Mahon, the places visited include: Fornells, Mercadal, Ferreries, Es Mitjorn, Son Bou, Sant Climent and a gruelling ascent of Monte Toro. This year’s event takes place on 15th October 2015.

Tour of the Lighthouses

The tour of the lighthouse event takes place in May and visit’s Menorca’s wonderful lighthouses including: Faro de Cavalleria, Punta Nati (North West), Cap d’Artrutx (South West), Illa de S’Aire (South East), Punta de San Carlos (East) and Faro de Favaritx (North East). The route covers 210km, starting in Mercadal and ending with at the top of Mount Toro. For more information please visit the Menorca Ciclo Turista website.

Cavalls de Ferro, Menorca road trip

Road Trip Video Cavalls de Ferro, Menorca, by PlanetaMTB magazine