The Menorca Bowls Club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 10.00am for a 10.30 start at the bowls green opposite the San Lluis Hotel in S’Algar. Everybody is welcome, both novices and the experienced. There is a tutor on Wednesday mornings and woods can be hired. Weekly competitions are held. For further information contact Geraldine Doggett. Tel: 00 34 971 188 210.
Menorca Cricket Club (MCC) was founded in 1985 by a group of British ex-pats with the aim to enjoy ‘competitive village cricket’. Today the club prides itself in offering members and guests one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the Mediterranean. If you fancy a game of cricket whist on your holiday, you can visit the club and participate in their games when there are no fixtures. These games are played on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout July and August. Alternately you can just turn up and watch. Menorca Cricket Club is located at Biniparrell near Sant Lluis. For further information contact the Club Secretary. Tel: 971 150 398
This sport can be enjoyed all year round in Menorca, but it is especially good in spring and autumn out of the main tourist season when the roads are quieter, the scenery is beautiful and the temperatures not so hot. Mountain biking has become particularly popular in recent years and there are now six linked cycle routes on single roads and unpaved tracks that cross the island. There are also many other cycle routes to explore which are marked by a sign with a yellow bike on a green background.
The Association Cicloturista de Menorca welcomes new members and organises cycling events. Watch out for the Ruta de los Faros de Menorca (Tour of the Lighthouses) in May and the Volta Internacional Menorca held towards the end of October. For further information telephone: 971 364 816
Menorca’s national football team is represented internationally by the Spanish National Football Team, playing only friendly matches. There are several local football clubs in Menorca, the main ones being in Mahon, Ciutadella, Alaior, Ferreries and Mercadal.
There is also the Futbol 7 Popular Cub in Alaior. The mainly ex-pat seven-a-side team, Mehoca, is hoping to make Division One this season. For further information contact Ross Wombwell. Tel: 971 368 495.
The Aeroclub and Hippodrome is located in the village of Sant Lluis, just outside Mahon. Originally built during the Spanish Civil War, the aerodrome the island’s only airport until 1969. It still operates as an airfield and today houses the Royal Mahon-Menorca Airclub, which offers visitors leisure flights around the island as well as private piloting courses throughout the year. The facilities on site include a bar/restaurant along with a small go-karting track.
Flying courses are available. For further information contact Real Aeroclub Mahón, Sant Lluis.
Tel: 971 361 672
Menorca has one18 hole golf course located at Golf Son Parc on the Urbanizacion Son Parc located in the north part of the island behind Son Parc beach on the road from Mahon to Fornells. Designed by Dave Thomas, the course also has a driving range, practice / putting area and golf school.
Length: Mens 5169m, Ladies 4303m. Slope 131 Mens, 123 Ladies. Par 69
The club plays host to a full programme of competitions throughout the year and almost all are open to everyone provided they have a valid handicap. As well as regular weekend competitions, there are two major week-long golf events – in May and October. The two on-site professionals offer a range of lessons and courses designed to meet all levels of experience from novices upwards. A wide range of other activities are also available including including tennis, social functions and private events in the Restaurant.
Visitors are welcome, but if you fancy a round of golf in the peak summer season and especially if you want to play at the most popular times (up to about 11 in the morning and after 4 in the afternoon) it is recommend that you book in advance.
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Crazy and / or Mini Golf are offered at several resorts in the Ciutadella area as well as Punta Prima in the south east of the island.
Menorca Horse Riding based at Equimar Centre Ecuestre offers rides from a quiet one-hour walk along lanes and tracks to a three-hour trek to the coast, as well as a range of dressage and jumping classes. Riders of all ages and abilities are very welcome to enjoy the well cared for and well trained horses.
Located near Mahon at Cami Verde, Es Castell. Tel: Sarah on (+34) 669 255 487 or visit: www.menorcahorseriding.com
You can also discover Menorca on horseback with Menorca a Cavall where you can go pony trecking through woodland as well as take horse and cart trips, after which you can relax and sample a traditional Menorcan tea.
Located approx half way between Ferreries and Es Mercadal. Tel: 971 374 637 or 626 593 737
Rugby in Menorca started with beach rugby which expanded into mini beach tournaments before the first team was formed in 2001 and the Menorca Rugby Club officially established a year later. This newest team in the Balearic League soon won some commendable victories in the championships and earned its position on the island and the Balearic circuit.
The sport is becoming increasingly popular and a programme of events is being planned for the 2010/2011 season to mark the club’s tenth anniversary. Spectators welcome.
For further information, contact Jason Boas. Tel: 652 478 106
There are tennis clubs located near all the main towns where new members and visitors are welcome. Here are a few of the main ones.
Mahon Tennis Club – Tel: 971 365 703
Cuitadella Tennis Club – Tel: 971 388 410
Alaior Tennis Club – Tel: 971 371 589
Coves Noves Tennis Club – 971 358 092
There are also tennis courts in most resorts, some of which belong to hotels but are often open to the general public. Golf Son Parc also has 2 courts available for hire. Paddle tennis has become very popular, which is played on a smaller, enclosed court with solid rather than strung rackets.
Trotting Races have been very popular on the island for over 200 years. In fact, the Balearic Islands are the only part of Spain where this unusual equestrian sport is practiced. The jockey sits in a small cart behind the horse and has to prevent the horse from breaking into a gallop and, as you would expect, bets are taken out on the winners and the atmosphere gets very exciting.
Aero Club and Hippodrome: Adjacent to the Aeroclub on the main Mahon to Sant Lluis road is the Hippodrome where horse trotting races are held every Saturday evening in summer and Sunday mornings in winter.
Tel: 971 365 730
Hippodrome Torre del Ram: Trotting races take place on Sundays at 18.00 at the Hippodrome, Torre del Ram, near Cala’n Blanes, Ciutadella.
Tel: 00 34 971 388 038
Menorca offers a stunning environment for walking. Unspoilt, calm and peaceful, walking takes on a new dimension through pine forests next to beautiful blue seas, along golden beaches and around quaint fishing villages.
There are literally hundreds of excellent walks of varying lengths and complexity. Of particular interest is the Cami de Cavalls (Path of Horses), an ancient bridle path which encircles the island and in bygone times allowed soldiers to ride between the many watch towers situated around the coastline. Recently reopened after 400 years and stretching for over 200 km, this path provides a link between idyllic golden sand beaches, hidden coves and deep blue bays to be enjoyed by ramblers, horse riders and mountain bikers. The path is marked by wooden posts with a horseshoe on a white plaque.
Organised walking holidays are available throughout the year from Menorca Walking Holidays.