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Menorca

Wildlife holidays in Menorca

Tell me about Menorca …

Menorca is the most easterly and greenest of the Balearic Islands. It is rugged, rocky and remains largely uncultivated.

The southern coast is a series of low cliffs broken by sandy coves, usually backed with woodland and damp gorges. The northern coast is more rugged with spectacular headlands.

Our Menorca specialist recommends...

"Our ‘Menorca’ holiday is a dual focus trip, searching for both its birds and its flowers. There are some fantastic orchid species, a sedentary population of Egyptian Vultures and a wealth of wetland birds."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

 

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Menorcan bay (Alan Miller)Yellow Bee Orchid (Paul Watkins)Round-leafed Birthwort (Peter Dunn)Ophrys balearica (Peter Dunn)Flowers near Nati (Peter Dunn)Polyanthus narcissus (Paul Watkins)Azure Lupin (Peter Dunn)Bermuda Buttercup (Peter Dunn)Tree Frog (Peter Dunn)Spurge Hawk-moth (Peter Dunn)Sawfly Orchid (Paul Watkins)Sant Tomas (Peter Dunn)Mirror Orchid (Peter Dunn)Whinchat (Alan Miller)Fornells (Peter Dunn)Birding at Son Parc (Peter Dunn)

What’s special about the wildlife?

Plant life: in spring, Menorca boasts intricate displays of wild flowers. The northern coast has a specialised coastal flora which includes many of the local endemic plants.

The island has several wetland areas which are of particular importance for birds.

Naturetrek Tour to Menorca

We offer an 8-day holiday on this beautiful Mediterranean island in search of both birds and flowers.

What wildlife might I see?

  • We’ll look for Cistus bushes & purple gladioli, orchids & Asphodels, plus vetches, hawkweeds, bugloss, Alyssum & more
  • We should find some Balearic specialities such as several sea-lavenders, Hippocrepis balearica & Cyclamen balearicum, & Menorcan endemics including Centaurea balearica
  • Europe’s only sedentary population of Egyptian Vulture lives on Menorca & other birds of prey we may see include Eleonora’s Falcon
  • Purple, Night & Squacco Herons are among the wetland species we’ll search for, while Woodchat Shrikes, warblers & Wrynecks add to the variety in woodland & scrub areas

Anything else?

For birders, the chance of seeing something unexpected is one of the highlights of a visit to Menorca; Moustached Warblers can be seen at breeding sites.

Our base is a beautifully restored 18th century Menorcan farmhouse set in 10 hectares of tranquil countryside!

Prehistoric human sites add to the island’s cultural interest.

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Menorca HOLIDAYS

L.C.
London
Menorca

Lorenzo and his staff were lovely and the hotel was clean and peaceful. The two leaders were extremely knowledgeable and worked well together - all in all, I had a fabulous holiday and learned a lot.

A.C.
Buckinghamshire
Menorca

Both leaders were excellent. The flowers were outstanding and it was very good to see the whole of the island and learn a bit about the differing areas.

R.L.
Midlothian
Menorca

The Matchani Gran hotel was a good place to stay, and Sean and Jenny did their utmost to make us feel comfortable and enjoy our stay (and the food was first class!). I did appreciate being taken to sites which I would never have got to without guides. A great holiday!