After a coffee in the pretty port of Fornells on the north coast of the island we made our way towards the Cavalleria peninsula.
The port of Fornells
The wild flowers in the hedgerows along the narrow roads were stunning but, although we were often close enough to touch them, it was not sensible to stop to take photos. There were, however, plenty of opportunities to take photos of the flora and the fauna as we walked the long distance path (Cami Cavalls) along the fabulous section of the coastline from the sandy bay of Cavalleria to within sight of the golden beaches of Binimel-lá.
A sample of the hedgerows
Some of the amazing views of the beaches and coastline on our walk:
The best of the bird life:
Some of the flora:
Not sure if this constitutes a nature photo – locals taking mud baths at the beginning of our walk.
Menorca has the only resident population of Egyptian vultures in Europe (around 100 pairs) and so it would have been disappointing not to see them. We walked along the gorge from Santa Galdana on the south coast with wild flowers adorning the route to a backdrop of dramatic limestone cliffs and birdsong all around. We had sightings of booted eagle and black kites on our way and were well rewarded with good views of Egyptian vultures at the end of the gorge.
On the return journey we also saw a kestrel, more views of booted eagles and kites and even a pair of little egrets. The most stunning aspect of this walk was the birdsong; we had no difficulty in recognising Cetti’s warbler but were grateful to some birders who pointed out nightingales and Siberian chiffchaff. The nightingales were everywhere and filled the valley with their birdsong. Not that we saw them; most of the small birds were quite elusive except for house sparrows nesting in the cliffs and spotted flycatchers.
There has been a lot of rain in Menorca recently and the meadows are quite lush and the wildflowers amazing. We regularly saw three types of butterfly (wall, brimstone and a blue one), dragonflies, and an amazing grasshopper the size of a locust.
The end of the walk brought us right in to the resort of Cala Galdena on the long distance walk of Cami Cavalls part of which we had walked the previous day.
The Cami Cavalls (long distance footpath) follows the coast of Menorca.
Views of Cala Macarella on the Cami Cavalls long distance route on Saturday 5th May