12. Cap D’Artrutx – Cala en Turqueta
This route takes walkers past the beautiful areas on Minorca’s most westerly point on the south coast. The route is almost completely flat, and this combined with the low cliffs makes the path ideal for a peaceful stroll along the seaside. After leaving the resort of Son Xoriguer, the natural landscape changes to combine with extensive rock broken up by small coves; some if these beaches have rich dune foliage and the Prat de Bellavista marsh is worth a mention. Situated just behind Son Saura beach, this marsh is a shelter for many water birds.
This route provides the opportunity to observe the relationship between the Mediterranean and coastal vegetation. The plants are an extraordinary example of natural survival, as they are capable of withstanding the daily force of wind and salt. At Cala en Turqueta, oak woods come into view, a landscape that will accompany the path along the south coast at every gorge that leads into the sea.
One landmark of interest is Sa Talaia d’Artrutx (17th century); a defense turret that was used in the past to alert islanders of possible invaders.
Distance: 8.89 km
Hotels: Cala en Bosch, Cap d’Artrutx, Son Xoriguer
Bars, restaurants and supermarkets: Cala en Bosch, Cap d’Artrutx, Son Xoriguer