ROUTE 1: ES MIGJORN - COVA DELS COLOMS - COVA POLIDA - PLATJA DE BINIGAUS - ES MIGJORN
Type: Hiking route.
Duration: Downwards, stopping at the cave: approximately 2 hours 30 min.
Upwards: Approximately 1 hour 30 min.
Suggestions: Wear comfortable footwear, plenty of water and especially in summer, sunscreen and a hat.
f you want to visit the caves, we have to know that the entrance to the cave Cova Polida is not allowed except in November, May, June and July
1st stretch of the road
Es Migjorn – Cova des Coloms – Cova Polida (Temporarily CLOSED) – Binigaus Beach (2 hours 30 min.)
We start from Es Migjorn Gran's School (Francesc d'Albranca), in sa Malagarba street, or from the Migjorn Gran municipal cemetery, where you’ll find a small parking lot to leave your car.
Walk down the Binigaus road (leaving the cemetery to the left) up to an open gate, to the left again, with a sign indicating the way to the Cova des Coloms. By the passage enter the ravine and follow the trail that leads you to a split in the road.
There turn left and walk upwards to the cave (Cova des Coloms). It has a big entrance so you’ll find it easily. The roof rises to 24 meters, 110 meters long and 15 wide, making it to be known as "The Cathedral".
After a visit to the cave, you can go back to the split in the road you met before and, then, turn left. to start climbing the track up to Polida Cave (the trial becomes harder here). The trail to the ravine to find a small gate open, we must be attentive to this point and turn left and we head sa Cova Polida (the trial becomes harder here) if you are aware, after walk about 100 meters you will see the entrance to sa Cova Polida.
At present, entrance to the cave is not allowed (1), except in November, May, June and July, because of the preventive measures for the conservation and recovery of the bigfeet bat (Myotis capaccinii) and other species who take refuge there. The bigfeet bat is under strict protection and has been classified as an endangered species risking extinction in Spain(2).
Alteration of their habitat is one of the worst impacts that these chiropter species endure. Caves are their natural refuge, and there they create large colonies, so it’s very important to guarantee their tranquillity and keep the place undisturbed, to favour their conservation and recovery.
Undo the walk back here again, until you come to the trail in the ravine, starting a very easy tranche of the road that ends in Binigaus Beach. The views are splendid; you can enjoy the views it offers the ravine and soon we will see the sea on the horizon.
Then, you will arrive to a gate that opens to a small terrace with a well and sinks for cattle to drink in. The road is lined here with dry stone walls. You will soon find, at the right-hand side, a manmade cave and another split; turn left and, in no time, you will be at Binigaus Beach.
There you can have lunch or get to Sant Tomàs Beach (walking to the left-hand side and leaving the sea on your right-hand side).
2nd stretch of the road
Binigaus Beach – Es Migjorn (1 h 30 m)
From Binigaus Beach, Undo the walk and get to the terrace with sinks on it. There turn left by the road which comes right before the sign leading to the Coloms Cave (please, do not mistake this road with the Camí de cavalls trail, which leads to Cala Mitjana and is available before the sinks).
Follow the road up to Migjorn village. Pass by an old well and arrive at Binigaus Nou (a group of yellow houses). Shortly before Binigaus Nou entry barriers (which should be closed), there’s an open passageway on your left; take it and pass the yellow houses behind (please, keep on the track or you’ll be crossing peoples’ gardens). If you keep on that direction, leave Binigaus Nou on your right-hand side and come back to Binigaus road. From here on, you just have to keep on the track until you find the barriers again (please, do not forget to close them!) and walk back to the village.
(1) Administrative decision, of 06/02/2014, by the Agriculture, Environment and Territory Councillor, by which the following are approved: Menorca’s Socarrell Bord (Femeniasia balearica) Conservation Plan, Menorca’s Pinastre (Pinus pinaster) Recovery Plan, Menorca’s Bigfeet Bat (Myotis capaccinii) Recovery Plan and Balearic Islands’ Cave Chiropter Conservation Plan (Balcells Plan). (Balearic Island Official Gazette [BOIB] num. 25 20/02/2014).
(2) Royal decree 139/2011, of 04/02, for the development of the List of Wild Species under Special Protection Regime and the Spanish Catalogue of Endangered Species. (State Official Gazette [BOE] num. 46 23/02/2011).