Cova dels Coloms , also known as ‘Cathedral’, is the biggest Menorquin cave. It was my other half suggesting to visit the cave after having a look through my travel guide and making picture based decisions on what to do and where to go. He didn’t need to persuade me, I was more than happy to go.
The cave is located between Es Migjorn Gran and the coast. The cave can’t be reached by car but there is a car park in Es Migjorn Gran from where the walk is sign posted. The walk takes you to the Cova dels Coloms, Cova la Polida, to the beach and back. The info post also advises suitable shoes, torches and water which is a good advise.
We were fairly unprepared and stopped by on the way home after spending the morning elsewhere. We had a go but didn’t do the whole tour which is about 10-12km. The walk starts on a small tarmac road leaving the village, soon going over to gravel and then a footpath leaves the road to the left. Good shoes are definitely recommended. The path is narrow at times and uneven with rocks everywhere. It goes up and down and along cliffs. Cliffs and vegetation protect from wind and too much sun but also make it very warm. We did this walk in October and all I can say, some water is really recommended.
Starting the walk from Es Migjorn Gran, the Cova dels Coloms is the first of the two caves. The main cave is stunning. 24m high, about 300m long and 15m wide which explains the name ‘Cathedral’. The front cave is easy to access and fairly well lit by day light. To the far end of the cage is a high level that can be accessed but requires some climbing over slippery rocks. We went up there but had to give up since we didn’t have appropriate torches (mobile phone torches are definitely not sufficient!). If you plan to explore the cave I would suggest to bring proper torches, probably some head torches which give you more freedom. Whereas the front part of the cave is sandy, the elevated part is built up of slippery stones.
On this walk, a second, much smaller cave is sign posted – the Cova la Polida or ‘bat cave’. Unfortunately, this cave is closed but we still made our way up there. This part of the path is very steep and slippery and even I needed to use the rope rail to make it. It was still worth going up there since we learned that the cave was closed for a good reason which is to protect bats.
Since it was late and we were not really prepared to do the whole walk, we returned the same way and didn’t continue to the beach and followed the whole path around.
Apart from the caves, the walk has some nice views and wonderful nature with lovely small flowers along the way. Unlike other Mediterranean countries in autumn, Menorca is very green.