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Camí de Cavalls trail

Minorca

Menorca

Around Menorca by the coast


Camí de Cavalls is a historic hiking trail along the entire coast of Menorca. 185 kilometres divided into 20 stretches let you discover the landscapes and natural spaces that have earned the island Biosphere Reserve status. A beautiful path among woods, fields and cliffs, and revealing Menorca’s loveliest beaches and coves.Camí de Cavalls means the “Horse Path”. The origin and name of this hiking trail go back to the 14th century, when a royal order required the knights of Menorca to patrol the coast on horseback and defend the island. Later on, British and French soldiers would use the path for the same purpose. Over time, the original route used by these horsemen has been recovered for public use, and it is now a beautiful trail along the shore, completely encircling it, which can be followed on foot, by bike, and of course, on horseback.

What is the Camí de Cavalls like?

Camí de Cavalls is now the official long-distance trail GR 223, signposted by the usual red and white marks. The 185-kilometre route is divided into 20 stages or stretches, ranging from 5 to 13 kilometres long. You can follow the whole trail over several days, or pick and choose the stages. A single stretch makes an ideal short excursion, going one way in the morning and back again in the afternoon, for example. Whatever you choose, this is an excellent way to enjoy the nature, culture, and diverse landscape of Menorca.

Hikers in Menorca, Balearic Islands

What can you find on the Camí de Cavalls?

Following this trail brings you to the island’s main sights. You can see lighthouses, Talaiotic prehistoric sites, and defensive towers, walk through S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park, see the sea from the clifftops, or enjoy a swim at over 50 coves and beaches. The first 10 stages follow the north coast of Menorca, from Maó to Ciutadella. Among other places of interest, the route goes past the beaches of Sa Mesquida and Es Grau; the lighthouses of Cap Favàritx, Cavallería, and Punta Nati; the unspoilt coves of Binimel·la and El Pilar; and the cliffs and prehistoric necropolis of cala Morell. Meanwhile, the landscape alternates leafy woodland, dunes and rocks, showing the striking contrasts of this Biosphere Reserve.The other 10 stretches of Camí de Cavalls run from Ciutadella to Maó along the south coast of Menorca. Here you can bathe in coves like the popular cala Blanca or the clear waters of Son Saura or Turqueta, or admire the lovely woods that grow down to the water’s edge in the Macarella and Macarelleta coves. It also goes through the island’s deepest ravines, and reaches the beaches of Cala Galdana and Son Bou, Menorca’s longest, with an interesting dune system. Other places on the route include the sands of Cales Coves, with its Talaiotic necropolis, and the guard tower of Alcalfar.

View of Cala Macarelleta in Menorca, Balearic Islands

Tips and recommendations

How to get there

Menorca Airport is 4.5 km from Maó. There are also ferries from the ports of Mallorca, Valencia, and Barcelona. To get around the island, you can use the buses in the local public transport network, but driving is more convenient (you can bring your own vehicle on the ferry, or get a rental car).

Hiker on the Camí de Cavalls, Menorca

Things to bear in mind

We recommend always checking the weather forecast, as you may prefer to walk along the northern coast when the prevailing wind is blowing from the south, or the southern coast if there are north winds. It’s also a good idea to walk from east to west to keep the sun behind you and avoid glare. 

Follow the signs along the way, and wear suitable footwear, as much of the trail is rocky. The rest of your clothes should be suitable for the season (raincoat, shorts, warm clothing, etc.). In summer, always have a sun hat, sunscreen, and a swimsuit. 

Don’t forget to take plenty of water, food and snacks (chocolate, nuts, fruit, etc.) to keep your energy levels up. 

Before setting out, remember to plan transport and the logistics of getting back to your accommodation.

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