Camí de Cavalls. Walking in Menorca.

This is the waymarking for the whole of the Camí dels Cavalls.

Camí de Cavalls guide

A perfect way of following the coast of Menorca at your own speed along a celebrated old trail. 20 waymarked walks to discover beaches, rocks, pinewoods and cliffs of Menorca, all described stage-by-stage.

The Camí de Cavalls history

The Camí de Cavalls is a remarkable path that has existed since 1330, year in which King James II obliged all settlers on the island to keep an armed horse at the ready to defend Menorca in case of need and to use this path to keep watch over the island. This strategically sited coastal path was also used by the English and French during their respective periods of dominance of the island, but since then it has been much more used as a right-of-way to connect different parts of the island. Popular protests in 1996 led by the Coordinadora per la Defensa del Camí de Cavalls were successful in reviving this important element in Menorca’s historical, ethnological and scenic heritage. Finally, in 2010 with the completion of the restoration work the path was reopened to the public as part of the European network of long-distance footpaths under the denomination GR223.

The Camí de Cavalls, today

The Camí de Cavalls is divided up into 20 stages that can be walked as a single long hike or individually in sections, or can be used simply as somewhere go for a stroll. Discover Menorca here describes the official stages as 20 separate day-long walks, using the morning for the outward bound stretch and the afternoon for the return. A whole day is plenty of time to walk each stage and return without any need to hurry, thereby allowing you to enjoy all the delights the route has to offer. Either by leaving a car at the beginning of the walk or by using public transport (if there is any), you can avoid for once having to worry about logistics like accommodation – just make sure that you don’t forget your lunch and take plenty of water with you.

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As well as the wooden posts that indicate the way ahead, you will find other types of waymarking en route that will prevent you from getting lost

Recommendations

To avoid contradicting the official order of the stages and the direction, we describe the stages starting from Maó and walk them in an anti-clockwise direction. Despite being free to tackle the stages as you see fit, it is best to walk westwards to allow the sun to illuminate the landscape and warm your backs but without blinding you in the early morning.
 Most of the stages are fairly rocky underfoot. Thus, make sure you wear appropriate sturdy footwear even if just going out for a short stroll.

See all stages of the Camí de Cavalls
Equestrian routes recommended: Menorca on horseback. Menorca a cavall.
Hiking map and guidebook recommended: Menorca. Camí de Cavalls. Editorial Alpina.

Map of the Camí de Cavalls

All stages of the Camí de Cavalls

Maó - Es Grau

Maó - Es Grau

This stage of the Camí de Cavalls passes through a fine example of a windswept coastal landscape, especially between Sa Mesquida and the Macar de Binillautí.
Es Grau - Cap de Favàritx

Es Grau - Cap de Favàritx

All of this stage of the Camí de Cavalls runs through S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park. It is an excellent walk for getting to know a variety of different habitats...
Cap de Favàritx - Arenal d'en Castell

Cap de Favàritx - Arenal d'en Castell

Much of this stage of the Camí de Cavalls runs through the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park and many of its very diverse landscapes.
Arenal d'en Castell - Cala Tirant

Arenal d'en Castell - Cala Tirant

This stage of the Camí de Cavalls begins at the far western end of the built-up area of Arenal d’en Castell. Walk for 10 minutes along the cliff-top path as far as Son Parc...
Cala Tirant - Binimel·là

Cala Tirant - Binimel·là

This stage of the Camí de Cavalls passes through one of the best-preserved parts of the Menorcan coastline. The EU has declared it to be an Area of Community Importance and and a Special Protection...
Binimel·là - Cala Pregonda - Els Alocs

Binimel·là - Cala Pregonda - Els Alocs

This is the longest and hardest of all the stages of the Camí de Cavalls and, unsurprisingly, also one of the most spectacular.
Els Alocs - Cala Pilar - Algaiarens

Els Alocs - Cala Pilar - Algaiarens

This stage of the Camí de Cavalls is characterized by the number of different habitats it visits. Around Cala Pilar a large number of endemic plants thrive alongside the more typical plants of...
Platges d'Algaiarens - Cala Morell

Platges d'Algaiarens - Cala Morell

This stage of the Camí de Cavalls leaves behind the fertile fields and woods of La Vall d’Algaiarens and heads into a dry scrubby landscape dominated by low scattered plants.
Cala Morell - Punta Nati

Cala Morell - Punta Nati

The whole of this stage of the Camí de Cavalls runs through what is known as ‘Dry Menorca’, an area characterized by its sparse vegetation and long lines of dry-stone walls only interrupted by stone huts...
Punta Nati - Ciutadella

Punta Nati - Ciutadella

This stage of the Camí de Cavalls can be divided into two very different parts. The first runs through what is known as ‘Dry Menorca’, an area characterized by its sparse vegetation and long lines of dry-stone walls...
Ciutadella - Cap d'Artrutx

Ciutadella - Cap d'Artrutx

From Cala Blanca onwards and as far as the end of the stage, the flat path follows low coastal cliffs that harbour an interesting plant community.
Cap d'Artrutx - Cala en Turqueta

Cap d'Artrutx - Cala en Turqueta

This stretch of the Camí de Cavalls is flat and climbs very little. The landscape over much of this stage is dominated by a rocky coastline alternating with small coves.
Cala en Turqueta - Cala Galdana

Cala en Turqueta - Cala Galdana

One of the most attractive elements of this stage of the Camí de Cavalls are the unspoilt beaches of its coves: En Turqueta, Macarella and Macarelleta are three of the best-loved of Menorca.
Cala Galdana - Sant Tomàs

Cala Galdana - Sant Tomàs

This stage of the Camí de Cavalls is an excellent way of getting to know the woods and forests of the southern coast of Menorca. Most of this part of the long-distance footpath runs through...
Sant Tomàs - Son Bou

Sant Tomàs - Son Bou

This stretch of the Camí de Cavalls is flat and, with very little uphill, is easy to walk. Nevertheless, it passes through a series of different habitats that include inland gullies, dunes, pastures...
Son Bou - Cala en Porter

Son Bou - Cala en Porter

This stretch of the Camí de Cavalls connects two of the most important gullies on the southern coast of Menorca, the Barranc de Llucalari to the west and Barranc de Cala en Porter to the east.
Cala en Porter - Binissafúller

Cala en Porter - Binissafúller

Despite following the coastline for the most part, along this stretch of the Camí de Cavalls you will only see the sea at Es Canutells and Calescoves (if you make a short detour).
Binissafúller - Punta Prima

Binissafúller - Punta Prima

This part of the Camí de Cavalls crosses a flat but rocky section of Menorca’s southern coast that is currently very built-up. The rocky islands of Binissafúller and the Illa de l’Aire remain in sight for most of the walk.
Punta Prima - Cala Sant Esteve

Punta Prima - Cala Sant Esteve

This stage of the Camí de Cavalls runs along a rocky stretch of low-lying coast dominated by shrubs such as lentisc and Phoenician juniper as far as the defence tower of Alcalfar.
Cala Sant Esteve - Maó

Cala Sant Esteve - Maó

Despite walking almost the whole length of the Port de Maó, you will not get much of a chance to enjoy it if you don’t combine it with some alternative route that links the port and the centre of the town.
The 16 best stretches of the Camí de Cavalls

The 16 best stretches of the Camí de Cavalls

The best walks and excursions around the coast of Menorca along the Camí de Cavalls (GR-223), an ideal way of exploring the island’s coastline at your leisure. Unspoilt beaches, rocky outcrops, pinewoods and sea-cliffs step-by-step.

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