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, another built-up area that you then have to walk through for 20 minutes as far as the car-park behind the beach of Son Saura del Nord (not to be confused with Son Saura on the southern coast). The path continues along the edge of the Son Saura wetland and then enters a pinewood, which you walk through for almost an hour to the southern inland of Fornells Bay. On this stretch, you will pass by the paleochristian basilica of Cap des Port and La Concepció saltpans before reaching the road to Fornells. From here, you have to walk the final 3.5 km along the road to Fornells and then to the resort of Platges de Fornells and Cala Tirant, the end of the stage.
Distance: 10,8 km • Difficulty: Easy • Estimated walking time: 3 h
Plesae close all the gates you might have to open. They essential for controlling the cattle • Keep an eye out for cars as quite a lot of this stage runs along busy – above all in summer – roads that have no facilities for pedestrians.
SHORTER ALTERNATIVES AVOIDING ROADS
Son Saura del nord – Salines de la Concepció
If you want to avoid walking through both the built-up area of Son Parc and also the road to Cala Tirant, you can begin this stage at the car-park behind the beach at Son Saura and walk the 5 km through the forests that stretch as far as the road to Fornells. This will enable you to visit both the paleochristian basilica of Cap des Port and La Concepció saltpans.
Distance: 5 km • Difficulty: Easy • Estimated walking time: 1 h 30 min
The first part of this stage passes along the cliff between the built-up areas of Arenal d’es Castell and Son Parc on a stony path that runs amidst bushes of rosemary and winter heath. However, much of this stage of the Camí de Cavalls passes through a forest with undergrowth dominated by strawberry-tree. This means you might see the two-tailed pasha butterfly, one of the largest and most spectacular butterflies on Menorca, whose larva feed on the strawberry-tree.
• Arenal de Son Saura: Large beach near Son Parc with large sand dunes of coarse white sand. The Camí does not actually go by the beach and so you will have to make a detour if you want to make a visit.
• Son Saura del Nord wetland: Interesting wetland for wintering, breeding and migratory birds. There are no visitor facilities and to visit you will have to make a detour from the route.
• Paleochristian basilica of Cap des Port: Remains of a paleochristian basilica dating from the end of the fifth–beginning of the sixth centuries AD. Visible are the central nave, a crypt in the form of a Greek cross, a baptistery and a perfectly preserved baptismal font.
NEARBY SITES OF INTEREST
• Fornells tower: Defence tower built by the English in 1801 during their third period of occupation (1798-1802). It stands at the entrance to Fornells Bay, from where there are excellent views of Cap de Cavalleria.
• Arenal d’en Castell, Son Parc (arenal de Son Saura) i Platges de Fornells (cala Tirant): Resorts with all types of facilities for beach-users.
How to get there
L’Arenal d’en Castell is 17 km from Maó, 11 km from Alaior and 16 km from Es Mercadal. From Maó, take the road to Fornells from the roundabout at the end of Maó Harbour. After around 14 km, you reach the roundabout/ junction with the road to Camí d’Addaia, where you should turn right. Continue to the end, ignoring the turn-offs to the right to Addaia, Cala Molí and Na Macaret. Both Es Mercadal and Fornells are around 16 km from Arenal d’en Castell. Follow the road to Maó from where it joins the Es Mercadal-Fornells road and turn left after 7.5 km to Addaia at the aforementioned roundabout.
From Alaior, take the Carretera de Subaida towards the beaches on the north coast and to L’Arenal d’en Castell.
Arenal de Son Saura is 20 km from Maó, 14 km from Alaior and 13 km from Es Mercadal. From Maó, take the Fornells road from the roundabout at the end of Maó Harbour. After 16 km, turn right to the built-up area of Son Parc and Arenal de Son Saura. Both Es Mercadal and Fornells are around 13 km from Arenal de Son Saura. Follow the road to Maó from where it joins the Es Mercadal-Fornells road and turn left after 4.5 km to Son Parc.
Cala Tirant is 20 km from Maó and 8 km from Es Mercadal. To get there, turn right along the road 2 km before reaching Fornells.
A number of different buses run between the island’s main towns and Arenal d’en Castell, Son Parc and the beaches of Fornells. Check out bus times and frequencies (that vary according to the season).
Accommodation and logistics on Camí de Cavalls
If you want to go through the Camí de Cavalls in stages, either a part or all of it, you have to plan your trek well. There are no accommodation for trekkers on the path, so you will have to make use of the touristic accommodations you will find on the route. That is the reason why making the route outside the tourist season could be somewhat complicated.
It is important to adapt the route plan to your physical condition and your experience as a trekker. In many cases, the ideal choice is to hire a logistic service for you to resolve those shortcomings. This way, you will be able to get the most out of the experience.
Camí de Cavalls 360º is a specialised travel agency that helps you to make the route in stages, in a self-guided manner and with a series of related services (among others, accommodation and logistics). Camí de Cavalls 360º offers you different choices to traverse the Camí de Cavalls with autonomy, always adapting to your needs.
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