This is the longest and hardest of all the stages of the Camí de Cavalls and, unsurprisingly, also one of the most spectacular. It begins on the beach of Binimel·là, from where a path will take you in 30 minutes to the attractive and well-known Cala Pregonda. Here, the path continues behind the beach and after passing through a shady wood arrives at Cala Barril in a further 30 minutes. From here on the path starts to climb and after an hour of up and downs you reach Cala en Calderer. It’s worth stopping at this beach to rest and have a dip before tackling the steep section of path that crosses the cliffs of Binidelfà, which will take you 1h 30 min. After this stiff stretch, you reach the end of the stage at the beach of Els Alocs.
Distance: 8,9 km • Difficulty: high • Estimated walking time: 4 h
Be sure to shut all gates after you since they are used to control the cattle • This is a long stage, with steep sections and almost no shade. Water and sun cream are essential.
This stage of the Camí de Cavalls passes along one of the most rugged parts of the whole coastline of Menorca. It follows a wholly unspoilt coastline with uphill and downhill sections that add to the attractiveness of the landscape and give unrivalled views of this stretch of singular beauty. Also of note are the important communities of socarell plants, a number of which are endemic. The path crosses unspoilt beaches such as those of Binimel·là, Cala Pregonda, Cala Barril, Cala en Calderer and Els Alocs, some of sand, some of pebbles, but all harbouring wetlands of varying sizes in their rears. Cala Pegonda, the most famous of all these beaches, boasts pale-coloured volcanic outcrops that protect the beach. Up above the cliffs of Binidelfà, one of the best viewpoints over the island’s northern coast, you reach the highest point of the Camí de Cavalls on the last stretch of this stage.
• Cala Pregonda: Unspoilt beach of golden sand in an unbeatable setting. Very popular during the tourist season.
• Cala en Calderer: Small, unspoilt beach with coarse red sand lying between tall cliffs.
• Platja de Binimel·là: A restaurant is the only facility on this beach.
• Els Alocs: Unspoilt beach with no facilities.
How to get there
To reach the beaches Binimel·là from Es Mercadal, take the road to the northern beaches as far as the Camí de Tramuntana. Turn left along this road and after 1 km you will come to Carretera de Cavalleria on your right. If you continue straight on along the Camí de Tramuntana for 2 km more, you will reach the track to the beach at Binimel·là. Just 2 km further on you come to a broad track that will take you to the beach of Binimel·là.
Els Alocs is 23 km from Ciutadella and 10 km from Ferreries. Take the Camí dels Alocs that heads north from between kilometre-points 31 and 32 on the main Maó-Ciutadella road. In all, 7 km of made-up road and 2.5 km of track will take you to Els Alocs.
The last stretch of the track to Els Alocs is poor and unsuitable for normal cars (but just possible with care in a van with good ground clearance).
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.
Also, you have to bear in mind that there are sections where you will not find any kind of accommodation for kilometres around. That is the case of the 33,5 km section between Cala Tirant and Cala Morell. 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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