Binissafúller – Punta Prima
walking by the Camí de Cavalls
Other than two small sections at its beginning and end, this stage is almost entirely walked on roads and streets of residential areas. It begins a few metres from the beach at Binissafúller, from where a small path takes you to the road that links the various built-up areas that cover this part of the southern Menorcan coast. After passing through the picturesque tourist town of Binibèquer Vell and without leaving the tarmac, you cross the residential areas of Binibèquer Nou, Biniancolla and Son Ganxo. From here, another small path takes you to the residential area of Punta Prima, where the stage finishes at the end of this tourist village’s beach.
Distance: 8.1 km • Difficulty: Easy • Estimated walking time: 2 h 30 min
Take care with the traffic on this stretch since for the most part it runs along quite busy roads, above all in summer, that were not necessarily built with walkers in mind.
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 and its lighthouse remain in sight for most of the walk. Halfway along the walk you reach Cala de Binibèquer, whose white sands and transparent waters are ideal for bathing. The area of Caló Fondo in Binissafúller (known locally as Ses Olles) is an excellent for diving. It is fairly shallow and safe for bathing because in summer it is roped off and boats are not allowed in.
• Binibèquer Vell: Curious small tourist village designed in 1972 by the architect Antoni Sintes Mercadal. It’s worth getting lost in its labyrinth of small narrow backstreets.
• Cala de Binibèquer: The Camí de Cavalls does not cross the beach but runs very close. A great place to stop for a bathe or just for a wander.
• Son Ganxo tower: Old coastal defence tower built between 1785 and 1787 during the Spanish rule of the island. It was restored in 2011 and currently operates as a hostel run by the local government (Institut de la Joventut de Menorca). Information and reservations.
NEARBY SITES OF INTEREST
• Illa de l’Aire: During part of this stage there are views of the Illa de l’Aire and its lighthouse. This island harbours a wealth of species, many of great ecological value such as the Balearic lizard Podarcis lilfordi, which here thrives in its densest Menorcan population.
En route, you will come across a number of different built-up areas with services such as bars, restaurants and small supermarkets, almost all open only during the tourist season.
How to get there
Binissafúller is just over 9 km from Maó and 5 km from Sant Lluís. Take the road from this latter population through s’Ullastrar towards the beaches of the south coast. After about 2 km (after passing the turn-off to Binibèquer) at the prehistoric settlement of Binissafullet, turn left and then right 2 km further on. This road will take you to the beach at Binissafúller and a little further on to the starting point for this stage. Heading south from Sant Lluís you can also head for Punta Prima, ignoring the roads off to Alcalfar and Son Ganxo.
Throughout the whole route there are plenty of places to park. The beach at Binissafúller is 500 m from the start of the stage, but there are a few places to park at the beginning of the stage itself.
During the tourist season number of buses run from Maó and Sant Lluís that stop in Binissafúller, Binibèquer and Punta Prima. 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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