Cala en Turqueta – Cala Macarella – Cala Galdana by the Camí de Cavalls
This stage of the Camí de Cavalls begins at the back of the beach at Cala en Turqueta, from where the path climbs rapidly into the woods and out of the small valley that forms this cove. After about an hour and just after passing the path off right to Macarelleta, you reach Cala Macarella. Cross the beach and by the beach’s only restaurant you will find some steps that take you up to the highest point overlooking this cove. Here you will find the path that will take you in 45 minutes to Cala Galdana. Once at this large cove, the marked path points you to the far side of the beach along the main street of the residential area; however, it is much more pleasant to cross the wooden foot-bridge you see when you arrive at and walk along the beach as far as the first-aid post. From there, climb the steps that take you through the residential area and a holm-oak wood until you reach Avinguda de sa Punta. Turn right and follow the waymarking for Cala Mitjana by taking Carrer del Camí de Cavalls (second on the left), which will take you to the end of the stage.
Distance: 6.4 km • Difficulty: Easy • Estimated walking time: 2 h 30 min
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 – and also busiest – beaches on the south coast of Menorca. Most of the route passes through forest of varying thickness where you will be accompanied in spring by the song of the nightingale, great tit or, with a bit of luck, the well-known call of the cuckoo. These woodlands are dominated by pines, wild olive and holm oak wherever the gullies provide more shelter; on the other hand, on the highest part of the walk between the gullies the vegetation adapts to the drier conditions and consists of rosemary, rock-roses and winter heath.
• Cala Macarelleta: Small but popular unspoilt beach of white sand and turquoise waters. Just before reaching Macarella, a path off to the right drops down to this beach. On the left-hand side of the beach, there is a path cut into the cliffs that can take you to Macarella as an alternative way of continuing the stage.
Help the dunes regenerate by not walking on them.
• Vantage points: On the way between Cala Macarella and Cala Galdana you will find off to your right four marked paths that will each take you to an excellent view point. The first provides excellent views of Cala Macarella, while the other three offer views of the limestone cliffs of the southern coast of Menorca and, on clear days, of the neighbouring island of Mallorca.
• Cala en Turqueta: No facilities.
• Cala Macarella: One restaurant.
• Cala Galdana: Residential and commercial centre with all types of facilities and services, above all in the tourist season.
How to get there
Both ends of the stage are accessible by car (Cala en Turqueta i Cala Galdana) and have plenty of space for parking. If you want to have a shorter walk, drive to Cala Macarella. In the summer, information boards on the roads from Ciutadella to the south coast beaches will tell you which car-parks still have space.
Cala en Turqueta is 14 km from Ciutadella. From the southern ring-road, take the road Camí de Sant Joan de Missa that heads towards the southern beaches. Ignore the turn-off to Son Saura and at the little church of Sant Joan de Missa, turn right towards Cala en Turqueta. Four kilometres further on, turn right again along a dirt track that leads to the beach car-park. The beach lies just 10 m beyond the car-park through the thick holm-oak wood.
Cala Galdana is 8 km south of Ferreries. To reach the end of the stage, turn left at the roundabout just before starting the descent to the beach and head for Mirador de sa Punta. Following the instructions for Cala Mitjana, turn left again along Carrer del Camí de Cavalls, where you will find the end of the stage. If you want to walk the stage in the opposite direction and so avoid Cala Galdana, drive to the far end of the beach where the wooden bridge crosses the final stretch of the stream that runs through the cove’s main gully.
In the high season a bus runs to Cala en Turqueta. Check out bus times and frequencies (that vary according to the season). Another bus runs to Cala Galdana from Maó, Ciutadella, Alaior, Es Mercadal and Ferreries. There are also buses to Sant Tomàs from Maó, Ciutadella, Alaior, Es Mercadal, Ferreries and Es Migjorn Gran. More information about public transport of Menorca.
You can also go by bus to Cala Macarella with a shuttle bus from Ciutadella. More information.
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.
See all stages of the Camí de Cavalls
All stages of the Camí de Cavalls
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.
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The Menorcan interactive map with the 20 stages of the Camí the Cavalls (GR 223) and much more...