The stage begins in the upper-most part of the residential area of Cala Galdana (eastern end). After a few minutes walking, the path takes you to Cala Mitjaneta and then to Cala Mitjana, one of the most popular unspoilt beaches on Menorca’s southern coast and blessed with an excellent shady picnic spot under its pines. From here, the route enters the woods and remains there until the end of the stage. After various ups and downs, the path drops down to the gully of Barranc de Trebalúger and the gully of Albranca, which you cross on a wooden footbridge. Still in the woods and after climbing out of and then back down, you reach the bottom of Barranc de Binigaus. Keep right and head for the beach; follow the coastline with the sea on one side and fields on the other and you will soon reach Sant Tomàs.
Distance: 10.8 km • Difficulty: Average • Estimated walking time: 4 h
Be sure to shut all gates after you since they are used to control the cattle.
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 woodland of different thickness, where in spring the songs of the nightingale, chaffinch and other woodland birds are ever present. The forest of Aleppo pines only changes to wild olives and holm oaks in the most sheltered part of the stage in the lower parts of the three gullies you cross en route. Trebalúger, Albranca and Binigaus are all good examples of the typical gullies that run down off the limestone plateau of central Menorca to the southern coast. At both ends of the walk you cross two unforgettable unspoilt beaches: Cala Mitjana and the beach at Binigaus. The latter marks the end of the main area of cliffs and gullies that characterizes the western section of the island’s southern coastline and the beginning of the flatter and smoother central sector of coast.
• Cala Mitjana: One of the best-loved and most visited of white-sand and turquoise-waters beaches on the southern coast of Menorca. Good access by car to the beach and picnic site.
• Cala Mitjana quarry: Between Cala Mitjana and Cala Mitjaneta there is an abandoned limestone quarry from where stone was extracted for building.
NEARBY SITES OF INTEREST
• Cova des Coloms: If you make a detour from the Camí de Cavalls and follow the path up Barranc de Binigaus, you will come to a cave, Cova dels Coloms, known as the ‘Cathedral’ due to its size.
• Cala Trebalúger: From Cala Mitjana, a 30-minute detour from the Camí de Cavalls along a path following the coast will take you to Trebalúger, a beach formed at the mouth of this gully with an interesting wetland hidden behind it.
• Cala Galdana and Sant Tomàs: Residential and tourist areas with all types of facilities, above all during the high season.
How to get there
Both ends of the stage are accessible by car (Cala Galdana and Sant Tomàs) and there is plenty of space for parking.
Cala Galdana is 8 km south of Ferreries. At the roundabout just before the road begins to drop down to the beach, turn left towards an excellent viewpoint, Mirador de sa Punta. Following the directions to Cala Mitjana, turn left along Carrer del Camí de Cavalls to find the start of this stage.
Sant Tomàs is 2 km from Migjorn Gran, a town that can be reached along different routes from Ferreries (10 km), Es Mercadal (11 km) and Alaior (15.5 km) depending on your starting point.
During the high season, a bus runs to Cala Galdana from Maó, Ciutadella, Alaior, Es Mercadal and Ferreries. Sant Tomàs can be reached by bus from Maó, Ciutadella, Alaior, Es Mercadal, Ferreries and Es Migjorn Gran. 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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