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Cami de Cavalls: The Ultimate Menorca Hiking Guide

Cami de Cavalls: The Ultimate Menorca Hiking Guide

The Cami de Cavalls (written as Camí de Cavalls in Spanish) is a phenomenal multi-day hike in Menorca. Also known as GR 223 and the Menorca Coastal Path, the Cami de Cavalls trail encircles the entire island of Menorca, totalling 185km. Most hikers take between 5–10 days to complete the circuit. But, it’s also possible and even more popular to hike just small sections of the Cami de Cavalls trail. In this guide, we’re going to focus on the eight best day hikes that are found on sections of the Cami de Cavalls.

Before reading this Cami de Cavalls guide, watch our Menorca Walking YouTube production for more hiking motivation and inspiration. Feel free to use the chapter function to check out any hike in particular, or, just watch the introduction for a taste of hiking paradise!

An Overview of the Twenty-Stage Multi-Day Cami de Cavalls

If you’re keen on epic coastal walking in Europe, look no further than the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca. There are actually twenty Cami de Cavalls stages, which make up the 185km route in the Mediterranean. So, let’s look at those twenty stages below.

StageStartFinishTime (approx.)DistanceDifficulty
1MahonEs Grau3.5 hours10.0 km (6.2 miles)Easy
2Es GrauFavaritx3.5 hours8.6 km (5.3 miles)Easy
3FavaritxArenal d’en Castell5 hours13.6 km (8.5 miles)Easy
4Arenal d’en CastellCala Tirant4 hours10.8 km (6.7 miles)Easy
5Cala TirantBinimel-la4 hours9.6 km (6.0 miles)Moderate
6Binimel-laEls Alocs5 hours8.9 km (5.5 miles)Moderate
7Els AlocsAlgaiarens4.5 hours9.7 km (6.0 miles)Moderate
8AlgaiarensCala Morell2.25 hours5.4 km (3.4 miles)Moderate
9Cala MorellPunta Nati3 hours7.0 km (4.3 miles)Easy
10Punta NatiCiutadella4 hours10.5 km (6.5 miles)Easy
11CiutadellaCap d’Artrutx5 hours13.2 km (8.2 miles)Easy
12Cap d’ArtrutxCala en Turqueta5 hours13.3 km (8.3 miles)Easy
13Cala en TurquetaCala Galdana2.5 hours6.4 km (4.0 miles)Easy
14Cala GaldanaSant Tomas4.5 hours10.8 km (6.7 miles)Easy
15Sant TomasSon Bou2.5 hours6.4 km (4.0 miles)Easy
16Son BouCala en Porter3.5 hours8.0 km (5.0 miles)Easy
17Cala en PorterBinisafuller4.5 hours11.8 km (7.3 miles)Easy
18BinisafullerPunta Prima3.5 hours8.1 km (5.0 miles)Easy
19Punta PrimaCala de Sant Esteve2.5 hours7.3 km (4.5 miles)Easy
20Cala de Sant EsteveMahon2.5 hours6.0 km (3.7 miles)Easy

Cami de Cavalls Trail Map

As mentioned, hikers generally take anywhere between five and ten days to complete the Cami de Cavalls trail. For your reference, please check out the Cami de Cavalls map. To access an interactive map, where you can download a Cami de Cavalls GPX file, press on the image below.

A map of the Cami de Cavalls trail in Menorca

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Walking Sections of the Cami de Cavalls as Day Hikes

Our intention isn’t to describe the multi-day Cami de Cavalls trail in detail. Instead, we’re going to cover the best sections of the Cami de Cavalls trail. By doing so, we’ll cover the eight best day hikes in Menorca, showing you the highlights of the Cami de Cavalls trail. Certainly, by following this guide you can enjoy the absolute best of the beautiful Menorcan coastline.

Don’t get us wrong, we seriously considered doing the multi-day Cami de Cavalls route. But, visiting in winter meant we decided not to. Poor weather and reduced services in the off-season were the main reasons we decided against the multi-day option. So, whatever reason you may have for not wanting to do the multi-day walk, this guide will help uncover the highlights of the Cami de Cavalls trail. That way, you can pick and choose the day hikes that suit you best for your hiking trip to Menorca.

FYI – of course, there are plenty of other comprehensive multi-day hiking guides on our website. Our most popular include Xela to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, the W Trek in Chile and the Huayhuash Trek in Peru.

The Best Sections of the Cami de Cavalls

In this guide, we’ll detail the eight best sections of the Cami de Cavalls trail. Personally, Beck and I completed all of these Menorca hiking trails. If you’re particularly interested in one of the hikes on this list and want more details about how to get there, what to expect and to access specific trail maps, just click on the link to that guide. That way, you’ll be able to see the individual article we wrote about that route. FYI – we’ve personally rated the difficulty of each trail in this guide.

For your reference, here’s a map showing the location of the eight best sections of the Cami de Cavalls. To access the interactive map, please click on the image below.

A map of the best hiking trails in Menorca, whoch all take place on the Cami de Cavalls trail

1. Binimel·là to Cala Pilar

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 21.3km
  • Time: 6–8 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 745m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Cala Binimel·là and Cala Pregonda Car Park

The Binimel·là to Cala Pilar coastal walk was our favourite section of the Cami de Cavalls. To that end, it was our favourite hiking trail in Menorca! It takes place on the north coast of Menorca. The coastline that between Binimel·là and Cala Pilar are some of the most outstanding stretches of coast on the Cami de Cavalls. Additionally, the trail connecting these two beautiful spots is the most challenging on the Cami de Cavalls trail. So, you’ll have a challenging, but rewarding experience hiking this trail in Menorca.

Initially, a dirt road will guide you to Cala Binimel·là. You’ll then exit the beach from its western end. Very soon, you’ll see the vivid red rock of the exquisite Binimel·là coastline and the wondrous sea stacks close to the shore. Make sure to catch the sunrise here. Golden hour enhanced the mind-blowing colours of this place!

Afterwards, the first of the steep section awaits you as the Cami de Cavalls trail leads you around and away from Binimel·là. You’ll then pass the serene Cala Barril. Following this, there is an unbelievable section of Martian landscape that will leave you mesmerised!

The Cami de Cavalls trail then continues through differing terrain, undulating and weaving along the coast. In winter, a section of the Cami de Cavalls trail leading to Cala Calderer can flood, and so, you may be bush bashing your way through this part of the hike. Remember, this section is considered the hardest along the Cami de Cavalls trail, so expect to be buggered!

Cala Pilar

Eventually, you’ll arrive at Els Alocs, which is where some hikers choose to finish this out and back trail. However, not far away is the stunning Cala Pilar, so make sure to walk that bit further to reach this stunning location. Particularly, the orange-rock platform overlooking the beach is a magnificent spot to take in the views. Feel free to explore the beach, or simply retrace your steps to complete this awesome hiking trail in Menorca.

Read more: Binimel·là to Cala Pilar – The Ultimate Hiking Guide

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2. Cala Mitjana to Cala Turqeta

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 16.1km
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 400m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Cala Mitjana Car Park

The Cala Mitjana to Cala Turqeta trail is easily one of the best hiking trails on the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca. Expect spectacular beaches and bays during this hike, which takes place on the south coast of Menorca.

A dirt road weaving through the forest will initially guide you to Cala Mitjana. After walking on the sand, you’ll then continue west along the coast. Once you’ve checked out a viewpoint of Cala Galdana, take the steps down to this beach.

The Cami de Cavalls trail then continues parallel to, but away from the coast, undulating over varied terrain. There are many side trail options leading to coastal viewpoints. We recommend the side trail that leads to an epic viewpoint of the spectacular Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta.

You’ll then hike down to this beach, walk across it and continue west along the coast. Eventually, you’ll arrive at the pristine and secluded Cala Turqeta. This beach has to be one of the best found along the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca. In winter, you may even get it all to yourself. From here, you’ll then retrace your steps and re-explore the coast in reverse to finish the hike.

Read more: Cala Mitjana, Galdana and Turqeta – A Spectacular Coastal Walk

Dan and Beck at Cala Turqeta, during one of the best day hiking trails in Menorca

3. Cala n Bosch to Cala Turqeta

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 21.6km
  • Time: 6–7 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 100m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Cala n Bosch Car Park

The walk from Cala n Bosch to Cala Turqeta is an equally impressive hike along the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca. As you’ve noticed, the previous hike we discussed also finished at Cala Turqeta. Such is the beauty of this stretch of coast, two of the best sections of the Cami de Cavalls start roughly 10km either side of Cala Turqeta.

Of course, in peak season and with buses running, we would have simply walked the approx. 20km trail from Cala Mitjana to Cala n Bosch (or vice-versa) via Cala Turqeta. But, because it was off-season, we had to settle for two separate approx. 20km out and back walks, approaching Cala Turqeta from different ends.

Certainly, if you have already hiked from Cala Mitjana to Cala Turqeta, you can simply finish the Cala n Bosch to Cala Turqeta trail earlier at Cala des Talair and return from there. As a result, you’ll avoid visiting Cala Turqeta a second time.

Dan stands in the Cova dels Pardals
Cova dels Pardals

Trail Description

Typically, this hike starts from Cap d’Artrutx, where you’ll take in Faro d’Artrutx – a 19th-century lighthouse. But, to avoid road and town-walking, we recommend starting your hike from Cala n Bosch. That means you’re straight into the beautiful coastline and natural attractions along the Cami de Cavalls.

Although surrounded by hotels and apartments, Cala n Bosch is a gorgeous beach and a cracking start to the Menorca hiking trail. Soon after departing the beach in an easterly direction, the coastline feels more rugged and wild. This helps to enhance the natural ambience of this coastal walk.

After walking the sands of Playa de Son Xoriguer, the trail then continues past the amazing Cova dels Pardals. You’ll then pass by a smaller beach – Platja des Comte, before hiking along a stretch of short but glorious seaside cliffs.

The next worthy natural attraction along this section of the Cami de Cavalls trail is a long beach called Son Saura. A boardwalk guides you over the sand, to protect the nesting turtles in the coastal heathland! You’ll then continue to more incredible beaches – Platja de Bellavista and finally, Cala des Talaier.

Of course, feel free to continue to Cala Turqeta from here. The next stretch of coast has stunning coves and caves. Otherwise, if you’ve already checked out Cala Turqeta, it’s time to head back to the trailhead to complete the Menorca hiking trail.

Read more: Cala n Bosch to Cala Turqeta – The Complete Hiking Guide

An aerial shot of Cala des Talaier

4. Cala Morell to Algaiarens

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 14.5km
  • Time: 3.75 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 270m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Necropolis de Cala Morell (street parking)

Hiking Cala Morell to Algaiarens is a fantastic experience and one of the best sections of the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca. Starting from the historic Necropolis de Cala Morell, the site has 14 burial chambers that were active during the pre-Talaiotic period up to the 2nd century! Afterwards, follow the road down to the majestic Cala Morell. It’s one of the nicest beaches along the Cami de Cavalls, with an epic coastal path that winds up and around the beach.

From the elevation gained, you’ll have sweeping views out to the Balearic Sea. Shortly after, you’ll have a more mundane path for about 1.5km, nestled in between farmland and dense coastal bushland. Thankfully, the trail then leads you to one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Menorca, facing Cala d’Algaiarens.

The trail then hugs the coast, as you wind around the stunning Cala de ses Fontanelles. You’ll then briefly head inland, before arriving at the Playa Algaiarens Car Park. From here, a dirt path connects you to the wonderfully serene and isolated Playa Algaiarens. We also recommend continuing a bit further to check out another secluded cove called Platja Des Bot.

From here, it’s time for the return journey. Once you arrive back at the town of Cala Morell, feel free to choose a more direct route that connects you back to Cala Morell Necropolis.

Read more: Cala Morell to Cala Algaiarens – An Excellent Coastal Walk

Beck hiking along the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca

5. Pont d’en Gil to Punta Nati

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 13.5km
  • Time: 3.25 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 255m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Pont d’en Gil (street parking)

Another awesome day hike, along the Cami de Cavalls, is the trail from Pont d’en Gil to Punta Nati. On its own, Pont d’en Gil is easily one of the best natural attractions on the island. So, even if you didn’t have time for this hike, make sure you still visit this epic natural arch near Ciutadella.

If you choose to hike to Punta Nati, you’ve made a great choice! From Pont d’en Gil, follow the coast in a northerly direction. The trail is fairly flat but subtly uneven underfoot at times. The path winds its way through vacant and barren lands parallel to the coast. Personally, we found it a great trail to speed hike. Long stretches of easily navigatable trail are a speed hiker’s dream!

Eventually, you’ll reach a road leading to the lighthouse at Punta Nati. Honestly speaking, the lighthouse was slightly underwhelming. But, we recommend walking around it to explore the surrounding coastline. That’s because there are some epic hidden caves and coves dotted along the Punta Nati coastline, situated behind the lighthouse. Once you’ve explored this secluded area, it’s time for the return journey back to Pont d’en Gil!

Read more: Pont d’en Gil to Punta Nati – The Ultimate Hiking Guide

Dan and Beck stand atop Pont d'en Gil, an attraction along the Cami de Cavalls trail in Menorca

6. Cova des Coloms

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 7.35km
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 90m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Santo Thomas Car Park

Rivalling Pont de’n Gil as Menorca’s best natural attraction, Cova de Coloms is an incredible cave inland from Sant Tomas. To reach this cave, you’ll initially follow the Cami de Cavalls trail in a westerly direction from Sant Tomas. With Platja Binigaus to your left, you’ll follow a boardwalk, which has a narrow but vivid strip of orange rock, contrasting brilliantly with the white sand of the beach.

Eventually, you’ll depart the Cami de Cavalls trail, turning right to follow a dirt path inland. This trail meanders through the forest, leading you to a set of caves. First, there’s Cova Polida, which is nothing too extraordinary. A short distance walking from here is the second cave and by far, the more spectacular one. Cova des Coloms is a huge cave and is certainly one of the best caves we’ve ever explored!

If possible, try to time this walk, so it’s sunset when you return to the beach from the cave. Even in winter, there were quite a few people watching the delightful sunset from Platja de Binigaus. From here, you’re only a short boardwalk away from completing this Menorca hiking trail.

Read more: Cova des Coloms – The Ultimate Hiking Guide

Cova des Coloms, a natural attraction that isn't found on the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca
Cova des Coloms

7. Es Grau to Faro de Favaritx

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 19.3km
  • Time: 5–6 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 275m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Es Grau Car Park

The hike from Es Grau to Faro de Favaritx is another stunning trail. This Cami de Cavalls day hike is located in Parc Natural de s’Albufera des Grau, which is the only national park that exists in Menorca. In fact, the area was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1993. With the stunning Ilsa de Colom facing opposite Platja Es Grau, the start of your walk will undoubtedly get off to a cracking start!

By following the Cami de Cavalls trail in a northerly direction, you’ll soon ascend away from Es Grau and into the forest. After you’ve passed Cala En Vidrier and Cala Tamarells des Sud, you’ll have a long stretch weaving its way through more forest and farmland. Be mindful, that in winter, the section of trail after Cala en Cavaller can flood. We had to backtrack and walk via an unofficial path by the coast in order to reach Cala Morella Nou. Shortly after, you’ll arrive at the best beach on this trail – Platja d’en Tortuga. With Bassa de Morella set behind the beach, your senses will be overloaded by natural beauty.

You’ll then briefly steer away from the coast. A dirt trail along the Cami de Cavalls will then connect you to the road, which leads to the impressive Cap de Favaritx. The terrain significantly changes in this corner of Menorca with black volcanic rock surrounding the coast. Certainly, the Es Grau to Favaritx Cape trail has many different landscapes to enjoy. From the lighthouse, you’ll then begin the return journey back to Es Grau.

Read more: Es Grau to Faro de Favaritx – The Ultimate Hiking Guide

Es Grau

8. Arenal d’en Castell to Cala Pudent

  • Type: Out & Back
  • Distance: 10.3km
  • Time: 2.5 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 95m
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Trailhead: Arenal d’en Castell Car Park

Hiking Arenal d’en Castell to Cala Pudent is another trail that starts on the Cami de Cavalls trail, but then ventures onto a different path. Even though the Cami de Cavalls is obviously a sensational trail, it’s nice to explore less-walked paths, particularly those revealing secluded and hidden beaches.

The trail begins from the lovely Playa Arenal d’en Castell. You’ll then be walking roadside with towering apartment blocks overshadowing the coast. Thankfully, soon enough, you’ll leave the buildings behind, and be walking an epic stretch of coastline overlooking the Balearic Sea. Once you arrive at Arenal de Son Saura, you’ll leave the Cami de Cavalls, taking a path leading further north.

The well-defined trail is uneven underfoot so take your time. Soon enough, the trail weaves its way to the majestic Cala Pudent. Unfortunately, when we visited, a river stream connected to the beach, left the sand flooded and a bit dirty. But, thankfully, a small and stunning beach, that forms part of Cala Pudent, saved the day. After exploring the hidden beaches of Cala Pudent, it’s then time to return to Arenal d’en Castell to finish this Menorca hiking trail.

Read more: Cala Pudent – Reaching An Epic Beach From Arenal d’en Castell

Beck walks along the Cami de Cavalls trail in Menorca

8 Best Hikes on the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca Recap

Menorca has an irresistible coastline, making it an ideal location for hiking. With the well-known Cami de Cavalls trail well laid out and signposted, it’s easy to navigate and explore the Menorcan coast. By using this guide, you’ll know the best sections to hike along the Cami de Cavalls trail, particularly if you have decided not to do the multi-day hike.

Undoubtedly, this multi-day hike would be an absolute pearler. Even though we have described the best day hikes along the route, experiencing the multi-day Cami de Cavalls would surely be amazing. Indeed, the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca is one of the best multi-day hiking trails in Europe. To that end, for more information on planning and booking your Menorca hiking trip, whether it be doing the entire Cami de Cavalls or just day hikes, read below.

Getting to the Best Hikes in Menorca

To hike in Menorca in the off-season, you have no choice but to hire a car, simply, so you can reach the trailheads. However, even in peak season, the buses run so irregularly, that it’d be highly inconvenient to do hikes along the Cami de Cavalls by relying on buses. Trying to coordinate the buses can be a nightmare to organise too, so even in summer, we recommend hiring a car for your Menorca walking holiday.

We hired an automatic car from Menorca Airport for only £11.50/day!

Car Hire

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Public Transport Options For Hiking Sections of the Cami de Cavalls

For those of you interested in doing these Cami de Cavalls day hikes during the off-season, the main problem is reduced services. During the off-season, many of the bus services that operate to trailheads of these hikes stop running. So, it’s nearly impossible to do one-way hikes. Unless you can car shuffle, organise taxis or tour services, you’ll always need to do an out and back.

Certainly, a benefit of hiking during peak season is that bus services operate to the trailheads of most of the hikes described in this guide. It’s not easy or straightforward, but it’s possible to connect the start and end of your hike with the infrequently running bus services.

So, if you decide to hike in Menorca in the off-season, you’ll essentially be doing twice the amount of walking compared to either doing one-way walks connected by buses or by doing these sections as part of the multi-day Cami de Cavalls. However, given the beauty of the Menorcan coastline, we were never dissatisfied, bored or tiresome on the return legs.

By simply walking in the opposite direction to return to the trailhead, it felt like we were experiencing a new trail. You’ll see the natural coastal wonders from a different perspective and be thrilled again. So, we can vouch for these incredible out and back coastal walks, thereby, recommending hiking in Menorca in winter.

Of course, if you plan on visiting Menorca in summer and are able to complete these trails as one-way hikes, you can definitely still use this guide! For the hiking specs listed for each trail, simply half the distance, time and accumulated elevation gain, to get a better understanding of what you’re getting yourself into!

Cami de Cavalls Trail Navigation and Maps

The Cami de Cavalls is very well signposted, so completing hikes along the route is very straightforward. But, if you’re unfamiliar with the area, it wouldn’t hurt to have GPS-guided directions just in case. We recommend using our Wikiloc or AllTrails maps for GPS-guided directions. You’ll find maps for each of the walks described in this guide, in the individual blog posts we wrote about each hike.

Maps.me is a decent backup option if you’re struggling for directions when completing hiking trails in Menorca. But, you would need to download the map in an area with phone reception before setting off. We found reception to be quite good in Menorca, but it did drop out in some remote areas along the Cami de Cavalls.

Menorca Accommodation

Being a popular holiday destination, Menorca doesn’t have much in the way of budget accommodation. The best-valued accommodation we could find was Apartments California booked with Booking.com. With many reviews and a high rating, Apartments California is certainly a well-established holiday apartment in Menorca. We rated it a 9/10.

Stay at Apartaments California

Room at Apartaments California
  • Budget-friendly
  • Spacious apartments
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Because Menorca is a relatively small island, you can really stay anywhere on the island to complete the best day hikes along the Cami de Cavalls. For instance, we stayed near Ciutadella, and the drive to the other side of the island to Mahon (to do the Es Grau to Faro de Favaritx Walk) took less than an hour.

Accommodation and Camping Along the Cami de Cavalls

When it comes to Cami de Cavalls accommodation, it’s worth noting that camping options along the route are very limited. Wild camping in Menorca is illegal, so you can’t just set up a tent along the route. Additionally, on many parts of the Cami de Cavalls trail, you won’t find accommodation close by. The lack of accommodation and camping options along the Cami de Cavalls is certainly annoying for multi-day hikers.

If you’re doing the entire Cami de Cavalls multi-day trail, then you’ll have to plan your itinerary so you can find suitable accommodation near the trail. In the off-season, availability shouldn’t be much of an issue, but prices do soar in summer.

Weather: The Best Time For Hiking the Cami de Cavalls

Given the warm and pleasant climate of the Balearic Islands, it’s possible to hike the Cami de Cavalls any time of year. But, here are some considerations for different seasons of the year.

  • Summer – June to August: indeed, you’ll have gloriously long days and clear skies. But, with daytime temperature averages between 26°C to 30°C, hiking the Cami de Cavalls in the height of summer may be too hot for some. Additionally, prices for accommodation rocket in the summer.
  • Spring or Autumn (March to May or September to November): milder temperatures and a lower chance of rain certainly makes hiking the Cami de Cavalls in the shoulder seasons a great option. Although, temperatures in September are still quite high. Additionally, Mallorca can experience relatively high rainfall in November and March. With that said, March, April and October could perhaps be the best months for hiking the Cami de Cavalls.
  • Winter (December to February): to be expected, not many people hike the Cami de Cavalls in winter given the higher chance of rainfall and lower daytime temperature average (14–15°C). There’s also reduced service on the island.

Personally, Beck and I visited Menorca in late November/early December. Although, the weather was quite poor at times, meaning we experienced a couple of washed-out mornings and afternoons. But, by visiting Menorca in the off-season, everything is cheaper and everywhere is quieter. To that end, when we visited in November/December, we found most of the trails were empty. Of course, the trade-offs were the weather and reduced services.

Pont d'en Gil
Pont d’en Gil

What to Pack: Hiking Gear Essentials For Menorca

Osprey Skarab 30
Osprey Skarab 30

The Osprey Skarab 30 is our go-to hiking backpack for day hikes. This well-designed unisex backpack is comfortable and spacious, so you’ll have plenty of space to pack everything without feeling the strain on your upper back.

Osprey Ultralight Raincover
Osprey Ultralight Raincover

A waterproof backpack cover is an absolute must when you’re adventuring outdoors. The Osprey Ultralight Raincover Medium is a high-quality waterproof cover that’ll keep your backpack bone dry.

GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle
GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle

The GRAYL GeoPress is the best water filter bottle that allows you to purify 710mL (12 ounces) of water. This bottle will make water safe to drink wherever you’re hiking.

BUFF Original Ecostretch
BUFF Original Ecostretch

The BUFF Original Ecostretch is a great option when it comes to multifunctional headwear. We use the Ecostretch as a neck gaiter to keep the sun off our necks and it helps us keep warm in cooler climates.

Sony Cybershot RX100 VII
Sony Cybershot RX100 VII

Capture epic photos and videos with the Sony Cybershot RX100 VII. This is hands-down the best compact camera. We love using this simple point-and-shoot camera when we’re hiking as it’s lightweight and durable.

To find out more about all of the gear that we use and recommend, read our guides about our favourite hiking gear, travel gear and camera gear. Otherwise, read our comprehensive travel packing checklist.

Packing List For Cami de Cavalls

If you are planning on doing the Cami de Cavalls multi-day hike, here’s a packing essentials list.

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Quick dry T-Shirts
  • Waterproof trousers, or water-resistance trousers and packable waterproof over-trousers
  • Warm clothes in winter: down jacket, long-sleeve top, thermal top, beanie (hat), gloves
  • Hat (cap)
  • Neck gaiter (the Cami de Cavalls can be a fairly dusty track)
  • Spare pair of underwear and quick-dry hiking socks: c’mon guys, hygiene!
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/biodegradable toothpaste
  • Baby wipes/toilet paper
  • Ear plugs
  • Any necessary medications
  • Phone (alarm clock/watch)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Tent
  • Stove and cooking set
  • Bag for rubbish to take back down with you

Facilities Along the Cami de Cavalls

The Cami de Cavalls has very little in the way of facilities and amenities on the trail itself. Expect for when you pass through a town or city, there aren’t any shops or clean drinking water along the route. So, make sure you’re prepared and have plenty of water and food on you when hiking in Menorca. After all, it gets very hot in summer!

Be a Responsible Hiker in Menorca

By respecting the Cami de Cavalls trail and using common sense, we can all be responsible travellers and hikers in Menorca.

  • Leave no trace: don’t leave any rubbish on the trail, take it back with you.
  • Make sure to close gates: this is particularly important as you’ll be walking through farmland in some sections.
  • Be honest about your ability: know your limits. By doing so, you won’t put yourself and others at risk. Be particularly careful when choosing the length of a hike on a hot day!
  • Manners: whether it’s a local or a fellow traveller, a simple ‘hola’ always goes a long way!

Getting to Menorca

Being an island, it probably goes without saying that you’ll need to fly to Menorca if you’re travelling from abroad! Although, it’s possible to catch a ferry to Menorca from the other Balearic Islands or some cities in Spain like Barcelona.

Booking Flights

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FAQs About the Cami de Cavalls and Hiking in Menorca

Below, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about the Cami de Cavalls and hiking trails in Menorca.

Is Menorca Good For Walking?

Yes, Menorca is great for coastal walking.

How Long Is the Cami de Cavalls?

The Cami de Cavalls walking route distance is 185km. Although, when considering extra walking that’ll be required for getting to and from the accommodation, the multi-day hike is often longer than 185km, particularly if you’re doing it over more days.

How Long Does it Take to Walk the Cami de Cavalls?

Walking the Cami de Cavalls multi-day trail usually takes between 5–10 days.

How Similar Are the Different Sections of the Cami de Cavalls?

Each section of the Cami de Cavalls is unique. In particular, there’s a considerable difference in the landscape and geological landforms when comparing the north and south coasts of Menorca.

What Are the Origins of the Cami de Cavalls?

The Cami de Cavalls trail dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Originally, the trail was used practically to connect different areas of the coast. Often, people would travel on the trail by horse.

Bonus Tips and Resources

  • Explore more of Menorca: don’t just hike in Menorca, check out towns and beaches such as Binibeca, Punta Prima and Cala Tirent: Binibeca is a beautiful white-washed town, which isn’t far from Es Grau. Punta Prima is also a gorgeous coastal town worth exploring. Cala Tirent is a lovely beach on the north coast of Menorca.
  • Cami de Cavalls 360°: they’re a reliable company that plans Cami de Cavalls walking holidays and other walking holidays in Menorca. Choosing a company to take care of the logistics such as booking accommodation or transferring luggage will save you time and energy. By the way, they can also organise a Cami de Cavalls cycling tour, but they don’t offer horse riding activities.
  • Why not do the Cami de Cavalls race? There are many Cami de Cavalls ultramarathon distance events (27km, 44km, 58km, 85km and 100km) to choose from during the Trail Menorca Camí de Cavalls weekend event. This event is usually held annually in May.
  • Read a Cami de Cavalls guidebook to be prepared: The Camí de Cavalls, Menorca: GR 223 – The tour of Menorca in 10 days is one of the best guide books about the Cami de Cavalls.
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Daniel Piggott

Physiotherapist turned travel blogger, Dan is a keen hiker, natural wonder seeker and world traveller. He loves writing travel guides to help his readers explore the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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