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!
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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.
|1||Mahon||Es Grau||3.5 hours||10.0 km (6.2 miles)||Easy|
|2||Es Grau||Favaritx||3.5 hours||8.6 km (5.3 miles)||Easy|
|3||Favaritx||Arenal d’en Castell||5 hours||13.6 km (8.5 miles)||Easy|
|4||Arenal d’en Castell||Cala Tirant||4 hours||10.8 km (6.7 miles)||Easy|
|5||Cala Tirant||Binimel-la||4 hours||9.6 km (6.0 miles)||Moderate|
|6||Binimel-la||Els Alocs||5 hours||8.9 km (5.5 miles)||Moderate|
|7||Els Alocs||Algaiarens||4.5 hours||9.7 km (6.0 miles)||Moderate|
|8||Algaiarens||Cala Morell||2.25 hours||5.4 km (3.4 miles)||Moderate|
|9||Cala Morell||Punta Nati||3 hours||7.0 km (4.3 miles)||Easy|
|10||Punta Nati||Ciutadella||4 hours||10.5 km (6.5 miles)||Easy|
|11||Ciutadella||Cap d’Artrutx||5 hours||13.2 km (8.2 miles)||Easy|
|12||Cap d’Artrutx||Cala en Turqueta||5 hours||13.3 km (8.3 miles)||Easy|
|13||Cala en Turqueta||Cala Galdana||2.5 hours||6.4 km (4.0 miles)||Easy|
|14||Cala Galdana||Sant Tomas||4.5 hours||10.8 km (6.7 miles)||Easy|
|15||Sant Tomas||Son Bou||2.5 hours||6.4 km (4.0 miles)||Easy|
|16||Son Bou||Cala en Porter||3.5 hours||8.0 km (5.0 miles)||Easy|
|17||Cala en Porter||Binisafuller||4.5 hours||11.8 km (7.3 miles)||Easy|
|18||Binisafuller||Punta Prima||3.5 hours||8.1 km (5.0 miles)||Easy|
|19||Punta Prima||Cala de Sant Esteve||2.5 hours||7.3 km (4.5 miles)||Easy|
|20||Cala de Sant Esteve||Mahon||2.5 hours||6.0 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What’s speed hiking? Speed hiking is what it says on the tin – hiking at speed! We love speed hiking to help us cover more ground, so we can experience as many trails as possible on any given day. Find out more about speed hiking here.
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!
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
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.
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.
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 using Rentalcars.com from Menorca Airport for only £11.50/day (in 2021)! Finding and booking a car with Rentalcars.com was straightforward and stress-free. They offer an unbeatable free cancellation policy too.
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.
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 for around £205 for six nights (2021 prices). With many reviews and a high rating, Apartments California is certainly a well-established holiday apartment in Menorca. You can read my honest review below and find out why I rated it a 9/10.
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.
What to Pack: Hiking Gear Essentials For Menorca
For a comprehensive hiking gear list, check out our 66 Travel Accessories That You Must Travel With. Otherwise, for a general summary of everything you’d need for a trip, visit our Ultimate 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.
- 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!
- Trekking poles
- Toothbrush/biodegradable toothpaste
- Baby wipes/toilet paper
- Ear plugs
- Any necessary medications
- Phone (alarm clock/watch)
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat
- 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. When booking flights, you should use Skyscanner to search for the cheapest flights. When flying abroad, we always get the ball rolling with a Skyscanner search. Although, with the pandemic, booking directly with the airlines is a far safer option.
Having found dirt-cheap return flights from Manchester to Mallorca, we couldn’t find similar cheap return flights from the UK to Menorca. Having hiked for a week in Mallorca first, we decided to travel from there to Menorca. Surprisingly, in late November 2021, catching a ferry (3–4 hours) from Mallorca to Menorca was pricier than flights. Given the convenience and efficiency, we decided to take the short 45-minute flight from Mallorca to Menorca. Because we’d fly home to Manchester from Mallorca, we booked return flights from Mallorca to Menorca for around £46 each.
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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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