A tour around Cami de Cavalls
Friendly, unassuming Menorca is the quietest of the main Balearic Islands and a popular seaside destination for families. However, many visitors to this Mediterranean outpost come for the spectacular scenery: at once a mixture of jagged cliffs, blossom-scattered ravines and secluded coves. By far the best way to see a cross-section of Menorca’s diverse habitats is to take on the ancient heritage trail known as the Cami de Cavalls.
Translated as the ‘Way of the Horses’, this 400-year-old unpaved path circles the island and was once used to protect Menorca from outside attacks. In the last 10 years, the Cami de Cavalls has been re-opened as a public trail for horse-riders, cyclists and walkers alike to enjoy.
Getting around the Cami de Cavalls
At 186 kilometres long, you could walk the entire route of the Cami de Cavalls on foot, although this would take about a week! Since the route weaves through and close to many of the main hubs like capital Mahon, as well as seaside resorts such as Cala N’ Bosch, visitors can choose to do as much or as little as they like. There are regular buses to different points along the track, which is split up into roughly 20 sections, with signposts making it easy to navigate even if you’re not doing the whole circuit.
Hiking highlights of the trail
For those who choose to walk the Cami de Cavalls, the entire topography of Menorca is at your disposal. Clamber up the stony paths of the north coast, spotting sea turtles beneath the waves or discover the hidden beaches of the South like Macarella, untouched by road-users and as idyllic as a deserted Greek islet. Moving inland, sheltered ravines Trebaluger and Albranca towards the resort of Son Bou reveal vivid blooms of cornflowers and orchids, and you can catch a glimpse of rare animals such as various native lizards or the majestic Peregine Falcon.
Cycling the Cami de Cavalls
If you’re up for a challenge, consider hiring a bike to conquer the varied terrain of Menorca. Most cyclists stick to the southern coast, where the flatter trails around easterly resorts like Punta Prima and Son Bou have a gently rolling backdrop of white-washed villages and sand-flats. It’s possible to complete the circuit in four days, but with the boulders and rock-laden tracks of the western side easily accessible from Ciutadella and Cala N’ Bosch, you can take a more leisurely approach and pick and choose your day rides.
Tackling the path on horseback
Historically a bridal path, for some visitors, the only way to experience the Cami de Cavalls is on horseback. Riders usually choose to come in the spring or autumn, as there are restrictions on the path in the summer. However, the section which remains open – from Binnemela to Pregonda beach in the north – is arguably one of the most stunning, where you can witness the sunlight flitting through pine forests and the joy of galloping along the smooth, creamy shore. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned rider, local companies organise everything from a 6-hour stint in the saddle to a a few days trekking around the island.
When to go
Menorca’s climate is pleasant all year-round, so tackling the Cami de Cavalls is no problem, come winter or summer. That said, there’s a higher chance of rain around February time, and conversely, July and August can be very dry and hot. Ideal times to go are May-June and September-October, when temperatures hover around a comfortable 20-25°C. This is also when you’re likely to witness the most colourful displays of flora on and around the path, so it’s well worth timing it right!
If you’ve been tempted by the scenic Cami de Cavalls, take a look at our current package holidays to Menorca and start planning your route around the island!