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Cami de Cavalls – 13-Day Hiking Holiday in Menorca North and South

The Camí de Cavalls in Menorca is a stunning hiking trail that spans the entire coastline. This ancient path, totaling 185 km in length, is divided into 20 stages, allowing you to explore both the north and south coasts of Menorca during your 13-day hiking holiday. Enjoy everything the beautiful island of Menorca has to offer on this Camí de Cavalls North and South adventure. With excellent signposting along the entire route, you can hike worry-free, leaving you more time to revel in the breathtaking landscapes, savor the finest gastronomy, immerse yourself in the laid-back culture, and explore the fascinating history of Menorca. In summary, Camí de Cavalls has everything for your ideal holiday in Menorca.

 

Camí De Cavalls Menorca North And South

Camí de Cavalls North and South

Menorca is an island belonging to the Balearic Islands, an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, along with Ibiza and Mallorca. It is a popular vacation destination known for its sunny beaches, but it also offers fantastic opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. The Camí de Cavalls is an ancient trail, approximately 185 kilometers long, that runs along the entire coastline of this Spanish island. In the past, this path was used by King Jaume II and his knights to patrol the island on horseback, ensuring its safety. “Camí de Cavalls” translates to “Path of the Horses” in Spanish, referring to its historical significance.

Today, hikers and cyclists can enjoy this restored path that hugs the coastline of Menorca. The Camí de Cavalls consists of 20 stages, each spanning between 15 and 20 kilometers. During this 13-day hiking holiday in Menorca, you get to experience the best of both worlds – Camí de Cavalls North with its pure, rugged, and varied landscape. Since 1993, Menorca has been a biosphere reserve, and the northern part boasts various impressive landmarks.

You’ll cross the S’Albugera des Grau Natural Park, catch sight of the lighthouses at Favàritx, Cavalleria, and Punta Nati, and be mesmerized by the paradisiacal beaches. The diverse and captivating flora and fauna add to the allure of this region.

On Camí de Cavalls South, you’ll encounter picturesque fishing villages, the most beautiful secluded beaches, and an ultimate sense of tranquility. The stunning port city of Ciutadella is worth a visit, offering the chance to wander through its narrow streets and experience the local culture. The stages will take you across low cliffs, through pine forests, and along well-maintained paths, leading you to lighthouses like Cap d’Artrutx and providing stunning views of the turquoise sea. You can cool off by taking a dip in one of those inviting beaches.

In the evenings, you can unwind with a meal and a drink while enjoying the golden sunsets over the sea. For those who love climbing and have no fear of heights, Cala en Porter is the perfect spot to witness this magical spectacle. Your hiking holiday concludes in the port of Maó, Menorca’s capital. Here, you can indulge in well-deserved gastronomy and immerse yourself in Menorca’s atmosphere and culture. You might even consider spending an extra night to savor the last moments before your journey comes to an end.

Day-to-day itinerary on the Camí de Cavalls North and South

Day 1: Arrival in Menorca

Your Camí de Cavalls journey begins in Maó, the capital of Menorca. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your first accommodation. Maó boasts a natural harbor that stretches 6 km, making it one of the largest in the world. With its history of being recaptured by the British in 1708, you can still observe noticeable influences in its architecture. Take a leisurely stroll through the streets, visit the Santa Maria church, explore the fresh fish at Mercat del Peix, and descend to the harbor for a delightful dinner.

These are just a few ideas to start your first day on Menorca and the Camí de Cavalls North. Would you like an additional night’s stay to begin your hiking holiday fully rested? Or do you prefer a tranquil acclimatization and complete relaxation at an agriturismo just outside Maó? At WAW.travel, we tailor the journey entirely to your preferences!

Cami De Cavalls Noord En Zuid Kustroute Menorca

Day 2: Stage from Maó – Cap Favàritx 18,4 km

Today, your Camí de Cavalls North and South hiking holiday begins. The stage starts at the port of Maó, and you set off towards Sa Mesquida. There, you’ll encounter the 18th-century British defense tower. The tramuntana, a northern wind, leaves its mark on the coastal vegetation, shaping the socarrells, the island’s shrubs, into various forms. Further along the hiking route, you’ll reach Binillautí.

Menorca was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1993. This first stage takes you through the heart of the reserve: the S’Albufera des Grau Nature Park. Thanks to the area’s biodiversity, you’ll enjoy various landscapes. If you’re interested in geology, take a moment to watch this video.

Along the way, you’ll pass by the coves of Sa Torreta and Morella. The Favàritx lighthouse guides you to the endpoint of this unforgettable first day.

Day 3: Stage from Cap Favàritx – Ses Salines 22,5 km

You begin the 2nd stage of the Menorca Cami de Cavalls North and South at the Favàritx lighthouse. The route continues through Menorca’s agricultural landscape. The Cami de Cavalls approaches the coast near the Pou d’en Caldés beach, a place where you can find many unique plants. Continuing inland, you’ll reach Port d’Addaia and the Mongofra salt flats, where you can spot numerous different bird species.

After a 3.5 km stretch on asphalt, you’ll then reach the village of Arenal d’en Castell. Following the coastline, you’ll cross Son Parc and arrive at Son Saura beach. Before reaching today’s final destination, Ses Salines, you’ll pass by the beautiful s’Albufera des Comte.

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Day 4: Stage from Ses Salines – Camí des Alocs 20,1 km

Today, as you leave Ses Salines, you will walk approximately 5 km along a paved road until you reach Cala Tirant. Close to today’s hiking route lies the fishing village of Fornells, where you can visit the Fornells Tower, built by the British to protect the harbor from invaders.

Today’s stage takes you through one of the best-preserved parts of Menorca’s coastline, featuring nature reserves with abundant biodiversity. The Cavalleria lighthouse is situated at the northernmost point of the island, perched on the impressive cliffs of Cape Cavalleria. It was opened in 1857 and was the first lighthouse built on Menorca’s northern coast.

Continuing on your Camí de Cavalls North and South journey, you’ll pass by the beaches of Cavalleria and Ferragut. These beaches boast rugged landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and reddish sand. While hiking on Menorca, you can also visit the archaeological site of the Roman city of Sanisera.

The route takes you further to Cala Pregonda, where you’ll find volcanic rocks and unspoiled beaches, such as Cala Barril, Cala en Calderer, and Binimel.là. Pregonda is home to the North Menorca Marine Reserve, an area set aside to preserve the most representative ecosystems. From this section, you’ll have a view of the remains of Santa Águeda Castle, situated at an elevation of 264 meters.

 

Today’s hiking route starts from Els Alocs Beach, covered with pebbles. From there, you’ll walk through the sandy areas of Cala Pilar to Alfuri, an area with rich plant growth. The water, so blue, contrasts with the reddish color of the rocks and the yellowish hue of the sand. In Pla de Mar, the path leads inland to Vall, a dune landscape. Next, you’ll reach Cala Algaiarens and Cala Morell. On the cliffs, you can find an important necropolis from the Talayotic period (1500-300 BC), consisting of rock-cut caves.

Cami De Cavalls Arenal Son Saura Waw Travel Pic By Alejandro Munoz Cabrisas Own Work Cc By Sa 4.0 Httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phpcurid69197059

Day 6: Stage from Cala Morell – Ciutadella 17,5 km

Menorca is renowned as the island of the wind, and during today’s stage, you will likely experience it firsthand. In the area of Punta Nati, the historic lighthouse leaves a lasting impression, surrounded by vast fields with scattered stones. At Cap de Bajolí, take notice of the coastal vegetation that thrives amidst rocky areas. You will arrive at Cala des Corbetar, from where you can admire Pont d’en Gil, a natural rock bridge sculpted by erosion.

From this point to the port of Ciutadella, Camí de Cavalls follows a 5 km stretch of paved roads along the coastline. Upon arrival, it’s time to savor the charms of Ciutadella, where you might even consider spending an extra night.

Day 7: Stage from Ciutadella – Cap D’Artrutx 13 km

Today, you continue with the Camí de Cavalls North and South. This stage takes you from Ciutadella to the Cap D’Artrutx lighthouse, covering a distance of 13.2 km. You’ll walk along low cliffs that overlook the turquoise blue sea and pass by the beautiful beaches of Santandría, Cala Blanca, Cala en Bastó, and the Marina de Son Olivar. Your overnight stay will be in Cala en Bosch, where you can enjoy a delightful meal while witnessing the stunning sunset over Menorca.

Day 8: Stage from Cap D’Artrutx – Cala Gandana 19,6 km

You leave Cap D’Artrutx behind and embark on the next stage along the south coast of Camí de Cavalls, taking you past some of the most beautiful beaches of Menorca. The stage ends at the famous Cala Galdana beach, covering a distance of 19.6 km. You’ll walk along well-maintained paths amidst pine forests, with the inviting Mediterranean Sea on your right, tempting you to take a swim.

You have the option to choose from the coves of Son Saura, Es Talaier, Turqueta, or the gems of Cala Macarella and Macarelleta. The forest provides shelter from the sun, but remember to stay hydrated during your journey. For a refreshing drink, you can visit the beach bar at Cala Macarella or the one at Cala Galdana at the end of your stage.

Cami De Cavalls Noord En Zuid Cala Tirant

Day 9 Stage from Cala Gandana – Sant Tomás 10,4 km

Today, stage 9 takes you from Cala Galdana to Sant Tomás, covering a distance of 10.4 km. The Camí de Cavalls briefly moves away from the coast for a few kilometers as you head inland to some of the island’s significant ravines, Trebalúger and Sa Cova. Alternatively, you can choose to continue along the coastal path, passing by the beaches of Trebalúger and Fustam y Escorxada. Before arriving in Sant Tomás, you’ll pass by the beach of Binigaus, a paradise on Menorca. It’s a wonderful spot to take a refreshing swim at the end of your stage. You’ll spend the night in Sant Tomás to rest and recover from today’s hike.

Day 10 Stage from Sant Tomás – Cala en Porter 14,4 km

Stage 10 of the Camí de Cavalls North and South starts in Sant Tomás and ends in Cala en Porter, covering a distance of 14.4 km. This stage offers a tranquil walk as you stroll along the beautiful coastline, passing through the cliff area of Atalis, until you reach the stunning sands and dunes of Son Bou. There, you can indulge in a delicious paella! After passing by the hotels of Son Bou, you’ll ascend to a vantage point where you can admire the beach of Llucalari from above, a unique spot on the Camí de Cavalls.

The trail then descends again towards Cala en Porter. You’ll spend the night in the beautiful Cala en Porter, where we’ve been told there is a very special place to watch the sunset. Are you ready to climb the slope and experience it for yourself?

Day 11 Stage from Cala en Porter – Binibequer 13,8 km

Stage 11 starts in Cala en Porter and ends in Binibéquer, covering a distance of 13.73 km. From Cala en Porter, the Camí de Cavalls leads between fields until you reach the Es Canutells canyon with its Olmos forest. The views and ancient houses represent a part of Menorca‘s history. Tonight, you’ll stay in an agroturismo (farmhouse) in Binibéquer (subject to availability). Here, you’ll indulge in a delicious and well-deserved meal. We’ll pick you up and bring you back the next morning.

Day 12 Stage from Binibequer – Maó 21 km

The last stage of your hiking holiday in Menorca starts in Binibéquer and ends in Maó, the capital of the island. It covers a distance of 20.3 km. Today’s camino takes you through almost virgin terrain, comfortable and without slopes, until you reach the Alacaufar tower. From here, the path leads inland towards Cala San Esteve. You’ll continue along the trail to Es Castell and through the streets of the old town, which will guide you to Maó. Enjoy the bars and gastronomy, but don’t miss the special buildings with remains from different cultures.

In the port of Maó, the southern route of the Camí de Cavalls ends, and the camino along the north coast begins again.

Waw Travels Isla Menorca Cami Cavalls Sur Playa Binibequer Mao Copia

Day 13: Back home

After your overnight stay in Maó and a delightful breakfast, it’s time to pack your bags and head back home… Or do you want to spend one more night on the island? WAW.travel will tailor your trip according to your desires!

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Highlights

  • Embark on a stunning journey along the north and south coasts of Menorca in 11 stages.
  • On the day of your arrival, we will pick you up from Mahón Airport on Menorca and take you to your accommodation.
  • Explore beautiful towns like Mahón and Ciutadella, where you have the option to stay an extra night to immerse yourself in the local culture.
  • Walk approximately 16 km each day to your next destination.
  • Visit the lighthouses of Favaritx, Cavalleria, and Punta Nati.
  • The route will take you along coves and beautiful beaches where you can relax and take a dip.
  • Don't worry about your luggage; we will transport it from hotel to hotel.
  • The weather is pleasant throughout the year, but we recommend avoiding the very hot summer months.

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DAY 1 Arrival in Menorca

DAY 1 Arrival in Menorca

Your journey on the Camí de Cavalls North and South begins in Mahón, the capital of the island Menorca. We will pick you up from the airport and take you to your first accommodation. The city boasts a natural harbor that stretches 6 km long, making it one of the largest in the world. It's a delightful spot to enjoy your first evening dinner, soaking in the culture, strolling through the streets, visiting the Santa Maria church, exploring the fresh fish at Mercat del Peix, or shopping in the numerous shops (remember, we'll handle your luggage transportation from hotel to hotel). We recommend getting an early night's rest, as the next day marks the start of your journey with the first stage of the Camí de Cavalls, from Mahón to Cap Favàritx.

DAY 2 Maó - Cap Favàritx 18,4 km

DAY 2 Maó - Cap Favàritx 18,4 km

Today, you'll embark on the first stage of your hiking holiday, the Camí de Cavalls North and South, on Menorca. The stage starts at the port of Mahón, and you'll head towards Sa Mesquida, where you'll encounter the 18th-century British defense tower. The tramuntana, a north wind, leaves its mark on the coastal vegetation, and you'll notice how the socarrells, the island's shrubs, take on various shapes. Further along the trail, you'll reach Binillautí. Menorca was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1993, and this first stage takes you through the heart of the reserve: the S'Albufera des Grau Natural Park. Due to the area's biodiversity, you'll get to experience different landscapes. After covering 18.4 km, your stage for today concludes at the Cap D'Artrutx lighthouse. You'll spend the night in Cala en Bosch and witness the beautiful sunset of Menorca while enjoying a delightful meal.

DAY 3 Cap Favàritx -Ses Salines 22,5 km

DAY 3 Cap Favàritx -Ses Salines 22,5 km

You'll begin the 2nd stage of the Menorca Cami de Cavalls North and South at the Favàritx lighthouse. The route covers 22.5 kilometers and continues through Menorca's agricultural landscape. The Cami de Cavalls approaches the coast near the beach of Pou d'en Caldés, a place where you can find many unique plants. You'll then head further inland until you reach Port d'Addaia and the Mongofra salt flats, where you can spot numerous different bird species. Before reaching today's final destination, Ses Salines, you'll also pass by the beautiful s'Albufera des Comte.

DAY 4 Ses Salines - Camí des Alocs 20,1 km

DAY 4 Ses Salines - Camí des Alocs 20,1 km

Today's stage takes you through one of the best-preserved sections of Menorca's coastline, featuring natural areas with rich biodiversity. The Cavalleria lighthouse is located at the northernmost point of the island, perched on the impressive cliffs of Cape Cavalleria. It was inaugurated in 1857 and was the first lighthouse built on the north coast of Menorca. As you continue your journey on the Camí de Cavalls North and South, you'll cross rugged beaches with crystal-clear waters and reddish sand. While hiking on Menorca, you can also visit the archaeological site of the Roman city of Sanisera. The route leads to Cala Pregonda, where you'll find volcanic rocks and pristine beaches, such as Cala Barril, Cala en Calderer, and Binimel.là. Pregonda is part of the North Menorca Marine Reserve, an area designated to preserve the most representative marine ecosystems. From this point, you can see the remains of Santa Águeda Castle, perched at an elevation of 264 meters.

DAY 5 Cami des Alocs - Cala Morell 15 km

DAY 5 Cami des Alocs  - Cala Morell 15 km

Today's hiking route starts from Els Alocs Beach, which is covered with pebbles. From there, you'll walk through the sandy areas of Cala Pilar to Alfuri, an area rich in plant growth. The blue waters create a striking contrast with the reddish color of the rocks and the yellowish hue of the sand. As you move inland to Pla de Mar, you'll encounter a dune landscape known as La Vall. Continuing on, you'll reach Cala Algaiarens and Cala Morell. On the cliffs, you can find an important necropolis dating back to the Talayotic period (1500-300 BC), formed by carved caves in the rocks.

DAY 6 Cala Morell - Ciutadella 17,5 km

DAY 6 Cala Morell - Ciutadella 17,5 km

Menorca is indeed known as the island of the wind, and you'll likely experience it during today's 17.5-kilometer stage. As you pass through the area of Punta Nati, you'll be impressed by the historical lighthouse surrounded by vast fields with scattered stones. Pay attention to the coastal vegetation that grows among rocky areas at Cap de Bajolí. Arriving at Cala des Corbetar, you can admire the Pont d'en Gil, a natural rock bridge sculpted by erosion. From this point, the Camí de Cavalls continues for 5 kilometers along paved roads, hugging the coastline, until you reach the port of Ciutadella. After arriving, take some time to enjoy and explore the charming town of Ciutadella.

DAY 7 Ciutadella - Cap D'Artrutx 13 km

DAY 7 Ciutadella - Cap D'Artrutx 13 km

Today, you continue your journey on the Camí de Cavalls north and south, walking from Ciutadella to the Cap D'Artrutx lighthouse. This stage covers a distance of 13.2 kilometers. As you walk along low-lying cliffs, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the turquoise-blue sea and the beaches of Santandría, Cala Blanca, Cala en Bastó, and the Marina de Son Olivar. Your overnight stay will be in Cala en Bosch, where you can enjoy a delightful meal and witness the stunning sunset over Menorca.

DAY 8 Cap D'Artrutx - Cala Gandana 19,6 km

DAY 8 Cap D'Artrutx - Cala Gandana 19,6 km

Leaving Cap D'Artrutx behind, you embark on the next stage along the south coast of the Camí de Cavalls, which will lead you to some of the most beautiful beaches of Menorca. This 19.6-kilometer journey culminates at the famous Cala Galdana beach. You'll traverse well-maintained paths amidst pine forests, with the inviting Mediterranean Sea on your right, tempting you to take a dip. You'll have the option to choose between several charming coves, such as Son Saura, Es Talaier, Turqueta, or the gems Cala Macarella and Macarelleta. While the forest provides shade, remember to stay hydrated during your camino by drinking enough water. At the end of your stage, you can reward yourself with a refreshing drink at the beach bars of either Cala Macarella or Cala Galdana.

DAY 9 Cala Gandana - Sant Tomás 10,4 km

DAY 9 Cala Gandana - Sant Tomás 10,4 km

Today's 9th stage takes you from Cala Galdana to Sant Tomás, covering a distance of 10.4 km. The Camí de Cavalls briefly veers away from the coast, leading you inland to explore some of the island's significant ravines, namely Trebalúger and Sa Cova. Alternatively, you have the option to stick to the coastal path, leading you to the beaches of Trebalúger and Fustam y Escorxada. Before reaching Sant Tomás, you'll pass by the enchanting paradise of Binigaus Beach. If you feel like taking a refreshing dip at the end of your stage, this beautiful spot is perfect for it. After today's walk, you'll rest in Sant Tomás, allowing yourself to recuperate and relax from the day's journey.

DAY 10 Sant Tomás - Cala en Porter 14,4 km

DAY 10 Sant Tomás - Cala en Porter 14,4 km

Stage 10 of the Camí de Cavalls North and South starts from Sant Tomás and ends in Cala en Porter, covering a distance of 14.4 km. This stage offers a tranquil walk along the picturesque coastline, passing through the cliff area of Atalis, until you reach the stunning sands and dunes of Son Bou. Here, you can indulge in a delicious paella and take in the beautiful surroundings. After passing by the hotels of Son Bou, you'll ascend to get a unique view of the beach of Llucalari from above, a special spot on the Camí de Cavalls. The path then descends again towards Cala en Porter, where you'll spend the night. It's said that there's a truly special place to watch the sunset in Cala en Porter. Are you up for the challenge of climbing the slope to witness this breathtaking view?

DAY 11 Cala en Porter - Binibequer 13,8 km

DAY 11 Cala en Porter - Binibequer 13,8 km

Stage 11 of the Camí de Cavalls North and South begins in Cala en Porter and ends in Binibéquer, covering a distance of 13.73 km. From here, the Camí de Cavalls leads through fields until you reach the canyon of Es Canutells with its ancient olive tree forest. The views and centuries-old houses represent a part of Menorca's history. Tonight, you'll stay at an agroturismo (farmhouse) in Binibéquer (subject to availability) and enjoy a delicious and well-deserved meal. We will pick you up and take you back the next morning.

DAY 12 Binibequer - Maó 21 km

DAY 12 Binibequer - Maó 21 km

The final stage of your hiking vacation in Menorca starts in Binibéquer and ends in Maó, the capital of the island. This 20.3 km route takes you through almost virgin terrain, comfortable and without significant slopes until you reach the Alacaufar Tower. From there, the path leads inland to Cala San Esteve. You continue on the trail until you reach Es Castell, and then through the streets of the old town that lead you to Maó. Enjoy the bars and gastronomy, but don't overlook the unique buildings with remnants of different cultures. The south route of the Camí de Cavalls ends at the port of Maó, and the north coast route begins again.

DAY 13 Departure

DAY 13 Departure

After your overnight stay in Maó and a delicious breakfast, it's time to pack your bags and return home... Or would you like to spend an additional night on the island? WAW.travel can customize your trip according to your preferences!

Included/Excluded

  • 12 nights of accommodation in hotels, apartments, or rural houses.
  • Breakfast provided at each accommodation.
  • Luggage transportation: Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel during your camino (one piece of up to 20 kg per person).
  • Transfers to and from the route (if needed).
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day of arrival.
  • Detailed information about the route.
  • Return flight from Amsterdam/Brussels to Mahon Airport.
  • Tourist tax to be paid at each accommodation.
  • OPTIONAL:
  • Transportation back from the endpoint to Menorca Airport.

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