A guide to walking the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca

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Think about a protracted distance climbing path the place you’re by no means removed from glowing turquoise seas and sheltered coves, that you could stroll in a steady circuit or as particular person day walks. Now think about your self on the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca the place you’ll be able to make the most of the spring or autumn sunshine for a stunning climbing vacation, with scrumptious meals and cozy accommodations to get pleasure from on the finish of a day’s stroll. Strolling in Menorca is an effective way to discover the island, to dip into its inexperienced panorama and rugged shoreline whereas rising your wellbeing and health, so learn on for my information to the Cami de Cavalls.

Cami de Cavalls - guide to walking in Menorca

What’s the Cami de Cavalls?

The Cami de Cavalls is lengthy distance strolling path, the GR223 that makes an entire circuit of the island on Menorca. This coastal path has been established for hundreds of years to permit for protection of the coast, with horse riders dispatched to test the watch towers and ship messages if there was any risk of invasion. The identify Cami de Cavalls actually means the “path of the horse riders” and though most individuals use it as a strolling path, there are sections which might be additionally appropriate for horse driving and mountain biking.

For those who fancy making an attempt some horse driving on the Cami de Cavalls, try this Horseback Using expertise in Menorca

Cala Macarelleta on the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cala Macarelleta on the Cami de Cavalls in Menorca

Though the paths that make up the path are centuries outdated, some sections had regularly fallen into disuse or been enclosed by land house owners, till the Menorcan authorities launched a challenge to re-open the route, which was accomplished by 2010. The Cami de Cavalls largely follows the coast, though generally it meanders inland to take account of the terrain.

The official route is damaged into 20 phases, every taking a number of hours, though in case you are strolling for full days this equates to 10 phases, every of that are an inexpensive day’s stroll. Though we discovered a guidebook helpful, this Menorca climbing path is simple to observe and nicely marked with purple and white painted marks on bushes and rocks, or signposts for the Cami de Cavalls or GR223.

How you can organise the Cami de Cavalls

I like the pliability of climbing in Menorca, since you’ll be able to select to do the entire Cami de Cavalls route in a single 10 day stretch, or dip into completely different phases spending on the time you will have obtainable. You possibly can escape to an unspoiled panorama and shoreline, whereas in actuality you’re most likely by no means greater than a 20 minute taxi journey from the closest habitation. This Menorca coastal path is a perfect begin for walkers who wish to check themselves on a protracted distance strolling route that’s simple and principally flat, earlier than making an attempt one thing more difficult just like the mountain trails of the Alps or Dolomites.

Parque Natural de s'Albufera - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Parque Pure de s’Albufera – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

For those who plan to stroll the Cami de Cavalls in a single 10 day stretch, I’d suggest utilizing a service like CamideCavalls360 who will present prompt strolling routes, ebook your lodging and most significantly transport your baggage every day, permitting you to stroll with only a daysack. For those who want to organise issues your self that is additionally doable and I’d use a guidebook just like the Cicerone Strolling in Menorca to plan your phases then analysis the lodging that’s closest to every begin and finish level.

Alternatively you are able to do as we did and base your self in main cities akin to Ciutadella, Mahon or Cala Galdana for a number of nights after which stroll the phases which might be closest to those places, utilizing buses and taxis to succeed in the beginning and finish level of every day’s stroll. This works particularly nicely for those who plan to select and select only a few phases to stroll, relatively than strolling the entire 10 day circuit.

Finest stretches of the Cami de Cavalls

You probably have restricted time and plan to stroll solely among the phases, it’s possible you’ll be questioning that are the very best stretches of the Cami de Cavalls. It’s troublesome to present a definitive reply to this because it is dependent upon your type of strolling and the form of landscapes you get pleasure from, nevertheless there are some things to contemplate.

The south coast of Menorca that we walked has among the most lovely seashores on the island, with rocky coves enclosing sandy seashores and turquoise water. The north coast is far wilder and extra distant, together with wetlands and pure parks. We discovered that the seashores right here weren’t as fairly, since they had been generally stony and lined with seaweed, though the panorama was additionally lovely in a rugged approach. Strolling the north coast additionally requires cautious planning, as there are lengthy sections with no lodging or highway entry.

Cala Trebalugar on the Cami de Cavalls Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cala Trebalugar on the Cami de Cavalls

The sections of the trail which might be closest to Mahon and Ciutadella, to the east and west of Menorca are usually extra constructed up, as they run partly by way of residential areas, resorts and the extra in style and accessible seashores. If you’re combining your Menorca strolling vacation with some leisure, this may be a bonus as you’ll have common relaxation stops and entry to bars and cafes, however much less of a profit in order for you a wilder expertise to flee the crowds.

Day 1 – Cala Galdana to Cala’n Bosch (south coast)

Our stroll begins at Cala Galdana

We began our first day’s stroll at Cala Galdana, a stretch that I’d walked a few years earlier so I knew that it had some beautiful seaside stops. On the earlier event I’d achieved a a lot shorter stroll so I used to be eager to stretch my legs and see the landscapes additional alongside the route. Cala Galdana is without doubt one of the hottest seaside resorts on Menorca, and in order for you another base to Menorca and Ciutadella, this is able to be a very good place to remain for 2-Three nights because the Cami de Cavalls stroll from right here is gorgeous and simple to observe in each instructions.

Our bus journey from Ciutadella to Ferreries (see full transport choices later within the article) allowed us to drink within the panorama of Menorca, with rolling fields bounded by dry stone partitions and darkish inexperienced balls of pine and oak clustering on the hillside. It’s a reminder that for a lot of centuries Menorca’s wealth was based mostly on the fertile farmland of the island’s inside and the coast was thought of a harmful place to be, with threat from invaders and pirates coming from the ocean.

In Ferreries we discovered the taxi rank exterior the financial institution, near the roundabout the place the bus had dropped us and fortuitously there was a taxi ready – in any other case it’s simple to name a taxi utilizing the central quantity that covers the entire island.

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Cala Galdana – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Cala Galdana is a busy vacation vacation spot that’s packed in the summertime months with quite a few bars, retailers and eating places, a number of bigger accommodations and many different vacation lodging. If it is advisable to refill on drinks and a picnic to take in your stroll, that is the place to do it as there are barely any refreshment stops or different services till you get the to finish of the stroll. It could even be doable to ebook a non-public switch for pickup and dropoff on this stretch of the Cami de Cavalls – try this Mountaineering Switch service from Cala Galdana to Son Xoriguer.

From the taxi rank it was a 5 minute stroll to the trail that begins near the Lodge Artiem Audax with views throughout the bay, the inlet to the marina and the broad, sandy seaside. Don’t be tempted to cease right here, good as this seaside is, there are a number of which might be even higher and fewer crowded alongside the route.

For those who resolve to base your self in Cala Galdana, test costs and ebook for accommodations in Cala Galdana

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Cala Galdana on the Cami de Cavalls

Cala Macarella on the Cami de Cavalls

The stretch from Cala Galdana is of the most well-liked Menorca climbing trails, taking us westward skirting the coast, initially on a broad path that was flat and shaded by pine bushes. Though we had been out of sight of the ocean, a number of small paths branched off to our left resulting in cliff viewpoints the place we may admire the rocky shoreline and glowing blue water. The point of view that’s closest to the dual bays of Macarella and Macarelleta is an efficient one for images as you get an important view of each bays and the boats coming and going beneath.

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Macarella – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

The boardwalk bordered by intense inexperienced pine shoots continued down the hill in the direction of the broad, sandy seaside of Cala Macarella, which has the one seaside cafe that we noticed on today’s stroll. On the opposite aspect of the seaside our stroll continued as the trail skirted the headland, giving us the chance to look into among the pure and synthetic caves which might be carved into the cliff face. Time from Cala Galdana to Cala Macarella – 1 hour

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Cala Macarella Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cala Macarella Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Cala Macarelleta on the Cami de Cavalls

A brief distance additional and we may look down on the smaller seaside of Cala Macarelleta, to get one of the vital photogenic views on the Cami de Cavalls, the small seaside bounded by rocky cliffs and intensely turquoise water. The trail all the way down to the seaside was slender and required a bit of scrambling however the sheer drops are protected by conventional wood fencing and the again of the seaside is protected to make sure that the sand dunes are undisturbed. Time from Cala Macarella to Cala Macarelleta 15 minutes.

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Cale Macarelleta - Cami de Cavalls in Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cale Macarelleta – Cami de Cavalls in Menorca

Cala en Turqueta on the Cami de Cavalls

After spending a bit of time on the beautiful seaside at Macarelleta, we continued on the trail that rose gently from the far aspect of the seaside up the hill, by way of shady woodland. This stretch took us out of sight of the ocean on a sandy and generally rocky path by way of scrub and pine forest, till was reached Cala en Turqueta the place we stopped for a break and a refreshing swim. Though the seaside was already fairly crowded, I loved swimming beneath the rocky outcrops bounding the seaside. Time from Cala Macarelleta to Cala en Turqueta 40 minutes. Cala Turqueta might be reached by #68 bus from Ciutadella.

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Cala Turqueta - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cala Turqueta – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Son Saura on the Cami de Cavalls

From Cala en Turqueta, the trail adopted the road of the coast though on this stretch we had been nearer to sea degree, strolling by way of scrub on an open, sandy path. Following the headland took us subsequent to Platges de Son Saura, the place the lengthy however slender seaside is backed by scrub and dunes which might be protected by a boardwalk operating the size of the seaside. This seaside is wild and pure, but it surely appeared to draw extra seaweed than among the different rocky coves we had simply handed. On the japanese finish of the seaside is a jetty the place boat journeys from Ciutadella had been dropping off numerous folks. This can be a in style seaside because it has its personal automobile park and will also be reached by bus #66 from Ciutadella (bathroom close to the automobile park). Time from Cala en Turqueta to Platges de Son Saura 1 hour.

If you wish to uncover Menorca’s south coast seashores by boat, try this Sightseeing boat journey from Cala’n Bosch

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Son Saura - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Son Saura – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

We proceed in the direction of Son Xoriguer

The subsequent stretch of the Cami de Cavalls from Son Saura felt wild and untamed. Our sandy path meandered by way of scrubland, trying down from jagged cliffs the place the ocean had undercut to make sinkholes that gave a low rumble as water flowed out and in. In a single stretch the big boulders beneath the turquoise water gave a surreal look to the ocean as if we had been strolling by way of the land of the giants. There was little or no shade on this stretch and on a sunny day I discovered it sizzling and unforgiving, so be sure you make full use of your hat and water bottle.

near Cala son Bosc - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cami de Cavalls south coast Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cami de Cavalls south coast

Cova dels Pardals – a hidden sea cave

As we neared the tip of our stroll at Son Xoriguer, we handed unassuming white constructing and had it not been for the information ebook, I might have most likely missed the steps main all the way down to a hidden sea cave, with a sheltered boat mooring and place to swim. I may simply think about smugglers and fishing boats hiding out right here in days passed by. Time from Platges de Son Saura to Cova dels Pardals 1 hour.

Sa Cova des Pardals near Cala son Bosc Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Sa Cova des Pardals close to Cala son Bosc Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Our day’s stroll finishes at Son Xoriguer and Cala’n Bosch

From the ocean cave it was a straightforward stroll as we approached Son Xoriguer, which is a vacation spot that’s on the outskirts of the primary resort of Cala’n Bosch (also referred to as Cala en Bosc). Our first cease was on the Restaurante Neptuno, a busy seaside restaurant serving meals, ice lotions and drinks the place we took a nicely earned relaxation and drink, whereas watching the actions on the busy seaside, filled with sunshades and small boats.

The Cala Son Xoriguer seaside by the restaurant was sandy however we continued a bit of additional on to a rocky stretch with patches of sand and clear water for a swim, earlier than strolling into Cala’n Bosch the place we positioned the bus cease and caught the bus again to Ciutadella. If you wish to lengthen your stroll, there’s an fascinating lighthouse within reach at Cap d’Artrutx that you could additionally go to – in case you have the vitality!

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Cala son Xoriguer – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Transport for Day 1 stroll – Cala Galdana to Cala’n Bosch

Discover particulars of bus routes and timetables on the tib Menorca and Torres Menorca web site. Make sure to test the bus timetables rigorously earlier than planning your stroll, as there are sometimes only some buses every day.
To succeed in Cala Galdana by bus for the beginning of this stroll your choices are

  • From Ciutadella take the #52 direct to Cala Galdana
  • From Mahon take the #51 direct to Cala Galdana
  • From Ciutadella take the #36 #52 #72 bus or from Mahon take the #1 bus to Ferreries, then take a taxi from Ferreries to Cala Galdana. Value of bus is round €2-Three a method. Value of taxi (from reminiscence) €10-15

This stroll took us round 7 hours complete however the precise strolling time was round 5 hours (17km) – the remaining being stops at seashores or viewpoints for relaxation, swim or refreshments.

From Cala’n Bosch you’ll be able to take the #65 bus again to Ciutadella.

It could even be doable to ebook a non-public switch for pickup and dropoff on this stretch of the Cami de Cavalls – try this Mountaineering Switch service from Cala Galdana to Son Xoriguer.

Day 2 Favaritx lighthouse to Es Grau (north coast)

Our stroll began on the Far Favaritx lighthouse on the north east coast of Menorca, one in every of seven lighthouses that shield ships from the island’s rocky shoreline. The lighthouse was constructed within the 1920s after a number of ships ran aground on this rocky headland and the black and white striped lighthouse set on a whitewashed constructing makes a particular photograph. We spent a while clambering on the jagged black rocks that encompass the lighthouse, earlier than backtracking down the highway to select up the Cami de Cavalls strolling indicators.

Favaritx Lighthouse - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Favaritx Lighthouse on the Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Favaritx Lighthouse on the Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Platja d’en Tortuga

A broad stony observe took us by way of low scrub and bushes, skirting behind the headland till we curved again in the direction of the ocean and obtained a glimpse of the Favaritx lighthouse on the opposite aspect of the bay. The observe now took us down the hill to Platja d’en Tortuga, a wild trying seaside that was partly stony and partly sandy, with a darkish tidemark of seaweed. We skirted the again of the seaside, the place a fence protected the sand dunes from disturbance and adopted the observe up the hill on the different finish of the seaside. Time to stroll from Favaritx lighthouse to Platja d’en Tortuga 30 minutes

Platja d'en Tortuga - Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Platja d'en Tortuga - Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Platja d’en Tortuga – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Cala de Morella Nou

Shortly after crossing the headland we reached the subsequent seaside at Cala de Morella Nou, which was primarily pebble, with a tidal fringe of seaweed and a small whitewashed boathouse.

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Cala de Morella Nou – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Cala en Cavaller

The subsequent seaside of Cala en Cavaller was solely a brief stroll additional on an open gravel path. This time the seaside was massive and flat and whereas sandy was additionally lined with seaweed, which I assume have to be a characteristic of the seashores within the north of Menorca, though this typically is dependent upon the season (we had been there in September).

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Cala en Cavaller on the Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Strolling within the Parc Pure s’Albufera in Menorca

The Cami de Cavalls path now took us barely away from the coast and we had been capable of admire the wilder panorama of the Parc Pure s’Albufera with dunes and grasses and no growth. The park was designated in 1995 with the intention to shield this space of numerous habitats together with wetlands, dunes and cliffs that supply a haven for wildlife on Menorca. In order for you make a person go to to the park, a very good place to start out is the park’s customer centre Centro recepción-interpretación Rodríguez Femenias which is simply exterior Es Grau with parking and two nature trails to observe close by.

Cala de sa Torreta - Parque Natural de s'Albufera - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cala de sa Torreta – Parque Pure de s’Albufera Menorca

Cala de sa Torreta

As the trail introduced us again within reach of the ocean once more we walked previous Cala de sa Torreta, which had the looks of a shallow lagoon, a sheltered haven for birds fringed with reeds and grasses. Time to stroll from Platja d’en Tortuga to Cala de sa Torreta 1 hr 10 minutes

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Cala de sa Torreta in Menorca

Cala des Tamarells

Over the headland the trail meandered gently up and down, previous Cala des Tamarells, a small rocky cove that was most likely probably the most engaging for swimming of all of the seashores we’d handed on this wild stretch of northern coast. On the headland we may see Torre de Rambla, one in every of a sequence of coastal watchtowers, constructed by the English once they ruled Menorca on the finish of the 18th century. Time to stroll from Cala de sa Torreta to Cala des Tamarells 30 minutes

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Cala des Tamarells - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cala des Tamarells – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

We attain Es Grau

The ultimate a part of our stroll was on simple gravel paths and strolling over one other headland, the white buildings of Es Grau got here into sight throughout the bay. This small fishing village has now grow to be a well-liked spot for vacation properties, with conventional whitewashed cottages carefully packed collectively on the slope of the bay and small boats bobbing within the water. Es Grau has the texture of a calming vacation spot, with only a handful of bars and eating places however no huge accommodations. The broad, sandy seaside backed by the dunes of the character reserve opens out to a bay the place the water is shallow, making this a well-liked seaside for younger households with some kayaks for the youngsters. Time to stroll from Cala des Tamarells to Es Grau 40 minutes

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Es Grau Menorca Cami de Cavalls Heatheronhertravels.com

Es Grau Menorca Cami de Cavalls

We’d determined to make this the tip of our day’s stroll, though this stage of the Cami de Cavalls would have taken us on to Mahon in one other few hours. As a substitute we wandered across the village to admire the standard Minorcan cottages, the older ones even whitewashed on the tiled roofs. We settled into Bar Es Grau, a conventional bar and cafe with numerous tables set out within the shade of the bushes, overlooking the seaside, the place we ordered drinks and a easy lunch. Though there’s a bus that runs from Es Grau to Mahon, it was not due for a while, so as a substitute we referred to as a taxi for the brief drive again to Mahon.

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Es Grau – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Transport for this stroll

Discover particulars of bus routes and timetables on the tib Menorca and Torres Menorca web site. Make sure to test the bus timetables rigorously earlier than planning your stroll, as there are sometimes only some buses every day.
To succeed in Far Favaritx by bus for the beginning of this stroll, take the #43 from Mahon bus station.Value of bus is round €2-Three a method.

From Es Grau you’ll be able to take the #23 Bus to return to Mahon. Nonetheless as there are only some buses every day, we referred to as a taxi from the seaside restaurant in Es Grau – price of taxi (from reminiscence) €10-15

This stroll took us round Four hours complete however the precise strolling time was round Three hours (10km) – the remaining being stops at seashores or viewpoints for relaxation, swim or refreshments. The total Cami de Cavalls stage is double this distance (20km)and continues again to Mahon.

Day Three Cala Galdana to Santo Tomas (south coast)

We’d loved our stroll from Cala Galdana a lot on the primary day that we determined to return to the south coast and stroll within the different route, eastwards to Santo Tomas the place we arrived simply in time for a late lunch. On this stretch we loved extra of the secluded, turquoise coves and a wilder stretch alongside virtually naked rock that took us lastly to the favored resort of Santo Tomas.

Our stroll begins at Cala Galdana

As on our Day 1 stroll, we arrived by bus at Cala Galdana, however this time we headed throughout the broad sandy seaside which was simply beginning to get busy with holidaymakers setting out their sunbeds and umbrellas. Climbing up the steep path on the finish of the seaside, we walked alongside the residential highway previous the Lodge Melia Cala Galdana and located the beginning of the Cami de Cavalls path.  It could even be doable to ebook a non-public switch for pickup and dropoff on this stretch of the Cami de Cavalls – try this Mountaineering Switch service for Cala Galdana to Santo Tomas

For those who resolve to base your self in Cala Galdana, test costs and ebook for accommodations in Cala Galdana

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Cala Galdana – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Cala Mitjana

After a brief stroll by way of shady pine woods we reached the primary seaside in a stretch of beautiful seashores at Cala Mitjana, first viewing the seaside from throughout the bay the place boat journeys drop folks off. Then strolling alongside the aspect of the bay beneath shady bushes we reached the small, sandy cove of Cala Mitjana, which was busy with solar worshipers having fun with the swimming within the clear, turquoise water. Time to stroll from Cala Galdana to Cala Mitjana 50 minutes

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Cala Mitjana - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cala Mitjana – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

On the far aspect of the seaside, we scrambled up a steep path by way of the pine forest, providing lovely viewpoints earlier than the trail turned away from the cliff edge and we continued on a sandy forest observe, arriving on the subsequent seaside of Cala Trebaluger.

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Cala Mitjana – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Cala Trebaluger

The entry to Cala Trebaluger required a little bit of scrambling, both to select your approach rigorously down a rocky slope, or to cross by way of an arch carved by way of the rock. This broad, sandy seaside was backed by dunes and woodland and for the reason that solely entry gave the impression to be by strolling, it was not fairly as busy as Cala Mitjana from which we had simply come. A small river runs all the way down to the seaside from the wetlands behind it, however you’ll be able to cross on a sandbar and we noticed a bunch of kayakers pulling their boats over the sandbar to proceed down the river. Time to stroll from Cala Mitjana to Cala Trebaluger 50 minutes

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Cala Trebaluger Cami de Cavalls Menorca

As soon as once more, the trail continued steeply on the opposite aspect of the seaside and this time we walked alongside an open stretch of jagged rocks and boulders near the ocean, the trail taking us subsequent to Cala Escorxada.

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Strolling to Cala Escorxada Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Cala Escorxada

Cala Escorxada was most likely my favorite seaside alongside this stage of the Cami de Cavalls, with not too many individuals as a result of solely entry being on foot or by boat (you can even hire boats for the day at Cala Galdana). The seaside is surrounded by steep sided rocky cliffs and the rocks on one aspect make it a bit extra fascinating for swimming or snorkelling. Set into the rocks the place I’m standing within the image there was additionally a Civil Warfare bunker with only a slit to poke your weapon by way of – so unusual to consider violence on this beautiful setting. Time to stroll from Cala Trebaluger to Cala Escorxada 1 hrs 30 minutes

Cala Escorxada Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Cala Escorxada Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels

Cala Escorxada Cami de Cavalls Menorca

The subsequent stretch of the Cami de Cavalls was considerably more difficult because it adopted the road of the coast on a rocky slope, the place the trail was not all the time apparent. This can be a stretch the place you admire having first rate strolling footwear for grip and to guard towards jagged rocks and it’s not one which I’d suggest doing with younger kids or for those who’re much less cell.

If you wish to entry the beautiful seashores of Cala Mitjana, Cala Trebaluger or Cala Escorxada I’d counsel that it’s higher to come back from the route of Cala Galdana the place the trail is less complicated, relatively than from Sant Tomas the place the trail was a bit hair elevating at instances. Nonetheless being the intrepid walkers we’re, it was simpler than among the mountain trails I’ve achieved and the streams we jumped over, gurgling down by way of the ravine added to our spirit of journey.

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Walking to Sant Tomas - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Strolling to Sant Tomas – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Platges de Binigaus

The ultimate stretch of path took us on a neater path by way of the pine forest, till we arrived on the finish of Platges de Binigaus, a broad sandy seaside backed by sand dunes. From right here, the extent sandy path adopted the road of the seaside on a stretch that gave the impression to be favoured by naturists (it was onerous to maintain our gaze on the trail!), till we reached the sting of Sant Tomas. We had been actually prepared for a relaxation and gratefully secured a desk overlooking the seaside, on the glorious Bar Es Brucs, the place we ordered a nicely earned drink and late lunch. Time to stroll from Cala Escorxada to Santo Tomas 1 hrs 30 minutes

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Sant Tomas - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Restaurant Es Brucs, Santo Tomas - Cami de Cavalls Menorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Restaurant Es Brucs, Santo Tomas – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

After lunch we checked the bus timetable and wandered a bit additional by way of the small and nice resort of Santo Tomas, with its combination of beachfront accommodations, vacation villas and residences. If you wish to lengthen the day, it’s a straightforward 30 minute stroll alongside the coast to the subsequent resort of San Bou, which is another location to get the bus again to Mahon. One factor to additionally notice is that we had adopted the trail from Cala Galdana that skirts the coast and cliff tops in order that we may benefit from the beautiful seashores, however there’s additionally a variant of the trail that takes you inland and is the strict Cami de Cavalls route.

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Santo Tomas – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Transport for Cala Galdana and Santo Tomas

Discover particulars of bus routes and timetables on the tib Menorca and Torres Menorca web site. Make sure to test the bus timetables rigorously earlier than planning your stroll, as there are sometimes only some buses every day. We walked this part of the Cami de Cavalls from our base in Mahon, which is nearer than Ciutadella.
To succeed in Cala Galdana by bus for the beginning of this stroll your choices are

  • From Ciutadella take the #52 direct to Cala Galdana
  • From Mahon take the #51 direct to Cala Galdana
  • From Ciutadella take the #36 #52 #72 bus or from Mahon take the #1 bus to Ferreries, then take a taxi from Ferreries to Cala Galdana. Value of bus is round €2-Three a method. Value of taxi (from reminiscence) €10-15

To return from Santo Tomas take the #72 to Ciutadella or the #71 to return to Mahon.

To return from San Bou take the #36 to Ciutadella or the #32 to Mahon

It could even be doable to ebook a non-public switch for pickup and dropoff on this stretch of the Cami de Cavalls – try this Mountaineering Switch service for Cala Galdana to Santo Tomas

This stroll took us round 5.5 hours complete however the precise strolling time was round 4-4.5 hours (12km) – the remaining being stops at seashores or viewpoints for relaxation, swim or refreshments.

Cami de Cavalls lodging

In the case of lodging for climbing the Cami de Cavalls there’s a variety of lodging obtainable. In contrast to another lengthy distance trails in Europe, you received’t discover walker’s hostels the place you’ll combine solely with different walkers. As a substitute you’re prone to keep in vacation accommodations and visitor homes that vary from modest to luxurious relying in your style.

If you’re strolling the entire of the Cami de Cavalls in a round route, you should use a service just like the Cami de Cavalls 360 who will transport your baggage for you and prepare lodging, taking a lot of the organisation off your arms, to be able to simply flip up and begin strolling. I’d most likely use a service like this if I used to be strolling the entire route sequentially as carrying a backpack within the Mediterranean warmth shouldn’t be very interesting.

Hotel Can Faustino in Ciutadella

Lodge Can Faustino in Ciutadella

For those who don’t wish to stroll the entire route sequentially and like to select a number of sections of the Cami de Cavalls or do them in a unique order, that is completely doable and is what we did over three days strolling. On this case, a lot of the begin and finish factors for every stroll might be reached by a mix of native bus and taxi, each of that are fairly dependable on Menorca. For those who take this method, I’d suggest that you simply ebook lodging for a number of nights in both Ciutadella, Mahon or Cala Galdana after which deal with the sections of the stroll which might be closest to those factors. Ciutadella and Mahon are the 2 main cities on Menorca and have the very best bus connections, so we booked accommodations for two nights in every place.

As a result of we had been going to be out strolling all day, relatively than spending any size of time within the accommodations, we elected for mid vary accommodations that had been comfy, fashionable and centrally positioned on the town, in order that we may simply benefit from the eating places and entry the bus stations.

Lodge Patricia Menorca in Ciutadella

We stayed for two nights in Lodge Patricia Menorca, a 44 room, household run lodge in Ciutadella which made the proper base for strolling the stage of the Cami de Cavalls from Cala Galdana to Cala’n Bosch. The type of the lodge decor is contemporary and up to date, with restful furnishings and a contemporary lavatory with bathe. We discovered the service right here exceptionally pleasant and useful and the receptionist patiently helped us analysis the bus routes we wanted. The lodge was additionally glad to retailer our baggage for the day of their safe storage subsequent to reception.

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The breakfast buffet was additionally distinctive with a variety of meals, together with some sizzling dishes on provide, giving us a very good begin for the day’s strolling, though there’s no on web site restaurant. Lodge Patricia Menorca is positioned a 10 minute stroll from the historic centre of Ciutadella and the harbour. Nonetheless, we didn’t see this as any drawback for the reason that residential location was a lot quieter than the extra central areas filled with bars and eating places and we may discover an enormous selection of locations to eat inside a brief distance. The lodge additionally has an out of doors swimming pool which we didn’t use, however I’d say it’s extra of a metropolis lodge that gives an important base for an lively vacation, than providing a resort type vacation expertise.

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In order for you a extra luxurious expertise, we will suggest Lodge Can Faustino – a chic boutique lodge in a townhouse in quiet avenue of the outdated city of Ciutadella the place we had dinner one night.

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Lodge Patricia Menorca Ciutadella – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

Hostal Jume – City Rooms in Mahon

Hostal Jume was our selection of lodging in Mahon, in a contemporary constructing with 39 rooms of assorted sizes with some 2 bed room suites. A Hostal is a typical kind of easy lodging in Spain that’s someplace between a full service lodge and a hostel. Within the case of Hostal Jaume, all of the rooms had been en suite with fashionable furnishings, however there are additionally communal areas and a breakfast room, with a reception space and low machines.

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Our room furnishing was easy, clear and up to date in type, however there was not a lot else in the best way of lodge services. This type of lodge makes a wonderful base for sightseeing in Mahon or actions round Menorca, once you plan to be out a lot of the day. We additionally favored the placement of the lodge which was in a quiet sq., however very near the fish market and harbour space of Mahon, and the receptionist was very useful and glad to retailer our baggage in her locked workplace.

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In order for you a lodge that gives extra services, we will suggest Lodge Artiem Capri, a Four star lodge with vibrant, up to date type, a rooftop spa and swimming pool the place I stayed on a earlier go to to Mahon.

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Hostal Jume Mahon – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

What to pack for climbing the Cami de Cavalls

As a result of Menorca is a small island and also you’re by no means too removed from a small city or store I wouldn’t fear an excessive amount of about having the correct gear as the whole lot might be simply purchased in Ciutadella or Mahon. Keep in mind that that is heat climate climbing near the ocean, so the clothes we wore was barely completely different to what we’d put on for a stroll within the mountains. Right here’s a fundamental record of what we wanted for climbing on the Cami de Cavalls.

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What to put on on the Cami de Cavalls Menorca

  • Strolling footwear or nicely supported trainers – the path is generally flat however consists of rocky stretches so that you want footwear that’s supportive and protecting however not too sizzling. You might also like to hold a pair of flip flops in your backpack to make use of on the seaside – try the Havaianas vary.
  • A day backpack – I like to recommend a 20 – 30 litre rucksack just like the Osprey Hikelite 26L which it’s best to use to hold an additional layer or two of clothes relying on the time of 12 months and the climate forecast. I’m assuming that you’re solely carrying what you want for the day and may go away the remaining in your lodge room or have it transported for you every day.
  • Strolling poles (optionally available) – though the trail is generally flat, there have been a number of more difficult sections and I like utilizing strolling poles as they help your knees and ankles and scale back the chance of damage. I walked with a single pole for the Cami de Cavalls and am hooked on my tremendous mild and transportable fold up Leki Micro Vario strolling poles.
  • Fast dry shorts, strolling trousers or sports activities leggings relying on the season of your stroll. We walked in September and spent all our time in shorts – I wore these Ronhill ladies’s shorts

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Favaritx – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

  • A fast dry strolling or sports activities t-shirt – I want t-shirts that cowl my shoulders as there’s much less threat of sunburn or chaffing from daypack straps, however for those who’re a solar worshiper it’s possible you’ll want a vest prime. Take a look at these climbing t-shirts from Columbia or these from The North Face
  • For those who wish to swim, put on a sports activities bikini like this one from Syrokan or fast dry crop prime beneath your strolling gear, or carry your swimsuit in your backpack.
  • A fast dry transportable towel us helpful for sitting on the seaside and drying off after a swim – try the colorful Dock & Bay vary
  • Cash belt like this one from Eagle Creek or waterproof pouch to maintain your telephone and cash secure when swimming on busy seashores.
  • Water and meals or snacks to final not less than 5 hours, as we solely discovered cafes and retailers at first and finish of every day’s stroll, with little in between – These Hydramate folding water bottles are perfect for climbing as they’re mild, BPA free and fold up when not in use.
  • A sunhat or sports activities cap – I wore a light-weight cap like these from Trailheads
  • Sun shades and sunscreen
  • Guidebook – I can suggest the Cicerone Strolling in Menorca information which has in depth directions for the Cami de Cavalls in addition to different walks round Menorca.

How lengthy to stroll the Cami de Cavalls?

As I’ve talked about the Cami de Cavalls is split into 20 official phases which every take round half a day, so this makes 10 phases, every of which takes a day’s strolling. Subsequently if you wish to stroll the entire route sequentially, it is advisable to permit for 10 days of strolling, plus any additional time for travelling or for relaxation days.

I’m reasonably match and didn’t discover the day’s stroll particularly strenuous, so I don’t assume the remaining days are completely important, since you’ll usually be staying in a resort or village and have time to go searching within the night.

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Strolling on the Cami de Cavalls

I’ve seen choices that can help you stroll your complete Cami de Cavalls in Eight days, however I feel you’d should be fairly match and never require a lot in the best way of stops for relaxation or swimming, so I don’t assume this is able to be very pleasant. You probably have much less time obtainable, I’d choose specific phases of the Cami de Cavalls to stroll every day, utilizing bus and taxi to succeed in the beginning and finish level of the day’s stroll.

Every day’s stroll on the Cami de Cavalls ranges between 5 hours and 10 hours, with the longer sections being on the north coast, the place there’s much less transport and quick access. Nonetheless, most phases (with a few exceptions within the north) might be shortened if required and also you do must take account of the warmth which might be exhausting, particularly in case you are strolling in the summertime months.

Finest time to stroll the Cami de Cavalls

There are two major issues to contemplate when deciding the very best time of 12 months to stroll the Cami de Cavalls; the climate and the transport choices.

From a climate perspective, the very best time to stroll is in spring or autumn when the climate is sunny however not unbearably sizzling. Might is gorgeous when the wild flowers are blooming and September once we walked can be a very good month, with usually settled and heat climate. July and August within the Mediterranean are usually too sizzling for strolling and the seashores and resorts are very crowded with summer time guests. Nonetheless in case you are in Menorca right now on a summer time vacation, you would incorporate among the shorter sections between seashores into your itinerary, taking care to permit for the warmth with sunscreen and solar hat. The winter is feasible, though days might be wet and gray so not as good because the blue skies and heat sunshine of spring and autumn.

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North coast – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

From a transport perspective, you’ll most likely depend on buses and taxis to get you to the beginning and finish of every day’s stroll and should be conscious that most of the buses run seasonally. The primary summer time timetable tends to run between starting of Might to finish October and outdoors this time there could also be both no bus or a a lot lowered service. On this case you would wish to depend on taxis to get you round which provides to the price – €10-15 every journey relatively than €2-3. You’ll find data and timetables for the buses that can assist you plan on the tib Menorca and Torres Menorca web sites.

Typical phases of the Cami de Cavalls

If you’re reasonably match and wish to stroll the Cami de Cavalls in a relaxed approach with sufficient time for swimming and relaxation stops, the route breaks down into 10 phases, every taking a day to stroll. Additionally it is doable to stroll the entire round route in Eight day lengthy phases, however except you’re doing it extra as a run than a stroll I don’t assume this is able to be very pleasant. The official Cami de Cavalls web site describes 20 phases, however you’ll be able to comfortably stroll 2 of those in a day.

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North coast – Cami de Cavalls Menorca

There are equal phases on the north and south coast – so you’ll be able to stroll the entire north coast in 5 phases / days and the south coast in 5 phases / days. For those who don’t have the 10 days to stroll the entire Cami de Cavalls sequentially, I might suggest simply selecting a number of of the phases, in line with the size of your vacation, relatively than making an attempt to stroll additional every day.

These are the standard phases which might be beneficial for a 10 day stroll and you may stroll in both route and begin at any level, though most guidebooks begin on the island capital of Mahon. I’ve used the instances for every stage described in my guidebook – the Cicerone Strolling in Menorca.

Cala Escorxada - Cami de Cavalls Menorca

South coast – Cala Escorxada on the Cami de Cavalls Menorca

*These are the phases we walked which might be described on this article

South Coast

Stage 1 – Mahon to Binisafuller 20 km / Eight hours

Stage 2 – Binisafuller to Son Bou 20 km / Eight hours

Stage 3 – Son Bou to Cala Galdana 18 km / 7 hours *

Stage 4 – Cala Galdana to Cala en Bosc 17 km / 6 hours *

Stage 5 – Cala’n Bosch to Ciutadella 13 km / 5 hours

North Coast

Stage 6 – Ciutadella to Cala Morell 18 km / 7.5 hours

Stage 7 – Cala Morell to els Alocs 15 km / 7 hours

Stage 8 – els Alocs to Ses Salines 20 km / 10 hours

Stage 9 – Ses Salines to Cap de Favaritx 24 km / 8.5 hours

Stage 10 – Cap de Favaritx to Mahon 20 km / 7.5 hours *

Plan your Cami de Cavalls

I can suggest the Cicerone Strolling in Menorca guidebook, overlaying the Cami de Cavalls path intimately in addition to the coast to coast route that runs by way of the centre of Menorca and another day walks. I significantly like Cicerone strolling guides, which give helpful background data and tips about factors of curiosity, in addition to images, good maps and detailed strolling directions.

There’s extra data to plan the stroll on the official Cami de Cavalls web site

For those who want a switch from Menorca airport to your lodge, you’ll be able to ebook it right here.

To plan your vacation in Menorca go to the Menorca Tourism web site or observe them on social media: Twitter @TurismMenorca | Fb | Instagram

For holidays in different elements of Spain yow will discover extra data at www.Spain.information or observe them on social media: Twitter @Spain_inUK | Fb | Instagram

For those who want a information on the Cami de Cavalls or different elements of Menorca, I can extremely suggest Luis Amella of Menorca Guides

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