Walking in Menorca and the Cami de Cavalls
When visiting Menorca, it’s not only the crystal clear blue waters and miles of beach to enjoy but the island is blessed with a diverse and beautiful landscape. Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1993 with 17 areas of special interest and one natural reserve that covers the whole of the island and a high diversity of terrain. Many visitors of the island go for one reason only and it’s to enjoy the many walks the island has to offer. Whether it be coastal or wild, visitors return year after year to take on different walks and explore the beautiful island.
There are many different trails, some as old as human settlement, which are suitable for all levels and abilities. You can choose anything from a coastal or country walk, from an easy half-hour stroll to a more advanced five to six-hour hike. These walks will open your eyes to the attractive coastline with dramatic cliffs, secluded beaches, amazing archaeology, plants and wildlife and of course the infamous Cami de Cavalls. Discover the contrast of the north and south of the island, from multicolour landscapes to grey limestone plateaus- all making Menorca a very interesting and varied place to discover. Here are some of the walks we recommend on the island:
Cami de Cavalls
The Cami de Cavalls (pathway of the horses), a former ancient country and coastal path/bridle way that winds its way around the entire coastline of Menorca, is a firm favourite for walkers. The 185 kilometres of this path is divided into 20 stages, each of which are clearly signposted with information panels giving details of that particular stretch. A whole day is plenty of time to walk a stage and you can always return to start where you finished off or explore another section, allowing you to enjoy all the delights each section has to offer.
For more information on each stage and their level of difficulty, read more from Discover Menorca here
Apart from the Cami de Cavalls, you can also walk on several inland country tracks and discover a different side to the island. Here are some we recommend:
Cavalleria – Binimel la Cala Pregonda: Length:5.5 km Duration: 2.05 hours Difficulty: Medium
On this route you’ll encounter the north coasts huge geological variety and natural multicoloured landscapes from red, black, grey and yellow rocks. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the impressive lighthouse and highest cliffs on the island of 89 metres and the Cavalleria Eco-museum which has displays of archaeological remains from Roman Settlement.
Santa Agueda: Length: 1.5km, Duration: 35 mins, Difficulty: Medium
This walk will take you to the third highest peak on the island (264 meters) where you’ll find the beautiful views of the entire western side of the island. You will also come across the remains of the most important fortification from the Muslim era.
Albufera – Es Grau: Length: 10.8km, Duration: 3 hours, Difficulty: Medium
This path will take you through some of the island’s most famous landscapes. On the end of the walk, we also recommend you visit the lagoon of S’Albugera des Grau, which is at the centre of the natural park and one that is highly protected.
Even if you’re not an avid walker or hiker, if you are visiting the island with the kids, why not choose one of these walks and spend a day out exploring the beautiful island.
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