Cami de Cavalls
Cami de Cavalls Overview
The Cami de Cavalls in an iconic walking, hiking, trail running, mountain biking and even horse back footpath. The infamous and ancient path stretches 185 km in length, surrounding the Menorca coastline.
Walking through farmland, around rugged coastline, rough tracks and occasional purpose built roads, you simply need to follow the signs and they’ll guide the way – pointed out by a deep red coloured signs above head height and often smaller signs and pointers along the way, such as the one featured above.
Cami de Cavalls History
The actual origins of the Cami de Cavalls walk isn’t particularly known, but some suggest that it’s found with the military and army – mostly the cavalries, the system previously in charge of defending the island around the 14th century. Previously refered to as “Camí de Cavallers” (“Path of Knights”).
Originally devised with military aims and ambitions, with aims of a clear path to circumnavigate the island for defensive reasons. Being under threat at various times from pirates defenders needed a quick path from watchtower to watchtower.
The path has been used differently over the years, more recently a pathway for tourists and locals to reach hidden beaches and coves, but prior to this, access paths for fishermen and seamen.
With closed sections and areas, locals, citizens and tourists demanded the path to be reopened and got there wish, eventually.
Cami de Cavalls advice
The trail stretches all around the island and across hidden and unseen areas of Menorca, because of this you need to be prepared;
- Footwear. Flip flops just won’t cut it. We would recommend hiking boots or even sturdy running trainers for the journey.
- Water. Take plenty as there are often sectors and parts where there is no availability of water. Particularly important if you’re doing this during hot parts of the day.
- Food. Take a few snacks, calorific snack bars, fruit, or other convenient calorie sources. The similar rule applies that there can be a lack of locations for a bite to eat along the route.
- Swimwear. The hot sun can take its toll and there’s no better way than taking a dip into the sea, or by jumping in, as along the way you do spot locals jumping in from a few metres up. Just be careful. But you will come across some beautiful locations and beaches on your journey.
As mentioned, at times you may be passing private land which has been arranged with the government and lands owners. However, at times it’s not possible to pass through some parts of land so do look out for the below warnings, the easiest way to remember is the word ‘Prohibido’ – essentially ‘Prohibited’.
- Prohibido del Paso – no entry
- Prohibido del Caza – no hunting on this land, not no entry.
Cami de Cavalls extras
For organised tours around the island take a look at the companies below;