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Camí de Cavalls - Horse Riding Track

The island terrain is covered by many country roads; one of the most relevant is the one called “Camí de Cavalls” for the fact of its importance and unique beauty. It consists in an old path, which originally went all the way round the Minorcan coast most of which have been preserved. There is an hypothesis amongst the Minorcan inhabitants, not confirmed, that some parts of it already existed in the 14th century and could be to do with the defence system promoted by the Catalans. This system consisted in the reward of land by the king to those who could care for a horse and carry arms and be prepared to leave and defend the island at the moment an enemy attack was announced. Another supposition claims that the path was created by the French during their dominion between 1756 and 1763.

Whatever the truth is, one thing in common with all the theories is that it was created for the island’s defence and control. This military function has been officially confirmed since the second half of the 18th century, a period when the path was considered of great importance by the British governors who ruled the island.

Until half a century ago, the land labourers who exploited the fields were obliged to keep the path clean and free of vegetation or any other kind of obstacles; they also had to mark the way using whitewashed stones situated strategically. Now the road is fully recovered, adapted and signposted. You can travel by foot, bike or horseback.

The “Camí de Cavalls” is a route not to be missed if we wish to capture the real beauty of the island. The smell of this can be felt along each part of the path, which is visualized in the impressive attraction of its coast.

20 ROUTES TO DISCOVER MENORCA

1. Maó -Sa Mesquida - Es Grau

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The first section begins at the end of Maó’s port and continues by road to the small village of Sa Mesquida, where there....

2. Es Grau – Favàritx

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Minorca was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993. This section crosses the core zone of this reserve: Albufera des....

3. Favaritx – Port D’Addaia

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This is one of the sections that best define the rich and varied environments that make up the island’s north coast. The....

7. Cala Pilar - Algairens

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This section is covers several different ecosystems and habitats along the route. After departing from the pebbles at El....

8. Algairens – Cala Morell

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This section is filled with strong and beautiful natural contrasts, as the route crosses the Tramuntana area to so-called....

9. Cala Morell - Punta Nati

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Nicknamed the windy island, much of Minorcas landscape is arid. That is case here, as the strong influence of the fierce....

10. Punta Nati - Ciutadella

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Stone plays a starring role along this section, as the path is particularly rocky. It is relatively easy to cover, however,....

11. Ciutadella - Cap D'Artrutx

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This section, which is essential flat, follows the southern coastline at the western end of Minorcan. It starts at the port....