Cami de Cavells (GR-223) is the ancient path that encircles the whole island. It’s 185km in total and takes in some of the best views and beaches on it’s way.
It’s now a very popular route for hikers and mountain bikers.
It’s divided up in to 20 different stages. The length of each stage varies from 5km to 14km.
The terrain is varied and changes as you traverse different sides of the island. It really highlights the amazing diversity in the Menorca’s landscape. From rocky paths to gullies, farm land, wetlands, modern roads, and pine forest.
The origins hark back to the path having had a military use in ancient times. Menorca was under great threat from pirate raids so having access to all areas of the coastline for the purposes of watching/protecting was vital. The path links the many watch towers dotted along the coastline. It had many other uses over the years, but parts had become inaccessible or closed off over time. In 2010 the path was officially fully reopened for everyone to enjoy.
There are many companies offering organised tours around the path, either by MTB or on foot. Some parts of the path are used by horse riders too.
Things to bear in mind if undertaking any part of the route:
- There may be long stretches without anywhere to get refreshments so take plenty with you
- Take sun cream!
- Sensible and rugged footwear is crucial as some areas are rocky/slippy
- Wild camping is not allowed but ‘bivouacking’ is
- You will pass many amazing coves and beaches… have swimwear with you!
- The path crosses some private land, please be respectful and keep to the path
- Prohibido del Paso – means no entry
- Prohibido del Caza – is a very common sign mistakenly understood – it means no hunting on this land, not no entry.
- Some stretches will have no mobile phone coverage
- Gates are used to control cattle, ensure you leave them as you found them
Some useful links…
Self guided tours, and lots of info on the different ways of doing it. https://www.camidecavalls360.com/en/
Ultra marathon that takes place on the route. http://www.trailmenorca.com/index.php?ecshow=18&zwlng=en
Impartial and independent reviews. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g642211-d6360331-Reviews-Cami_de_Cavalls-Mahon_Menorca_Balearic_Islands.html
Bike rental in Ciutadella (including MTB) http://www.totvelo.com/en/bike-rental-ciutadella-menorca/
Just a few of the sights you will see as you travel along the path…