The Cami De Cavalls is a medieval coastal path which winds around the edge of Menorca. Historically, it was used to spread news of any impending invasions during Menorca’s turbulent past. The path has in the past been trodden by Moorish, Catalan, French and English occupying forces, but can now be strolled through at a more leisurely pace on a Menorca holiday.
The path is 35 miles in diameter, but the walk can be enjoyed in stages whilst on your Menorca holidays. Most commonly it is attempted over five days in six mile sections, but you can choose whether you wish to attempt the entire walk or simply a small section of the walk. Riding the path is an alternative option, and certainly a very fitting way to experience the ‘path of the horses’. Although the path doesn’t follow the traditional route, due to developments over the centuries, it does stretch along the scenic coastline which is beautifully peppered with small inlets and coves. But whilst you’re certain to enjoy the breathtaking scenery on your Menorca holiday, you may be surprised to hear that when this path was first built in the 16th century it was largely avoided by the local population.
Stories of invasion, pirates and the fear of disease from mainland Europe meant that many Menorcans feared, and therefore avoided the coastal areas of the island and many locals lived without ever seeing the sea. However, it would be a complete shame if you avoided the ocean areas whilst on your Menorca holidays. But although the stunning coves and deserted beaches provide a scenic accompaniment to your walk, they are not the only landscape that you are guaranteed to spot on your Menorca holidays. By turning a corner on your walk you are likely to come face to face with a huge Megalith. These Stone Age monuments are similar to Stonehenge and bronze remains of ancient Egyptian gods have even been discovered in the area. Some of the caves along the ‘Cami De Cavalls’ date from Neolithic times and are a testament to the historic past of this Balearic Island.
The best time to walk the Cami De Cavalls is in the spring, when the flowers are just beginning to bloom. From the common mallow to the blue flowers of the borage plant, Menorca’s flora is certainly brightly-coloured and beautiful to stroll alongside on a clear spring day.
You can start the walk on your Menorca holidays at the popular resort of Son Bou and the first stage is to the area of Cala Galdana. However, if you only plan to do one stage of the trail on your Menorca holidays then we recommend that you start at Es Grau, which is easily the most scenic part of the Cami. The road takes in the lighthouse at Favaritx and continues through Punta Prima, ending in the scenic location of Mahon’s harbour where, if you time it just right, you can finish just in time for sunset and sangria.
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Article Added on Saturday, August 22, 2009
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