It’s thought that the path was built around the 14th century to connect fortresses and watchtowers, and you can almost picture the bands of soldiers on Menorquin horseback patrolling the perimeter for marauding invaders, such as the infamous Barbarossa pirates. This could be why it became known as Cami de Cavalls, which roughly translates from Catalan as the ‘path of horses’.
Discover something different around every bend
During the French occupation in the 18th century, this extensive path underwent some much-needed restoration, but has since fallen back into ruin in certain places. It is still possible to navigate most of the route but you should be prepared to take the rough with the smooth, as in certain areas the terrain can be rugged and remote, albeit beautiful. A good guidebook will help you find which parts of the Cami de Cavalls are most suitable for you, and especially helpful if your time on the island is limited. The views from the well-trodden walkway will definitely be worth your while and you’re sure to see a variety of landscapes that include meadows, woodland and beaches. By tracing the path, you can also uncover more of traditional Minorca, from historic farmland to quaint fishing villages.
And if you’re feeling energetic…
There are organised walking and running events throughout the year that will really test your fitness and endurance levels – great for the more agile among us! The path is also popular with horse riders and mountain bikers, who enjoy the challenge of negotiating the uneven terrain. The Cami de Cavalls is reasonably well signposted, so finding your way along it should be fairly easy.
If you visit out of season, you’ll find that many of the resorts you pass through are almost entirely deserted and very few restaurants and bars remain open, creating a completely different atmosphere from season to season. But however you do it by foot, wheel or hoof – the path is the perfect way to uncover all the island has to offer, and you’re sure to leave with a sense of having really experienced the true Minorca.
For a brief introduction to the Cami de Cavalls you could join our new Balearic Island Adventure tour, which includes a guided walk along part of the path, or if you would like more time exploring you could set off on our special interest walking holiday in Minorca. Alternatively, if you’d rather follow the path at your own pace we have a great collection of hotels in Minorca from where you can do just that.