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    Long Distance Trail GR 223

    Camí de Cavalls-Menorca

     

     

    HIKING MAP MENORCA

    (+ enlarged map-1:25.000- Ciutadella South Coast)

    (Editorial Alpina, 3. Edition 2017)

     

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    The attractions of Menorca go far beyond the stereotype of its unspoilt coves of turquoise waters. Despite its small size, the island offers a variety of landscapes: cliffs and beaches, gorges and plains, pasture and croplands, forests and scrub. The sometimes, ‘boring landscape’ that you see beside the roads changes completely when you put on your hiking boots or ride your bike and take the footpaths, cross the ravines or walk along the coast. From an archaeological point of view, Menorca is an unique open air museum riddled with ‘talaiots’ (watchtowers), ‘navetes’ (boat shaped graves) and ‘taules’ (T-shaped sanctuaries). Also interesting is its ethnological heritage which includes: cattle stone huts, sandstone quarries, drystone walls and old paths that allow us to enjoy its highlights on foot or by bike. Aside from the Camí de Cavalls (Horses’ Path), a circular route that goes around the island, there are also coastal paths and paths that lead to castles and churches or connect villages and ‘llocs’ (Menorca’s farmhouses).

     

     

    Stages

    1/ Maó- Es Grau, 3h 30min/ 10 km/ Grade: Medium

    2/ Es Grau- Favàritx, 3h 30min/ 8’6 km/Medium

    3/ Favàritx- Arenal d’en Castell, 5 h/ 13’6 km/ Medium

    4/ Arenal d’en Castell- Cala Tirant, 4 h / 10’8 km/ Low

    5/ Cala Tirant- Binimel·là, 4 h/ 9’6 km/ Medium

    6/ Binimel·là- Els Alocs, 5 h/ 8’9 km/ High

    7/ Els Alocs- Algaiarens, 4h 30min/ 9’7 km/ Medium

    8/ Algaiarens- Cala Morell, 2h 10min/ 5’4 km/ Medium

    9/ Cala Morell- Punta Nati, 3 h/ 7 km/ Low

    10/ Punta Nati- Ciutadella, 4 h/ 10’5 km/ Low

    11/ Ciutadella- Punta d’Artrutx, 5 h/ 13’2 km/ Low

    12/ Punta d’Artrutx- Cala en Turqueta, 5 h / 13’3 km/ Medium

    13/ Cala en Turqueta- Cala Galdana, 2h 30min/6’4 km/ Low

    14/ Cala Galdana- Sant Tomàs, 4h 30min/ 10’8 km/ Medium

    15/ Sant Tomàs- Son Bou, 2h 30min/ 6’4 km/ Low

    16/ Son Bou- Cala en Porter, 3h 30min/ 8 km/ Medium

    17/ Cala en Porter- Binisafúller, 4h 30min/ 11’8 km/ Low

    18/ Binisafúller- Punta Prima, 3h 30min/ 8’1 km/ Low

    19/ Punta Prima- Cala de Sant Esteve, 2h 40min/ 7’3 km/ Low

    20/ Cala de Sant Esteve- Maó, 2h 20min/ 6 km/ Low

     

    For the ‘Menorquins’, the Camí de Cavalls is much more than a walkway because it belongs to their collective heritage. The origins of this old coastal path are unknown but it should have been built around the 16th century in order to defend the island against pirates raids. Since 1996 and after some demonstrations on its behalf, the government enacted a law and outlined a plan which resulted in the reopening of this important ethnological and historical heritage route. In 2010, the 185 km footpath had already been cleared and signposted in order that locals and visitors could enjoy it on foot, by bike or on horseback.

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