Rural Hotel Menorca Holidays B&B Walking in Menorca. Years ago Menorca had a beautiful coastal path that went right round the island, crossing remote bays, gullies, woods and fields. It was known as the Camí de Cavalls (Bridle Path), and used by the British soldiers on horseback to guard the coast when they occupied Menorca.
Route 1 Maó – es Grau
The first section begins at the end of Maó’s port and continues by road to the small village of Sa Mesquida, where there is a defence tower that was built during the British rule of the island in the 18th century.
From the tower, the influence of wind and salt on the landscape is evident. The Tramuntana wind leaves its mark on coastal vegetation, especially the socarrells; an endemic bush with strong, thorny branches that is shaped like a cushion, the shape is because of its exposure to harsh weather conditions.
Along the route, there are coves of great natural value, such as Macar de Binillautí (pebble beach), which is attached to a marsh. The final section of the route leads into farmland, which together with wild olive trees, forms a typical Minorcan landscape, one of farms or llocs.
More recently, the Balearic Islands Parliament passed the Camí de Cavalls law (Law 13/2000 of 21 December), which established the public right of way of the path, in response to public demand.
Difficulty level: Medium