The Camí de Cavalls on Minorca is considered to be part of the island’s heritage and has been declared to be of cultural interest by the Balearic Islands’ Regional Government. It is a famous path running for 185 km around the entire island very near the coast. Although the origin of the Camí de Cavalls cannot be precisely established, it is known that it was used for defensive military purposes during the 18th century, as it allows the military authorities to keep watch on the coasts. It was also used by farmers and could be freely accessed by anyone.
During the 20th century, the Camí de Cavalls deteriorated notably, largely due to lack of maintenance and the disuse of some sections. To effectively recover the use of this path, in 2000 a law was promulgated with the main aim of establishing a public right of way over the original course of the Camí de Cavalls and allowing its general, free and unrestricted use.
Map of routes on the Camí de Cavallsgo back