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Cami de Cavalls, Mahon

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The Camí de Cavalls is an ancient path of abbr=in186 that encircles the island of Minorca, Spain. This long-distance walking route is the GR 223 of the Senderos de Gran Recorrido network in Spain and it is also used to reach some of the most inaccessible beaches of Minorca.HistoryIt is widely accepted that the Camí de Cavalls was built in order to connect the watchtowers, fortresses and cannons distributed along the coast of the island and to make the transport of troops and artillery easier. However, the date of its origin is not so clear. The most accepted theory attributes it is the French invaders during the different periods they lived in the island, but according to some studies, it could have been created in the 14th century.Since its original function was the defence and the control of the island, it was patrolled by soldiers mounted on Menorquin horses, hence the word cavalls (meaning "horses" in Catalan) in the name of the path.RestorationDuring decades part of the path belonged to private properties and could not be used by everybody. However, after an agreement between the island's government and the landords, the path became public. Then, the Government started the restoration of the whole path, spending €934,977.37 in a first stage and €800,159 in a second stage completed in May 2011.StagesThe path is divided in 20 different stages, each of them between 5 and 14 km. All the start and arrival points can be gained access to by road traffic, making possible to cover only one or some stages of the path at a time.
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  • The Cami won't let go of you. Once started must continue, and the penna worth the view menus, no matter where you are on the road. Landscapes, beaches and villages, you will know the beautiful island, in every corner, every curve and after each Hill will surprise me. Take yourself on the road and do not forget to make a stop, either on a beach or in a bar. It is unforgettable and almost anyone can go far. We are on the way.
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  • Walking the natural landscape is changing and showing their different combinations, always close to the sea. Worth seeing it and live it.
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  • This amazing (mainly) coastal path around the island of Menorca was originally intended (as its name suggests) for horseriders. A path, varying in grades of difficulty all around the coastline of the ...  more »