Run Menorca’s historic Camí de Cavalls trail – jewel of the Mediterranean

Menorca offers five thrilling races along its scenic 185-kilometre Camí de Cavalls trail around the island

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If you’re looking for a destination where you can run, revel in breathtaking landscapes, indulge in delicious cuisine, and immerse yourself in cultural experiences, then Menorca and its Camí de Cavalls are the place for you.

Sponsored by the Fundació Foment de Turisme de Menorca, the island’s department of tourism, Menorca will host five trail run races in 2024 along the Camí de Cavalls, a signposted trail open year-round.

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The race calendar kicks off with the Trail dels Fars across three distances that cater for various skill levels. The first is the popular 12K race. The second is a half marathon that starts in a particularly natural and untouched area in Ets Alocs, Ciutadella. And the main event is a 46K marathon with 1,200 of elevation gain, which starts at the picturesque Cavalleria lighthouse, one of the most beautiful spots on the island. The race is on 4 February.

Next up is the Trail del Nord on 13 April, just as spring is blooming on the island. Again, three distances are available: 12K, 24K and 46K. The longest starts at the cliffs of Cala Morell and passes through some impressive places such as Cala Pilar, Binimel·là, Pregonda and the climb to the Castle of Santa Águeda, one of the best preserved remains of the Muslim period on the island. The 24K starts at the Cala Pilar car park and the 12KM at the Binimel·là trail. Runners will find a concert and refreshing pool party at the finish line.

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Menorca’s biggest trail run event is in May: the Trail Menorca Camí de Cavalls. More than 2,000 runners participate in this multi-day event that offers eight ways to discover Menorca on 3, 4 and 5 May. The most intense option is a daunting challenge: an 185K circumnavigation of the island that can be run solo or as a relay in teams of at least three. There’s also the option of a thrilling 100K night run along the island’s north coast that offers one of the most beautiful and wildest sunrises you’ve ever seen.

The race also has an 85K route along Menorca’s south coast, a scenic route along some of the most spectacular unspoilt beaches in the Balearic Islands and Spain, as well as a 58K run along the north coast, a 45K marathon along the south coast, a half marathon along the north coast and a half marathon along the south coast, a 24K half marathon in the island's rocky northern region and, for the first time this year, a race designed for runners who don't want to tackle so many kilometres: a 11K run on Friday, 3 May, in the north of Menorca.

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All races finish in the historic centre of Ciutadella, where participants and supporters can savour the FINISHER experience — a celebration of Menorcan cuisine and music with a special vibe.

After the logical summer break because of the heat, the enigmatic Trail dels Fars Nocturna, a race that runs on Saturday night with both a 13K and 23K event and a start that passes by the enchanting Favàritx lighthouse under the light of the stars, kicks things off again. A treat open to all levels.

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The October Trail is an event that has grown to become more than just a race and is now a festival of sport with food and cultural attractions, as well as three distances to run between Son Bou (34K), Cala Mitjana (19K) and Cala Turqueta (11K) and Cala'n Bosch, home of the impressive Lago Resort Menorca, the official accommodation of the event. Now with 200-plus participants and one of the Balearic Island’s biggest trail events, October Trail will close out the year on 26 October.

Learn more about Menorca's historic trail races at

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