The horse is at the centre of Menorcan culture and this is particularly evident in Ferreries. Son Martorellet, a ranch and stables just out of town, puts on twice weekly dressage shows where the Menorquina horses – a recognised breed since 1989 – can be seen in their full glory.
The Cami Reial (Royal Road) linked Ciutadella and Mahon in the Middle Ages and is now a pathway between Ferreries and Ciutadella. Excellent for walking, cycling or on horseback through the lovely Menorca landscape, there is plenty to see along the way, where each of a diversity of civilisations has left its mark over the centuries. The barranc de Algendar, leading from Ferreries to Cala Galdana, is the most spectacular ravine on the island. It’s a nature reserve that is home to many species of flora and fauna due to the springs that feed a stream all year around. Because of the availability of water, many ancient settlements were built in the area and the remains of these can still be seen today.
Largely bypassed by tourism, beautiful Ferreries, with its wealth of charm, gleams under the summer sun. It’s easy to see why writer Josep Pla described it as the whitest town in the world!