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Ferreries, a somewhat hidden village as it is built in a valley and has been growing over the years. It is very famous for its shoe factory. But it is not only its shoes that drive us crazy, but also its cheese factories, some of them with awards for some of the best cheeses in the world.

Ferreries preserves many old streets where it is a real delight to get lost and take pictures. As a curiosity its square, where the town hall is located, does not have a square or rectangular shape like the majority of squares and it is also on a slope, which means that the horses always fall to that side during the fiestas.

In this municipality you will find some of the most interesting routes for hikers outside of Camí de Cavalls. Within the village we love to climb up to the hermitage of Son Granot and enjoy the views that can be seen from there. And if we go a little further we have another great ascent to the Castle of Santa Águeda or the one that runs along the whole of the Barranco d’Algendar, a route of about 8 km that links Ferreries with its only urbanisation, Cala Galdana.

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History of shoes in Menorca

Before tourism became the main productive activity on the island, footwear was the main activity on the island from the 19th century onwards. And it is in Ferreries where the factories of the most prestigious footwear firms are concentrated today. But let’s go to the beginning….

History tells us that the origin of the typical Menorcan footwear as we know it today can be found in the countryside. The peasants used the great properties provided by the leather they obtained from their cattle to make simple sandals with their own hands, suitable and comfortable for their work.

Little by little they became popular until they penetrated all the social classes of the island, evolving and perfecting little by little the model that we know today as avarca or abarca.

But where does the Menorcan shoemaking tradition come from? Its origins date back to the British occupations of the 17th and 18th centuries, when there was a great demand for footwear to meet the needs of the English conquerors of the time. Later, after the Spanish Civil War, many Menorcans who had emigrated in search of fortune to Cuba at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century also returned and saw a great opportunity in the export of footwear to those lands. So they began to create small factories to export to Cuba and to the new demand that was also coming from the mainland.

In 2010 a very important step was taken to preserve this tradition. The Menorcan Shoe Manufacturers Association together with the Consell Insular de Menorca created the registered trademark Avarca de Menorca, which distinguishes the avarcas made by Menorcan companies and ensures the quality control of their footwear.

Mascaró and RIA Menorca are the best current references within the municipality. If you want to know more about their history, don’t hesitate to visit them and buy footwear in some of their shops.

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Hikers, runners, families, ...

We have already told you that we like Ferreries because there are some of our favourite routes to do on foot, whether walking, running or with the youngest members of the family. And if you want to test your quadriceps, femoral, tibialis and calf muscles, there’s nothing better than this town to do it…

We have already told you about the Castle of Santa Águeda, the third highest peak in Menorca after El Toro (Mercadal) and s’Enclusa, also in Ferreries. A climb of just over 1 km will take you to what was the last point of Arab resistance before the conquest by Alfonso III of Aragon. To get there, take the turn-off to Camí dels Alocs, which you will find about 3 km along the main road towards Ciutadella from Ferreries.

But if this is just a warm-up for you, we suggest you do the “5 cims”, a route of about 20 kms starting and finishing in the municipality and in which you will visit Son Marces, s’Enclusa, Son Blanc, Sant Pere and s’Ermita. What, do you dare?

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