Fornells Beach & Holiday Guide
Fornells in photographs with resort maps
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Fornells - Location
is located on the North East coast of the island. Approximately 30 mins., from the Airport.
Not to be confused with Playa den Fornells, this is a quieter authentic Menorca location set around a pretty palm tree lined harbour with views out across the bay to a far shore untouched by any buildings. Fornells is a (former) fishermans village that has become the main place for sail based water sports and specialist fish restaurants for the island. Centred around around the fishing harbour, it remains mostly residential. The village is located at the entrance to a huge enclosed natural bay whose protected waters make it perfect for all manner of sail based 'messing about'. More like a large salt water lake the wind conditions here are great for beginners of anything that floats on water. Very pleasant for lunch time and evening drinks and meals alongside the harbour quay. Also a good base for the north of the island for nature lovers.
Fornells is less well known as a place to stay as it does not feature in any package broschures but is a great places for more indepedently minded people to stay, if just for a part of your stay.
There is simple, small scale accommodation at Fornells in apartments and hostals. Two small hostals in the village. La Palma www.hostallapalma.com is a small hostel in the harbour area with cafeteria and restaurant. Hostal S'Algaret and Can Digus Apartments in the old village with views to the bay. In addition there are some private villas and apartments at the entrance aswell as in Ses Salines just few minutes south of Fornells village.
Public buses are not practical for transfer from Airport ( you must always change at Mahon bus station ) so you will need either a shared or private transfer, Taxi or Hire Car. West coast resorts are often best via a transfer rather than Taxi due to costs - taxi circa 60-70 Eur one way. We recommend shuttle menorca.
Menorca tips - note despite the apparent many offers in Internet there are only three licensed companies who actually provide the service on Menorca, so ensure you know who you are booking with before paying.
No real beach in Fornells - hire kayak to reach remote bays ( S'Aranalet bay) opposite village for a treat. Nearest sandy beach , Cala Tirant, is over the headland at Playa den Fornells ( a purpose built holiday resort ) often confused with Fornells. Also another natural beautiful beach is Arenal Son Saura at Son Parc. Along this coast west of Fornells are a collection of amazing northern coast virgin beaches including Cavalleria, Bini mel la and Pregonda. These can be visited with the Water Tax service.
This is also a very small coarse sand beach at Ses Salines though this is used by a lot of watersports for launching dinghies and windsurfers. However spots can be found at northern end of this area.
At the village centre point (hidden 'till you round the corner of the tourist office) there is also a small strip of coarse sand suitable for small children to play and bathe-but sand depends on any previous storms.
Fornells - Local Beaches
Fornells - Local Virgin Beaches
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Shopping in Fornells
Shopping in Fornells is geared towards the all year around resident population, holiday makers and day visitors,but is small scale.
In the centre there are two mini supermarkets, a few Boutiques and souvenir shops, Banks, chemist. For better shopping visit near by town of Es Mercadal or the capital Mahon.
There is a summer night market on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May to October, from 20.00 to 01.00 hours, on the Calle del Mar de Fornells along the harbour front selling sweets, crafts, jewellery, souvenirs .
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - detailed getting about infos.
Menorca Holiday Tip
Mahon will mostly be written on timetables, front of buses and signposts as Mao, it's correct local name. Also posted in the local papers eg Ultima Hora Menorca, Menorca towards the back pages are most of the island's current bus timetables. You will nearly always find a copy of this in a cafe bar - make notes, please don't take paper as its there for all to read. If you are staying longer than a week take a trip on this good network and see some of the other resorts/towns first hand.
Taxi to Mahon Airport will be around 37-40 Euro
You can reach several other beaches, and towns by bus from Fornells - details below
Aquataxi - North Coast
A recent service from Fornells/ Port Addaya harbour to the north coastline and virgin beaches ( Cala Pilar, Cavaleria, Pregonda virgin beaches ) A thrilling way to see these nature park coastlines and remoter beaches . Taxis Services
Must see and activities
Bay and Countryside
The Countryside around Fornells is very natural , with so many landscapes including wetlands, moon like and rolling hills and woodlands.
Watersports and Activities
Too much to list here - see See and Do pages below
Last weekend in July . The jaleo is held in the Plaza de S’algaret, opposite the harbour.
Fornells is a great location for relaxed evenings.
Being a local town you will experience a little bit of Menorcan life. Having taken Siestas the children will be out and about 'till late. The Cafes and Bars will be a meeting point and much people watching will be done!
Wi-Fi and Internet
Many Fornells Bars will offer free WiFi ( passwords on request ) Sim cards and dongles for Spanish networks( Vodafone es /Movistar ) can be bought in nearby towns and topped up via supermarket cashiers. More and more towns have free WiFi in their squares. WiFi on Menorca
Bus Timetable - Fornells
Mahon will mostly be written on timetables, front of buses and signposts as Maó, it's local name. If you are staying longer than a week take a trip on this good network and see some of the other sights, resorts/towns and attractions.
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - Detailed getting about info.
There is a daily bus service into Mahon and Playa den Fornells (Cala Tirant / Platages den Fornells ). Also along to the beach resorts of Arenal d'en Castell, Son Parc and Es Grau.Bus Timetable - Fornells
Things to See and Do
Fornells is about tradition,good eating, waters sports and enjoying scenic nature by sea, on foot or Mountain Bike.Things to See and Do in and around Fornells
What is the Weather like in Fornells
Fornells has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Fornells will be around 22-26 degrees in summer. In October the sea is still warm. Spring time ( early March to April ) will have sunny days and air temperatures around 20 and above , ideal for sightseeing, walking, cycling and horseriding activities.Weather & forecast through the year
Restaurants and Bars in Fornells
A great selection of authentic restaurants from simple to grander. Various Bars. Also some at Ses Salines.Bars and Restaurants in and around Fornells
Interactive Maps - Fornells
Villas and Apartments in Fornells, Menorca ( Minorca )
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Luxury Villas & Farmhouses
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Hotels in Fornells
Small family run hotels and apartments with a personal touch.Hotels in and around Fornells