A taste of the real Menorca. Good for spring breaks and base to discover the rest of the island
Fornells for families
Base for nature lovers and watersports fans
Kayak and Sailing trips in Marine Reserve
Day trip out for lunch or evenings
Fornells for couples
Watersports, waterside restaurants and landscapes
Close to the north's spectacular virgin beaches
Authentic, relaxing place
Day trip out for lunch or evenings
(updated Nov 2022)
Located on the North East coast of the island. Approximately 30-40 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 place 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.
The natural bay dominates measuring 5 kilometres long and 2 at it's widest point. The ( best preserved on Menorca ) Watch Tower reminds us that Menorca always needed to be defended as does Castle Sant Antoni.
The Harbours Square is always a good people watching spot. Beautiful serence coastal walks to neighbouting Playa Den Fornells Holiday resort and beach . The coastline, islands and bays can be explored by Water Taxi, boat, Rib, Sail , Kayaks (for the fit ! ) even Jet Ski tours.
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.
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 .
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
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
Fornells is a location for relaxed social evenings in the Cafe Bars and Restaurants.
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!
Bus Network Map with Fornells Bus stops to download
TIP: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.
Fornells has always been a good location for Restaurants if you you are staying here or not . Well worth a day time or evening time visit for good food in a loveley location....our curated Fornells Bar and Restaurants guide
Yes there are the very traditional Cafe Bars where locals and visitors gather but there are also places for those looking for a more contemporary chilled decor and atmosphere - some with roof top terraces. ...our curated Fornells Bar and Clubs guide
Fornells has a mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers. Menorca has pleasant cooling Summer breeze. The sea temperatures at Fornells will be around 22-26 degrees in Summer. In October the water is still warm. Spring time ( early March to April ) will have sunny days with temperatures around 20 and above , ideal for sightseeing, walking, cycling and horseriding activities.