What is there to do in Fornells during your visit to Menorca?
Fornells is undoubtedly one of Menorca’s prettiest villages. It’s an old fishing village set in a vast protected bay with a castle at the entrance, and well known for its gastronomy. Enjoying a stroll along the promenade under the palm trees at sunset is wonderful and romantic experience.
If you still haven’t decided which places to visit during your holiday in Menorca, the Bini Hotels team recommend that you don’t miss out on Fornells. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a day out with your partner.
Kayak trips to unspoilt beaches
Park as you get into the village (there’s space by the football pitch) to start your trip along the coast. The bay of Fornells is perfect to rent a kayak and hug the shore as you explore the little unspoilt coves, admiring the scenery, enjoying the sun and swimming in crystal clear water.
When walking along the promenade, you’ll come across a shaded rest area where there used to be a huge holding tank for lobsters. Lobster is the most essential and delicious ingredient in Menorca’s most famous dish, caldereta de langosta (spiny lobster bouillabaisse).
Castles in Menorca
Further ahead lie the remains of the Castillo de San Antonio, built in the 17th century. Fornells grew with this building work, as many labourers came to live here.
In 1782 the Spanish army destroyed the castle. All that remains of it now are the ground floor, the water cistern, storage areas and courtyard. There is no access into the interior, but in the summer concerts are held outside and the whole castle is lit up. It’s a great show!
Defence towers in Menorca
Climb up to the Torre de Fornells. The British built this defence tower on the top of a small hill a couple of centuries ago. It’s one of the largest on the island and is still in good condition.
It’s worth seeing the interior, with its recreation of how the soldiers once used it. The tower is open daily until 15 h, except for Tuesdays. Free admission on Mondays and fee is €2.40 during the rest of the week.
Enjoy fabulous views of the Mediterranean from the tower, with the fortress La Mola de Fornells to one side and the distant lighthouse el Faro de Cavalleria to the other.
Delicious Menorcan Gastronomy
You can’t leave Fornells without trying out one of the wonderful Menorcan dishes on offer, with fresh lobster and fish accompanied by the finest local countryside produce to add that tasty Menorcan touch to your day out.
And then, there’s nothing better than finishing off your day on the promenade at the artisan market. It’s open on Saturday and Sunday evenings in the summer, with lots of brightly coloured stalls everywhere.
If you are staying at S'Estil·let, our lovely little hotel in Es Migjorn Gran, it’s really easy to get to Fornells, just 24 kms. away. Head north from Es Mercadal and you’ll soon spot the sea and all the boats in this delightful little Menorcan fishing village. Did you enjoy the excursion? And what do you think of Menorcan gastronomy?