When you are planning your holiday on the island of Menorca, you should really remember to include a visit to Fornells on your itinerary. This is a lovely little village which is situated on the north of the island, tucked away in a peaceful bay. The village boasts a population in the region of a thousand inhabitants, who are known locally as Fornellers in the Catalan dialect spoken by the natives of the island. However, during the summer season the number of people around and about increases quite alarmingly due to the many tourists either visiting from the neighbouring Balearic Islands or from those actually taking their holidays on the island of Menorca itself.
The village of Fornells has an interesting history. It was originally founded to serve the 16th century castle which was used as a defence against the Barbary pirates who were encouraged to raid the land by the safe haven provided by the bay. During the 18th century the castle was put to the ground and all that is left in these modern days is the watch tower on the headland just outside of the village. From this point you can see the Cavalleria Cape to the west and the huge form of Sa Mola to the east. It does not take much to put your imagination to work and picture the pirates landing in the bay and pillaging the houses of the locals.
The bay itself is five kilometres long and two kilometres wide. In comparison to the overall size of the island of Menorca, Fornells Bay could best be described as an inland sea. The water is usually calm in the bay making it a perfect spot to have a go at some water sports. However, the winds are sometimes quite strong and as the nearby hills are not high enough to offer protection from the winds, many of the trees are bent over to the point where their branches are almost trailing on the ground. You can also take a sightseeing tour of Fornells Bay and the local area by boat taxi if you wish.
The village depends on the fishing industry and the fishing boats are dotted around in the bay going about their usual catch to supply the local restaurants where fish and seafood are the order of the day. Fornells is famous most of all for its lobster fishing and although the village is still quite modest, you will have to travel a good distance to sample better food.
There are many super beaches in close proximity to Fornells Bay where the hotels and apartments of the area can be found but Menorca in general, although popular amongst holiday makers has managed to successfully escape the hoards of tourist who visit other Spanish islands. Fornells Bay is a perfect example of the ideal place to experience a relaxing and peaceful time away from it all and forget about everything going on back at home.
It is easy to reach this pretty village and spectacular bay by following the coast road from the capital city of Mahon or via Mercadal. With so many other places of interest close by, why not stop off for a bite of lunch or something to drink in one of the many restaurants – you will be so glad you did!