On the north coast of the island of Menorca, between Cala Tirant and Fornells lies the centre of Playa de Fornells, an urbanisation that belongs to the municipality of Es Mercadal, with an approximate area of almost fifty hectares. It has three aparthotels, two supermarkets and a small shopping area, where there are restaurants and bars that open in high season, from San Juan (June) to the end of September. In summer, the beach of Cala Tirant is home to numerous bathers who on days of the Tramontana become surfers in search of waves.
Fornells is one of the most sparkling jewels of Menorca. It is a place of pilgrimage for gourmets of lobster and fish stew thanks to the superb restaurants. In the summer, Fornells gently bustles with tourists coming and going, admiring the beauty of the village and its narrow streets. Out of season, the authentic Fornells emerges, that of an oasis of peace and quiet, disturbed only by the days of the Tramontana wind, when its spectacular bay forms the ideal refuge for sailing in a safe and wonderful setting. Administratively, Fornells belongs to the district of Es Mercadal.
The district of Es Mercadal, the nerve centre of which is the town of the same name, extends for 134 square kilometres and borders the east with Alaior, to the south with Es Migjorn Gran and to the west with Ferreries. Due to its situation as a crossroads, it has become an obligatory spot to stop at, offering a varied choice of renowned fine food. On the outskirts of the town we can make our way to Monte Toro, the highest point of the island, a mountain of Menorca that provides some spectacular views around it.
Those who visit Menorca have stated that it is one of the paradises of the western Mediterranean, an island that history has always been an object of desire because of its strategic position and which now has ended up becoming one of the most attractive tourist destinations. However, it is not only a dream spot for holidays, but also for living. Menorca allows you to experience for yourself the quality of life that you had always imagined, through the combination of small details that make up its landscape, people, tranquillity, light, traditions and fine food.
Geographically, Menorca is the easternmost and northernmost island of the Balearic Islands, declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1993 by UNESCO. It has a coastline of 701 km² and 216 kilometres of, along which are distributed more than 70 beaches. Blessed with a typically Mediterranean climate with annual average temperatures of 16.5 degrees, it currently has a population of 96,000, concentrated into eight districts: Maó (administrative capital of the island), Ciutadella (the old capital), Alaior, Ferreries, Es Mercadal, Es Castell, Sant Lluís and Es Migjorn Gran. There are three other towns, Sant Climent, Llucmaçanes and Fornells, the first two in the district of Maó and the other in Es Mercadal. Maó, located in the east, and Ciutadella, in the west, are the two most inhabited towns on the island.
Socio-economically, unlike the other islands of the Balearic archipelago, Menorca has, over time, had the good fortune to be able maintain a perfect balance between the traditional industries of footwear, costume jewellery and agriculture favouring the gentle development of the tourist sector and thus enabling the island to preserve its countryside and beaches. This environmental sensitivity still exists among all its inhabitants, guaranteeing a unique setting, perfect for family, sports and cultural tourism.