Playa de Fornells Holidays
Playa de Fornells Holidays – A tranquil resort in stunning surroundings
Playa de Fornells holidays are all about peace and tranquillity. Regarded as one of Menorca’s prettiest resorts, Playa de Fornells consists of attractive white-washed villas and low-rise hotels, set upon a hillside that overlooks the bay of Cala Tirant. The town is located on the rugged northern coast of the island, around 2.5 miles from the charming fishing village of Fornells and close to some of the best beaches in the area, including Cavalleria, Binimel-la and Cala Pregonda. The beach overlooked by the town, Cala Tirant, is a beautiful natural sandy cove, with shallow clear water that’s very safe for children.
The key draw here is the area’s outstanding natural beauty; coastal paths, countryside, wetland and virgin beaches make for excellent hiking and cycling. Entertainment is primarily hotel based, and although there are a few lively bars in the resort, don’t go expecting a high-octane clubbing experience. A great choice for families and couples looking for a quiet, relaxed, upmarket resort with the opportunity to explore some of Menorca’s best countryside.
When to go
The resort will be at its busiest during the peak season between June-August, when the weather is at its best. This period also sees the highest accommodation prices however. The springtime is a fantastic time to visit; the surrounding countryside comes into bloom and there’s plenty of wildlife to spot. The months of April-May are just the right temperature for walking or cycling around the area, and accommodation prices will be far cheaper than in peak season. At the beginning of summer, around late May-June, the north coast can experience some very strong winds. This is a good time to visit for anyone who likes sailing and windsurfing.
The weather in Playa de Fornells
With its wonderfully warm Mediterranean climate, holidays to Playas de Fornells can be taken anytime between May-October and still be sure of plenty of sun. Spring (April-May) sees average maximum temperatures of around 18-21C, before warming up to peak during the summer months (June-August) to around 25-28C. The autumn (September-October) is also pleasantly warm right up until the end of October, with average maximum temperatures of 22-26C. Come November, the buffeting tramuntana winds from the north start battering the coast, and there is a higher chance of rainfall. November-March is the winter period and sees average temperatures of 14-18C – the resort is virtually closed to tourists during this time.
Getting the best deal
Being a relatively small town, Playas de Fornells has less accommodation than larger resorts such as Cala’n Blanes, so the best deals are likely to sell out quickly for the peak season. It is essential therefore to book as early as possible to get the best priced rooms.
The summer months are the most expensive to visit, along with school holiday periods such as Easter and half term. If you have the flexibility, travelling outside these times in either the spring or autumn can see you make massive savings. Take a look at our best deals on package holidays to Playas de Fornells below or check out our late offers here.
Airport and transport need to know
When you first arrive in Menorca, you’ll land at the island’s sole international hub; the Menorca Mahon airport (MAH), also known as the international Aeropuerto de Menorca. This is a relatively compact but busy airport, with one terminal set across 2 floors and a small selection of shops and restaurants.You can reach Menorca from over 15 UK airports, including busy hubs like London Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester and Liverpool, and smaller regional airports including Bristol and Norwich.
Playas de Fornells is found around 20 miles north-east of Mahon. It takes around 45 minutes to reach by car. You can catch a taxi from outside the airport Arrivals hall to the resort. Taxis can accommodate up to 4 people and operate on a fixed price basis. You should expect to pay around €30 to the resort for a 4 people with luggage.
Alternatively you can catch a public bus to the resort – however this can be time consuming and the bus service is limited. Catch the Airport-Mahon bus outside the Arrivals hall. The bus will take you to the central bus depot in Plaza Explanada, Mahon. It costs around €1.50. From here, you can catch a connecting bus to Playas de Fornells. For the bus timetable click here.
Another way to reach Playas de Fornells is by shared shuttle bus. These are operated by local coach companies from the airport such as Menorca Airport Transfers. You can expect to get a return fare to the resort from around €25.
Due to its somewhat secluded northerly location, you might wish to consider hiring a private car for the duration of your holiday. Car hire can be arranged relatively cheaply from companies such as http://www.carhiremenorca.com/.
The best beaches in Playa de Fornells
Wild and rugged, with towering cliffs covered in pine trees, beautiful rocky inlets and stunning secluded bays, the northern coast of Menorca is nothing if not dramatic. This section of coast is more exposed to the open sea, so beaches here will tend to be windier and have choppier waves. There are a number of beautiful virgin beaches in this area, ideal for those who like to get away from the mania and crowds of larger resort beaches such as Punta Prima in the south. For the best panoramic view of the island, visit its most northerly tip at Cap de Cavalleria, complete with lighthouse.
Cala Tirant Beach
The beach that is directly overlooked by Playa de Fornells is called Cala Tirant. It is a good sized, sandy beach that lies between two headlands, creating a large, almost lake-like bay. The protection this offers from the tramuntana winds makes it an excellent spot for sailing and windsurfing. The beach is serviced by a couple of beach cafes, and has sun loungers and parasols. Snorkelling and walking are popular pastimes here.
Cavalleria beach is a popular virgin beach just west of the most northerly point in Menorca, Cap de Cavalleria. The beach has the wild feel typical of the northern coast, with reddish coloured sand. The beach is actually two in one – a double crescent bay with a car park nearby, where you can hire sun loungers and parasols in the summer months. The 15km drive from Playa de Fornells is through some beautiful countryside and only takes around 15 minutes.
Just over a mile west of Cavalleria beach and approximately 20minutes drive from Playa de Fornells is the beautiful, secluded bay of Binimel-la. The journey here will also take you through some of the north’s most stunning countryside. When you arrive, you’ll find a half moon bay backed by wetlands and sand dunes, with a free car park and bar/restaurant above the beach. Towards the eastern end are a number of smaller coves that con be explored.