This is a 'back row' property in the quietest and most northerly community of Playas de Fornells. It benefits from a swimming pool for the exclusive use of community residents and sundecks with spectacular sea views. There is a new kitchen and convenient breakfast bar. The balcony is the perfect place to eat, or have a glass of wine, while enjoying the sea views, watching the boats from Fornells. The flat has everything necessary for the perfect holiday. Playas de Fornells is considered to be the most attractive development in Menorca. It has supermarkets, bars, excellent restaurants and is an ideal place to relax and unwind. The flat is someway up the hill and is accessed by the stairs (shown in the photograph of the carpark) or via a small rocky path. Thus it is not suitable for those with limited mobility.
The apartment is on the 'back row' of the small community of Tamarindos within the Playas de Fornells development. This means that it is very quiet, and has views across the roofs of the lower flats to the sea. It also means that it is in the shadow of the hills and has very little telephone reception and wi-fi is impossible (However there is plenty of free wi-fi in the cafes in Playas de Fornells). As the flat faces north the balcony remains out of the sun for most of the day, so it is ideal for eating. Outside the front door is a total suntrap, so if you don't feel like going to the beach, you can just park yourself outside and bake quietly in the sun, with a view of the hills behind the apartment.
Tamarindos is the most northerly community in Playas de Fornells, so it doesn't get any 'through' traffic, but it is still within walking distance of the supermarkets, bars, and restaurants and even the beach at Cala Tirant, (1.25km, 15-20mins walking) if you want to have a totally laid back holiday and not even hire a car.
Close to Playas de Fornells are some of the most beautiful beaches in Menorca, including the delightful Cala Pregonda. Five minutes by car or a stunning 20 minute walk around the headland is the beautiful fishing village of Fornells, famous for its seafood restaurants and the watersports available in the magnificent bay. 7km away is Es Mercadel, a pretty market town, which has three of the very best restaurants on the island, together with a number of interesting non-tourist shops and art galleries. Es Mercadel is situated at the base of Monte Toro, the highest point on the island, and is famous for its biscuits and pastries.
Menorca is a little jewel of an island, smaller and quieter than Mallorca it is an ideal place for a holiday with its numerous beaches, sunshine and fantastic restaurants. But it is more than just a tourist island, with a thriving shoe industry and cheeses that are famous throughout Spain. If you are driving along the back lanes, you may come across some of the farms that sell their own cheese, always worth a visit. There is plenty of ancient history to explore and enough small shops in boutiques in the main towns to keep shoppers happy. Menorca, the whole island, has been declared a nature reserve by the EU, and it is well deserved with an interesting variety of flora and fauna, as well as geology and birdlife. For those who like walking and/or cycling it is almost perfect. In the apartment there are a number of guidebooks together with specific walking maps and guides.
When to visit:
November to March: As the flat has double glazing and a heater it is warm and cozy inside. There is total peace and quiet. Ideal for writing! Also ideal for walking and exploring the island - as long as you have warm and waterproof clothes. Everything at Playas de Fornells will be closed, but Es Mercadal has plenty of shops, supermarkets and restaurants that are open all year.
April, May: The Spring will bring the fantastic flowers and fabulous walking and cycling conditions. It will still be very quiet and peaceful on the island. Some restaurants may be open in the Playas de Fornells, but you will be better off going into Es Mercadal for shopping and eating. The weather can be nice, but also can be chilly. It may be too cold to swim in the sea.
June, July, August, September: Everything is open in Playas de Fornells, but Tamarindos will still be quite peaceful.
October: A few restaurants may still be open in Playas de Fornells, better to go into Es Mercadal for shopping and eating. The sea may still be warm enough to swim in, but it may get chilly, so bring warm clothes.