Whimbrel Sailing Adventure travel blog

Entrance to Fornells bay, north Menorca

Fornells Bay from Mount Toro - Whimbrel can be spotted with a...

Decorative water feature in Es Mercadel

We motored for 45 minutes to Arenal d’en Castell which is a lovely horseshoe shaped bay, but completely spoilt with holiday developments and high rise buildings. So we sailed further west along the north coast to Fornells Bay (9 nautical miles in 2 hours 25 minutes). This is in a marine reserve which runs along quite a bit of the north coast to protect the sea grass, so you have to moor on a buoy rather than anchor, but there is no charge, which is unusual.

Fornells is only a small village but it has a few craft shops selling different things rather than the usual tourist tat and it also has a large number of restaurants serving rock lobster in different variations – stew, with rice and in soup – as this is the speciality of the area. We had delicious fish soup with fish, rock lobster and mussels.

We stayed three nights in Fornells and did one trip a few kilometres inland by bus to Es Mercadal which is just at the foot of Mount Toro. The only way up is to walk up a road for 2.5 kilometres, so with the temperature in the high 20s C even early in the morning, we opted for a taxi! The views from the top were a bit hazy but you could see Ciutadella town at one end of the island and Mahon at the other and got a great view down into Fornells Bay – we could just make out Whimbrel through the binoculars!

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