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Chris Hamer

Member since: 2005
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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Frontline apartment with magnificent sea and beach views & Wi-Fi

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday apartment in Es Mercadal - 0-16 El Portalon

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6

Spacious West-facing front-line apartment occupying a premier secluded position in the popular and well-maintained Playas de Fornells resort.

Access is down a few steps through attractive communal gardens. Spacious living/dining area, with kitchen off, leads to large balcony with table & chairs. LCD TV with Sky+ (you can record programmes) and DVD/VCR. One double bedroom with remote-controlled ceiling fan & full en suite bathroom and one twin bedroom overlook the sea and the third smaller twin bedroom with bunk beds looks onto a quiet private courtyard with table and seating. Large George Foreman electric grill. Further separate full bathroom with washer and drier. New sofas, electric oven and gas hob installed in 2010.

No traffic or resort noise. Small shingle-beach cove a few minutes' walk away, with the unspoilt Cala Tirant beach about 500 yds away. On-site management.

Unlimited download Wi-Fi Internet available in the apartment for a small additional charge.

Fornells and Fornells Bay: Fornells is a village at the mouth of the protected Fornells bay, 5 km away, with a most attractive palm tree-lined harbour, mainly used by the local fishermen. It has various souvenir and other shops and excellent restaurants, most of which face onto the harbour or the bay. The king of Spain has been known to visit, sometimes eating at the waterfront Es Pla restaurant. You can visit the C19th British-built watchtower by the cliffs to the North.

The bay is some 5 km by 2 km and is an excellent, safe location for motor-boating, sailing and windsurfing, all of which are available for casual hire. Courses can be booked in advance. The bay is a popular destination for sailing and motor yachts.

Other towns to visit: Mercadal is an interesting local town nestling below Monte Toro, which, at 300m, is the highest point on the Island and which has superb viewpoints and a café, and which you can see from our balcony.

Mahon is the capital of the island and is 25km away. It has excellent shops, a cathedral, gin factory and one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Harbour boat trips available.

Ciudadela is 30 km away and is a beautiful port of Moorish design looking towards Majorca. It has spacious squares, elegant buildings, a fine cathedral, markets, excellent shops and numerous harbour-side restaurants.

Other activities: There are lots of very good walks in the island. Bird watching is apparently very good. We often see pairs of cormorants fishing below our balcony first thing in the morning, as well as various varieties of gull, red kites and sea eagles.

With a car you can access the following activities within a 20 minutes’ drive: go-carting, trampolining, horse riding lessons and waterslides. There are over 100 beaches on this small island, many of which are accessible by car.

A comment from an Italian family who spent two weeks in August 2008: “… the holiday in Menorca has been beautiful and also your house has been very comfortable and with a wonderful quiet and view.”

A Swiss couple wrote of their visit in September 2012: “We had two very beautiful weeks in Menorca. Your apartment is a jewel – the French would say „un vrai bijou!“. We sat very often on the balcony watching the sea … The different blues of the water were amazing. The apartment is very comfortably furnished and well equipped.”

Other recent guest comments: “The apartment was a delight…” “We loved the waterfront position...You did very well finding an apartment in such a lovely position.”

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chris Hamer (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

About Chris Hamer

I am a retired solicitor who has known Menorca since 1984.

Chris Hamer purchased this apartment in 1989

Why Chris Hamer chose Es Mercadal

I bought this property off plan because of its excellent location, size and spectacular views.

What makes this apartment unique

The property has great sea and beach views, whilst being away from traffic and noise. Apart from the nearby excellent Cala Tirant beach, there are many other splendid beaches on the island as well as great restaurants in the resort and in nearby towns such as Fornells and Mercadal. Fornells is surely one of the most attractive fishing villages in the Mediterranean.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wir haben uns in der Wohnung wohl gefühlt und es war alles da was wir gebraucht haben. Die Räume waren alle sauber. Vom Balkon super Aussicht. Sehr ruhig in dieser September Periode.

Alles in allem sehr erholsam und wir melden uns bei unserem nächsten Menorca Urlaub bei dir für eine Reservation deiner schönen Wohnung.

We were happy in the apartment and it was exactly what we needed. The rooms were all clean. Super balcony views. Very quiet in this September period.

All in all very relaxing and we will contact you to reserve your beautiful apartment for our next Menorca holiday.
Sep 2015
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based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Frontline apartment with magnificent sea and beach views & Wi-Fi
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 10 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Menorca ist eine wunderschöne Insel, die man am besten mit dem Auto oder zu Fuß (cami de cavalls) erkundet. Fornells ist dabei ein sehr guter Ausgangspunkt. Wir waren 5 Erwachsene und 1 Kind und das war schon etwas eng zudem die Kleiderschränke ziemlich voll waren mit den persönlichen Sachen des Eigentümers. Aber Herr Hamer war die ganze Zeit über sehr hilfsbereit und jederzeit erreichbar, hat geduldig alle Fragen beantwortet und hat sich bereit erklärt etwas "auszumisten". Das Beste an dem Appartement ist sicherlich der Balkon, mit dem unglaublich schönen Ausblick auf das Meer. In dem Appartement ist alles vorhanden was man braucht, es sind sogar kleine Tische und Stühle für die Kinder vorhanden. Die zwei Schlafzimmer sind zweckmäßig eingerichtet und der Blick morgens aus dem Fenster ist unbezahlbar. Die Sonnenschirme durften wir ebenfalls benutzen. Die Anlage ist ruhig und schön gepflegt. Im Ort befinden sich Restaurants und Supermärkte und ein kleiner Aquapark falls man so was mag. Der Strand Cala Tirant ist zu Fuß gut zu erreichen sogar mit einem Kleinkind (3 Jahre). Noch mal vielen Dank für alles.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ich bin sehr froh, dass diese Gäste genossen die Wohnung und ihren Aufenthalt. In den Schlafzimmern gibt es sechs leere Kommoden, vier leere Nachttische und viel Platz zum Aufhängen mit vielen Kleiderbügeln in den Einbauschränken. Es gab einige Dinge, die unter einigen der Betten gespeichert, aber diese wurden nun ausgezogen.
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  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am always delighted when guests enjoy the apartment so much. A Swiss family, who also rented in August 2014, commented to me: “Many, many thanks for your great apartment ….. everything was to our best satisfaction…you have a very nice apartment and it was great that we were allowed to use the beach umbrellas …it is all very lovingly prepared and we felt immediately at ease…we would very much like to come again!” In German: "vielen herzlichen dank für ihr tolles appartement…es war alles zu unserer besten zufriedenheit …sie haben eine sehr schöne wohnung und es war auch toll das wir die sonnenschirme benutzen durften…es ist alls sehr liebevoll gemacht und wir fühlten uns sofort wohl…wir kommen sehr gerne wieder ein mal !"
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fantastic Views

  • 5 of 5

The apartment has excellent facilities and was very clean and well kept. There are many restaurants, bars and supermarkets within walking distance, which was useful as we didn't have a car. In particular we enjoyed the food, atmosphere and prices at the Okapi.The beach at Cala Tirant is also ridiculously close (about a 5 minute walk) to the apartment and is great for bathing.

My favourite feature was the view from the balcony and I enjoyed many day and evening sitting gazing at the bay and the beautiful sunsets over the hills opposite. Overall we had a lovely stay and would definitely recommend it to others!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great holiday location

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday. The apartment is very well appointed and with a stunning location. We especially enjoyed the marvellous sunsets which we watched from the balcony, drinks in hand! It is ideally situated for exploring the island and with a good selection of restaurants nearby.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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A marvellous place

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is in a marvellous front line position, away from roads and noise, with an excellent view over the sea, the nearby beach and the hills behind. It is very well furnished and is a great base for a holiday in Menorca, with nearby supermarkets and restaurants and also having the beautiful fishing village of Fornells very close.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
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  • 3 of 5

A nice house with the most beautiful view through two bedroom windows and the balcony, Private location but to see the island a car is a must,There are two supermarkets close by that are well stocked, The bars and restaurants close by serve high quality food at very reasonable prices. A quiet select area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Sa Dolça, Okapi cocktail bar
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Son Parc 18 holes
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Sa Dolça, Okapi, Joker, Cafe del Nord, Es Cactus
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Pebble beach 150m, Tirant beach 300m
Car: not necessary

Playas de Fornells is a most attractive resort built in traditional Menorcan style. There are several supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars within easy walk. Scuba diving available in the resort. There are several hotel complexes with excellent outdoor pools which you can use. The nearest is about 4 minutes' walk. The sea is nearer, cleaner and often warmer! Car hire (available on-site) is recommended, though not essential. There are hourly municipal buses to Mahon and elsewhere.

Comments from recent guests:

August 2011 (3 week stay): 'We had a great time and enjoyed our stay a lot. The island is wonderful... Obviously El Portalon was very well looked after and we were surprised how quiet it was…'

Other Activities: snorkelling

Golf: There is an 18 hole course at Son Parc, about 8 km away. Clubs are available for hire on a daily basis.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Fornells, Es Mercadal

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid 2016
1 May 2016 - 30 Jun 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak 2016
1 Jul 2016 - 7 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late 2016
8 Sep 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Es Mercadal in Minorca (Menorca)

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 85 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • resort
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Also washing machine & drier
  • new shower fittings 2012
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Courtyard view, fan
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Sea view, ceiling fan, fitted wardrobe, 2 chests of drawers
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , Sea view, ceiling fan, fitted wardrobe, 2 chests of drawers
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1 twin bunk beds. Recent guest comments: March 07: 'The apartment was a delight and my parents were able to relax and feel at home away from home. Many thanks!' September 07: 'Just to let you know we had a very nice holiday in your apartment... We loved the waterfront position and spent many happy hours relaxing after our days out. You did very well finding an apartment in such a lovely position.' September 06: 'You have a very nice place in a beautiful location. [Your agent] was great and very helpful. We really enjoyed our stay and got to see a lot of the island and many beautiful mermaids. Everything went great !!!”
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Friday is the preferred changeover day but there is some flexibility, especially out of high season. Weekly clean and change of linen and towels for lettings of two weeks or more. Beach towels not provided. The apartment has a 3G mobile phone signal and unlimited download Wi-Fi Internet is available within the apartment for an additional charge of €20 per week. Entry to the apartment is from 14:00 and guests must leave the property by 11 am on the final day. Other arrangements may be made with my agents (Sa Caseta de Menorca) who arrange collection of keys and cleaning.

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