About the property
- Apartment473 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
This apartment is a 'back row' property in the quietest and most northerly community of Playas de Fornells. It is the next door apartment to our other flat #2232, so do check this out for travellers reviews.
It benefits from a swimming pool for the exclusive use of Tamarindos residents and sundecks with spectacular sea views. The flat has a traditional Menorcan kitchen but with a brand new fridge, hob and microwave. 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 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 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 apartment and Playas de Fornells: 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. 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. Because of these hills telephone reception is limited and it is impossible to install w-fi.
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 away, about 15-20mins walking) if you want to have a totally laid back holiday and not even hire a car.
The area around Playas de Fornells: 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. If you want to explore the island further it is worth hiring a car and we are able to organise that for you at very competitive rates.
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:
October 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. The sea will be warm and the island will be buzzing.
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.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Alison Patterson
After many years living in other countries teaching English we are now settled in Es Mercadal. It's a long way from home for Richard, who's from Canada, but he loves it as much as I do. We're semi-retired now but keep our hand in with some online teaching and materials writing. Mostly we enjoy living here, the walks, the cafes and restaurants and the fabulous environment.
Alison Patterson purchased this Apartment in 2016
Why Alison Patterson chose Platges de Fornells
I came to Menorca on an impulse in May 1999, I arrived on a Sunday and fell in love with the Island on the Monday during an excursion to Fornells, it was chilly and misty and reminded me of the Peak District!! On Thursday I bought the next door flat - #2232 It was a reckless purchase, but it was one of the best things I ever did. For years during difficult times in London it was my dream and my escape. Then when I became an English teacher, I was drawn to other parts of Spain and spent a wonderful 5 years living in Barcelona. Fast forward 12 years and now we are living in Es Mercadal. When we saw that this property was for sale, next to the one I bought so long ago, we just couldn't resist it. Menorca has always felt like home. It casts a simple but strong spell on many people who visit it. Something I hope you will feel too.
What makes this Apartment unique
For me the flat immediately had a real positive energy about it. With the hills directly behind and the sea in front. I read many years later that the Chinese believe that this is perfect Feng Shui for a property. Naturally, all the flats in Playas de Fornells are similar in layout, this flat has a very high sloping ceiling in the lounge which creates a fantastic sense of space and light. We kept a couple of pictures painted by the previous owners as we felt they were so representative of the colours of the Med and the fish around the island. The bedroom with it's cool blues is a stylish haven during a hot summer holiday. and with fabulous sunsets over Cavalleria the balcony is a superb place to relax in the evening with your favourite person and a glass of something lovely!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Ideally situated with stunning views, the apartment was very well equipped and furnished. We loved having the choice of sitting out both front and back and although we didn’t spend much time inside it was comfy and very well presented. The welcome pack of local delicacies and a bottle of wine was a lovely touch and the kitchen was big enough and with enough equipment that we could cook and eat in if we wanted.
Fornells was a lovely place to wander round and sit by the harbour and Es Mercadal had a very good selection shops, bars and restaurants - we particularly enjoyed Sol 32
Every bit as good as we hoped.
The property was immaculate and very well appointed. We liked the comfortable bed and the good shower . The lighting was good for reading too.
We enjoyed sitting overlooking the sea and also in the sunny spot at the front. Fornells itself is absolutely beautiful and it’s a real bonus that you can walk round the headland from the apartment for lunch there and walk back.
The proximity to es Mercadal for shopping was very convenient. It’s a lovely little town with plenty of eating places.
We would be very happy to stay there again.
A lovely coastal retreat- very clean and well equipped
The property was just as we hoped it would be. The description by the owner is very clear. Lovely and quiet and with great sea views and generous and thoughtful products left ready for your stay
Lovely apartment, stunning views.
Fantastic apartment with stunning views over the headland. It was very comfortable and peaceful with a lovely pool which unfortunately we did not use as the weather was not good. We much appreciated the bottle of wine and local produce the owners left for us on arrival.
There are only a few restaurants within walking distance but we loved the Okapi restaurant which served fantastic cocktails and really excellent fresh food. We also tried the restaurant next door to this which was also good.
We hired a car from the airport which we think is essential for this location and visited lots of lovely areas of Menorca. We also walked around the coast to Fornells fishing village where we had a fantastic menu of the day for a very reasonable price. We would certainly recommend this apartment for anyone wishing to have a relaxing holiday with beautiful views. I am sure we will visit this apartment again in the future. Roy and Janet Smith
Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review.
Yes, you were very unlucky with the weather, usually in September the weather is excellent for walking and still warm enough to swim in the sea and the pool.
Bar Okapi is a real favourite with us as well, as is El Bergantin (this is the one nearest to the aparment) so we are pleased that you liked them.
You are always more than welcome back.
One week in Platges de Fornells
The location of the Los Tamarindos apartment is ideally suited for the exploration of the Fornells peninsular and the north and east of the island in particular. Thank you Alison for the "Welcome" goodies, esp. the Menorcan red wine , along with .the literature and info about local shops, points of interest or where to go further afield.
Highlights: in particular we enjoyed the beach at Cala Pudent, north of Arenal de Son Saura, for swimming (although there's an abundance of fabulous beaches all around the island) and we really liked the ambience (+eating out ) of Na Macaret. The quarry/garden at Lithica - just outside Ciutuadella - we found quite stunning. Also walking a southern section, as well as a northern section of the Algendar gorge, which is home to a number of different raptors.
Thx Alison and Richard
Thank you for your review and for highlighting some of the lesser known spots on the island. Cala Pudent is a favourite of ours as well, but we have yet to go to Na Macaret, so we must do so soon! And I agree with you about Lithica - absolutely stunning and somewhere everyone should visit.
Amazing, comfortable, quiet and relaxing.
This apartment is very comfortable, spotlessly clean, very, very quiet and perfect for couples wanting to get away from it all. We did not hire a car and found it very easy to get about using the very reliable and punctual local bus service! The apartment is so quiet, no barking dogs and no morning cockerels! Just the sound of the sea. There are a number of local restaurants within walking distance and the pool was lovely and warm and on most days we were the only people using it. We would definitely recommend menorca and this really beautifully located apartment. Thank you Alison for making our stay so special and for looking after us so well.
We're so pleased you had a wonderfully, quiet and relaxing week. It's really good to know that you can have a great time without a car and that the bus services are so reliable. Also that the pool is so quiet even as we get into high season!
It was wonderful having you to stay with us and you're always more than welcome back.
The flat is located in the most peaceful of the communities of Playas de Fornells, facing out to sea. There is a sheltered pool for use of community residents only and beautiful landscaped gardens. Within Playas de Fornells are some great cafes and restaurants, both local and international cuisine, some with wonderful terraces with views of the sea or inland. There are also supermarkets if you prefer to cook at home and eat on the terrace. The nearest sandy beach, Cala Tirant, is about 15 minutes away on foot. The pretty village of Fornells is only a short and stunning walk around the headland or 5 minutes by car. 7km south of the flat is Es Mercadel, a small and unspoilt village with some of the best restaurants on the Island. Also the best bakers and coffee shops - beware the pastries!!!
Additional pricing information
Payment terms 50% deposit and 50% 40 days before the start of the holiday. I do not charge a security deposit as I believe my guests will look after the apartment as if it were their own.