Calas Fonts is a quaint fishing inlet just below the town of Es Castell accessed only by steps or a ramp. At the bottom of the ramp you will find restaurants, bars, cafes and a few little shops all alongside the pretty harbour, making it an ideal place for a family evening out. In the height of summer, there is also an evening market with craft and jewellery stalls from 20.00 to 02.00 hrs. A little tip – take any left over bread you may have as children love feeding it to the fish. Throughout the winter months, there are still a few bars and restaurants open, making for a lovely place to visit for a gentle walk and lunch right by the water, especially on sunny days.
This beautiful palm tree lined quay side makes a wonderful stroll, especially after a meal. There is a craft market where the children love to spend their holiday money buying little gifts for their friends. This is open on Saturdays and Sundays from May to October starting at 13.00. At one end of the quay side there is a small play park suitable for small children. In winter months, Fornells takes on a different character to that of a bustling fishing village and holiday resort, making it a very peaceful place to unwind, and there are still couple of places open most of the winter for a coffee or lunch. Make sure you walk right through the village up to the Torre de Fornells, a large defence watchtower built by the British at the beginning of the 19th century, from where the views over the harbour and out towards the lighthouse of Cavalleria are dramatic and spectacular.
The bustling fishing port of Ciutadella lying below the town is very picturesque with its restaurants and bars as well as boats moored up along the quay side. It is not nearly as long as the harbour in Mahon but is quite charming to amble along and soak up the boating atmosphere. There is also a little craft market each day day from May to October. Although much quieter in winter, there are still a few places open all year that are very popular with locals enjoying the freshest fish and shellfish. What better than to stroll along to the harbour’s end and sit and watch the fishing boats bringing in the catch of the day and watch a glorious winter sun cast its orange and purple hues at it sets over the horizon.
Or a longer country walk….
Walking in Menorca is one of the best ways to explore the island along innumerable paths, many which date back centuries. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993, over 40% of Menorca is protected by law, ensuring its natural beauty is preserved for all to enjoy, such as the Natural Park of S’Albufera des Grau which has designated walks that wind through this stunning area of wetlands. Also of particular note is the historic Cami de Cavals, or Path of Horses, the name given to the medieval bridle path which encircles the entire island, offering a perfect way to explore the stunning coastline. Within minutes of a beach there are wonderful woodlands full of beautiful wild flowers and alive with wildlife and birdsong. Stretching for over 200 km, the path was recently reopened after 400 years and organised walks and walking holidays are available throughout the year.