Monte Toro, the essential visit
Mercadal, midway between Mahon and Ciutadella, has become in recent years at the station dining par excellence. Much more if we add Fornells, which belongs to the municipality and only too well for its fantastic lobster stew.
Protected under the shadow of Monte Toro, is an extremely clean and white people. Mercadal is the birthplace of the famous cover, footwear traditional Menorca It follows that only manufacturing of handmade in the workshop of Gabriel Servera. At Sa Plaça, pastry Sucrer Cas is known all over the island, being the architects of the amargos, carquinyols, turró cremat, “braç de gitano” and a kind of candy called “besos”.
Mercadal cannot leave without climbing Monte Toro, who is also the spiritual heart of any Menorca. With its 358 meters is the tallest mountain on the island. If the day is clear, from its peak, it is seen all over the island and, after the canal, the mountains of Mallorca. In addition to a church and a monastery where Franciscan nuns are housed, tourists can enjoy the fantastic views in a terrace bar that is installed, and visit the souvenir shops.
Arenal d’en Castell, Son Parc and Fornells
As tourist areas, belong to the municipality of Es Mercadal, urbanization Addaia and Arenal d’en Castell and the small holiday resort of Na Macaret, very close together. Later, returning to the road Mahon – Fornells on a detour to the right is the area of Son Parc and the beach of Son Saura.
The Port d’Addaia, using the special protection afforded by this natural harbour and even though his entry is made difficult by rocks and reefs, it has been installed at a marina around which housing developments have grown and holiday homes.
Na Macaret is right in front of Addaia, has a small, pretty beach with all kinds of services (bar-terrace, souvenir shop, kayak rentals, etc.)..
El Arenal d’en Castell is a long beach with perfect shell-shaped or horseshoe. It is approximately 700 meters and a width of thirty. Spectacularly beautiful, has several restaurants, supermarkets, kiosks, rent a car, rental boats, including kayaks, pedal boats, etc.. In summer it is one of the busiest neighbourhoods north coast. Perfect for summer.
The beach at Son Parc has an area of 300 meters and during the summer, brings many tourists and islanders. The development has a superb golf course, for all the faithful to the sport, as well as tennis courts and soccer field.
Son Saura is an extraordinary white sand beach, with dunes that go deep to the surrounding pine forest. Very busy in summer, has many services, which include restaurants, hammocks, parasols and pedal boats for hire. A short ride through the cliffs leading to the small but attractive Cala Pudent in just under half an hour.
Finally, returning to the road-Fornells Mahon and out of the diversion to Son Parc, is essential to make a stop in to see the Tirant out of Cavalleria and stunning beaches and Pregonda, Binimel·là.
As the last stop-off is the Port of Fornells. An attractive fishing village north of the island in the bay of its name and for all visitors. Fornells retains much of its traditional appearance and an unmistakable taste of the sea. He is internationally known for lobster stew, a speciality of most of its restaurants.
The bay of great beauty is an ideal place to practice sailing sports, especially windsurfing. There are many terraces and restaurants and shoe stores, clothing and accessories. During the summer, many nights are installed in different types of markets where visitors can buy mainly jewellery and clothing.
Walking can be reached at the end of Fornells, where is located a defensive tower built in 1802 and Britain from which magnificent views are appreciated. In short, a vital corner of the island where you spend a pleasant afternoon and evening to feel the essence Menorca.