According to the legend, there were many writers who, like Josep Pla, fled from Menorca due to the fury of its wind, its sound and intensity which, on occasion, can become disturbing. These were authors who, a few years later, were to return to this very same territory with the need to feel that very same strength of the wind. Yes, as if it were some kind of powerful magnet.
Except for the popular Mount Toro, Menorca is a flat island and is inevitably exposed to winds that have names of their own, such as the Migjorn, the Llevant, the Ponent, the Gregal, the Xaloc, the Mestral and the Llebeig. An army of subjects of Aeolus’s whose indisputable queen is the Tramuntana, the north wind.
This reality, which dates back to the beginnings of times and gives sense to the island of Menorca, is what we suggest you learn about during this 4-day tour of the land of wind. Our first destination? The north of the island – more specifically, Fornells and Sanitja Port.
The urban centre of Fornells is akin to a small seafaring paradise. Located in the north of the island and at less than thirty kilometres from the Menorcan capital, Fornells – with its apparent calm, with its luminosity and with the gentle movement of its palm trees - is the capital of Menorcan wind. A place that faces the Tramuntana wind and has made a way of life out of this meteorological phenomenon.
Famous for its lobster “caldereta”, which you cannot but eat once the midday hunger has seized your stomach, Fornells is a natural paradise in which you will be able to enjoy all of the assets of sport such as surfing and kite-surfing. Our recommended plan? Having breakfast on the waterfront and then enjoying the Tramuntana breeze with a light sailing or surfing session.
Following a morning enjoying the water sports and gastronomy of Fornells, we suggest you continue following the northern route of the Tramuntana wind visiting two of Menorca’s landscape treasures: the Port of Sanitja and the Cavallería Lighthouse.
Regarded as one of the oldest Roman ports in our country, the Port of Sanitja shelters Menorcan boats on the Tramuntana days. Apparently fragile, this port is a place for breathing tranquillity, authenticity and pure Menorcan history.
The strategic location of the Roman port means that you will be at a distance of two kilometres from the pretty Cavallería, a lighthouse built in the nineteenth century that has witnessed thousands of sea manoeuvres.
Tall, imposing and full of history, this lighthouse is much more than a temple for the Tramuntana wind as it is a unique place for enjoying some truly ravishing natural views.