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Located in the Marine Reserve of North Menorca, Cala Fornells is a small cove where many fish live. Its easy access and crystal clear waters bordered by rocks make it a nice snorkeling spot if you are visiting the region. Along the drop-offs and on the sandy bottoms, you will easily spot seabreams, salema, jacks and red mullet, among dozens of other species.

View over Cala Fornells snorkeling area
View over Cala Fornells snorkeling area.

How to go snorkeling Cala Fornells?

Cala Fornells is a small rocky cove located in Fornells, a fishing village on the northern coast of Menorca. You can get there by car or bus. The snorkeling area is located north of the village, along a pleasant promenade, about 400m from the port.

Cala Fornells snorkeling map, Menorca

Water entrance for snorkeling Cala Fornells

A metal ladder fixed to the rocks allows snorkelers to easily enter and exit the water.

Cala Fornells snorkeling exploration tips

You can snorkel all over the cove, up to the line of yellow buoys. The area is small, about fifty meters wide at most. The seabed of the cove is varied: rocky near the edge, sandy in the center, and interspersed here and there with a few Posidonia beds.

School of thicklip grey mullet at Cala Fornells
A school of thicklip grey mullet photographed in the cove.

This spot is located in a marine reserve, where fishing is regulated. Underwater life is therefore abundant there, with many fish to be seen everywhere.

In the rocks, covered with different types of algae, you will encounter many very colorful ornate wrasse. Sargo, saddled seabream and common two-banded seabream also enjoy this chaotic environment, offering food and shelter. Large schools of salema and mullet, very common here, come and go between sand and seagrass beds.

Sargo at Cala Fornells
Big sargo specimens can be seen in the cove, where fishing is not allowed.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

You will find several restaurants around the harbor and on the promenade, the closest of which are barely 200m from the cove. A few accommodations, including small hotels and guesthouses, are also available in the surrounding area.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Protected areaReserva Marina del Nord de Menorca
  • Maximum depth18ft/6m
  • Water entranceFrom a metal ladder set on the rocks
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree

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These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.