Calan Forcat history

Accommodation & Restaurant info for the Los Delfines resort area including Cala Forcat, Brut and Blanes.
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Calan Forcat history

Post by jay71988 » July 25th, 2017, 11:27 am

Have been visiting Calan forcat / blanes area for the last few years and I'm very interested in the history of the area. Does any one have any pics or links to early forcat? The earliest I have seen is a vid from 1995. Also seen pics of when there was a burger king near the blue arch. Many thanks.

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Post by Juliegg » July 27th, 2017, 4:05 pm

We have been staying in cala en blanes since 1981. Cala Forcat was built as an urbanisation ...as were others...to keep tourists in a specific area, and therefore keep Menorca itself as traditional andd unspoilt as possible. Cala Forcat or Los Delphines as we call it...rightly or wrongly....had the makings of a good area to holiday back then, and its heyday in our opinion was during mid to late nineties. I can remember the rotunda being built, and opening full of shops and a bar/restaurant on top. The deterioration of this building and its sad demise is reflected in the overall tattiness of the area. Cracked pavements and walling, closed shops and restaurants, probably nevervto re-open, apartment complexes needing total refurb, and at times terrible smell of sewers is really saddening. It has to be recognised that certain areas have and are trying to keep to a certain level, such as the talyiots apartments and a few others, but on the whole the glory days of Cala Forcat are long gone. We shall still go down to eat at Es Replec, and call in to see Cisco at Biancos, but if you have a car, there are better places to go, and stay. The Menorcan equivalent of the Tourist Board acknowledge that All Inclusive packages are a huge contributory factor, and that the cheapness of the holidays now are overloading the island and its beaches. Macarella full by 8.30 in the morning and gates shut says it all. Mind you gates were nicked during the night on Tuesday, such is t he locals anger at having their beaches effectively cordoned off unlessyou have a boat.

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Post by jay71988 » July 27th, 2017, 11:17 pm

Thankyou for taking the time to reply Julie. Yes having only visited Los Delfines/forcat/Blanes area for the last few years it is clear it was once a very popular area. Very sad to see the spiral supermarket all closed down and places like Plaza Domingo all empty of life. Do you happen to know what the place next to calan brut is that is all closed up? Once a bar or restaurant maybe?

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Post by Juliegg » July 29th, 2017, 5:21 pm

Hi, yes the restaurant at Calan Bruch was an amazing place to eat back in the day. Our memories are when there was bar service around the sun bathing platforms, piped music ( can still see some of the old speakers rusted away), and lunch and snacks, ice creams etc available . In the evening you could eat out on the two terraces, which were covered with rattan, or inside, especially good if mozzies were rife. There was a discotheque underneath the building (you can still see the old wooden double doors) and as young as our kids were, they were perfectly safe dancing away, while we enjoyed ourselves in the restaurant. The sunsets were amazing, and we have so very many happy memories of the years we ate there, even though it exchanged hands at least three times. Finally, it closed for the winter some years ago and ever re-opened, and is designated as building and development plot. The locals have jumped from the rocks since time immorable, and despite the health and safety brigade erecting olive wood fencing during winter 2016, will continue to do so......in fact I bet they have already started to remove the barriers, such is the resentment. We truly feel very priviliged to have known Menorca for so long, and can even remember the main road across the island being built. It was a very bumpy ride in the `olden days'.

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Post by jay71988 » July 29th, 2017, 7:54 pm

Haha yes we went to calan brut this year and there is several parts of the fencing that has indeed been removed with the locals " tomb stoning " into the water. Brut was a very beautiful place with great water and again to see the building next to it empty of life is such a shame but reading what you wrote in such a nostalgic way about it brings a smile to my face but also a feeling of disappointment that places like this and other may no longer re open again. Would of loved to have visited in its hay day. Are their any other parts you enjoyed that are no more? Thanks again for your insight.

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Post by Juliegg » July 29th, 2017, 9:00 pm

Hi again, I think the main change is not only places that have gone but the menorcan people themselves. They are a very gentle, breed, and when we first holidayed on the island were still very bitter about the Franco years (and the civil war, though long ended, left scars as the island was Republican). Even recently some bodies have been discovered on Mallorca (this island sided in the end with Franco), the bodies are men from Cuitadella and they want them repatriated to their homeland, and rightly so. SO... now in 2017 all road signs are in Menorcan, and towns and village signs reverted back to their original names, not the ones Franco dictated they should have. Now Menorcans can christen their children Josep and not Jose, simple but it runs more deep to those affected. All those years ago graffiti was everywhere there were spanish signs, now you would never guess.. The island is also in a quandry, on one hand they need tourism and would like the season extended, but....as I have posted before All Inclusive is making the hotel chains (mainly spanish companies) plenty of in house money, but is killing off restaurants and tapas bars that in the past have enjoyed holiday makers spending money with them. Even if the tide of All Inclusive could be stopped, it maybe too late for many menorcan businesses. Hence the state of Calan Forcat. Supermarkets gone too, as self catering apartments have also jumped on the band wagon of all inclusive. When they opened up Domingo Square it was a nine day wonder, but in itself it pushed more outlying eaterys out of business. Two years later Domingo Square shut.....high rents...mainland owners prepared to write it off...and leaving a decaying stinking mess. I cannot list the places that have gone....too many....but if you venture away into the towns and villages, you will still see and experience the true Menorca......and that is the reason we return year after year. The Menorcans have a word for us tourists....it translates as The Swallows......very apt

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Post by RubiAnne » July 30th, 2017, 7:32 pm

Very interesting posy Juliegg.

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Post by jay71988 » July 31st, 2017, 5:34 pm

Great info as always. We have visited many places albeit holiday resorts in menorca calan bosh, porter, binibeca and so on. Will venture more next time. On one of your previous post you say you remember when forcat had just a road through. Must be very weird to look now. I know very unlikely does anyone ever see places like the spiral shopping center or plaza Domingo ever re opening or do you think knocking them down is more likely?

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Post by Utdjay » September 13th, 2020, 5:18 pm

Really interested in forcat blanes history does anyone have any pics from the 80s or 90s or link to info?

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Post by Tigipaul » September 14th, 2020, 8:58 am

Just read the "Juliegg "postings ....very interesting, I have often wondered about the Island in the Franco years and totally agree as many others do about the All Inclusive hotels , on the other hand I can also see it as a family man ,how financial it works on the costing side of a holiday .
Went to an All Inclusive in February in Madeira ,not our usual hotel as we like to eat out at lunch time , and was not impressed at the Rugby scrum for food and drinks .
Never again
Paul

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