Arenal den Castell Beach & Holiday Guide
Arenal den Castell in photographs with resort maps
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Arenal den Castell Location
is located on the north east coast of Menorca approximately 20-30 mins., from the Airport and within an easy bus ride of other towns to visit.
Public buses are not practical for transfer from Airport ( you must always change at Mahon bus station ) so you will need either a shared or private transfer, Taxi or Hire Car. West coast resorts are often best via a transfer rather than Taxi due to costs - taxi circa 60-70 Eur one way. We recommend shuttle menorca.
Menorca tips - note despite the apparent many offers in Internet there are only three licensed companies who actually provide the service on Menorca, so ensure you know who you are booking with before paying.
Getting the most from this Guide :
Use the Interactive Maps to take a detailed visual tour, with ariel views complete with additional photos and useful holiday information.
The resort of Arenal d'en Castell, along with it's nearest neighbour Son Parc with its golf course and tennis facilities, are the largest holiday resorts on the north east coast. Arenal den Castell is a mixture of hotels catering for packaged holidays, commercial apartments and private villas and appartments attracting the independent self catering traveller.
The bay at Arenal d'en Castell is as close to a near perfect horseshoe as you can get. The headlands on the waters' horizon close in so much so that you think you might be standing by a large saltwater lake. While some areas behind the beach has been developed, the varying ground height levels means its more natural than it might first appear in photographs. The eastern end of the resort and beach is more naturally intact with wooded areas and sand dunes and is where most of the private villas and apartments are located.
The resort's geography defines it's character- There is a flat headland at the eastern end called Punta Grossa which links to the eastern, woodland end of the beach with it's sand dunes. Towards the western end the land rises with a steep valley splitting the resort- here the resort is terraced with facilties on about three distinct levels.
Rated in the top 5 best resort beaches on Menorca, especially for smaller children due it's perfect sands, gently sloping shallows into crystal clear turquoise waters. And while this makes it very popular for children it's big enough for those who prefer to avoid the little ones to find their ideal spots! Sun lounger, umbrella, pedalo, kayak hire is available on the beach.
New 2014 There is now a wooden boardwalk running from eastern end to beach cafe-bars - so ideal for strolls
The view on the beach looking out to sea is really attractive especially as the water here is very shallow making it look more like a natural lake. In early season it is particularly spectacular as the hotel crowds have not yet arrived and it's a very impressive piece of water!
Eastern (Punta Grossa) end of beach
There is a beach bar and restaurant at the eastern end of the beach. At the western end bars/restuarants are to be found just behind the beach area. If you are mobile and you are looking for something a little less full of children then head west for Arenal den Son Saura at nearby Son Parc or east to Es Grau, or the Virgin Beaches at Playa Cavalleria and Binimel la to the west.
The beach is set below a protective raised ground where most of the resort buildings are so from beach level the backdrop is a lot more natural and pleasant than the common ariel shots of the resort might imply - see our Arenal d'en Castell Photo Tour
Beach Loungers - Arenal den Castell
Typical price to hire 2 loungers + umbrella is between 15-17 Euro for all day , with a reduction later in the day (after 15:00). Facility closes at 19:00
Arenal den Castell - Local Resort Beaches
Arenal den Castell - Local Virgin Beaches
Shopping in Arenal den Castell
Shopping in Arenal is limited mainly to supermarkets offering summer clothing, beachware and souvenirs. There is a Pons perfume and branded clothing store ( Lacoste ) at resort entrance.
Menorca Holiday Tips
Those with accommodation at the eastern ( Punta Grossa ) end of the resort will find Coves Noves more convienient
Self Caterers - there 5 large supermarkets just 5 mins from Airport on your way to Arenal den Castell.
There is a good supermarket at Punta Grossa with more than most.
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - detailed getting about infos.
Menorca Holiday Tip
Mahon will mostly be written on timetables, front of buses and signposts as Mao, it's correct local name. Also posted in the local papers eg Ultima Hora Menorca, Menorca towards the back pages are most of the island's current bus timetables. You will nearly always find a copy of this in a cafe bar - make notes, please don't take paper as its there for all to read. If you are staying longer than a week take a trip on this good network and see some of the other resorts/towns first hand.
A good way to see Arenal den Castell without walking and fun for children. Departures from outside Aquamarima, Marina Parc and Castell Playa hotels . The Train goes to Na Macaret fishing village. Operates every hour 10:25 - 13:25 and 16:25 - 21:25 in peak season.
2014 Single 4 Return 6 Euro
Tip use to get to Macaret for authentic meals and then get Taxi back
You can reach several other beaches, and towns by bus from Arenal D'en Castell - details below
Must see and activities
Classic Cruises in nearby Port Addaya ( Port Addaia ) offer day trips in traditional Menorcan boat classiccruisesmenorca.com Over in nearby Fornells ( bus ) there is all manner of short, long trips available in fast motor boats, sailboats, Jetskis and Kayaks - see panel in things to see and do.
Arenal is surounded by attractive countryside and a Marine reserve, so you are very close to enjoying this on foot or bicycle. Coastline paths ( including Cami de Cavalls ) allow you to explore the local area.
Mahon ( Mao Maó )
Mahon has a great mediterranean charm around the centre and harbour. Busy pavement Cafes and Bars, superb fruit and fish markets and all enclosed in a maze of narrow streets with architecture and many reminders of its Georgian past. In addition to the traditional the town offers a myriad of stylish shops and bars. Along the whole length of the harbour quayside (Moll de Llevant) there is an electic collection of Cafes, Bars and Restaurants for all pockets and styles. A spectacular setting above the huge natural harbour with ships and boats of every shape and sizes.
Arenal D'en Castell - Nightlife
As with most resorts in Menorca, organised evening entertainment here is generally to be found in the resort hotels and some bars. Mahon, Ciutadella and Es Castell however offer alot more with something for everyone, but with none of the "bing drink clubbing" to be found on Ibizia and Majorca. Menorca is not Majorca but that is why many people come here!
In Arenal Den Castell there are various mixed bars and restaurants with differing atmospheres catering to clientel both young and old. Some bars ( Outback Australian Bar, Bar 51, Flamingo and Goody Goody cocktail bar ) have evening entertainment but best to see locally what is on offer. There is a livelier younger atmosphere at Backgammon bar in Coves Noves commercial square. Other entertainment happens in the larger hotels also open to non residents if you buy drinks.
Wi-Fi and Internet
Many Arenal den Castell Bars will offer free WiFi ( passwords on request ) Sim cards and dongles for Spanish networks( Vodafone es /Movistar ) can be bought in nearby towns and topped up via supermarket cashiers. More and more towns have free WiFi in their squares. WiFi on Menorca
Bus Timetable - Arenal den Castell
Mahon will mostly be written on timetables, front of buses and signposts as Maó, it's local name. If you are staying longer than a week take a trip on this good network and see some of the other sights, resorts/towns and attractions.
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - Detailed getting about info.
Local bus network connects to Mahon and Alaior ( to connect with another locations ) There is a bus service to the south coast of Cala en PorterBus Timetable - Arenal den Castell
Things to See and Do
Arenal is on the eastern side of Menorca which means there is lot's more to see and do outside of the resort. There is a Waterpark ( Marina Parc Hotel )Things to See and Do in and around Arenal den Castell
What is the Weather like in Arenal den Castell
Arenal den Castell has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Arenal den Castell will be around 22-26 degrees in summer. In October the sea is still warm. Spring time ( early March to April ) will have sunny days and air temperatures around 20 and above , ideal for sightseeing, walking, cycling and horseriding activities.Weather & forecast through the year
Restaurants and Bars in Arenal den Castell
Arenal has a choice of Restaurants and Bars . Several restaurants serving spanish and italian cuisine. Bars provide an escape from AI hotel monotony with late night bars and live music.Bars and Restaurants in and around Arenal den Castell