Es Castell Beach & Holiday Guide
Es Castell in photographs with resort maps
|Es Castell - a place for you?|
For Divers and watersport ethusiasts
Close to Menorca's southern sandy beaches and cosmopolitan capital Mahon (Mao). Es Castell is an excellent place for people who want a great base to explore the island and enjoy probably one of best locations for summer evenings out on the island. Approximately 3 km east of the capital Mahon and 10 km from the Airport.
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Use the Interactive Maps to take a detailed visual tour, with ariel views complete with additional photos and useful holiday information.
ATTENTION DIVERS - Es Castell is also a great base for divers as it is just an easy 10 mn drive to S'Algar with it's popular and respected diving center - S'Algar Diving and the nearby underwater caves systems on the south east coast at Cap D'en Font.
Es Castell Overview
Es Castell, previously named Villa Carlos, is full of history and charm. One of the best locations on the island for summer evenings and lunch time meals in the town's side streets or down in the delightful harbour sides. The town's fishing harbour - Cales Fonts and has become a little haven of restaurants and bars (no loud music ) favoured by locals and tourists alike. A truely genuine atmosphere not found in beach tourist locations and which attracts people from these resorts from all over the island. Founded in Georgian times as a military town this influence can be seen in the town's architecture and layout. Es Castell is now the fashionable place for locals to live and this all adds up to make this a great place to visit or stay in.
Es Castell has every concievable thing you need within walking distance in the town and larger supermarkets at Sant Luis and Mahon are just a 10mn drive away.
The two fishing harbours Cales Corb and Cales Fonts define the character of the town providing delightful water side promenades for daytime or evening strolls. With great Bars and Restaurants along the waterside and in the town's little side streets. Good selection of shops, mini supermarkets, banks (inc ATMs), Bars and Restaurants within a few minutes walk. And of course cosmopolitan Mahon is also close by ( 25 minute walk-for us anyway ).
While there is no beach at Es Castell there are delightful places to take a swim with access points into the sea. There are sunbathing platforms at lovely Cala Padera, 5 min walks from Cales Fonts harbour.
Menorca Holiday Tips
Carrer Gran , the main shopping road has a number of Bar-Restuarants serving good value set menus day and evening and will be lower priced than those on the water front.
Es Castell - Local Resort Beaches
Es Castell - Local Virgin Beaches
Es Castell - Shopping and Supermarkets
Supermarkets: Being a local town the food shops and supermarkets have much better prices than beach resorts - see locations map
TABAC - Cigarettes
There is a Tabac in Es Castell- see resort map below.
As a residential town there is everything for your daily needs in Es Castell with four medium sized supermarkets, several traditional bakers and butchers shops, including health foods store. Check locations on the map below.
There are some small boutique clothes stores but of course Mahon with it's good shopping is just a short distance away. Es Castell has a weekly morning market ( Tuesdays 8-12 ) on the central square and in summer there are delightfull clothes, trinkets and souvenir stalls and shops along the harbour side in converted fisherman's caves. In summer there are often additional night markets with artisan foods and handicrafts in various locations.
Es Castell - Must See and Do
The waterside is a major feature in Es Castell as the town has two harbours of it's own plus it sits on the long lovely bay of Mahon with great views to the other side. Es Castell is a good base to explore all the south east of the island has to offer. There is the island's most regular bus service ( half hourly including Sundays ) into Mahon from where you can reach any other destination.
Take a stroll evenings along the pretty lit harbour promenades. Start at the Hotel Hamilton and follow this around to Cales Fonts and beyoynd to Santa Ana steps
There is a network of pretty camis ( little country roads ) with villages and hamlets to explore on foot or bicycle. If you are staying at Es Castell an evening dip at Cala Padera is a must or out to Cala Sant Esteve charming inlet.
A residential village, several of the former farmhouses have been turned into homes and holiday rentals. A little supermarket, plus two tiny atmospheric (open evenings only) restaurants. Es Nit in 300 year old farmhouse (international) and Sa Vinya (Menorcan) . A third larger restaurant, Halliseys has recently opened up here relocating fom the Son Parc Golf Club. All offer a very different experience to any beach resort restaurants for something more special. There are walks and cycling routes in the surrounding attractive countryside.
A village straight out of the picture books, traditional menorcan architecture, with lots of bougainvillea draped over the old white washed houses. Best to leave the car at the entrance roads and just wander respectfully or as part of a cycle tour. Home to highly regarded restaurants for food lovers (Sa Pedrera des Pujol, Sa Parereta d'en Doro, Pan y Vino ). From behind the unmissable watchtower you can wander down to the coast at Cala Torret.
S'Algar is one of the main centres on Menorca for scuba diving and snorkelling and the local diving company offers some of the most spectacular cave diving experiences in the Mediterranean. Plus there is all sorts of other watersports on offer. It is also the location of a popular bowling club-visitors welcome.
Es Castell Fiesta
This is a great town for wandering early or late evenings when the (free ) Live music and events at various stages around the town. Around midnight of the last evening there is a excellent musical fireworks display over the harbour. Night time buses operate for those visiting ( Jaleobus ) .
Held in honour of St James ( Sant Jaume ) annually on the 24th, 25th and 26th in July.
The town square has a fun fair with rides and stalls for children of various ages. The 'Jaleo' ( Rearing horses ) takes place in front of the town hall on the first fiesta evening around between 20-21:00 and then in a more subdued atmosphere on the 25th around lunchtime. Local papers will detail the list of events and approximate times
Es Castell Fiesta Photo gallery.
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - detailed getting about infos.
Menorca Holiday Tip
Mahon will mostly be written on timetables, front of busus 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 bus timetables. You will nearly always find a copy of this in a cafe bar ( any day in season will do ) - 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.
There is a regular bus No. 2 to Mahon ( Mao on front of bus ) bus station ( where you can change for any other destinations on the island ) single 1.60 Euro ( 2013 )
This is a good connection to Punta Prima and Cala en Porter so you can enjoy the excellent beaches there.
Airport to Es Castell
Taxis should be around 15-17 Euro depending on drop off point in Es Castell.
The airport bus to Mahon (every half hour 25 past and five to the hour) is about 1.50 Euro and takes less than fifteen minutes. As long as it's not late you should just 'connect' with the Es Castell bus, also half-hourly - quarter past and quarter to the hour - fare is 1.60 Euro Es Castell bus goes from the first bay. With best connections it's just over half an hour from airport to Es Castell.
Es Castell Nightlife
Es Castell has a lot to offer and is a great location for evenings. Away from the harbour in the side streets there are music bars and clubs for the younger at heart. Mahon with lot's more nightlife ( can be walked on foot 35 minutes or regular Bus or Taxi 7 Euro one way)
Being a local town you will experience a little bit of Menorcan life in the town square. Having taken Siestas the children will be out and about 'till late. The Cafes in the town hall square will be a meeting point and much people watching will be done!
Menorca Holiday Tips
During the evenings the clothes and trinket shops "hidden" in the cave walls during the day open up and other interesting jewellry and crafts stalls will line the stair case up from the harbour at Cales Fonts.
Wi-Fi and Internet
Many Es 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 - Es 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.
Menorca's most frequent bus service connects Es Castell to Mahon every 30 mins. Ideal for further exploration of the island. There is a good connection to Punta Prima and Cala en Porter so you can enjoy the excellent beaches there.
Operates around the Mahon harbour travelling between Cala Longa, Es Castell and sights of interest in the harbour eg Fortalesa de Mola. Carrying upto 10 Passengers journey prices start from around 10 Euros. Based in Es Castell Cales Fonts harbour. Ticket hut next to main stairs. Trips to Illa del Rey,La Mola,Mahon and bespoke journeys are possible within the harbour area. Operates from May to October 09.30 to 20.30
Things to See and Do
Es Castell is an excellent base to see and do all that Menorca has to offer aswell as having it's own sights and activities. The south east corner of Menorca where Es Castell is located has plenty to see and do spring, summer and autumn.Things to See and Do in and around Es Castell
What is the Weather like in Es Castell
Es Castell has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Es 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 Es Castell
There are lots of Restaurants and Bars of all styles to suite all tastes and budgets. From traditional Tapas, simple hot and cold snacks to endulgent evening meals.Bars and Restaurants in and around Es Castell
Interactive Maps - Es Castell
Hotels in Es Castell
A variety of simple to sophisticated including Boutique, Adult only and small family hotels. Our tip never book All Inclusive in Es Castell as the surrounding restaurants are just too good to miss!Hotels in and around Es Castell