What to see and do in Arenal D'en Castell
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Arenal D'en Castell's beach will certainly be a focus for you,but there's more.

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A purpose built larger holiday resort, Arenal den castell offers an above average number tourist activities for Menorca's standards.

Attractive hills to wander and explore on foot or MTB

Fornells has a full program of watersports and boat trips. The capital Mahon has a host of attractions and is a bus-ride away

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Fun For Children

There is a young childrens playpark (divercoves) at Coves Noves eastern end. With bouncy castles, mini electric karts, table games and other assorted flashing machines ;-) that children love.

Older Children,Teens

Hire Bikes to explore local countryside, Lots of watersports to try at nearby Fornells Bay.

fun-bikes, mountain bikes ( Coves Noves - shopping square ) even Quad Bikes (when with someone older )

Water Parks in Arenal den Castell?

Yes largest at Marina Parc - some small slides at Aquamarina Hotel open to public.

Marina Parc

Arenal den Castell Things to see

Sights - Must Sees

Bay is spectacular and well worth a sundown background at a bar or stroll on the wooden boarwalk that stretches across back of beach. Beautiful countryside and coastline dominantes in Arenal den castell - Perhaps a walk to Na Macaret Fisherman's Village with some good little Bars and small beach .

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Adventure Activities

Fun and Sport on Sea - Activity Ideas

Pedaloes can be hired on the beach along with sea kayaks and SUP boards. More 'serious stuff' ( sailing dingies, catamarans, windsurfers and Jetskis ) at nearby Fornells with its huge natural bay.

Motorboat hire ( hourly or day ) - no license required . Explore the coastline, snorkelling or visit other beaches and bays.

Boat Hire, Daytrip and Charter Services

Solo,Group and Family Snorkelling

Good local snorkelling in Punta Grosa and Outcrops of edges of the beach bay - rocks work best for more fish.

Snorkelling Activities

Equipment can be hired @ SUP Menorca - Coves Noves

Diving

With its warm crystal clear waters, many underwater caves and coral-clad rock formations, Menorca is recognized as one of the most spectacular dive sites in the western Mediterranean.

Local Dive Centre in Coves Noves

Dive Centre Directory

Kayaking and Stand up Paddle

A fun family activity, paddle around Arenal den Castell bay or along Menorca's unspoilt coastline as part of a professional tour ( inc. sea caves,remote beaches)

Kayaking Activities

SUP boards can be hire and delivered to Arenal den Castell beach by SUP menorca

Boat Excursions

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.

Riding

No Stables in Resort

Horse Riding Guide for local

Golf and Paddel Tennis

Son Parc offers the island's only 18 hole golf course set in wooded countryside complete with putting green and (floodlit) driving range. There are also paddel courts available for hire (raquets and balls can be hired at golf shop ) and Bar-Restaurant Es Bruc GOLF with outside terrace overlooking the course . Tee times can be booked in advance as can the tennis courts.

Cycle Route Ideas

Like most of Menorca this is more Natural, so don't expect too many cycle lanes. Better to use the off road tracks and marked routes as the little roads that make up much of the country network have lots of blind corners. There are various locations that hire out mountain bikes and electric bikes so you can explore the surrounding countryside which is very attractive and rural

Destination Ideas and route suggestions ( difficulty and terrain )

Cycle Hire and Tips

Mountain Bike Route around Arenal D'en Castell

Easier Routes Arenal D'en Castell

Arenal den Castell - Near By (Bus to Alaior and Taxi )

Things to Do

Menorca Zoo

Arenal den Castell - Near By ( ~2km On Foot )

Na Macaret

Na Macaret is a relaxed fishing village on the coast with terrific views out to the north coast bays and Port Addaia and lots of boats-something for those looking to find authentic Menorca by the sea. A pleasant sandy beach forms the centrepiece of Na Macaret with Bar Restaurant at its rear.

Still active with fisherman and more authentically Menorca the local bars and restaurants ( four around the central plaza ) cater to locals with good value fish dishes. Small mini supermarket.

Na Macaret

Arenal den Castell - Near By ( Bus Route 41 )

Es Mercadal

Es Mercadal is a small town in the centre of the island, with rustic whitewashed houses lining pretty narrow streets. Lying at the base to Monte Toro, Menorca's highest 'mountain' (357 m). On top there are viewing areas and a small pleasant cafeteria with small outside terrace. From up here there are excellent views of the whole island - upto the bay at Fornells ,the northern coast and the rolling hills of the island's centre.

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Es Mercadal is also a Gastronomy and Restaurant oasis, with a range from simple to fine dining but the quality in every price range is very good. "Centre Artesanal de Menorca" is located here too and is the crafts center of Menorca showcasing traditional and comtemporary crafts.

Es Mercadal street markets
  • Spring market: from April to June: every Thursday, in the central street "Carrer Nou" de Mercadal (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Summer market: from July to October: every Thursday, craft night market in the streets of the center of Mercadal (from 7 to 10:30 p.m.)
  • From July to October: every Saturday, agri-food night market in the streets of the center of Mercadal (from 7 to 10:30 p.m.)

Es Mercadal Tourist tourist guide

Boutique and Design Hotels

Agrotourism Hotels

Es Mercadal All Hotels and Holiday accommodation

Arenal den Castell - Near By ( Bus Route 44 )

Alaior

Has a charming old town set on a hill for wandering early mornings or late evenings when the extreme heat of the summer sun has gone. The "third" capital of the island and a cultural centre. The old town is very pretty and makes a great change to the beach, with some delightful Cafes, Bars and Restaurants. A few several clothes and shoe boutiques offering original items not chain store repetition. Childrens playground on the pretty town square (next to ice cream cafes!). Alaior has a weekly market plus an evening market (weds june-sept ) with Artisan goods,jewellery , other handicrafts and small boutiques.

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There is a late night bus to return from Alaior's evening market. Alaior is home to the Pons Quintana shoe factory shop. A brand relatively unknown in the UK because most of its high quality leather shoes are exported to France and Germany. The shop offers reduced prices on beautiful high quality shoes and leather goods.

Alaior guide

Boutique and Design Hotels

Agrotourism Hotels

Alaior All Hotels and Holiday accommodation

Arenal den Castell - Near By ( Bus Route 41 )

Fornells

A watersports and restaurant favourite. The village with it's speciality seafood restaurants is located at the entrance to a huge enclosed natural bay whose protected waters make it perfect for all manner of sail based 'messing about'. More like a large salt water lake, the wind conditions here are great for beginners of anything that floats on water. Very pleasant for lunch time and evening drinks and meals alongside the harbour quay. Lot's of boat excursions and activities are based here. Perfect for a quiet authentic Menorca stay. Mountain Bike Hire. Watersports include Jetski,Waterskiing,Windsurfing, Dinghy,Kayaks and Diving.

Fornells

Hotels and Holiday accommodation in Fornells
What to see and do in Fornells

Fornells - trips,visits

Arenal den Castell - Near By ( Bus Route 41 )

Mahon ( Mao or 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 it's 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.

Mahon (Mao) guide

Boutique and Design Hotels

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Mahon All Hotels and Holiday accommodation

What to see and do in Mahon

Mahon - trips,visits

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Arenal den Castell - Near By

S' Albufera Nature Reserve

S'Albufera Parc Natural - is a wonderful place for an early morning or evening walk (avoiding the summer heat). Footpaths lead, through pleasant lakelandscapes and woodlands to the sand dunes behind the beautiful beach at Es Grau. Walk on further to the fishing village of Es Grau to enjoy beachside sunsets at the waterside Cafe Bars.

S'Albufera

Visitor Centre
The Lake
Guided Paths

S'Albufera Parc Natural

Arenal den Castell - Near By ( Bus to Mahon Bus Station , then no. 2 to Es Castell )

Es Castell

Es Castell guide

Boutique and Design Hotels

Agrotourism Hotels

Es Castell All Hotels and Holiday accommodation

Is a delightful traditional town with a great location. Combining stunning views with a great mix of cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, price ranges and styles. In the two harbours many of the old fishermans caves have been adapted by various Bars and Restaurants giving them interesting interiors aswell as great people watching seating outside overlooking the water . A very popular eating place for lunchtime Menu del Dias and a great place to while away the summer evenings.

Arenal den Castell - Near By Mahon Harbour Experiences

Fortalleza de La Mola

Is a very large 19th century fort at the entrance to Mahon harbour. The fortress of Isabel II or 'la Mola' , built between 1850 and 1875 is one of the best examples of military architecture. Built to protect the strategic harbour from the English and French, the fortress was never attacked, therefore it is in relatively good state of preservation.

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Even if you are not into history the location is scenically great, and children will love the myriad of underground tunnels/rooms to let our energy( perfectly safe ). Great place to visit after 6p.m to enjoy atmospheric light and watch the evenings sunset over the harbour. There is a little bathing bay just before entrance and you will be see an attractive part of Menorca seldom seen by visitors.

You can get the Water Taxi from Es Castell for a special trip across harbour. ( 12 Eur pp ) you just agree a pick up time.

Opening times: July and August: from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. June to September 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May and October, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From November to April, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. closed Mondays. The approximate duration of the visit is 2 hours. Admission: 7 Euro but children under 12 FREE. Guided tours are available for individuals and groups. Individual audio-guides are available in different languages.

Walks, Hiking and Trails around Arenal D'en Castell

Guides, Tips and Favourite Walks in Menorca

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Hiking Arenal D'en Castell

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Excursions from Arenal den Castell

Departing from Arenal den Castell is a bus to fornells, the island's watersports 'Capital' and departure point for many north coast beach boat tours,snorkel excursions.

Boat Excursions

See Operators below : Large boats and smaller faster boats offer a choices of fixed routes or can be charted for custom trips to the coastline north and south , taking in sea caves, coves and some amazing beaches with snorkel stops. Also Sunset trips to Pont den Gil

Pre-book Boat Excursions along the coast

Pick out that dream beach - inc. sunset trips

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Arenal D'en Castell Beach

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.

A wooden boardwalk runs from the from eastern end to beach cafe-bars - so ideal for strolls ( Wheelchairs possible too )

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

Arenal D'en Castell Beach Guide

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On a map, all the Sights and Attractions in and around Arenal D'en Castell

Coastal Walks around Arenal D'en Castell

Close by in Arenal D'en Castell will be an access point to the coastal path 'Cami de Cavalls ' a rough track path that follows the entire coast. Mountain Bike or Walk it to a Virgin Beach, the next resort or just to enjoy.

You will often discover swimming coves and virgin beaches. The distinctive vermillion signs will guide you

Even if you do a short stretch in summer heat treking sandals strongly advised - ankle support!!!!

Local Nightlife Music, Bars in Arenal D'en Castell

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Menorca nightlife is bigger outside of beach resorts at Beach Clubs and urban music venues

Organised Excursions

Diving Centres in or near Arenal D'en Castell


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