A taste of the real Menorca. Good for spring breaks and base to discover the rest of the island
Es Castell for families
Plenty to see and do within walking distances
Close to Mahon/Mao for a change of scene for mums and dads
Terrific base for those look for a little of everything
Close to the great beaches on South Coast 15min Taxi rides ( bus service via Mahon)
Es Castell for couples
A great base for exploring arguablye the best of Menorca
Many places to relax in the evenings - bars and restaurants
Fornells Watersports "eldorado" is just 20 mins. away
Water Taxi from Harbour
(updated Nov 2022)
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.
Es Castell Overview
Es Castell,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 locations and which attracts people from these resorts. Founded in Georgian times as a military town this influence can be seen in the town's architecture and layout. All adds up to make Es Castell 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.
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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 - 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
The town TABAC shop is on the corner opposite Spar Supermarket on Carrer Victori - see maps
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.
The picture perfect waterside is a major attraction of 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 from many locations including local Hotels. 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. UPDATE the promenade at Moll de Pons is having a major extention to Cala corb for 2020 season - this will link the two harbours.
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.
Boat envy : In summer between 4 and 5 pm you can sit and watch the myriad of boats passing by the harbour mouth on their way back into their berths in Mahon harbour.
Taxi Fare Mahon Bus station 7 Euro Punta Prima 14
Airport to Es Castell
Taxis should be around 16-18 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!
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During the evenings the clothes and trinket shops "hidden" in the cave walls during the day open up and other interesting Jewellery and crafts stalls will line the stair case up from the harbour at Cales Fonts.
Bus Network Map with Es Castell Bus stops to download
TIP: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.
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.
Menorca has no private Cab firms , Uber or ....'Dodgy Touts!'
Taxis are licensed for a MAX. of 4 Passengers. (any Age child counts as 1 passenger)
Taxi to Mahon 8 - 10 Euro
Taxi to Punta Prima beach 11 - 13 Euro
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 Euro
Moored at bottom of Cales Fonts harbour steps
Summer peak In recent years Taxis have been in short supply due to not enough drivers for licensed areas. Consider a private transfer to reach Airport in good time for flight home.
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.
Diverse set of Bars from Locals favourites, to Waterside and Rooftop. Most will have some form of ( homemade ) Tapas etc . Bar Delfin is the Ex pat Brit Bar ...our curated Es Castell Bar and Clubs guide
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.
Es Castell has a mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers. Menorca has pleasant cooling Summer breeze. The sea temperatures at Es Castell will be around 22-26 degrees in Summer. In October the water is still warm. Spring time ( early March to April ) will have sunny days with temperatures around 20 and above , ideal for sightseeing, walking, cycling and horseriding activities.