Es Castell Things to do and see
Attractions and Activities Guide rich in photographs and useful maps
Things to See and Do in Es Castell
Our photo tour will show many of these attractions and their locations.
Every coastal resort is part of an attractive around Menorca coastal walk - Cami de Cavalls. You will often discover swimming coves and virgin beaches. The distinctive vermillion signs will guide you.
With two scenic harbours full of bars, excellent restaurants and people parading.
History and Culture
Rich history, culture and traditions including an amazing summer fiesta in July.
Bad Weather days
Military Museum to sample life in former times, shopping trip to Mahon and Museums.
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.
The nearest is at Arena den Castell which can also be reached by bus via Mahon.
Water Park - Arenal Den Castell
At Marina Parc hotel is also open to the public. Day tickets 20 Adult 15 (under 16 ) Euro ( 2014 ) per person.
Has lazy river, wave pool, splash pools as well as various slides and tubes with sun lounging areas. Cafeteria for drinks and snacks.
Open daily May - August from 10:30 to 18:30
Cales Fonts Harbour and Mahon bay views. Enjoy the atmosphere of the harbour quaysides after dark. Terrace Bar at Hamilton Hotel ( adults only )
The bay at Cala Padera is excellent for snorkelling as the water is very clear with very abundant fish life .
Diving is best done further along the south eastern coast due to boating traffic around harbours. An excellent centre at S'Algar and Cala Torret will show you all Menorca's best cave dive sites
Kayaking is available in many of the beach resorts close to Es Castell including tours from Punta Prima and Es Grau.
Track at the Aeroclub just off the main road between Mahon and Sant Lluis - Aeroclub karting.
There is riding at
Suitable cycles can be hired from two specialist cycle shops in Mahon, both on Bus route 02 from Es Castell. The whole area has tranquil pretty villages as well as off road tracks for the more adventurous.
Nearby to Es Castell
( 5km bus)
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.
( 15km bus to Mahon then Cala en Porter Stop Son Vitamina)
Calas Coves ( Calas Covas)
A beautiful picturesque spot, favoured by visiting yachts and dreamers. Best visited early mornings and evenings, where the light brings out the scenery. An exciting place for youngsters, dreamy of pirates as the local burial caves up in the limestone walls and rambling cove walks let their imaginations run free. Believed to be an ancient burial ground and was in fact the very first recognised port of Menorca as used by the Romans when they occupied the island. Can be reached on foot from Cala en Porter along various paths or park and walk at Son Vitamina (approx. 30 mins). Road down is NOT suitable for hire cars unless you want to pay for suspension damage! On the Cami di Cavalls route.
( 15km bus change at Mahon)
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.
( 5km )
Fort Malboroughnot just for history fans
Island history: Fort Malborough is an unusual 7 sided defence fort located in Cala de Sant Esteve on the south east edge of the island. An early 18th century fort built by the British and named after Sir John Churchhill - Duke of Malborough. The fort has survived many attacks and is now open as a museum and features visual media guides to the islands and europe's history during these times. Guided tours of 1 hour duration in various languages - plus audio guides.
Open Tues. to Sat. 0930-2015 hrs., Sun. and Mon. 0930-1430 hrs. Entrance 4 euros, Sun. free.
Menorca Holiday Tip
Lots of tunnels for the children to delight in.
( 2km )
Open Air history: Trepuco is a pre-historic settlement between Mahon and Sant Lluis ( also via pretty country roads from Es Castell ). Has the island's tallest Taula ( circa 4m high!)
Cami de Gracia, Trepuco, Between Mahon and Sant Lluis. Open Tues. to Sat. 1000-1315 hrs. and 1800-2000 hrs., Sun. 0930-1500 hrs., Mon. no information service. Entrance 1.80 euros, Sun. free.
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.
Menorca Holiday Tip
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.
Check www.fortalesalamola.com and www.menorcamonumental.net for latest opening times and prices.
Excursions from Es Castell
Lazaretto Island in Mahon
Originally built as Quarantine station for arrriving ships passengers, Lazaretto is owned by the health service and not accessible to the public. There are now tours during summer season - see Tourist Offices for details.
Our tips for Es Castell
Es Castell is the first place in Spain where the sun rises and its does so over a beautiful coastline background, so try to see this. Enjoy a little public garden area with views over mahon bay. Visit the local winery Binifadet's terrace for tapas and wine sampling.