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Looking for a beautiful spot to watch the boats bobbing in the water whilst lingering over a delicious seafood special and a glass of cool sangria? Then Es Castell is the place for you.

When it comes to Es Castell in family favourite Menorca, you can’t fail to be impressed with its colonial architecture and picture-perfect harbour. A big bonus is its closeness to the island’s capital, Mahon, with its busy local markets and huge array of restaurants and bars – another thing that Es Castell also is not short of. Accommodation in Es Castell is very laid back, with small hotels, self-catering apartments and delightful B&Bs being the order of the day.

 

Where to stay

Cala Corb and Cales Fonts

Located on Menorca’s southeast coast, Es Castell is a pretty little seaside resort that’s based around its two harbours - Cala Corb and Cales Fonts. Both spots offer a fantastic array of rustic cafes, busy restaurants, bars and souvenir shops selling everything from gorgeous handmade jewellery to ornate ceramics. The harbours also both offer breath-taking panoramic views across the bay, making it the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday in the sun.

Accommodation around the harbours is made up of small, boutique hotels and pretty little whitewashed apartments.

Cala Padera

Although Es Castell itself doesn’t have a beach as such (it’s more of a port), a very easy 15-minute stroll along the main road will bring you to Cala Padera. The coastline here is rocky, but there’s a handy sunbathing platform to make getting in and out of the sea very easy. Sandy beaches are never far away though, and within 20 minutes’ drive you’ve got the large resort of Punta Prima as well as the more sedate Cala Alcaufar. Places to stay in Cala Padera are a mix of quaint little villas and apartments, although the nearby resort of Punta Prima offers everything from mid-range half board hotels to 5 star all inclusives, and B&Bs to large villas.

What to see

If you fancy something a little different, Fort Marlborough at Cala Sant Esteve is literally a five minute drive away and well worth the trip. Taking British forces almost 20 years to build, the job was finished in 1710 and resulted in a lock-tight military complex hidden well underground. Today, tours take place around the external walls of this seven-sided building, and you can even be taken down into the tunnels to witness exactly what life was like for the troops that spent time there.

Nightlife

Es Castell is a laid-back affair with a typically Spanish vibe to it that appeals particularly to families and couples. The cafés and bars here are more likely to be alive with conversation and laughter rather than the deep baseline of modern disco music (if you want something more lively, the waterfront at Mahon is the place to be!)

But if a chilled out after-dinner drink sounds like your idea of heaven, head to one of the dinky bars here built directly into the rock – but make sure you mind your head! While you’re here, don’t forget to sample a pomade too - a delicious drink made with a variety of fruit, mixed with the local gin.

What to eat

Although Es Castell offers a good mix of international cuisine, Spanish tapas and British favourites, the seafood here really is out of this world. All the harbourside restaurants boast menus that are brimming with various freshly-caught specials, with typical menú del día options including sea bass or grilled dorado, with sumptuous Menorcan ice-cream for dessert. Many bars and restaurants offer shaded outdoor seating areas with amazing views across the bay and towards the town of Sima, perfect for taking a break from the hot summer sun.

Shopping

The main street running through Es Castell is lined with sweet little shops and boutiques selling everything from local arts and crafts to novelty gifts, postcards and fashion. Twice a week, the main square also plays host to a very popular market, ideal for a good browse around the olive wood jewellery and glazed ceramics (but don’t forget the 2-5pm siesta!). Cales Fonts harbour itself is also home to a night market, with many stalls offering the very famous local Xoriguer gin.

Fast Facts about Es Castell

  • Direct flight time: 2 hours from London
  • Transfer time from Mahon Airport to Es Castell: 15 minutes
  • Time Zone: 1 hour ahead of the UK
  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Average price of a domestic beer: €4
  • Average price of a bottle of wine: €12
  • Number of Brit tourists per year: Around 400,000

 

 


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10/10 Amazing

31 August 2010

Cales Fonts

Es Castell itself is a quiet small town with a peaceful atmosphere and many British residents, but Cales Fonts is a must, for it's string of waterfront restaurants. You can also get a water taxi from here to Mao for 5 euros each way. Picture postcard perfect.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Cales Fonts

8/10 Great

14 September 2010

LOVELY UNSPOILT OLD TOWN.

YOU CAN BUY MOST ESSENTIAL ITEMS IN THE TOWN. LOTS OF HISTORY. GREAT MILITARY MUSEUM. LOADS OF BRITISH HISTORY. GREAT RESTAURANTS AND BARS. LOVELY OLD TOWN, LOADS OF HISTORY. GREAT MILITARY MUSEUM. GREAT RESTAURANTS AND BARS. YOU CAN BUY MOST ESSENTIAL ITEMS.

The best thing about my stay was ...

CALAS FONTS HARBOUR. AT NIGHT ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.

8/10 Great

15 June 2013

Small town with a lovely harbour

An attractive town which feels safe to walk around at any time of day or night. Some good restaurants and bars. We would recommend Irene's in particular.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Very handy for Mahon, which is a hub for bus services to many parts of Minorca.

8/10 Great

23 September 2010

Lots of other places to visit nearby

Quaint, quiet, interesting area close to Mahon. Lots of little shops and bars and many restaurants on the quay.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The scenery across the bay

8/10 Great

14 September 2010

nice walk in to the harbour from hotel

no hassle, small and friendly, fishing harbour actually felt non touristy but more about locals having meals out

The best thing about my stay was ...

relaxing...fishing

8/10 Great

11 September 2012

Peaceful location, a real Spanish town.

Quaint, and unspoilt. Has character and history. Beautiful little fishing harbours. Absolutely charming! Especially the harbour of Calas Fonts.

The best thing about my stay was ...

It doesn't change from year to year.

7/10 Good

25 May 2018

Small and quiet

Small village with plenty of places to eat and drink. Venues on the harbour are more expensive and touristy but you can get some good food in the main town itself. The village is close to Mahon, short bus or taxi ride or you can walk it or use the cycle path.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Quiet

6/10 Good

08 October 2013

CALA FONTS

ES CASTELL IS REALLY A SMALL TOWN WITH A NICE BAY CALA FONTS TO ONE SIDE WHICH HAS SEVERAL DECENT RESTAURANT BARS & SHOPS. TOWN HAS MILITARY MUSEUM DATING BACK TO BRITISH OWNERSHIP. GLAD NOT STAYING IN ARGEMENMON HOTEL WITH SAGA WHICH ALSO DESCRIBES ITSELF AS BEING IN ES CASTELL. POETIC LICENCE AS ITS A GOOD WALK INTO TOWN AND EVEN FURTHER TO DELGHTS OF CALA FONTS.

The best thing about my stay was ...

CLEAN & TIDY TOWN

6/10 Good

07 June 2011

Good location close to Mahon

Mainly residential, with various shops and restaurants dotted about. Good to explore down the back streets and also walk by the small harbours.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Sea and harbour views and proximity to Mahon

4/10 Average

20 October 2011

Quiet

Quiet

The best thing about my stay was ...

Quiet

4/10 Average

29 June 2011

not much there

Es castell is very quiet with very few shops

2/10 Okay

23 October 2012

BORING!!

FEW RESTUARANTS WHICH WERE OKAY BUT NOTHING SPECIAL.ES CASTELL WAS TOO QUIET FOR US.

The best thing about my stay was ...

NOT ANYTING REALLY

2/10 Okay

18 June 2012

near port near airport

quiet residential

The best thing about my stay was ...

hotel rey carlos 3