Arenal den Castell
Arenal den Castell, Menorca, Spain
Arenal d'en Castell is very much a beach resort which has always been popular with British families.
Arenal d'en Castell
The main attraction of the resort is the beach, it's warm shallow waters and fine, clean sand make it safe for young children while the variety of watersports make it fun for the whole family.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Arenal den Castell Reviews
The pretty hoop shaped bay is home to one of the islands best stretches of sand and its shallow waters make it ideal for families with young children. The beach is a Blue Flag beach so it's very clean and safe and there are many watersports available should you want to be a little more active.
There is a snack bar at the east side of the beach and a few bars and restaurants at the western end so plenty of options.
Things to Do
There is a little mini-train that runs around the resort which is a good idea when it is hot as you still get to see everything without using up too much energy. The mini-train also runs to the nearby village of Na Macaret. The local bus service is very reliable should you wish to go further a field.
There are a couple of playareas for younger children, one of which is in the commercial centre and the other one is outdoors.
If you are lucky enough to visit the resort during one of Arenal d'en Castells many fiestas, you will see colourful street processions, horse riding displays, traditional dancing and fireworks.
If you enjoy walking, you can also go and explore the pine woods and cliff top walks nearby.
Out and About
There is a decent selection of restaurants in the resort and you will find everything from pizza to typical Spanish cuisine. There are a few bars, some of which provide entertainment in the summer evenings. Although there is some entertainment, nightlife is pretty low-key so you may need to travel a little further a field if you feel like partying.
There is not a huge amount of shops but there is a supermarket and a few shops so I'm sure you will be ok for basic items.
Just 10 minutes outside of the resort, you will find Menorca's only golf course at Son Parc. Not only is there an 18 hole golf course but there is also a putting green, driving range and outdoor bar/restaurant.
A 30 minute drive will take you to Mahon, the capital of Menorca. The island's biggest museum is here and there is also an 18th century gin distillery. There are plenty of pavement cafes in the main square should you fancy a spot of lunch or a little refreshment.
A trip to the former capital of Menorca, Ciudadela is something you should factor into your holiday as it is packed with cobbled streets, Gothic churches, Moorish style buildings and medieval architecture, there is tons to see here. If you fancy a rest after all the sightseeing, take a wander down to the harbour front for a little drink or a bite to eat and watch the world go by.
Whilst in Ciudadela, you could jump on board the family-orientated pirate cruise which leaves from the harbour. Your captain will sail past the picturesque coves, whitewashed villages and rocky headlands while telling everyone pirate tales, then he will anchor up at a beach where everyone will get off and there will be some fun and games for the children and some relaxation for the adults. After a couple of hours everyone will head back to the harbour.
If you are feeling energetic, take a hike up Mount Toro, the islands highest peak. It is just an hours hike up green hills and through winding paths. At the top there is a 17th century sanctuary carved out of the rock and there are some fantastic views to be had, on a clear day you may see a lot of the island.
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