Costa del Sol
Arenal den Castell is home to a spectacular horseshoe-shaped bay, often said to be one of the best beaches in Menorca, making it a fantastic choice for families. The resort stretches up the hillside behind, with wonderful views across to the headland of neighbouring Son Parc. You’ll find a good choice of family-friendly facilities, with plenty of eateries and shops, children’s play areas and watersports on the beach.
Shopping facilities in Arenal den Castell consist mainly of small mini markets selling souvenirs, clothes, beachwear and of course food and daily essentials. Nearby Alaior has a selection of quaint little shops, but anyone wanting to indulge in a more serious shopping session can head to the island’s capital, Mahon. Just 20 minutes’ drive away, Mahon has a lively market and many chic boutiques to browse.
The restaurants and cafes around Arenal den Castell offer a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, with many showcasing wonderful views of the beach below the resort. You’ll find a good choice of local cuisine as well as Italian, Mediterranean and British menus. 10 minutes’ drive from Arenal den Castell are the quaint coastal resorts of Na Macaret and Port d’Addaia, which have a handful of quaint restaurants with traditional menus.
Arenal den Castell’s magnificent sweeping bay is one of the best on the island for smaller children, with a wide, horseshoe-shaped area of soft golden sand and clear shallow water. The boardwalk which runs along the back of the beach is perfect for a leisurely stroll, particularly in the evening after dinner. You can also hire sunbeds and parasols in high season and there are a few good restaurants lining the back of the sand where you can stop for something to eat and drink.
The spectacular beach offers pedalos to rent during the high season – great fun for all the family. The Coves Noves Complex, a children’s park open in the high season, is around 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Arenal den Castell. The complex has a minimarket, a handful of restaurants and a play centre for smaller children with trampolines, inflatables and mini golf.
Lloc de Menorca Zoo is only 20 minutes’ drive away, plus any of the island’s waterparks are also within easy reach by car.
Keen walkers can reach Na Macaret and Port d’Addaia fishing villages on foot along the coastal pathways, with spectacular scenery along the way. The town of Fornells is also close by and well worth a visit. With a stunning natural harbour, Fornells is home to a plethora of seafood restaurants serving local specialties. There is also a good choice of watersports on offer, including windsurfing and kayaking.
The town of Es Mercadal is around 20 minutes’ drive inland with narrow cobbled lanes and quaint little shops selling tasty local Menorcan delights. The town sits at the base of Menorca’s highest point, Monte Toro, meaning the 2 can easily be combined making a great day trip. The journey to the summit is an adventure in itself but once at the top, the panoramic scenery over the island is simply stunning. There’s a great gift shop and cafe here too, where you can enjoy a drink or snack and take in the scenery.
A short drive around the coast you’ll come to the beautiful S’Albufera Nature Reserve, leading into Es Grau coastal village and beach. Perfect for both nature and beach lovers!
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