Es Castell Holidays
Travel Agent's ViewPopular activities here include water sports such as diving, windsurfing and sailing.
Situated on the east coast, Es Casetell is a popular resort set around 2 coves and is ideally suited to couples and families.
The restaurants in the resort cater for all tastes and budgets, from fish specialities to local and international cuisine there is plenty to choose from. Many of the restaurants are set around the Calas Fons area which is a great place to spend an evening enjoying a meal and a drink to two.
Popular activities here include water sports such as diving, windsurfing and sailing. Boat trips are also available from the harbour.
For those who wish to relax on the beach they will need to take a short car/bus ride to Cala Alcaufar which is approx 8 km or to Punta prima which is approx 10 km away.
Es Castell is just 3 km from the capital of Mahon which offers superb shopping opportunities and well as many excellent restaurants and lively night-life.
The resort of Es Castell is situated approx 6 km from the airport.
Insider's Viewby Georgina Bromwich
Es Castell's grid-like streets are nondescript, so any charm is concentrated in the port...
Not really a resort, Es Castell is actually a town - one that the British founded so English soldiers would have a place to live near Mahón's valuable port. It was called Georgetown then, though, after King George III.
A sense of this military history still lingers, with the main square housing the Military Museum, and the fortress of Marlborough and the remains of St Philip's Castle just outside the town. Although military history might not sound all that thrilling, both Fort Marlborough and St Philip's Castle deserve a visit. The latter's cannon-firing, lantern-lit night visits to the tunnels are scarily authentic, with actors playing the role of soldiers.
Back in town, beyond the main square (recently revamped with a little too much concrete for my liking) Es Castell's grid-like streets are nondescript, so any charm is concentrated in the port. Calasfonts is a picture postcard inlet, where wooden fishing boats bob contentedly and fishermen sit patiently. Overlooking the water is a long line of bars, restaurants and boutiques stocked with pottery, clothing, shoes and jewellery that's well above average compared to most tourist shops. Many of these shops and bars are worth a visit for the simple fact that their cool interior is carved out of the rock face - you have to stoop at times. As the sun goes down, market stalls also spring up around the water's edge.
There are so many places to recommend when eating out in Calasfonts - maybe that's because the sea air makes me enjoy my food even more. For pizzas, try La Caprichosa; seafood, Trebol, and round the corner in Margarita Café for tapas, cheese, pate and ham platters and salads - they can magic tables out of thin air and always find room for diners. And for a beer or two, the quirky Chespir doesn't disappoint.
A smaller inlet, Cala Corb, is not an obvious stop off, but keep an eye out as it is a venue for spectacular open air concerts. Of the two bars here, Es Cau, is where locals sing their heart out - any one is welcome to pick up the guitar and perform.
Es Castell Hotels
Offering a relaxing environment and lovely views over the estuary to Mahon, in a quiet location
Agroturismo Sant Joan de Binissaida Hotel
Lovely boutique hotel, in a converted 18th century country house,, located on 12 hectares of farm and forest land
Barcelo Hamilton Hotel
A sea front hotel with modern dining and social areas, scenic views and a peaceful location
Del Almirante Hotel
Small and friendly, this converted 18th century family run hotel overlooks Mahon harbour and has its own pool and tennis