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Visiting the Municipality of Es Castell and the Bay of Cales Fonts, Minorca

Updated on June 12, 2018
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Eileen loves to travel as much as possible both at home in the U.K. and abroad and sometimes now with her dog

Welcome to Es Castell

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There were no flowers spelling out Es Castell in May 2018 but sometimes there areWalking in via the main road turn left at this roundabout and cut through the streets of Es Castell. This image is from a previous visit before the second iconic windmill was restored
There were no flowers spelling out Es Castell in May 2018 but sometimes there are
There were no flowers spelling out Es Castell in May 2018 but sometimes there are
Walking in via the main road turn left at this roundabout and cut through the streets of Es Castell. This image is from a previous visit before the second iconic windmill was restored
Walking in via the main road turn left at this roundabout and cut through the streets of Es Castell. This image is from a previous visit before the second iconic windmill was restored

Visiting Es Castell

If you are a tourist visiting the Balearic Island of Minorca the town of Es Castell may pass you by.

Many people who visit Minorca head to hotels or villas close to beach resorts. If they take a Yellow Catamaran boat trip out of Mahon they may glimpse Es Castell and the waterfront at Cales Fonts but not actually visit.

But Es Castell and Cales Fonts are well worth visiting as savvy tourists know

When we visit Minorca we stay at a hotel that is situated about halfway between the island’s capital Mahon and Es Castell. There is no beach but it is close to the estuary which brings a range of vessels small and large into Mahon.

When we leave the hotel drive to stretch our legs we can turn right and walk into Mahon or left and pay a visit Es Castell.

So many times we have a stroll into Es Castell either by the main road in or along one of the paths which run through shrubland along the cliffs.

Both routes offer a relaxing and pretty walk into the municipality of Es Castell but the road may be busy at certain times of day. However it does have a decent cycle path for those who prefer to pedal around this lovely Balearic island.

Travel options

There are buses which run between Mahon bus station and Es Castell and at 1.60 euro at time of writing the fare is very good. It is a set rate though and if you hop on the bus halfway to Es Castell, for example, a ticket will cost the same price.

Many tourists pick up a hire car as they arrive in Minorca but using public transport, cycles or just by walking you can visit much of this island.

Parking is limited but available in Es Castell.

Taxis are also competitively priced and Cales Fonts to our hotel costs around 5 euros currently.

Walking into Es Castell

We can also either walk into Es Castell by a straight route or one that takes in the town.

The straight route is along the main road, past the roundabout and on until you reach the second restored windmill before turning left. This walk will take you straight to the waterfront at Cales Fonts.

You can turn into the town a couple of times on this walk if you prefer.

You may think why bother messing about with the town walk but walking through Es Castell offers many sights and sounds.

Turn left at the Es Castell roundabout for our usual town walk.

The streets can be a little hilly and may be a problem for visitors with mobility issues plus the pavement or sidewalk is narrow and each street or road has a fairly steep up and the same down.

Having walked through Es Castell to Cales Fonts many times though we now tend to cut across the various streets and roads to avoid any uphill struggles.

Es Castell area

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Walking into Es Castell from our hotel and along one of the costal paths

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Recently restored windmillAll we could hear were the birds and the bees and distant trafficSome parts are easier than othersViews over the Estuary. On the left across this body of water you can see Nelson's House also called Golden FarmMore views over the estuary and its small islandsAll the old windmills of Minorca are being restored. This is the one also shown above but only partially restored
Recently restored windmill
Recently restored windmill
All we could hear were the birds and the bees and distant traffic
All we could hear were the birds and the bees and distant traffic
Some parts are easier than others
Some parts are easier than others
Views over the Estuary. On the left across this body of water you can see Nelson's House also called Golden Farm
Views over the Estuary. On the left across this body of water you can see Nelson's House also called Golden Farm
More views over the estuary and its small islands
More views over the estuary and its small islands
All the old windmills of Minorca are being restored. This is the one also shown above but only partially restored
All the old windmills of Minorca are being restored. This is the one also shown above but only partially restored

The central Placa S'Esplanada Es Castell

Es Castell, or Villacarlos to call it by its Spanish name dates back to the early 18th century. However the town was also called Georgetown during its British colonial days. That name was in honour of King George III of Great Britain.

If you are lucky enough to visit Minorca and Es Castell in early June you may come across some 18th century themed events commemorating the birth of this town.

We visited Minorca early June a couple of years ago and encountered a colonial time reenactment in Es Castell with those taking part dressed in old English military uniforms.

The event was held in the central Placa S'Esplanada, Es Castell's main square, where a Military Museum and a large police station are situated.

It was a few years before we visited the military museum, waiting for an early autumn rainy day, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

The entrance fee was not bad and we got a reduced rate for seniors. The museum is housed over a few floors and we passed a couple of interesting and enjoyable hours.

This central Placa S'Esplanada plays host to many outdoor events from a regular market to a free rock festival to craft fairs and to just a place for local families to enjoy at the weekend and in the evenings.

Es Castell central Placa S'Esplanada

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The building houses the military museumStatue of a town crier
The building houses the military museum
The building houses the military museum
Statue of a town crier
Statue of a town crier

Exploring further

Along from the square are various options which lead to the water’s edge or side street cafes and bars..

Also of offer there is -

  • Cales Corb which is a pretty bay that comes alive at night Minorcan style
  • A couple of small supermarkets, shops, banks, cash-points, a pharmacy, cafes, bars, restaurants, a couple of churches, hotels, holiday apartments, fresh produce shops, a bakery and more

We love simply walking through Es Castell and looking at the oh so Spanish houses and apartments while listening to the sounds of locals at home.

If you walk in Es Castell you may end up at a dead end near the water. Simply retrace your steps and try again. We soon found our feet in Es Castell but it may be worth taking water with you until you can find your way around.

Minorcans still take an afternoon siesta and shops close accordingly.

Your walk through Es Castell should lead you to the main prize beautiful Cales Fonts, its harbour, its views and its dine by the water’s edge offerings.

Late afternoon footage from Cales Fonts looking across the bay and then toward Mahon June 2014

Along the waterfront

Follow the waterfront of Cales Fonts around you get sensational views of the estuary and small islands such as King’s Island.

Small bars and restaurants can be found here carved into the rock.

At night musicians entertain here and along the waterfront in Cales Fonts.

We like

  • La Lola for an evening meal in Cales Fonts close to the water’s edge. Opt for a set menu of three courses which includes wine and is a good price.
  • Bar Espana in Es Castell which offers classy indoor dining
  • Visit Chespir for jazz music with snacks, soft drinks or alcohol on offer. They also serve great cocktails. Little wonder this place is nicknamed Jazz Bar. The seating outside if so often packed but take a peek inside. This bar is carved into the rocks.

As Minorca is pretty much closed to tourists from the end of October until May 1 some cafes and restaurants may be under new management or even closed on a return visit.

Check out gift and clothes shops at Cales Fonts but bear in mind you may find goods on offer cheaper if you shop around.

You can hop on a water-taxi in Cales Fonts and visit La Mola or Lazaretto Island, where ships were obliged to stop so crew and passengers could be checked for any contagious diseases though an afternoon lazing in the sunshine watching the fishing boats go about their business as you enjoy a cold beer may do it for you.

Finally

Enjoy the photo trip around Es Castell which follows.

Around Es Castell and Cales Fonts

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Night falls over the estuaryLooking over to King’s IslandA great place for boatsFishing boats Siting watching the word go by at Cales FontsChespirLooking inside of Chespir, an establishment carved into the rocks. There are others including shops.Windmill is a good landmarkWalking around Es Castell coastlineYou may see the sea but it could be a dead end streetChildren learn to sail in tiny sailing boatsView from a hotel in Es CastellLooking down to Cales FontsFrom the Agamenon hotelWall signSculpture on the cornerMorning fishingEarly morning cool and quietGoing down to the sea
Night falls over the estuary
Night falls over the estuary
Looking over to King’s Island
Looking over to King’s Island
A great place for boats
A great place for boats
Fishing boats
Fishing boats
Siting watching the word go by at Cales Fonts
Siting watching the word go by at Cales Fonts
Chespir
Chespir
Looking inside of Chespir, an establishment carved into the rocks. There are others including shops.
Looking inside of Chespir, an establishment carved into the rocks. There are others including shops.
Windmill is a good landmark
Windmill is a good landmark
Walking around Es Castell coastline
Walking around Es Castell coastline
You may see the sea but it could be a dead end street
You may see the sea but it could be a dead end street
Children learn to sail in tiny sailing boats
Children learn to sail in tiny sailing boats
View from a hotel in Es Castell
View from a hotel in Es Castell
Looking down to Cales Fonts
Looking down to Cales Fonts
From the Agamenon hotel
From the Agamenon hotel
Wall sign
Wall sign
Sculpture on the corner
Sculpture on the corner
Morning fishing
Morning fishing
Early morning cool and quiet
Early morning cool and quiet
Going down to the sea
Going down to the sea

Flash-mob Cales Fonts 2010

How does Es Castell grab you?

5 out of 5 stars from 3 ratings of Es Castell

© 2018 Eileen Kersey

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      Eileen Kersey 7 days ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Hopefully not overkill. Know the island so well now and there is so much to share Peggy

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      Peggy Woods 7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eileen,

      You are certainly documenting your recent holiday to Minorca that not only will you remember fondly but also sharing it with those of us who have not been there or who may never get to see it in any other way. So thanks!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 days ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Peggy sharing the footage and images reminds me of the recent holiday so much

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      Peggy Woods 8 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for showing us more about the Island of Minorca. It looks so lovely. Enjoyed all of your photos and both videos. That flash mob was fun to watch.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 days ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Liz. We fell in love with Minorca in 2010 and it is a lasting love affair. We avoid the more commerical places but therenis something for everyone here

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      Eileen Kersey 8 days ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Red Elf yes i love the flashmob too. It is a lovely place to spend time. Nice people

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      Liz Westwood 9 days ago from UK

      Minorca is on my list of places I would like to travel to, especially after reading this informative article, which is so well illustrated.

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      RedElf 9 days ago from Canada

      Love love love the flash mob! Made me want to jump up and dance with them. Beautiful photos and awesome article - as ever! What a lovely place to have a holiday.

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