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Welcome to Arenal d'en Castell

Arenal d'en Castell

Arenal d'en Castell is a laid-back, peaceful holiday resort popular with British families and is a far cry from the over-developed, bustling resorts of Mallorca. Situated on the northern coast of Minorca (Menorca), Arenal d'en Castell is roughly 12 miles (20km) north of Mahon, the island's capital, and is set in a beautiful horseshoe bay on steep hills that slope down to a lovely beach. This means the resort is not ideal for the elderly, or those with mobility problems, but the beach is a magnificent place to relax and has good swimming in warm, shallow waters.

The Arenal d'en Castell region is popular for fishing and sailing, and there are a number of water sports on offer for adventurous holidaymakers. Most entertainment is provided by hotels, so there is little in the way of nightlife, other than several good restaurants and a few lively bars. For those seeking more activity, the nearby holiday resort of Son Parc offers the island's only golf course, as well as shopping opportunities, and for the fit, it is within a reasonable walking distance.

Neighbouring Es Mercadal town has a lovely Sunday market worth exploring while on holiday in Arenal d'en Castell. Another good holiday excursion is a trip to Mount Toro - the island's highest peak and home to an ancient monastery.

Information & Facts

Spanish is the official language, but English is widely understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.

Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels, restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).
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