One of the main attractions of this crescent shaped beach is its varying terrain and ground levels, giving it a more natural appearance to how it may appear in photographs. The flat headland on the eastern side, called Punta Grossa, which links to the wooded areas and sand dunes at the far end of the beach, is less commercialised and is where most of the private villas and apartments are located. Towards the west, the land rises with a steep valley splitting the area, resulting in the resort being terraced with the resort buildings on three different levels.
The view from the beach looking out to sea is spectacular, especially as the sun sets casting a shimmering light over the water, turning the sky a magnificent shade of golden orange.
Arenal d’en Castell resort is very well suited for families seeking safe and relaxing days of sun, sea and sand as well as for couples to use as a base for visiting the fabulous north coast virgin beaches. It’s no wonder this beach has been awarded the coveted European Blue Flag.
Beach Facilities and Anchorage
On the beach itself, there is a snack bar towards the eastern end of the beach, serving drinks, food and ice creams throughout the day and a great place from which to watch the sunset. Towards the western end there are a number of bar / restaurants just behind the beach, perfect for lunch or snacks at any time. Most are also open in the evening during the high season, one of which has live entertainment and tribute bands on certain nights as well as a small children’s play park. In addition there are toilets, Red Cross and lifeguard. At the east end, there is ample car parking before a short walk down to the beach. Alternatively the beach is reached by a series of steps from the centre of the resort, where there is parking.
For those visiting the beach by boat, the marine and underwater conditions for anchoring are good, it is large enough, there is enough depth and it is very sheltered especially towards the east. This beach belongs to a bigger bay, surrounded by Punta Codolada and Taronger. On the side protected by Punta Codolada there are some dangerous reefs (Escull Gros, Escull d’en Truyol and Escull de s’Ofegas) which the navigator must avoid when approaching Arenal d’en Castell. Passed the natural breakwater of Punta Taronger, there is a small L-shaped sea inlet which is sheltered from all winds, except from the northern air currents, making an alternative anchorage.
Arenal d’en Castell Resort
Amenities: The resort of Arenal d’en Castell has a small commercial centre with a couple of small supermarkets and little shops selling everyday essentials, newspapers, souvenirs and gifts as well as cafés and snack bars. Just a few minutes walk away, there are several other restaurants serving a variety of food styles, including a stylish cocktail bar and restaurant with views out over the bay, a gastro pub serving British food with a Mediterranean twist, an Irish bar and a pizzeria. In the holiday season, the bars stay open until late but there are no nightclubs.
There are also ATM machines, a medical centre and pharmacy within the resort. A mini ‘fun’ train offers a regular shuttle service around the resort and alsoover to the nearby fishing village of Na Macaret, which has a couple of authentic restaurants that also cater for locals.
Restaurants & Nightlife: Arenal offers a good selection of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. As with most resorts in Menorca, organised evening entertainment mainly takes place in the resort hotels, which are also open to non-residents. There are also a few bars, catering to holiday makers of all ages, a couple of which are open well into the early hours.
Activities: Sailing, windsurfing and kayaking are all available in the nearby watersports centres at Fornells, where there is also a diving centre. With its warm crystal clear waters, many underwater caves and coral encrusted rock formations, Menorca is recognised as one of the most spectacular diving locations in the Mediteranean. If watersports are not your thing, there is an 18 hole golf course and tennis courts at Son Parc which is just 15 minutes away by car.
Nearby: Just inland, at the entrance to the resort, is Coves Noves where there is a lively commercial area with several bars that stay open late, a couple of restaurants, a children’s play area with inflatables and a larger supermarket that is open all day. There is also live entertainment for all to enjoy on certain nights. Last year, 2012, a new Aqua Park park opened which is part of the Marina Parc hotel complex and located the other side of the Coves Noves supermarket in the commercial centre. The Aqua Park is open to non residents and is probably more suited to younger children and ‘big kids’ prepared to muck in with the family, rather than those looking for white-knuckle water rides and chutes..!
The capital, Mahón or Maó as it is know locally, is only 20 minutes away either by car or the efficient bus service that operates each day in season, and there is a taxi rank in the resort just by the commercial centre.
Many of the restaurants and bars in the area are featured in the Menorca-Live Restaurant & Bar Guide, click here for a direct link.