Del Almirante Hotel

An 18th-century mansion finished in eye-catching burgundy and white, the Del Almirante Hotel has perfected the art of balancing homeliness with modern luxury, to create an ideal base for any Menorcan adventure.

With a lovely pool, sunny terrace, excellent restaurant and bar all in place, guests want for nothing and enjoy the laid-back vibe that permeates everywhere. Small enough never to be too crowded but as comfortable as you could ever need, the hotel also benefits from an enviably central location, with Es Castell and Mahon both just 1.5km away, in opposite directions.

Overview of Es Castell

Majorca might be the more well-known island, but holidays to Menorca have a lot to offer, especially for a place that is considerably smaller than its Balearic big brother. For example, there is a fantastic mix of quiet villages and lively towns.

The Es Castell region, where the Del Almirante Hotel can be found, is steeped in British military history, as well as playing host to numerous atmospheric waterfront restaurants, charming shops and two pretty harbours. You won’t find a beach here, but there is still plenty to do out on the water, and sun worshippers can find a stretch of sand just a few minutes away by car.

Things to do in Es Castell

When you want to see what Es Castell is all about, head into town. The two harbours are dotted with attractive, colourful buildings and plenty of boats, but you can jump in and cool off at various points. It’s in the harbour areas that you’ll find the best seafood restaurants, most of which offer al fresco dining, out on a terrace so you can take advantage of the waterside views.

Shopping is a little unusual in Es Castell, as many of the boutiques are tucked away, in caves, along the harbours. There are outlets on the main street as well and for handmade crafts, the weekly Thursday market has to be visited.

Understated and chic, Es Castell is a perfect introduction to Menorca and lets you experience a more unspoilt version of the Balearics.

Resort Summary

Es Castell has swapped its sand for two scenic harbours, Calas Fons and Calas Corb, which are lined with colourful buildings and private boats bobbing on the surface. If you want to go for a swim, there are several jumping off points dotted around the harbour where you can take a dip.

For sunbathing, take a 15-minute walk to Cala Padera, where you can stretch out on the V-shaped wooden platform and catch some rays. The nearest sandy beaches are a 20-minute drive south, at places like Binibeca and Punta Prima.