Menorca – Part One

16 Sep

I’ve only been back a few days now but it feels so long ago that I was actually sitting in sunny Menorca. The post was getting pretty long so I decided to split it into two parts, part 1 about the resort of Arenal d’en Castell and part 2 about other place/things we done.

We flew into Mao (Mahon) airport and then got transfers to where we were staying, Arenal d’en Castell.  Arenal d’en Castell is a relatively small resort on the North East coast of the island.  The beach is the main attraction of this resort as it is almost a perfect horseshoe shape meaning that the sea is usually really still, almost like a lake.  The sea was a bit rough two of the days that we were there but not so bad that you couldn’t go in swimming.  It is quite shallow and gradually gets deeper the further out you go.

I couldn’t believe how still and clear the sea was here!  In the past I’ve never went swimming in the sea because I don’t feel like I’m the strongest of swimmers and don’t fancy being swept away, but here was the perfect place for swimming.  I even tried snorkeling for the first time and managed to see some little fish.  My boyfriend managed to see much larger ones further out in the bay but unfortunately I missed them.

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At the beach

Arenal d'en Castell Sunset

Arenal d'en Castell Sunset

Sun setting over Arenal d’en Castell

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Above two pictures from one of the rocks further out at the entrence to the bay

There were a few little supermarkets and souvenir shops in the resort but I think if you wanted to do some shopping you would have to travel to another town such as Mao.

We did eat out most nights while in Arenal d’en Castell and there were some really nice little places to eat.  The Goody Goody bar was a beach bar which was great for a wee drink and for playing some pool.  They also served food and made a wonderful vegetable paella and the sauce with the patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce) was also really good.  There was another little place (that I can’t remember the name of near the beach) which also did take away food.  The food here was really good especially the pizza and the tortilla Espanola.

The best place we ate was definitely Sa Gavina.  As a vegetarian it can sometimes be difficult to find places to eat but Sa Gavina had good vegetarian choices.  I really recommend the cheese ravioli in spinach sauce and the vegetable pizza.  Also the toffee crepe for desert is amazing.  The cheese ravioli was definitely the best vegetarian dish that I have ever tried.  The restaurant has seats outside which means that you can have dinner while looking out over the bay.

Sa Gavina

Sa Gavina

Sa Gavina and the view from the restaurant

Overall Arenal d’en Castell is a great place to go if you want to be near the beach but also have access to some shops and restaurants.  I feel that that the main attraction of this resort would definitely be the beach which was always really clean and had a few sunbeds that you could hire.  Due to the time we went the beach wasn’t overly busy but I think that this would be different if you went during a peak season like July/August.

Part two of my Menocra post will be up on Wednesday 🙂

Have you been to Menorca and what did you think?  And where would you recommend for a great holiday?

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One Response to “Menorca – Part One”

  1. ThroughTheLookingGlassAndDownTheRabbitHole October 21, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    I love your shorts! They’re so cute 🙂

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