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Local Regions: Es Castell

The region of Menorca I will be exploring in this week’s blog post is small in size but not in personality.

The municipality of Es Castell is located on the south-east end of the island, close to the capital city, Mahón. It has all the history, culture and sublime coastal views that you can expect from our favourite Balearic gem.

A Military Upbringing  

The town of Es Castell has had a number of incarnations over the centuries. It was first founded as Georgetown by the British in 1771; much of its colonial architecture harks back to this period. Placa de S’Esplanda in its centre was the former military parade ground, which now houses its red town hall and military museum.

After the Spanish conquered the island at the turn of the nineteenth century, the town was renamed as Real Villa de San Carlos, or Villacarlos. Those interested in military history should not miss the opportunity to visit the ruins of Castillo de San Felip, the castle that was destroyed in the Spanish invasion and became the town’s namesake.

Go Harbourside  

One of the nicest ways to explore the town is on foot; winding pedestrianised streets will take you past grand Georgian buildings and lead you to the charming harbourside. The inlets of Cala Fonts and Cala Corb are lined with waterside shops and restaurants, many of which are built into caves in the harbour walls. Handmade Menorcan specialities ranging from sandals to ceramics can be bought in this laid-back atmosphere. During the day you can sit in one of the friendly eateries and watch the boats bobbing in the water; at night the promenade is lit up, providing an enchanting spot for dinner and drinks.

Fiesta de Sant Jaume  

The region’s annual Fiesta de Sant Jaume, held on the 24th and 25th of July, is one of the biggest and liveliest festivals on the island. The town square and the harbours of Es Castell play host to an array of entertainments, including prancing horse parades, rides and stalls and a spectacular music and fireworks display.

A visit to the town of Es Castell is the perfect day trip from our tranquil country villas near Sant Lluis, or our sprawling farmhouses in Sant Climent. Both are just a ten-minute drive from the town centre.

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