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Es Castell

The town of Es Castell is the easternmost town on the island of Minorca, and also of the whole territory of Spain, so it is the first town in Spain where the sun rises, allowing its visitors to enjoy a spectacular sunrise by the sea.

The town is characterised by its British style of town planning and architecture, with a grid shaped layout, straight streets at right angles to each other and facades with corner bay windows known as "boinders" and sash windows, that are typically English elements. In the centre of Es Castell, there is the Plaza Esplanada, surrounded by former military barracks, one of which has become the Military Museum, overlooked by the Town Hall, pointed in English red.

Located with views over the Port of Mahón, Es Castell charms its visitors with its small port, Cales Fonts, a precious fishers' dock that is bustling with life, with caves that have been turned into restaurants, bars and craft shops, an idyllic place to enjoy a quiet walk by the sea, or the sea breeze, sitting on one of its terraces while tasting typical dishes of fresh fish and lobster. It is a luxury for the senses.

The local festivities of Es Castell honour Saint James (Festes de Sant Jaume), held on the 24th and 25th of July. As in the rest of Minorca, the festivity features the “jaleo”, in which the “caixers” (jockeys) and horses demonstrate the powerfulness to the residents, Minorcans and visitors 

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