Ciutadella is the second largest town on the holiday island of Menorca, Ciutadella is on the West Coast of the island. The town has a population of just under 30,000 inhabitants. There has been a town on the site since Roman and Arab times.
The town is very elegant in style, where Mahon is the administration centre of the island, Ciutadella is the artistic centre of the island. When the capital moved from Ciutadella to Mahon the church stayed behind. The city remained very Catalan at heart, even when the island was colonised by both the French and British. In the 17th century the Menorcan elite choose to reside in Ciutadella.
Ciutadella makes a great day out, the narrow cobbled streets around the cities cathedral are an interesting place to wander. The architecture is impressive, with many of the Gothic buildings still bearing their coats of arms.
The streets are lined with small café’s to sit in, enjoy a drink and seek shade from the summer sun. There are also bakeries a plenty selling tasty fresh pastries. The town plays host to a range of designer boutiques for those of you looking for something a little special. Naturally it also has shops to choose a few holiday souvenirs from.
The palm tree lined Placa Des Born and the square provide additional places to seek a refreshing drink underneath the shade of the trees. In the centre of the square there are some water fountains and a small children’s park.
Other places to explore in and around Ciutadella include the pretty harbour, the impressive cathedral or why not explore the municipal museum.