Travel Agent's ViewThis historical city has many interesting places to visit such as museums, cathedrals and the palace Torre Saura in the main square
Situated on the west coast of the island Ciudadela was once the capital of the island before it was changed to Mahon during the 18th century. This historical city has many interesting places to visit such as museums, cathedrals and the palace Torre Saura in the main square.
As with all the Baleric islands, Menorca enjoys celebrating many festivals, with several taking place in Ciudadela. One of the main fiestas is the Fiesta de San Juan which takes place around the 23rd and 24th June each year and is regarded as one of the most spectacular on the island.
A great place to relax and watch the world go by is along the harbour where there are many bars and pavement cafes with lovely views across the harbour.
There is a wide choice of dining options with a variety of restaurants offering traditional local cuisine to international menus. There is also a good choice of shops as well as a regular street market.
Visitors with small children may also like to visit the small water park located between Ciudadela and Cala'n Forcat which is always a great day for all the family.
Ciudadela is situated approx 45 km from the airport.
Insider's Viewby Georgina Bromwich
Ciutadella oozes old town quirkiness... It wins Menorca's pretty city award.
Ciutadella oozes old town quirkiness in just about every single cobbled street. It's a labyrinth of terraced houses squished together down narrow lanes where locals bump along on noisy mopeds. These same lanes then spring a surprise on you as they open up onto a sunlit square, decorated with a single gnarled olive tree. It wins Menorca's pretty city award, and local residents puff up their chests with pride when you tell them this. The only thorn in Ciutadella's side was put there by the British. It was us who removed its capital city title in 1722 and granted it to Mahón, locals will tell you implying it only happened yesterday. At least they got to keep the cathedral.
Between stately homes, imposing churches and an elegant theatre (which is unfortunately in the midst of never ending refurbishment), a stroll around Ciutadella's cool old town is a delight - you get the sensation that little has changed in centuries, and as most roads are either pedestrianised or closed to traffic; the buzzing of motorbikes or whirring of bicycles are the only sounds you'll hear.
Locals are a loyal bunch - most Ciutadellans I know where born in the town and have every intention of dying there. They shop in town, working their way between the fish market and family-run grocery stores with a straw basket in the crook of their arm. The impressive Plaça des Born hosts regular markets, but I prefer the farmer's markets (on Saturdays in the Plaça des Mercat) and craft markets (on Mondays near the Cathedral, or every day in the port) held in the old town. Chain stores centre on the Contramurada - what were the city walls - with independent boutiques scattered around town. Carrer des Seminari is one of my favourite shopping streets, and for ice cream, Helados Torres is a fantastic family-run place.
Early evening is a great time to visit the port. Restaurants here are generally a bit pricey, but if you're after a swanky meal out, try Café Balear (they catch their own fish), or walk on to Bar Triton for tapas. In town, the options are endless - Oristano for pizzas; Ses Voltes has a great set menu and a lovely terrace right at the top of this converted townhouse; and further away, Bar Fusión, near Ciutadella's tiny beach Platja Gran, has snacks and there's often live music too.
Bear in mind that Ciutadella's annual celebrations in the name of St. John are held in late June. It's the key event in Menorca's festivity calendar, with horses, fireworks, and gin drinking galore. The town transforms over fiesta time, so visit then only if you are prepared for the crowds and the chaos.
Alfonso III Hotel
A simple and friendly hotel located in the heart of the old town and offering value for money accommodation
Cala Bona Mar Blava Hotel
Located on the waters edge of a pretty inlet, offering cheerful accommodation, a pool and an on-site restaurant
Es Cavall Apartments
Spacious 1,2 and 3 bedroom modern apartment complex with its own pool and sports area
Friendly hotel with simple accommodation, ideal for exploring the town and harbour areas
Hesperia Patricia Hotel
Stylish and contemporary hotel in a pretty harbour-side location with modern facilities
Family run, friendly hotel offering basic accommodation and a convenient location for the old town and the harbour.
Playa Grande Hotel
Conveniently located hotel with modern accommodation and lovely views over the bay
Port Ciutadella Hotel
A modern Spa hotel set alongside a pretty inlet, just moments from the beach and offering stylish accommodation
Residence Ciutadella Hostal
A small family run complex offering guests comfortable good value for money accommodation in a good location. Perfect for