Ciutadella is a beautiful port city on the western coast of Menorca. The island’s historic capital (the current capital is Mahon), it preserves an enchanting historic quarter, with medieval lanes winding around a Gothic cathedral. The city’s centrepiece is the picturesque harbour, fringed with handsome old buildings, where yachts now bob beside the fishing boats. Along with museums and historic sights, Ciutadella is packed with fantastic shops, bars and cafés, and offers some of the best nightlife on the island. There are dozens of exquisite little coves dotted along the coast, where you can snorkel, go diving, or potter about on a paddleboard.
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Your guide to Ciutadella holidays
Ciutadella is a very appealing, historic city, once the heart of Menorca, and you can happily while away several hours wandering around the ancient streets, popping into shops and cafés, and admiring the elegant squares. The city’s landmark is the golden cathedral, begun in the late 13th century on the ruins of a mosque, and other historic sights in Ciutadella include a clutch of handsome Gothic palaces and churches, a colourful Modernista (Art Nouveau) fish market, and a pair of sturdy 17th-century bastions. You can sit out on the Plaça d’Es Born, the city’s main square, and watch the world go by, or head down to the harbour for a boat cruise. There are several charming coves and beaches within easy reach, among them Cala Turqueta, which is considered one of the loveliest on the island.
In Ciutadella itself, you can head to the beach at Cala Degollador (also known as the ‘platja gran’, meaning ‘big beach’), a little curve of sand at the end of a shallow bay with turquoise waters. There’s a Blue Flag beach at Santandria, about 2 kilometres from the city centre, which is larger, and has plenty of facilities. Other good beaches in the area (easily accessed by bus) include the sandy swathe at Cala Blanca (which has also been awarded Blue Flag status for its amenities and the clarity of its water), and Cala d’en Bosch, which is the largest sandy beach in the area, and offers warm, clear waters and excellent facilities. Built into the holiday area of Los Delfines is Cala'n Blanes, another top beach under 2 miles from Ciutadella.
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Ciutadella, a beautiful little city of golden stone, sits on the western tip of the laid-back island of Menorca. It was the island capital right up until 1714, and its cobbled lanes are crammed with churches and palaces that hug a picture-postcard port. One of the loveliest little cities in ...Continue reading
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