What to do in Ciutadella: six not-to-be-missed plans

by | 27 May, 2024 | Tips and recommendations, Trips | 0 comments

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Ciutadella has it all. Located on the west coast of Minorca, it is a charming city that perfectly combines history, culture and natural beauty. If you want to know what to do in Ciutadella, you are in the right place because today we are going to tell you the 6 things you can’t miss if you are going to visit the city.

A bit of history

Founded by the Carthaginians and later influenced by Romans, Arabs and Christians, this city has seen many changes over the centuries, leaving a fascinating historical legacy. Its narrow cobbled streets, impressive architecture and vibrant cultural life make it a popular tourist destination. With its picturesque harbour, stunning coves and rich gastronomic offerings, Ciutadella attracts visitors from all over the world seeking an authentic experience in the heart of the Mediterranean. And now let’s get to the plans we have for you.

1. Visiting the main tourist attractions

Menorca Cathedral

The Cathedral of Menorca, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Ciutadella, is an impressive Gothic construction that stands in the heart of the old town. Built on the site of a primitive mosque in the 14th century, this cathedral is a testament to the rich history of the region. Its Gothic façade and bright interior, adorned with windows and stained-glass windows, make it a must-see for architecture and history lovers. The cathedral also houses a diocesan museum that offers a deeper insight into Menorca’s religious heritage.

Sant Nicolau Castle

Sant Nicolau Castle is a 17th century fortification located at the entrance to the port of Ciutadella. Built as a defence against pirate and corsair attacks, this small castle offers a fascinating glimpse into the island’s military history. Its octagonal structure and watchtower remain in excellent condition, and from the top you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the port and the Mediterranean Sea. This monument is not only a historical landmark, but also a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Plaça del Born

The Plaza del Born is the epicentre of Ciutadella’s social and cultural life. Surrounded by majestic historic buildings, this square is an ideal place to soak up the local atmosphere. Here you will find the obelisk commemorating the city’s resistance during the Turkish attack of 1558. The square is flanked by the Town Hall, the Municipal Theatre des Born and elegant palaces that add an air of grandeur to the area. It is also a vibrant place full of cafés, restaurants and shops, making it a meeting point for locals and tourists alike.

The marina

Ciutadella’s marina is one of the most picturesque and lively places in the city. With its Mediterranean charm, the port is full of yachts, fishing boats and pleasure craft. Along the quayside, you will find numerous restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the delicious Menorcan gastronomy while watching the movement of the boats. The port is also the starting point for boat trips to explore the beautiful coves and beaches of Menorca’s west coast. And if you visit at night, the port transforms into a lively leisure centre, ideal for dining and strolling around enjoying the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

2. Outdoor activities

Going to the coves of Menorca

It is possible to visit Menorca several times and not repeat a single cove. And with such a large number of coves, it is difficult to recommend one or the other, but there are three that are not to be missed:

  • Macarella Cove

Cala Macarella is one of the most famous coves in Menorca, known for its turquoise waters and white sands surrounded by impressive cliffs and pine forests. It is a perfect place to swim and relax in a natural environment.
Panorámica cala Macarella

  • Macarelleta Cove

Cala Macarelleta, smaller and quieter than its neighbour Macarella, offers an idyllic corner with transparent waters and fine sand. Access requires a hike from Macarella, but the unspoilt beauty of this cove is well worth the effort.

  • Turqueta Cove

Cala Turqueta is a beautiful cove with crystal clear water and white sand, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation. It is known for its tranquillity and natural environment, ideal for enjoying a relaxing day at the beach.

Hiking and cycling routes: Camí de Cavalls

The Camí de Cavalls is an ancient route that circles the island of Menorca for some 185 kilometres, offering an exceptional way to explore its stunning natural landscape. This historic route, which dates back to the 14th century, was originally used for the defence and surveillance of the island. Travelling it in whole or in part is undoubtedly a unique experience for hiking and cycling enthusiasts, allowing them to discover Menorca from an authentic, close-to-nature perspective.

3. Cultural activity

You cannot miss a visit to the Municipal Museum of Ciutadella Can Saura. It explains the history of the municipality of Ciutadella and its particularities through a collection of stories and artefacts that tell us about the city and its inhabitants. Admission is only 5 € for adults and children, pensioners and students have free admission.

4. Taste the rich local gastronomy

You can’t miss the chance to try the island’s typical dishes: lobster stew, Mahón cheese, sobrasada, ensaimada, Menorcan perol or baked cockles are some of the delicacies that your palate deserves to taste.

5. Shopping and crafts

If you are one of those who never miss a market, you are going to have a great time in Ciutadella. Here are all the markets you’ll find in this destination:
Born Market. With textiles, footwear and antiques. Located in the Plaza des Born, you can find it every Monday and Friday from 8:30 to 15:00 in summer and in winter on the same days from 9:30 to 13:30.
Handicraft market. All the products are handicrafts. It is in the Plaça des Born. Mondays and Fridays from June to September from 19:00 to 00:00.
Farmers’ market. This is the market for fresh produce produced on the island. Sausages, fruit, vegetables, cheeses, honey, bread. You can find it in the Plaça del Mercat (or Pl. de la Llibertat) all year round on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 to 14:00.
Capllonch Market. A small craft market that you will find every evening from June to September from 19:00 to 00:00 and longer opening hours on weekends from 17:00 to 1:00.
Costa Marina Market This is one of the most visited markets. Here you can find craft products linked to old traditional crafts such as jewellery, clothes, painting, handicrafts… There is also live music.
Summer market in urbanisations. In urbanisations such as Cala en Bosc, Cala en Blanes, Cala Blanca and Serpentona there are also street markets from 17:00 to 00:00 hours.

6. Nightlife in Ciutadella

Ciutadella is a lively destination and its nightlife is centred around its port. It offers a wide variety of venues for all tastes, making it one of the best destinations in Minorca for a night out any day of the week during the summer. Three discotheques stand out:

  • Sa Kova Port Ciutadella discotheque.
  • Discotheque Kopas Club (former discotheque Esfera)
  • Jazzbah Menorca

And this is the end of our article on what to do in Ciutadella and the six plans that you cannot miss if you are going to spend a few days in the old capital of Menorca.