Ciutadella is located 45 kms from Mahón. It has a population of 24,000. It used to be the capital of Menorca and still has a lot of important historical buildings and an interesting cultural heritage.
It is a very pretty town. You can still
see remains from the Arabic occupation.
The reconquest of Ciutadella took place
towards the end of the 13th century
under Alfonso III. The city was fortified
and under his reign palaces, churches
and convents were built within the city
walls, many of which are still standing
today. You could say that Ciutadella
is like two towns in one: it has an
old part, much in a Gothic style, within
the city walls as well as a new, modern
part popular with tourists.
There are some incredible small coves
dotted along this part of the Menorcan
coast. In fact some of Menorca's best
beaches are very nearby: Arenal de Son
Saura, Algaiarens, Cala del Pilar, La
Vall, Cala Morell, Cala Blanca, Cala
Bosch. There is also an intersting network
of caves near Ciutadella.
Monuments and interesting places in Ciutadella:
Fiestas in Ciutadella: The San Juan fiestas held in Ciutadella (23rd and 24th June) are famous throughout Spain. They are more than 600 years old and include a procession to 'la Ermita del Santo' (a small chapel). One of the fiesta's main events is a procession carrying a red flag with the blue cross of Malta on it. There are other fiestas on 17th January, Fiestas San Antonio Abad, whose origin lies in the reconquest of the city.
Shopping in Ciutadella de Menorca: Typical products include shoes, accessories, cheese, spicy sausage...
Accommodation in Ciutadella
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