The municipality of Ciutadella covering the western third of the island is the largest in Menorca. From spectacular sunsets to the oldest pre-historic monuments in Menorca, Ciutadella has something for everyone. The town is steeped in history with a rich mix of architectural styles bearing witness to the different eras in its past. Ciutadella is perhaps most famous for the annual Fiestas de Sant Joan, the summer festivities which culminate with the colourful jaleo.
Various resorts are located on the west and south coasts offering a full range of watersports and entertainment options. Further afield along both the north coast and the south coast are a number of picure-perfect “virgin” beaches which remain totally undeveloped. However, because most are now accessible by car or bus, don’t expect to have the beach to yourself in high season.
Founded by the Carthaginians, Ciutadella remained the capital of Menorca until 1772, and remains the ecclesiastical capital to this day. Ciutadella has a rather grand air with many elegant historical buildings, churches and large squares. The old town is packed with impressive architecture including a gothic cathedral and several palaces belonging to the noble families, some of which are now open to the public. Buses stop at the Plaça des Pins, which is adjacent to the Plaça des Born at the heart of the town. From there a series of narrow cobbled alleys, many of which are too narrow for cars to pass, hide an array of stylish boutiques and fashionable cafes and restaurants. Steps from the main square lead down to the quaint port, where locals moor their traditional llauts (fishing boats) and lively restaurants and bars line one side of the harbour. The inner end of the harbour is the location of the late night bars and clubs and a craft market is set up on the steps at night.
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