The 15.000 inhabitants of Ciutadella de Menorca are proud that their town was the island's capital from the Moorish epoch until 18th century. Aristocratic constructions as well as several palaces make evident its glorious past. The entire town was declared National Monument by the Spanish state.
Popular customs are highly interesting as well. Best known is the Festival of San Juan, when el Jaleo takes place: a medieval equestrian performance with colourful old dresses.
Unlike Mahón Ciutadella is a typical Mediterranean town with colourful narrow lanes. Among the major attractions are:
This picturesque natural port is specially impressing arriving to it by boat.
A wide boulevard, located where formerly the town-walls were.
Plaza de Born
The heart of town. An obelisk in the nearby park reminds of the Turkish attack in 1558.
National Museum (Plaza de Born. Open 11.30 - 13.30. Sundays closed.). With an interesting collection of archaeological findings as well as objects of medieval and Moorish epochs.
Built in 14th century over a Moorish mosque. Later on it was modified several times, in particular during 19th century. Most evident today are Gothic and Neoclassic styles.
Beautiful alleys with arcades and white-washed walls.
Several beautiful small palaces, among them Casa Saura, Palacio del Barón de Lluriach and Palacio Martorell, all of 17th and 18th century.
Most remarkable are Iglesia del Roser, of 18th century, and Iglesia de San Francisco, built from 16th to 19th century.
Naveta des Tudoms
This prehistorical tomb is one of the island's most important monuments.