Packed with yachts and tourists in the summer, Ciutadella is considered one of the most beautiful spots on the Mediterranean. The second largest town on the island of Menorca, it was its capital until the 18th century. Today, the town features plenty of reminders of its past, including its destruction in 1558 by Turkish pirates.
Any visit to the old town should include a simple wander through its stone streets framed by white-washed and stone homes. Some of these old mansions can even be explored and are a living testament today to the nobles who once resided inside them hundreds of years ago. Be sure to visit Placa des Born, the main square of the town, which is lined with palaces from the 18th century.
There are plenty of historic attractions inside the city to explore, too. Pay a visit to City Hall to see the remnants of the town’s old wall, which was destroyed in the late 19th century in the name of growth. Or, spend some quiet time in one of the many museums in the town, including the Diocesan Museum.
By night, the elegant town comes alive with cafes, bars and more. So, be sure to plan accordingly and include some post-sunset action in the Ciutadella plans.
The Old Town is very accessible via bus from all points on the island.