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Things To Do In Ciutadella, Menorca


The Ciutadella de Menorca is one of the most beautiful and popular cities on the island. It’s full of history, charming streets and vibrant atmosphere, making it a must stop on your trip to Menorca.

A wonderful city break location, or ideal as a base to explore the local beaches and coastline, Ciutadella will draw you in with its understated grandeur and culture. In this guide, we’ve included everything you’ll need to know before your trip, including the best things to do, restaurant recommendations, day trip ideas, transport tips and the best local beaches. Here are the best things to do in Ciutadella.

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What are the best things to do in Ciutadella?

Empty cobbled narrow street in Ciutadella with old houses – Ciutadella, Menorca, Balearic islands, Spain

Get lost in the beautiful streets of the old town

The first thing we’d recommend doing when you arrive at the Ciutadella is to just have a walk around and explore the old town. Take in the pastel coloured streets and get your bearings, as you’ll have plenty of time to tick off the big ‘must-dos’ later.

You’ll be wowed by the beautiful vistas and white-washed buildings, as one of the prettiest places in Menorca. The historical center is small, so you don’t have to worry about going too far.

Keep in mind everything here shuts for a couple of hours after lunch, so shops and restaurants will be closed from around 2pm-5pm.

Head to the port

Home to million dollar yachts as well as smaller fishing boats, the marina in Ciutadella also hosts some of Menorca’s best restaurants. Visit Restaurant S’Amarador or Café Balear for some of the best seafood you’ll ever have – but make a reservation if you want to avoid the queue.

The port of Ciutadella is the best place to enjoy nightlife in the area. Don’t expect anything crazy – you won’t find Ibiza style clubs here, but instead a lovely selection of tapas and live music bars.

The port is also where you can hire a boat to explore the island, or just come here to enjoy the scenic views. You’ll arrive here if you’re coming by boat from Majorca or Barcelona.

Watch the sunset at Pont D’en Gil

This magical rock formation resembles a natural bridge that crosses over the sea, leaving a gap for boats in it’s center. It’s really close to the Ciutadella town center, and is most beautiful at sunset.

There is a car park 5 minutes away so it can be easily reached. This is a well known spot and it does become really busy – people bring drinks and snacks, take photos and enjoy the atmosphere, so don’t expect a quiet and romantic spot here.

Tours around Ciutadella

Shop at the local markets

Ciutadella’s local markets are the beating heart of the city, and the Mercat Municipal De Ciutadella is no exception. In this little square, you can find butchers, fishmongers, and the local community gathering. The freshest produce is sold here: Iberian cured meats, cheeses, seafood, meat and vegetables.

During the morning, visitors shop for cooking ingredients or grab coffee or lunch in one of the surrounding cafes. In the evening, this is a top spot to go and eat local seafood, pastries and ice cream.

Where: The market is in Plaça de la Llibertat

Opening times: 7:30 am – 1:30pm, and 5pm – 8pm.

Spend the day at a beach

Although Ciutadella itself doesn’t have any beaches, it’s close to some of the best in Menorca. The best way to explore these is by rental car, as you’re only a 30 minute drive away from the island’s most beautiful beaches.

Alternatively, the public best network from Ciutadella to the beaches runs well, with regular departure times and a clear route to the coast.

The best beaches near to Ciutadella include Cala Santandria, Cala Blanca, Cala Son Xoriguer, Cala Morell, and Cala en Bosc. These are a mix of tourist beaches and the rugged coasts for which Menorca is famous.

Visit Ciutadella Cathedral

One of the best preserved Catalan Gothic buildings on the island, this 14th century cathedral is a must visit and one of the best things to do in Ciutadella.

It’s built on top of an old mosque and is beautiful, complete with stained glass windows and decorative elements. The building is wrapped in history, having been attacked and partially destroyed several times over the 700 years its been standing.

Opening times: Monday – Saturday, 10am-2:30pm

Entry Fees: Tickets are combined with entry to Claustre de l’antic Convent de sant Agusti. They are €6.60 per adult.

Go on a boat around the island

One of the most popular things to do in the city is to head out for a day on the water. You’ll get a chance to swim and snorkel, with options for different budgets.

You can join a group tour, book a private tour or even hire a self drive boat for a day.

Where should I stay in Ciutadella?

There are plenty of beautiful hotels to choose from. Here are some of the best options for location and experience:

Marosi Boutique Hotel

Carrer de la Puríssima, 27, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain

A boutique hotel with city views, garden and terrace located near the Cathedral of Minorca.

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Infinito Hotel Boutique

16 Carrer de Sant Onofre, 07760 Ciutadella, Spain

An adults only luxurious boutique hotel located near the Cathedral of Minorca.

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Hotel Boutique Can Sastre

6 Plazuela del Rosario, 07760 Ciutadella, Spain

A five star luxurious boutique hotel in the city center.

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Where should I eat and drink in Ciutadella?

Sa Bona Birra – A microbrewery with delicious bar snacks and traditional Spanish dishes

Avinguda de Jaume I el Conqueridor, 112, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain

Nipa Menorca – Fresh sushi and Japanese food

Carrer de Vila Juaneda Industrial, 11, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain

Pez Limón – An elevated tapas restaurant

Carrer de Sant Joan Baptista, 8, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain

Margot Locanda – Traditional tapas

Carrer de Nostra Senyora dels Dolors, 8, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain

Nopales Menorca – Traditional Mexican food

Carrer de Sant Sebastià, 2, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain

Nibs Healthy Bar – Healthy brunch restaurant

Plaça d’Artrutx, 7, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain

Pinzell – Traditional regional classics

Plaça dels Pins, 4, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain

Best things to do in Ciutadella FAQs

How do I get to Ciutadella?

You can reach the city easily from Menorca Airport by renting a car or booking a transfer. It takes about 40 minutes on the roads.

You could also get a ferry from Mallorca or Barcelona.

How do I get around Ciutadella?

The bus network around Ciutadella is excellent, with regular buses around the city as well as nearby beach towns and holiday resorts. It’s the best place to stay if you’re wanting to visit beaches on the south west coast, but note that some services will only run during tourist season in May – October.

Where can I park in Ciutadella?

If you’re hiring a car, you’ll have to park in a designated car park and then walk from their to your accommodation. Most streets are too narrow for cars, and therefore very few hotels have parking.

All car parks in Ciutadella are completely free no matter how long you stay.

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