Located at the west end of the island, Ciutadella is the second most important town in Minorca, and until the English domination, it was the capital of the island, a title transferred to Mahón during the 18th Century. It is still the ecclesiastic capital, as the seat of the Cathedral of Minorca and its bishopric.
The narrow stone paved streets of the old centre of Ciutadella are a concentrated place of historic interest. The whitewashed white houses and splendour of the stately homes make this old fortified city an indispensable place for the visitor to see. The stately mansions or palaces of the ancient nobility of Ciutadella are now centrepieces during the most traditional festivities of Sant Joan. These buildings, built of sea fossil speckled sandstone, are a spectacle in themselves, and some of them may be visited.
Within the old town centre of Ciutadella we find the emblematic calle de Ses Voltes, that features porticoes along both sides. This street and the whole old city centre is ideal for a quiet walk and to visit the large number of commercial establishments in the area, from traditional shops to modern boutiques, fully integrated in the noble palaces and old homes of Ciutadella.
The festivities of Sant Joan, held on 23rd and 24th June, are one of the most spectacular in Spain. Horses and jockeys called “cavallers” and “caixers”, are the main protagonists of the most conservative Minorcan festivity with its traditional events, maintaining the rituals through all their acts, such as, for example, the Jocs des Pla, equestrian games inspired by the jousting of Medieval knights.
The port of Ciutadella, is one of the most beautiful and picturesque in the Mediterranean. In summer, their capacity is overwhelmed by luxury yachts and numerous tourists who stroll around the terraces and restaurants during the day and have fun in the pubs an discotheques at night.go back