Ciutadella, the former capital of Menorca, is just 45 minutes from Mahón and, without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful and monumental cities of the entire Balearic Community. Do you want to discover it? We tell you what to see.

If you’d like to get to know it for yourself, we suggest doing an excursion suitable for mindful travellers who want to enjoy themselves and prefer making a getaway in the winter, with the best spots to visit and short routes so they can do them easily on foot or by bicycle, taking in every corner of this emblematic city, with a living history that can still be felt.

As at ARTIEM we also love a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, and we love sharing it with you, here are some sports activities to give an extra “punch” to your experience, along with the most eco-friendly places where you can buy traditional craft products and taste the best dishes in Ciutadella.

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what to see in ciutadella de menorca


Perfect, let’s get started on the route around Ciutadella de Menorca!

Strolling around the typical streets of the old town, in one of the stretches along Ses Voltes we come to the magnificent Menorca Cathedral rising over the square.

In a Gothic style, the slender monument also conserves the remains of all the architectural styles it has witnessed throughout Menorca’s history dating back to the 13th century. Savour the evocative organ recitals in the summer. Beautiful! The history of our people reflected in the beauty of its stonework and stained-glass windows invite us to connect with past eras, admiring the excellence of the building. You can also visit the city’s museum, with its interesting metalwork, paintings and liturgical garments on display. 

A few minutes away is La Plaza del Borne, right in the heart of the city. 

The Borne Obelisk presides 22 metres high over the square which is surrounded by some admirable emblematic buildings such as the Salort Palace and the Torre Saura Palace, along with the Born Theatre and the City Council, with its charming vantage point where you can enjoy unique views over the Port of Ciutadella.

ciutadella city hall

The square is the gateway into the old town, and it takes you into a maze-like route of alleys and porticoes, where café terraces and clothes shops blend together with the magnificent historical buildings and stately houses.

Make the most of your walk to visit Menorca’s craft shops which you will find in the area, where the traditional Menorcan craftsmen and women work in jewellery making, sculpture, costume jewellery, leather, etc.


Sant Nicolau Castle

There’s no rush, take a seat on one of the rocks there. Watch the boats coming and going in the port. The calm sea. The sea breeze, the sound of the rolling waves and the salty scent of the sea... This well-conserved elegant defence tower from the 18th century protected the island from numerous sea attacks in the past.

An ideal place to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Save the moment forever taking a photo. Can you see Mallorca in the distance? Put your camera down for a moment. Experience the gift nature offers.


Ciutadella Municipal Museum

Nearby, in the historical Bastió de sa Font building, a remnant of the city’s walls, the Municipal Museum displays a collection of ethnological and archaeological articles which help us to understand Menorca’s history better.  

Go back 3000 years in time thanks to the magnificent collection of palaeontological remains, jewellery and everyday objects.


Ciutadella Port

A stroll you must do at least once in the beautiful Ciutadella Port. Enjoy the beautiful views by day, the brilliant blue beneath the boats, the people, the fishermen carrying out their tasks, etc. Later, in the evening you can enjoy the beautiful lights, and the evening craft markets, among others.

One place with distinct evocative atmospheres: by day or by night, and a wide range of restaurants to top off your visit off and ignite all your senses with the most exquisite fresh and local products.


The best places to eat in Ciutadella de Menorca

And for those who are looking for a gastronomic experience based on fresh and local products, here are some recommendations from Oscar, our Freshpeople from Ciutadella. Take note: 


A top choice for foodies who enjoy healthy food, ideal for breakfast and to build up your energy before visiting Ciutadella.

The only restaurant on the Balearic Islands with the Slow Food and Km0 certification. Enjoy the very carefully prepared local and seasonal products.

Rels is Menorcan cuisine in its purest state. Eating at Rels is going back to Menorca’s roots to create a present in which the humble nature of the local product is combined with more daring recipes.

This is a Km0 restaurant, which goes back to simple and natural Menorcan and Balearic dishes in which local products abound.

The burger is the main star of the Puspaayu restaurant. A carefully selected product to create a unique and quality burger made from local products.

An emblematic restaurant located in Menorca’s Ciutadella, near the port. Famous for its pizzas and meats cooked in a wood oven, you’ll fall in love with its Italian and Menorcan recipes in a homely and romantic dining area with a terrace.

Enjoy the best cuisine on the market: authentic, local and always fresh. This restaurant is located just in front of the market, brimming with seafood, meat and vegetables. They also have their own boat that provides them with fresh fish each day. Discover the luxury of these natural products!


Active and mindful tourism in Ciutadella de Menorca

ciutadella de menorca

Active and mindful tourism in Ciutadella is another one of our attractions. Therefore, we recommend some plans to enjoy Ciutadella by taking care of yourself and the environment.

Would you like to sail a llagut (a type of craft traditionally used for fishing) that has been restored and protected as an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC)? The Amigos del Mar (Friends of the Sea) Association organises excursions on Saturday mornings from the Port’s Checkpoint building. Enjoy the sea, the wind and our maritime heritage.

What about an excursion by bicycle

We’ve chosen the route from Ciutadella to Cala Galdana as it’s an easy one with quite a clear path. Along the route, various farmhouses are signposted where you can buy traditional homemade Menorcan products (leave a space in your rucksack for a delicious cheese or sobrasada (spreadable chorizo). Along the path there are plenty of dry-stone walls, fig-trees, horses and even the odd donkey to be seen. The route takes 18 km of natural landscapes to reach the magnificent Cala Galdana. Here we are waiting for you in our hotel ARTIEM Audax to recover your energy with the best views of Cala Galdana, enjoying a delicious meal in our pool bar The View.

The View ARTIEM Audax Cala Galdana


Discover your home near Ciutadella de Menorca

If you decide to visit Menorca we’ll be happy to help you organise your trip and visit Ciutadella while Freshpeople takes care of you at ARTIEM Audax, an adult-only hotel near Cala Galdana.  

A place to find yourself again and enjoy the nature which permeates the surrounding beaches and coves after having enjoyed Ciutadella.