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Things to do

A weekend guide to Ciutadella

 

There’s a lot to see in one weekend! Check out all the best bits of Ciutadella with this two-day itinerary.

This port city is simply bursting with historic attractions, amazing eateries and must-see attractions. So, if you’re only here for the weekend, squeezing in all the good stuff is no easy task!

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded all the very best bits of Ciutadella into a 36-hour itinerary, making it the perfect addition to your Menorca holiday. We’ve thrown in all the things you simply won’t want to miss on your whirlwind tour of this Menorcan gem.

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First morning

This is your chance to get the lay of the land. Head to the Old Town and start exploring. As you go, look out for the gorgeous neo-classical architecture. This historic section of the city is relatively small, so you can cover a lot of ground in one morning.

Some must see sights on your stroll include the impressive Plaza del Born and the almost imposing Ciutadella Cathedral. Bring your camera and snap the winding streets, the swooping structures and the sand-coloured buildings as you go.

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Lunch

If you’re feeling peckish after all that exploring, then visit the Carrer josep Maria Quadrado. This little street, just a short walk from the cathedral, is lined with restaurants and quaint eateries, where you can pick up delicious, traditional tapas, at a very reasonable price.

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The afternoon

The small, meandering streets of Ciutadella offer up a quaint charm. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find swanky clothes retailers, traditional souvenir shops and glitzy high-end stores at every turn. Perfect for a spot of retail therapy!

Spend your afternoon wandering down streets like Carrer de Maó and peruse the selection of shops lining the way. As you go, stop off at Plaza Nova for a rest in the shade and a revitalising drink. With so much to explore, you’ll need the break!

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The evening

For your first evening meal we’re keeping it simple with authentic Spanish flavours, but turning the heat up on your cooking skills! Cuk-Cuk is a firm favourite among foodies in Ciutadella, because this conceptual restaurant teaches you how to whip up delicious plates of local delicacies.

Grab a glass of wine, listen carefully and start cooking up a storm! After you’ve perfected your plate, take a seat on the patio with a glass of local wine and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

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Second morning

A visit to the port city wouldn’t be complete without a stroll around the harbour. Luckily, there’s plenty to explore. Walk along the water’s edge, taking in all the glitz and glamour of the boats bobbing on the surface.

From the end of the port, turn back to face the Old Town and snap some pictures of the city, featuring the skyline-defining cathedral and the Plaza del Born.

Take your time wandering down the esplanade, stopping for a refreshing drink every now and then, and take in the views.

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Lunch

While in the harbour, you’re in the perfect place to tuck in to the freshest seafood around. Café Balear in particular is the hotspot for traditional dishes, offering only the best of the catch of the day, with a side of waterfront views.

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Afternoon

After all that exploring, it’s time to kick back and enjoy some sunshine. Grab your swimming costume, we’re going to the beach! Get a taxi or take advantage of the well-connected bus service and visit the local relaxation hotspots. Cala’n Blanes is a quiet local beach where you can go for a cooling dip or catch some rays by the coastline. Or, head a little further afield to Cala Galdana, which offers up a great beach, with plenty of handy facilities nearby.

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The evening

Back in the city, head to the popular PINS 46 restaurant just around the corner from the City Hall. With a sunlit outdoor terrace area and fresh local produce, it’s little wonder it’s a hit.

After that, return to the harbour and grab a seat at one of the bustling bars along the waterfront. For your last night, enjoy a few drinks with this beautiful city as your backdrop.

Posted: 4th Feb 2020.

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