Ciutadella is the old capital of the island of Menorca, and was the island's main port of trade and shipping, until Mahon pipped them to the post in the 18th Century. Not such a bad thing, as this enchanting city, with its cobbled narrow winding streets, has remained a plaster for cosmopolitan people who come to soak up the creative and rustic atmosphere, free of heavy traffic and bustle. Ciutadella is a captivating city, with the twists and turns of its compelling history and rich culture laid bare in the surprising diversity of its architecture and kaleidoscope of citizens.
The past and the present are closely interwoven within the contained city centre, with Michelin starred restaurants and eclectic independent shops side by side, moulded from the mansions of history's noblemen and counts. The city's unique architecture has many reminders of the island's historic occupancy by England, and countless crumbling palaces can be encountered at every turn of an alleyway, of which there are plenty. Within these narrow lanes, gorgeous little shops can be discovered, and how refreshing it is, with not a single chain store in sight!
Where to Shop
Within the narrow lanes, gorgeous little shops can be discovered, and how refreshing it is, with not a single chain store in sight! One of these treasures is La Purissima. The creation of the charismatic Evelyne, her store is a treasure trove of French and Spanish childrenswear and interior brands, including the popular pineapple GoodNightLight and crochet animals by Anne Claire Petit.
Another few streets away, in the maze of Ciutadella's alleyways, you'll find 'Paradis' - another beautiful boutique stocked with Continental style and delicate jewellery finds.
Where to Eat & Stay
Feeling peckish? Well, you'll find yourself opposite Menorcan artisan bakery Herbera. Who said this is a detox trip!
Herbera Bakery, Cami de Mao 28, tel +34 971 482 216
Down an inconspicuous cobbled alleyway, leading to a majestic brown door, lies the boutique hotel Can Faustino. This gorgeous gem of only 21 rooms and 3 suites was developed from a 16th Century palace, and opens onto a tree shaded patio and swimming pool overlooking the ancient harbour.
The elegant interior of hotel Can Faustino was designed by Olivia Putman of Studio Putman, in collaboration with Laurent Morel-Ruymen for Mare e Terra.