Must see attractions in Ciutadella

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    Plaça des Born

    Ciutadella’s main square is a gracious affair, framed by handsome 19th-century buildings like the neoclassical Palau Torre-Saura and fortress-like Ajuntament. The obelisk at its centre was raised to commemorate the townsfolk who died trying to ward off the Turks on 9 July 1558. For the finest view of the port and the town’s remaining bastions and bulwarks, sneak behind the ajuntament (town hall) and up to the 14th-century Bastió d’Es Governador.

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    Palau Salort

    A couple of Ciutadella's magnificent noble homes are open to the public seasonally, including the splendid 1813 Palau Salort, which unfolds behind a neoclassical facade. On the ceiling of the entrance hall you'll spot the Salort family crest, before climbing to the dance hall, British-inspired library, kitchen (allegedly Menorca's largest) and glimmering 'Room of Mirrors', whose walls are adorned with 12 Louis XVI mirrors.

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    Església i Claustre del Socors

    The baroque Església dels Socors, with its lovely tile-patterned floors, was built between 1616 and 1670, and contains striking works by Menorcan artist José R Torrent. Attached is the 18th-century Convent de Sant Agustí, home to a graceful whitewashed baroque cloister whose ceilings are carved with the emblems of major local families. Rooms branching off the cloister exhibit artwork and archaeological finds from across the island, while the convent's upper floors can be explored by guided tour only (€10, noon daily).

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    Catedral de Menorca

    Ciutadella's 14th-century, single-nave cathedral was built in Catalan Gothic style on the site of Medina Minurqa’s central mosque (the belltower visibly reuses part of the original minaret), though its baroque facade with Corinthian columns wasn't added until the early 19th century. The cathedral was badly damaged during both the 1558 Turkish attack and the Spanish Civil War, leading to extensive 20th-century restorations.

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    Museu Municipal

    Within the 17th-century Bastió de Sa Font, the single, vaulted gallery of Ciutadella's town museum provides an excellent insight into the island's history through a small but eye-opening display of Talayotic, Roman and Islamic finds from the area. Comprehensive explanatory documentation is available in Catalan, Spanish, English and several other languages.

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    Castell de Sant Nicolau

    About 1km southwest of the town centre, this stout little 17th-century watchtower stands guard at the southern head of Ciutadella's port entrance. Views over the waters to Mallorca and southwards along the coast are stunning.

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    Naveta des Tudons

    Six kilometres east of Ciutadella, Menorca's best-preserved stone burial chamber was constructed around 1000 BC. The remains of over 100 individuals were excavated here in the 1960s, most dating from the 9th century BC.

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    Mercat de Peix

    Set in a pleasing 1895 building dressed in elegant green-and-white-check tiles, the city's small fish market is one of Spain's few remaining examples of 19th-century cast-iron architecture.

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    Ajuntament

    An imposing fortress-like building, Ciutadella's town hall dates from the 19th century.

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    Palau Torre-Saura

    The most grandiose of several 19th-century buildings overlooking Ciutadella's main square, with an impressive neoclassical facade. It's closed to the public.

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    Carrer Ses Voltes

    The attractively arcaded central Carrer Ses Voltes is lined with smart shops, restaurants and bars.

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    Obelisco des Born

    Looming at the centre of Ciutadella's majestic main square, this obelisk monument honours the townsfolk who died trying to ward off the Turks on 9 July 1558, an attack which saw most of the city's buildings destroyed.

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    Bastió des Governador

    This colossal bastion dates from the 14th century, but was heavily restored in the 17th century following the 1558 Turkish attack on Ciutadella. Clamber up for expansive views across the city's port.

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    Antiga Església del Roser

    This baroque early-18th-century church is now used as an occasional exhibition gallery.