The past is still alive in this city, as each episode of its history has been in the streets.
The city was conquered by the power of the vandals and later belonged to the Byzantine Empire. In the seventh century, Muslims began to devastate, although the occupation did not occur until the beginning of the tenth century during the Muslim rule Minurka renamed Medina Ciutadella, which was the ancient capital of the island until 1722, moved to Richard Kane Mahon courts and government offices. French rule established a very important cultural current that gave way to ideas from Europe. The stage of Spanish rule, which followed the second English domination make possible an old desire of the city to reinstate its own bishopric.
Its old town is a small fortified city, the Muslim presence is manifested in the labyrinthine streets radiating from the Plaça d'es Born, within the walls of the Moorish city.
Spacious and elegant, the square is dominated by an obelisk built in the middle of the last century, reminiscent of the assault of the Turkish fleet in 1558 and the slaughter of the inhabitants, killed or enslaved. We also find the Town Hall, an emblem of power palace, Teatre des Born and stately Salort Palacios, Torre Saura Vivó and neoclassical property of the nobility that still stands in today's society.
From the Plaça del Born the streets leading into the old town, taking us to the imposing fourteenth century cathedral built on an ancient Arab mosque. From this point they begin to spring surprises like architectural Església Roser or Palau Saura, both transformed into exhibition halls. After seeing such beauty, we enter Ses Voltes, through the characteristic porticos, a benchmark where stroll and visit the shops in the area. During the itinerary an image called wide attention of the visitor: a bronze sculpture of a lamb that refers to the festival of Sant Joan.
Celebrating one of the most spectacular festivities in the country, 23 and June 24, Ciutadella outburst of joy celebrations in honor of the patron saint. A party in which the horse is the star, performing traditional equestrian games that follow a ritual established in the Middle Ages. It is an expression of joy of a people who open their homes and hearts to visitors.
Ciutadella as episcopal seat of the island, we still showing manifestations of his character in the convent of Santa Clara, the beautiful Església of Sant Crist. As the seminar, with its Diocesan Museum and its unique cloister.
The city also offers a good place to relax in any of its many squares terrace, or to learn your craft centers. Special mention is the charming port of Ciutadella, a magical place where seafood taste typical of the island or enjoy the night on the terraces overlooking the sea Pla de Sant Joan.