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Rainy day in old and beautiful Ciutadella

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Ciutadella de Menorca - Nicknamed Vella I Bella “The Old and the Beautiful”, Ciutadella was originally founded by the Carthaginians, and was already the seat of a Bishop by the 4th century. Always in competition with Mahón, Ciutadella was the capital of Menorca during the Moorish occupation and was at that time known as Medina Minurqua. After being recaptured by the Christian forces of Alfonso II it was annexed to the Crown of Aragon and became an important Mediterranean trading centre with a busy port. Ciutadella today is an attractive city with a population of around 28,000, it has a picturesque port and a charming old quarter, which is a pleasure to explore. Although little remains from the Arab occupation, Ciutadella still has plenty to offer in the way of architecture, boasting several splendid Baroque and Gothic churches and some opulent palaces, dating from the restoration of the city during the 17th and 18th centuries. The attractive port, situated on a long curving inlet, is lined with traditional fishing boats on one side and yachts and pleasure craft on the other, visit in the morning and you will see the fishermen arriving with the days catch, fresh and ready to supply the waterside restaurants. The market, on Plaça Llibertat, another delightful corner of the old town, where fresh fruit, vegetable and fish stalls mingle with lively and inexpensive cafés selling the freshest of ensaimadas. In the evening , more ambitious and expensive food is available at a string of excellent restaurants down by the harbourside.

 

Ciutadella is a typical Mediterranean town with colourful narrow lanes. After some beautiful days it started raining heavy. Lucky we were not at the beach but in Ciutadella. We went eating tapas in the center. Tapas is the name of a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisin. Later after the rain cleared free time to enjoy the city. Photo of my wife Kanitha looking for any restaurant to shelter.

 

Ciutadella is de voormalige hoofdstad van Menorca en is gelegen aan de westkust van het eiland. Het is een kleine, authentieke en levendige stad met een historisch centrum. Hier kunt u heerlijk rondslenteren tussen de oude kerken, kleine paleizen en langs de 14e eeuwse kathedraal. Een bezoek aan de lokale markt is ook zeker de moeite waard. De pittoreske stad wordt gekenmerkt door een grote haven en gezellige pleintjes waar genoeg te beleven is. Bijna dagelijks zijn er veerboot overtochten van Ciutadella naar Barcelona. Daarnaast staat Ciutedella bekend om de gezellige feesten. De meest klassieke feesten van Menorca worden elk jaar in deze stad gevierd. Na het mooie weer van de afgelopen dagen kwam de regen met bakken naar beneden. Gelukkig waren we niet op het strand maar in Ciutadella. We zijn maar snel een gezellig tapas restaurant ingedoken waar we wijnen gingen proeven en konden genieten van diverse huisgemaakte Spaanse tapas tot het weer was opgehelderd.

   

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Taken on October 25, 2010