Strolling through the centre of Ciutadella which captivates us, we pass Tres Sants without even realising. The way this hotel blends into its environment with absolute mimicry. And at the same time chameleonic, as one only has to cross the threshold to enter a dream world, the walls covered in multicoloured frescoes or made of “marés”, a stone from local quarries omnipresent in the island. On the ground floor a cosy reading room and a prim tea room with a fire place and old vaulted ceilings. On a lower level the dining room, giving on to a beautiful “patio” with a Washington palm tree, is the space for breakfasts which stretch in time. The coffee that accompanies the “ensaimada” (typical Balearic bun) asks to read the newspaper or a book, in no hurry. In the vaulted basement, a chromo therapy swimming pool like a medieval reservoir, and a space for sauna and massages is the favourite place to end the day. On the first and second floors, the bedrooms each different and unexpected, are an exercise of imagination and they are part of this dream topped off by the roof terrace, with privileged views of the Cathedral and the old town. The moment has come to listen to the church bells, the flapping of wings of the flocks of pigeons, or the discreet horn of the ferry reaching the port.
Ciutadella is an ideal town to walk around in and it has indication panels in relief, of its main monuments (cathedral, Seminar...) Accessible beach in Es Grau, with amphibian chairs and amphibian walking sticks and people to help in July and August. In any nautical station One can ask to rent an adapted sail boat or kayak. Basic elements in brail at the hotel. Access for wheel chairs only on the ground floor.
Ciutadella is an ideal town to walk around in and it has indication panels in relief, of its main monuments (cathedral, Seminar...) From Ciutadella you can reach some of the most beautiful beaches on the island, as are Cala Macarella, Arenal de Son Saura or Cala en Turqueta.
Menorca is small but very intense. From Ciutadella we are closer to the most famous coves on the south coast of the island, as are Macarella, Cala en Turqueta or Arenal de Son Saura. The S´Hostal quarries, from where all the Marés stone, with which all the islands buildings are made, comes from, are situated on the outskirts of the town and is a surprising visit. Another obliged visit is to the megalithic settlements scattered round the country side.
A curious visit is to the Cova d´en Xoroi, a disco bar in a cave overlooking an impressive cliff. On the 24th of June, Saint John Ciutadella celebrates its’ most universal feasts, with the jumps of the “Jaleo” horses amongst thousands of people who surround them. A similar feast repeats itself during the summer in every village. Mahón, on the opposite side of the island, with its beautiful port and its neighbour Es Castell, is an obliged visit.
- Aeroguía del Litoral, Menorca. Editorial Planeta. About 15€. The whole island from the air.
- Menorca Berlitz Pocket Guide. About 6€ - 2008
There is no restaurant, but picnics can be prepared so as to be able to enjoy a whole day on the beach or crossing the Camí de Cavalls, which is a foot path that goes round the island by the coast. Substantial breakfasts with fresh orange juice, typical cold cuts, Mahón cheese, ensaimadas and fresh seasonal fruit.
The “ensaimada” is the most typical sweet. We can also buy “sobrasada”. And “abarcas” typical Minorcan sandals