Its old quarter is a small, fortified city. There is an Islamic presence evident in its labyrinth of narrow streets that start at the Plaça d'es Born and criss-cross inside the walls of the Moorish city. The large, stately square is dominated by an obelisk that was constructed in the middle of the last century to remember the attack by the Turkish fleet in 1558 and the sacrifice of the inhabitants who were killed or taken as slaves. The town is also a great place to relax as there are numerous squares that have bars, restaurants and cafés with terraces. You could also visit its craft centres. The charming port of Ciutadella deserves special mention as it is a magical place where you will be able to try the island's traditional seafood or spend a night on a terrace while you enjoy views of the sea from Pla de Sant Joan.
One of the most characteristic spirits of Menorca is gin. On the island, it is made from grape wine and flavoured with juniper berries. Mahón cheese is another regional delicacy, as are "pastissets" which are pastries in the form of a five-petal flower that have been made with sugar, butter, egg yolks and flour. There are also many stories told about the origin of mayonnaise, the majority of which have the Duke of Richelieu and the capital of Menorca as the main protagonists. According to many versions, this famous sauce originated here and this is how the capital's name of Mahón came about.
The sea supplies some of the main ingredients in Balearic Island cuisine. Lobster stew is perhaps one of the most prestigious Menorcan dishes, although we can't forget about the famous mayonnaise, which is made with egg, oil and garlic. Other island specialities include "sèpia al forn" (baked cuttlefish), rice with fish, and tombet (a vegetable dish with a potato base, fried peppers, aubergines and a tomato sauce). To finish, there is nothing better than an "ensaimada", which is a spiral-shaped bun) or some Mahón cheeses.