Ciutadella

The bishop, with the cathedral town council, and the stately homes of some noblemen give the place a city air although it is a small town. In the 21st century Ciutadella still keeps this air of a village, where you can really enjoy walking around several corners of the old centre. The Archiduke started from the Alfons III square and then down to the Born square, as a central axis that at the same time divides the old town area in two.

The Carrer de Maó street is fairly narrow and comes onto the Plaça Nova square, where there are many old houses with porches (…). Then a flying buttress on the right hand side is the starting point of the arch gallery of the Carrer de les Verdures street (nowadays the popular Ses Voltes street) which leads to the Plaça des Be square; then if you turn on the right you will find the Santa Clara street and on the left, the Seminar street. Once here we will find the shop of Iñaki Sampedro and his leather bags. Otherwise, if we walk towards Santa Clara we will pass by the convent, a point that will give us clam and quietness, and if we close our eyes we can think of the 23rd June’s eve and the festival of horses and horse riders called caixers, during the Sant Joan patron saint festival. After this parenthesis, we will continue along the Portal de sa Font up to the Carrer de Borja Moll street, where Sebastià Moll, a country carpenter (arader) keeps making gates and country tools made of wild olive tree wood. On the said junction we will find Es Bastió de sa Font and we will continue the route from this point to the Born square while surrounding Es Pla de Sant Joan along the Carrer de sa Muradeta street. At the end of this street and in the Baixada de Capllonch, we find two labels that enhance the current quality of footwear made in Menorca along with fashion, design and comfort. We are talking about the shoemakers Nando Contreras with the brand Benestar, and Nagore. Now we have followed the route along the southern part of Ciutadella, we will walk towards the other side of the town to visit two workshops on the boundaries of the old town centre. The most attractive route is to walk through the Plaça des Born square and let us get lost along narrow streets up to the Contramurada street. When we reach it, we cross it to find the Camí des Degollador road, almost to its end, where the painter Josep Moncada has his studio-workshop. A little further down, there is the Plaça Europa square and from here we will walk on the left along the Carrer de sa Pau street that will come onto the Plaça de Sant Jaume II square, and from here along the Carrer Pare Huguet where we will take the first on the left, called the Carrer Comte de Cifuentes street. Here the shoemaker Bartomeu Genestar will wait for us in his workshop where he will offer a wide range of moccasins remarkable for their comfort and quality in their finishes.

In the chapter where the Archduke writes about the southern part of Ciutadella, he refers to a well-renowned place for the Menorcan arts & rafts. On the Camí Vell road there are two huge and deep Pedreres dels Hostals quarries, from which midjans (sic) are extracted and with which almost the entire Ciutadella has been constructed. The association called Líthica has been the responsible for recovering and revitalizing this area where the craftswoman Laetitia Lara extract her inspiration to make her sculptures.