The ancient capital of Menorca, Ciutadella is one of our favourite places in the Mediterranean. This was the island’s most important settlement right the way through from the 13th century up until the English invasion of 1714, and Ciutadella’s narrow streets have seen wave after wave of invaders and settlers including Spanish, Ottoman and British forces. As well as an atmospheric old town, the little city’s culinary offering is excellent.
A real highlight is the old fish market that nestles within the medieval streets on a square lined with tapas bars favoured by locals. One of these is Ca’n Rafa.
- 1 tapa fried aubergine with local honey
- 1 tapa pimientos de Padron
- 1 tapa boquerones (sardines) in vinegar
- 1 small beer
- 1 soft drink
- 1 plate of bread
- Total: €17.50
The aubergines were excellent, and we loved the marketside terrace for watching the world go by.
Not so sure
A fairy dies every time a tapas bar closes early. But in the absence of any change in opening hours, we would recommend going before 10pm.
To find C’an Rafa, head to the fish market and look for 1, Calle Hospital de Santa Magdalena