The port of Ciudadela is located in a cove at the foot of the city. Ships will anchor and use their tenders to get the passengers ashore.
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This beautiful port city's historic quarter, called Es Born, is surrounded by medieval streets filled with palaces, churches, and fortresses. Nearby, visitors will discover excellent Minorcan coves and beaches, as well as remote fishing towns. To all this you must add the delicious traditional cuisine from Minorca, based on seafood and fish.
The port is both a fishing and leisure port, and there are an abundance of wonderful waterside restaurants, which line the quay. If you get there early enough you can watch the fisherman bring in the local catch of the day.
The main bus route which serves Maó, Alaior, Es Mercadal, Ferreries and Ciutadella runs along the center of the island. Most buses leave hourly and are very inexpensive, at around €4 to €5 to travel between Ciutadella and Maó.
Most of the Western beach towns are served by buses leaving from the main Plaza in Ciutadella. Other buses leave from Ferreries, Alaior and the largest bus stop on the island is that one in Maó, it serves Sant Lluis and then all of the beach towns in the East. Son Bou is reached from Alaior.
Ciutadella doesn’t have its own beach, but just 3 kilometers away are the small beaches of Cala Santandria and Sa Caleta and further afield are Cala’n Blanes, Cala’n Forcat, Cala Blanca and Cala’n Bosch.
The Placa Libertat is home to the covered market, and the Placa Nova the place to head for bars and cafes, and or some nice outdoor restaurants then head over to the Placa des Esplanada or Placa dels Pins.
The euro is divided into 100 cents.
• There are eight different coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, and 1 and 2 Euro.
• There are seven different bank notes, for the following amounts: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro.
Spanish is the official language in the entire national territory. However, other languages coexist with Spanish in certain regions of Spain. These are: Catalan in Catalonia, Galician in Galicia, Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country, Valencian in the Valencia Region and a particular variety of Catalan spoken on the Balearic Islands.
If you wish to get online to check your email, or for any other reason, you should go to one of the many establishments that offer this kind of connection: telephone houses, cybercafés, etc. Internet connections are also available at airports, major railway and bus stations, and at some shopping centers. Generally, these services work with coins.
Emergency number: Dial 112 free of charge (valid throughout Spain). Service is given in Spanish, and also in English, French and German in some tourist areas.
Ciutadella celebrates its local festival on the 23-24th of June each year and the party is one of the most spectacular festivals in Menorca.
The most common business for shops and businesses hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9.30 h to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h.
Big shopping centers and department stores open from 10.00 h to 21.00 or 22.00 h uninterruptedly. These big stores open sometimes on Sunday.
In coastal cities, in high season, shops are usually open passed 22.00 h.
Pharmacies open from 9.30 to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h.
In all major cities you can find pharmacies that open 24 hours. Pharmacies
follow a rolling late-hour schedule, which is published in the newspapers,
and is posted at all pharmacies.
The following are the national public holidays:
• 1 January, New Year's Day.
• 6 January, the Epiphany.
• Good Friday.
• 1 May, Workers' Day.
• 15 August, the Assumption.
• 12 October, Feast of El Pilar.
• 1 November, All Saints.
• 6 December, Constitution Day.
• 8 December, the Immaculate Conception.
• 25 December, Christmas Day.
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