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Nudist Beach in Ciutadella de Menorca

Ciutadella de Menorca

Situated on the far west coast of the Balearic island of Minorca, Ciutadella de Menorca is the former capital of the island and remains the island’s religious center. It is an extremely picturesque town with a lovely port and old quarter. The town was founded by the Carthaginians and went on to become an important trading center during the Middle Ages. Laid to siege by the Turks in 1558, the entire towns surviving inhabitants were captured and sold in the slave markets.

The fact that Ciutadella lies slightly inland, gives its long winding port area a decidedly Venician feel, and it is a great place to explore and enjoy a drink or meal in one of its many waterside cafe’s or restaurants. In the the 17th century many of the towns religious buildings were built in an Italian style, lending to the Venician feel.  Other parts of town to enjoy the bars and restaurants are Placa dels Pins and Placa Nova. The Placa d’es Born is a pretty town square where there is a monument to commemorate the Turkish invasion. The town’s market can be found in Placa Libertat, and if you’re early enough, you may persuade one of the fishermen in the port area to part with some of their catch, the best way to enjoy wonderfully fresh fish and seafood without paying restaurant prices. There are several churches worth visiting in Ciutadella and the Old Quarter is home to the Cathedral of Minorca which was built on the the foundations of an old mosque in 1287.

Within a few kilometres of the town centre there are a selection of small beaches to enjoy a refreshing swim and soak up the sun. A bit further afield there is an official nudist beach in Ciutadella de Menorca, located in a secluded cove.

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