Plaza Es Born square is the gateway to the old town, an emblematic square where charming terraces and souvenir shops, meet with beautiful and important historic buildings.
Its large central obelisk of 22 meters dominates the square in memory of the great battle that took place in 1558 against the Turkish army that just destroyed the city; the obelisk has four lapidary inscriptions in Latin, meaning: “Aquí resistimos hasta la muerte, por la religión y la patria, el año 1558” (here, we resisted to death, in the name of religion and the country, 1558).
The City Council has at its rear an old fortress that today is a beautiful gazebo where you can enjoy exceptional views of the port of Ciutadella. Other places include Palaccio Salort and Torressaura, featuring a neoclassical style and belonging to the very powerful families on the island, as well as Teatro de la Ciutadella and Iglesia San Francesc of the XIII Century.
Up through Calle Mayor Des Born, you will enter the old town, a magical place that takes visitors to places and sensations of other times. It is a genuine pleasure to stroll through its narrow, cobbled streets that are lined with historic buildings and stately homes. Here we find Calle SesVoltes, one of the most emblematic places of the city, with its narrow streets surrounded by arcades with arches that house boutiques, footwear, souvenirs, stones, etc. Es Born is the busiest and best known Ciutadella street, which runs from the Plaça Nova to the Cathedral.