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    Ibiza

    Ibiza

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    Ibiza town is the epicentre of the day and night life in the island. Known among the islanders simply as La Vila, Ibiza Capital is not only synonymous with nightlife. Your days off in Ibiza can become an authentic exploration of adventures where numerous activities fit: hiking trails, festivals with traditional dances and gastronomic tastings, theatre, concerts of opera... And of course walks through a town blessed by the Mediterranean weather which emanates history by all its corners.

    In fact, Ibiza was founded by the Phoenicians in the year 654 B.C. under the name of Iboshim. And for centuries its port has worked as a true epicenter of trade with the rest of the ports of the Mediterranean, as well as the last important port of the old Mare Nostrum before reaching the Strait of Gibraltar and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans met and fed a fully magnificent Ibiza.

    In the last centuries, the importance of Ibiza slightly declined comparing with its past full of splendour, although the harbour’s area has always remained as the main point of activity in the town. Ibiza lives for the sea! The current port facilities date back to early 20th century with the construction of the breakwater that protects the southern part of the harbour and in 1980 acquired the infrastructure used today. Infrastructure that welcomes many of the visitors who arrive to the island to visit it in this new phase of splendour: from the 60s and 70s Ibiza has become a first-rate and world famous tourist destination. A place that welcomes multiple kinds of audiences: in the past it was the cradle of the hippie movement and it currently boasts a tourist offer suitable for all kinds of tastes. It stands out, in addition, as an important tourist destination between the gay community.

    Let’s go back to the past, because La Vila retains many elements of that great period of splendour. An essential place that you must know is the medieval area of Dalt Vila, which means in Catalan high town and that includes the upper part of the historic core of the town. Since 1999 it has been inscribed, along with other cultural and natural goods, as World Heritage Site by UNESCO with the title Ibiza, biodiversity and culture.

    The area of Dalt Vila, of about seventy thousand metres square, is fortified by the walls of the XVI century, built during the reigns of Charles I and Philip II of Spain and designed by the architect Giovanni Batista Calvi. Its raising, which took about forty years to become effective, was produced to protect the town and the Spanish Crown from attacks by the Ottomans and the French in a historic period when Spain was the country that dominated the world. Its highest point is the bastion of Santa Tecla, although any beautiful settle of Dalt Vila is good for enjoying breathtaking and unparalleled views of the Mediterranean Sea.

    You should not miss to visit the Cathedral of Ibiza, declared World Heritage Site in conjunction with Dalt Vila. Built in the mid-fourteenth century as a Gothic church with functions of parish church, in the XVIII century was expanded and, on the occasion of the creation of the bishopric of Ibiza, it was elevated to the status of Cathedral. It is noticeable its bell tower, which belongs to its Gothic era. It has a trapezoidal floor, ogive arch windows and, inside, it houses the Diocesan Museum, which boasts important liturgical works of art.

    In Dalt Vila you can also find the Iglesia del Convento, of the XVII century, which is the only church in the island which has one cloister. In addition, the Old University building crowns the summit of this endearing part of Ibiza. It is located just opposite the cathedral and it is a rectangular building covered with a flat roof decorated in Mudejar style and polychrome badges of the Crown of Aragon and Ibiza. In the vicinity you will also find the chapel of San Salvador, built by the guild of sailors. Both buildings have made up since a century ago the seat of the Archaeological Museum of Ibiza, where you can learn more about the past of the island of Ibiza, from the times of Prehistory to the Muslim period, in the Middle Ages.

    And of course we cannot fail to mention the Necropolis of Puig des Molins. It was used from the VI century B.C. and has been declared a Historic-Artistic Monument. It has around 3,000 tombs with underground chamber and it currently hosts the Monographic Museum of Puig des Molins, with Punic archaeological material. It is a place where the living and the dead speak.

    As you can see, you have a lot of places you know without leaving the capital. History, culture and art come together in a unique town full of light and beauty... and great atmosphere! Stores make bustle the trade activity that has always characterized Ibiza, and bars and terraces are the perfect place to enjoy the climate and the gastronomy of Ibiza, purely Mediterranean. And in the evening, harder and better! Barcelona Street is the neuralgic point of the nightlife in the harbour’s area. There you will find countless pubs and nightclubs where you can spend a good time with your friends.

    There are plenty of reasons to visit Ibiza! What are you waiting for?
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