Things to do
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
There are plenty of reasons to visit Ibiza! What are you