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Although in English and Spanish the town is called Ibiza, its official name is the Catalan Eivissa. Its locals simply call it the Vila d'Eivissa or Vila meaning town. Ibiza is divided into two main areas: the old town or the Dalt Vila meaning upper town and the modern part or the Eixample meaning extension. The Dalt Vila or Ibiza Old Town is located on a little mountain by the sea. Ibiza Old Town is widely recognized due to its cultural and historic artefacts. Therefore, in 1999, Ibiza Old Town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Ibiza Old Town is home to museums, castle and its walls, a cathedral, and a monastery. In Ibiza Old Town you can smell fresh paint next to a crumbling old house; Ibiza Old Town is indeed a cultural mix of old and new.
Take Ibiza Old Town Tour For Your Best Experience
When you get the chance to visit Ibiza Old Town, never miss the opportunity to have a tour in the Archaeological Museum; it is situated in the square near the Cathedral, right at the top of Ibiza Old Town. The Archaeology Museum exhibits many valuable treasures covering over 3000 years of history on the island. Visitors can see Phoenician relics, through Punic and Roman times, all the way to Moorish medieval objects. They all tell the history of the island.
As you immerse yourself in the streets of Ibiza Old Town, you will see the 7 bastions built to protect Ibiza throughout the centuries. The largest battlement is Baluard de Santa Lucia with stunning views and cannons on display. Soldiers used to stand guard in this battlement to protect the island against pirates and enemies. Another battlement, Baluard de Sant Jaume, displays the development of military technology. Impressive audio-visual presentation can be found in Baluard de Sant Pere, while Baluard de Sant Joan appears as one of the turrets on Ibiza Town emblem. They all offer splendid views over the city of Ibiza, Ses Salines and the island of Formentera.
Plaza de Vila is a main plaza (square) located behind the walls of Ibiza Old Town. You can go to Plaza de Vila from the dramatic ramp through the imposing gateway of Portal de Ses Taules. On your way, you will pass by roman stone statues, medieval gateways and ancient cobbled stone courtyards. As soon as you reach the square, you will meet the locals, see geraniums filling the residents' balconies, and witness old country women do their laundry. At night, the square is filled with traditional performances, various restaurants, and plentiful shopping.
The Museum of Contemporary Art displays more than 100 paintings from the famous collection of Narcis Puget Riquer and his son. The paintings are of mixture of vibrant watercolours, video art, Japanese prints, poster and photography art. The old building of the Museum of Contemporary Art is more than 200 years old. It is connected to the modern new building via a stunning courtyard.
One of the main attractions of the year is the Medieval Festival, taking place at the beginning of May each year right throughout Ibiza Old Town over the course of a long weekend. You can see everything in a medieval costume. You can also enjoy parades, fire eating, knights in shining armor, birds of prey, traditional crafts, artisanal goods and lots of market stalls; you should never miss this event.
The Eivissa Jazz Festival has been a regular event since 1989 in Ibiza Old Town. It is held at the Santa Lucia Battlements. You can enjoy jazz under the stars from many established artists, rising stars and local artists. While the summer months in Ibiza Old Town is dominated by electronic sound, Eivissa Jazz Festival brings about a unique alternative to the town.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no admission fee to Ibiza Old Town.
How To Get Around?
Ibiza Old Town is best explored on foot, yet if you plan to get yourself lost in the city, consider hiring a scooter.
What Should I Wear?
You can hit the Ibiza Old Town in your shorts and tee. A pair of good sneakers or sandals comfortable and sturdy for a long walk is highly recommended.
Best Time to Visit
If you need to manage your budget more wisely, better avoid the last weeks of September and the first week of October when thousands of clubbers from all around the world come to Ibiza for the closing parties; prices are usually skyrocketing. In Ibiza Old Town, the months between November and April are considered low season, when flight and hotel rates are getting cheaper and the temperatures are more moderate 50s and 60s.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you won't find any difficulties exploring Ibiza Old Town.
How To Get There?
If you depart from San Antonio, you can take the bus to Ibiza Old Town; the bus service is available every hour from 10:00. Make sure that you have your ticket at the bus station before being allowed on the bus. The bus fare is affordable.
If you visit Ibiza Old Town for the first time, you can go to the tourist information center to obtain a map listing three official routes around Ibiza Old Town. Sadly, most of the routes are cobbled, making them less accessible for the disable.