Ibiza sights – 8 the most popular places
The capital of nightclubs, the island of the eternal feast, the most partying resort in Europe… But did you know that the legendary Ibiza, whose attractions include many historical, natural and architectural sites, is known not only for beaches, bars and discos? Let’s dispel the myths and look at this island from a different angle! So, what to see in Ibiza as part of a classic tour program? We offer you the top 8 most popular places.
When pondering what to see in Ibiza in one day, don’t forget about Es Vedra, the most unusual and mysterious island of the Pitius Archipelago. There are many myths and anomalous phenomena associated with the place, whose outline resembles a giant dragon. “Eyewitnesses” claim that alien ships regularly land here, and the island itself is home to seductive sirens, whose sweet songs have brought more than a hundred guys to their graves. Mention of these creatures can be found as far back as Homer’s Odyssey. It is also said that any home appliances that have been within a few meters of this place immediately malfunction.
Once upon a time there were people living on Es Vedra, but due to the increasing frequency of disappearances of local residents, access to it was closed by official order. Now the island is uninhabited – only mountain goats, birds and lizards live on it. It can only be viewed from afar during a boat trip. Ships depart from Ivisa and San Antonio. The approximate cost of the trip ranges from 15 to 25€.
Of course, there are brave people who rent boats and sail to Es Vedra on their own. Most of them are thrill-seekers and followers of various mystical cults. It’s not cheap and boat owners confirm that not everyone returns from such trips. The island does have a disorienting effect on travelers. And the reason for this is not some mystique, but a very real magnetic field, disabling cell phones, compasses, navigation devices and other equipment. Location: Cala d’Hort, Ibiza.
Old Town of Ibiza
Ibiza Old Town, built by people from Carthage in 654 BC, is one of the main attractions of the island. Over the centuries since its foundation Dalt Vila had time to change a few owners, each of which contributed to the appearance of the city new features peculiar only to his people. So, from the ancient Romans there remained two majestic statues at the main gate, from the Moors – the remains of fortress walls with watchtowers, and from the Catalans – the Cathedral, built on the site of an Arab mosque. The greatest pride of this structure is the central altar, decorated with a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary, the main patroness of the island.
As in any other Old City there are museums, souvenir stores, monuments, galleries and other important sites. Most are concentrated around the central Plaza de Villa. Among all these institutions, the Museum of Archaeology deserves special attention, with its unique collection of artefacts belonging to the Bronze Age.
Walking through the narrow streets, you can see not only the traditional medieval mansions, but also watch the archaeological excavations conducted by a Spanish scientific institute. There’s also a hotel that once housed many of the world’s celebrities (including Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin). Dalt Vila is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is protected by the state.
The Fortress of Ibiza
Deciding to read photos and descriptions of the sights of Ibiza, pay attention to the Castell de Eivissa, built in the 12th century and considered to be the oldest structure on the island. The castle, built for purely defensive purposes, is located in the heart of the old town. At one time its strong fortification walls hid the dwellings of the citizens, the Cathedral, built on the site of the Arab mosque, the Governor’s House, which hosted many famous personalities, and other objects of medieval “infrastructure”.
Over the years the city fortress has been subjected to numerous reconstructions and renovations, thanks to which elements of various architectural styles appeared in its appearance. Even in the daytime it is quite nice here, and at night, when the bastions and towers are illuminated, everything looks even more beautiful. And best of all – from the defensive walls there is a beautiful view of the bay, the port, and the outskirts of the city. At the entrance to the fortress there are several cafes. There are street musicians and sellers of various souvenirs.
Location: Carrer Bisbe Torres Mayans 14, 07800, Ibiza.
Port of Ibiza
Among the most visited attractions of Ibiza in Spain is the port located in the capital. You can get here not only from the other islands of the Balearic archipelago (Menorca, Mallorca and Formentera), but also from the mainland (Denia, Valencia and Barcelona). Puerto de Ibiza, built in the old fishing district, has everything you need for a comfortable holiday – cafes, bars, restaurants, stores, casinos, hotels, nightclubs and many other facilities. In addition, it is from here that most of the sightseeing boats depart, making sightseeing trips to the surrounding area.
Another feature of the harbor is the presence of a small handicraft market with ethnic souvenirs, dishes, clothing and jewelry. There are picturesque streets running away from the harbor and a monument to “The Corsair” erected in memory of those who defended the island from pirates.
Location: Calle Andenes, 07800, Ibiza.
Church of Puig de Missa
The Church of Puig-de-Missa, rising atop the hill of the same name, is a beautiful white-stone structure equipped with its own defensive tower. In the mid-16th century it was an important strategic point in which the town’s inhabitants sheltered from numerous pirate raids. Today it is one of the most visited attractions of the resort.
The interior of the sanctuary, complete with many intra-wall burials, is modest and simple. The only exceptions are the Catholic altar in the Churrigueresque style and the multi-arched porch with strong columns dating from the early 17th century. But as you go up to the church you have a wonderful view of the Mediterranean and the streets of the town. Next to the church there is an ancient cemetery, a columbarium and a small ethnographic museum. But to see the old watermill, you have to go a little further.
Cap Blanc Aquarium
If you do not know what to see in Ibiza, go to Cap Blanc, a huge aquarium set up in one of the natural caves. Once upon a time, smugglers hid in this hollow. Then they bred fish, lobsters and octopuses for the bazaars of Barcelona. And only in the late 90s of the last century, after a major reconstruction in the lobster cave, as the locals call it, was opened a unique aquarium, which shelters the main representatives of the Mediterranean fauna.
Today, Cap Blanc is not only one of the island’s best attractions, but also an important scientific center, whose staff is trying to increase the population of endangered species of marine life. Inside the cave is an underground lake divided into 2 parts. Each contains relatively large marine fish and other animals that need the same conditions. You can look at them closer from the wooden bridge that runs right over the water. In addition to this lake in the cave, there are several reservoirs designed for smaller animals – stars, seahorses, sponges, crabs, etc. The volume of the largest one is about 5 thousand liters. Also, rescued sea turtles are often placed in the Cap Blanc aquarium and then released back into the wild.
Address: Carrera Cala Gracio S/N, 07820, San Antonio Abad.
- May to October: daily from 09:30 to 22:00 (May and October until 18:30);
- November-April: Sat. from 10:00 to 14:00.
- Adults – 5€;
- Children from 4 to 12 years old: 3€.
Las Dalias Market
When exploring the best attractions on the island of Ibiza in Spain with photos and descriptions, you’re sure to come across the Mercadillo Las Dalias. The famous hippie market, open since 1954, is a huge marketplace where life does not stop for a minute. By day you can buy an array of goods, enjoy a café, listen to a local deejay, or watch a mime. As evening falls, there are theme nights where you’ll learn to dance reggae, salsa, flamenco, and other dances.
There is also another interesting place to visit. We are talking about the bar with the same name, where artists, philosophers, representatives of various subcultures and other colorful characters gather. It is especially interesting on Wednesdays, because even though the market is closed on that day, the bar regularly hosts Indian and vegetarian jazz-rock parties.
Where to find: Carretera de Sant Carles Km 12, 07850.
- April to October: Sat 10:00 to 18:00;
- November to March: Sat 10:00 to 16:00.
Santa Gertrudis Town.
The island of Ibiza, whose attractions will delight you with its variety, boasts many authentic villages with a long and quite interesting history. This includes Santa Gertrudis, a small town located in the heart of the famous resort. In addition to the beautiful nature and the beaches with turquoise water there is a huge number of antique shops, craft centers, art galleries, museums and other cultural facilities. For the convenience of tourists are bars, restaurants and stores.
Most of them are concentrated in the central square of the city. What is most unusual – all this is perfectly combined with the agricultural landscape, which is home to goats, sheep and the island’s only dairy cows.
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The Island of Ibiza, Spain: interesting sights, how to get to, what to do, travel tips
View of Ibiza, Spain (Photo© Henny Brouwers / www.flickr.com / License CC BY-NC 2.0)
Ibiza or Eivissa is the most visited island of Balearic, known worldwide as the “clubbing capital of Europe.” But apart from the trendy clubs there are intoxicating bays with nothing but tranquility and a couple of cosy bars, and in the interior of the island there are thick pine forests.
The main attractions and the most iconic clubs are concentrated in the capital of the island – Ibiza. Tourists always have a choice – to spend time in bars and clubs, or to explore the island up and down. To do this you need to rent a car or take a bike.
View of Ibiza, Spain (Photo© Ibiza Castle / www.flickr.com / CC BY-NC 2.0 license)
Ibiza Island’s best sights
Ibiza Town is the lively and beautiful capital and it’s a hub for all the trendy and iconic clubs on the island, including Pacha, Amnesia and the world’s biggest nightclub, Space. The town has a beautiful old quarter, bastions and powerful fortress walls.
View of Ibiza at sunset, Spain (Photo© Lorenzo Giunchi / www.flickr.com / License CC BY-NC 2.0)
D’alt Villa is a charming old town, enclosed by a strong fortress wall (UNESCO-listed). You can get here if you head up the path from Sa Penya.
The Portal de ses Taules can be accessed from the Sa Font Square. It is the main Renaissance fortress gate with the memorial to Felipe II and the date 1585, when the seven bastions and 22-meter walls were completed.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria (Catedral de Santa Maria) is distinguished by its medieval appearance and restrained decoration. Its construction on the site of a mosque began in the 13th century and in the 18th century the building underwent a Baroque reconstruction. Inside, you can visit the Bishop’s Museum with a rich collection on religious themes.
Baluard de Sant Jaime
The Baluard de Sant Jaume is a bastion with an interesting display of armor, bulky and impressive cannon balls.
Baluard de Sant Pere
The Baluadr de Sant Pere is a bastion a little further north, with an original exhibition highlighting artillery fighting techniques and illustrations of the construction of the fortress walls with video and audio accompaniment.
Madina Ibiza (Centro d’Interpretacio Madina Yabisa) is a re-creation center of an ancient Muslim city that existed on this site until 1235. A unique living exhibit that uses artifacts from the excavations on Via Santa Maria. Housed Madina Ibiza in the Casa de la Curia.
Puig Molins Necropolis
The Via Romana leads to the ancient cemetery of the Hill of the Mills (Necropolis del Puig des Molins), where the first burials date back to the Phoenician period (7th century B.C.). There is also a museum here with interesting finds that were found in numerous tombs.
Museum of Archeology
The Archaeological Museum on the Catedral Square exhibits items from the Phoenician and Carthaginian eras.
Museu Puget is housed in a Gothic mansion with an inner courtyard. On display here are 130 paintings by famous Ibiza natives Narcissos Puget Viñas and his son Narcissos Puget Ricuer.
Sa Penya neighborhood
Sa Penya is a colorful old neighborhood near the port. It’s a great place for photo walks and shopping for the most unusual things, including hippie trends.
Santa Eularia D’es Riu
Santa Eularia D’es Riu (Santa Eularia D’es Riu) is a very crowded place and the third largest city on the island. It is popular as a family resort because of the excellent beaches with gentle shores.
Santa Eularia Church
The Iglesia de Santa Eularia is a charming 16th-century structure on the Puig de Missa hill.
The Museu Barrau, dedicated to the local artist Laure Baro, and the Museu Etnografic are both located on the slopes of the same hill.
Punta Arabi is a village near Santa Eularia where there is a weekly hippie market with all sorts of colorful trinkets.a
San Vincent Bay
Cala Sant Vicent is a great resort with many hotels. From here you can reach the cape of Punta Grossa with its beautiful scenery.
Portinatx is the largest resort in the northeast of the island. With three excellent beaches it is ideal for families. West of the resort is the beautiful bay of Cala Xarraca.
San Miguel de Balanzat
Sant Miguel de Balansat is a large village on the north coast of Ibiza. Remarkable is the whitewashed 14th century church, which offers wonderful views.
Port of San Miguel
Port de Sant Miguel is a resort with superb beaches and the famous San Miguel hive hotel. Here is developed diving, water skiing and other activities. A 5-minute walk along the bay is the Cova de Can Marca, with its delightful illuminated caves.
Cala Benirras is a fabulous green bay 2.5 km from San Miguel for a pleasant holiday. Tourists are attracted by the serenity and vivid tradition of greeting the sunset with a drumbeat.
San Lorenz de Balafia
Sant Llorens de Balafia is a peaceful village with a dazzling white 19th century fortress church. The miniature village of Balafia next to the restaurant of the same name is also worth a visit.
Santa Gertrude de Fruitera
Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera is a place in the heart of the island that is rich in art, craft and antique shops.
San Antoni de Pormtani
Sant Antoni de Portmany or simply San An is a resort that has earned itself a reputation as a hop town. Among the monuments worth mentioning is the church of Sant Antoni from the 17th century. There are many beautiful secluded coves near the resort, such as Cala Salada with its sandy beach and pine forests.
Kala Bassa is a popular destination, close to which there are several coves with excellent beaches, such as Cala Comte and Cala Codolar.
Cala D’Hort is a stunning horseshoe-shaped cove with a sandy and pebbly beach. The island of Es Vedra, which is visible from this bay, is considered to be the third most geomagnetically strong on earth after the North Pole and the ill-fated Bermuda Triangle.
Ibiza’s best beaches
- Playa d’en Bossa is the place for non-stop partying and cocktails, where the music never stops. A sandy beach of 3 km, equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay;
- Playa De Ias Salinas is another place of bliss, where a beach holiday is combined with a bar holiday;
- Port De Sant Miguel, a spacious beach surrounded by fragrant pine trees, where you can forget the hustle and bustle;
- Benirras, a picturesque beach famous for its pre-dawn drumming “concerts”;
- Cala-den-Serra, a picturesque beach in a cozy deep bay surrounded by steep cliffs;
- Cala Bossa, an idyllic beach with fine sand and turquoise waters in a wave-enclosed bay;
- Cala d´Hort, a beach with views of the mysterious island of Es Vedra.
How to get to Ibiza
From Moscow you can fly to Ibiza with S7 Airlines – journey time is about 4-5 hours, the round trip price starts from 260€.
From Barcelona and Madrid
There are also direct flights from Barcelona and Madrid to Ibiza – round trip from Barcelona starts from 80 €, from Madrid from 50 €. Alternatively take a ferry starting at €60 one way and spending about 9 hours on the road.
Things to do in Ibiza
Ten things to do on the island:
- Walk the ramparts of old Ibiza;
- Take a photo-shoot in the old San Peña district;
- Take an exciting bike tour around the island;
- Get a taste of the good life on Playa de Bossa;
- Hang out all night at one of Ibiza’s iconic clubs;
- Discover the whimsical caverns of Can Marc;
- Buy hippie trinkets as gifts for friends in Punta Arabi;
- Taste stingray or sea cucumber meat in one of the restaurants;
- Walk in the almond gardens of Santa Agnes de Corona;
- Dare to go to the mysterious Isla Es Vedra.
When to go to Ibiza
Ibiza welcomes tourists all year round – in summer it’s between +25 and +29°C, and around +15°C in winter. The high season lasts from April to October, and the warmest sea in August and September (+25°C). Outside the high season, Ibiza is a place of peace and quiet. To vacation inexpensively, but to get good days and warm sea, choose the end of September.
What to eat in Ibiza (restaurants and cafes)
Ibiza has become the land of original dishes using almonds, pine nuts and other unusual ingredients. Sofrit pagés (sofrit pages) – stewed lamb with potatoes, almonds and spices. Macarrones de Sant Joan – delicious pasta with milk, cinnamon and lemon zest. Borrida de rajada (borrida de rajada) – marinated stingray meat fried with eggs, almonds and herbs.
View of Ibiza, Spain (Photo© Lorenzo Giunchi/ www.flickr.com / License CC BY-NC 2.0)
Restaurante S’Ametller on Calle Pere Frances is an excellent place with delicious food, reasonable prices and a welcoming host.
The soulful place Comidas Bar San Juan is hidden among the streets near the port. Once you find it, you get your order quickly and very cheaply, and it’s also delicious. Here you can try the favorite beer of the local estrella.
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Santa Eualia del Rio
Es Terral restaurant on Sant Vicent street is a cozy place with an abundance of meat dishes. We recommend tasting risotto, oxtail and tender chicken.
On the same street there is a restaurant BlueFish, where the works of the chef do not leave anyone indifferent. We recommend cod, clams, octopus and cheesecake. Excellent wine list.
S’Espartar restaurant on Cala Tarida is famous for its huge portions of paella. Gourmands can enjoy sea cucumber or Galician-style octopus.
Some historical features of Ibiza
Ibiza was discovered by the Carthaginians in 654 BC, who made the island a commercial center. Salt was the main export commodity. In 123 BC the island was taken over by the Romans, who called it “ebusus”.
The Moors came to Ibiza in the 9th century A.D. and ruled here for 5 centuries, leaving a significant mark on its culture. In 1235 the island was conquered by Christian troops.
In the 1960s, Ibiza became a haven for hippie culture. From that time began a real tourist boom, and in 1965 the number of tourists reached 100 thousand. The hippie era is gone, but the spirit of partying and carelessness remained on the island.
Panoramic view of Ibiza, Spain (Photo© PROBelinda Fewings/ www.flickr.com / License CC BY-NC 2.0)
Tourist smart tricks
Ibiza Town offers some good shopping – near the port, on Calle de la Virgen and the D’alt Vila area. There is a famous hippie market in Punta Arabí and a large flea market in Dalias.
- Leather goods: bags, wallets, belts, etc.
- Hippie style items by Adlib, a brand created on the island in the 1970s;
- Joan Benet or Balanzat olive oil, sobrassa sausages, thyme and rosemary honey;
- Hierbas Ibicencas anise liqueurs in the Can Reach villa in San Antonio Abad;
- Hippie goods in Punta Arabi.
Watch the video about the island at the link below:
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