Dalt Vila is rich in cultural and historic artefacts, and as a result in 1999 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In addition to the castle and its walls, there is a cathedral, a monastery and several museums.
The real attraction of Dalt Vila is that around all these ancient artefacts are restaurants decorated with fairy lights, people dining on balconies, antiques shops, jewellery shops and much more, giving this place a magical feel. You can lose yourself in the labyrinth of narrow passageways, as you climb further away from the tourist areas in to the residential cobbled streets. Local children play football below hanging washing and plenty of bougainvillea, at this stage you feel you have entered the real Ibiza.
Dalt Vila is a cultural mix of old and new, the smell of fresh paint next to a crumbling old house; this is what makes the Old Town so special. Check out our review of 'A Day in Dalt Vila'.
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Whether you are interested in history or not the sheer quality and quantity of museums and ancient buildings around the Old Town make it hard to ignore, or to get excited about!
With stunning examples of medieval architecture in the old Cathedral and the Castle it is easy to get lost in a different time, soak up the history and let yourself be drawn in to Ibiza's long history. If you are looking to delve deeper then the Archaeological Museum at the top of the old town offers some artefacts from prehistoric and Phoenician times, and is involved in ongoing research across the island.
If something more modern is your thing then the Dalt Vila also houses the Museum of Contemporary Art which is located in a renovated building to show both the history and a newer more contemporary Ibizan style. Art works on display are from local and international artists and alongside their permanent collection there are also temporary exhibitions on throughout the year.