Eivissa (Ibiza Town) is the capital of Ibiza and should be a definite, at least, day trip for any visitor to the White Isle.
Centrally located on the eastern coast of the island, travelling to Formentera and the north is easy from here as boats and transport links are in abundance. The town is split into the old town (Dalt Vila) and the new town, what lies in-between is the stunning La Marina area and Vara del Ray. There is plenty to see and do in Eivissa, be it sight see, shop or eat in one of the lovely restaurants. There are many luxury hotels to chose from, however the fincas and agroturismos are further out of the town.
History & Culture in Ibiza Town
With a history dating back some 2500 years the town of Eivissa thought to be one of the oldest towns in Europe. The official name of the island is in Catalan "Eivissa" but its name in Spanish, Ibiza, is probably better known to most of us. The Dalt Vila, or Old Town, is now a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Upper Town is the oldest area, which emerges above the port facing the sea. The architecture and layout have not been changed since the fortifications were built in the 16th century, and the defensive walls and bastions have incorporated those which existed before.
The local economy was originally based on the collection of salt from the pans, wool, and figs. After a period of alliance with Rome, the island came under the control of the Arabs in AD 902. In 1235, the town was dominated by Christians, who built the Catalan castle, visible from the inside of the present building, the medieval fortifications, and the Gothic cathedral. From 1530 to 1540, Philip II drew up a strategic plan to defend communications between Spain and Italy. In 1584-85, new fortifications were erected with the help of specialized Italian architects: Giovanni Battista Calvi and Jacobo Paleazzo Fratin.
The town now offers a fantastic walk through history with narrow cobbled streets lined with gift shops and art galleries as you walk up to the cathedral. These treasure troves of the unusual and unique sell the work of talented local crafts people.
Also see: History of Ibiza
Events in Ibiza Town
There are numerous events on in Ibiza town, especially throughout the summer months. One of the most famous is the Medieval Festival in May which celebrates the declaration of Ibiza's Old Town (Dalt Vila) as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The old town hosts vibrant celebrations including three days of street parties, musical performances, artists and medieval re-enactments.
Sights & Attractions in Ibiza Town
There are a whole host of museums and galleries to visit in the town of Ibiza, mostly in the narrow cobbled streets of the Dalt Vila. Situated at the very height of the old town is the Cathedral which offers views over the entire coastline from Las Salinas in the south all the way to the marinas in the north.
Hotels in Ibiza Town
The narrow, cobbled streets of the Dalt Vila contain some real hidden treasures when it comes to accommodation and there is no better place to stay to experience the real Ibiza than in the old town. Having said that, just minutes along the coast you will find some of Ibiza's most iconic hotels, including the Hard Rock hotel and Ushuaia.
Beaches in Ibiza Town
The beach of Talamanca is just a 20 minute walk north from Dalt Vila, and is a popular family beach resort. To the south you will find the beach of Playa d'en Bossa which is better known for being home to some of Ibiza's super clubs!
Also see: Beaches in Ibiza Town
Restaurants in Ibiza Town
You will not be short of places to eat and drink in the town. From 5 star quality and michelin-style cuisine to snacks and cocktails you will quickly find something to suit. there are of course the old favourites, many of which are nestled within the walls of the Dalt Vila and some that are situated in the prime location of the most expensive marinas overlooking the sea and the town.
Nightlife in Ibiza Town
Many of the superclubs are situated out-with the town itself, but most are within either a walk or short taxi ride. with an endless choice of quirky bars, dingy cellars and classy wine bars the town plays host to some of the most interesting night spots. The marinas offer a more upmarket night out with entertainment, table service and plenty of champagne!
Location: Ibiza Town