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Must-see Ibiza 2018

Our guide to what you must see in Ibiza this year

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Ibiza Editor | Published

There is so much to see and experience in Ibiza. Dramatic landscapes, prehistoric settlements, medieval castles and a magnificent cathedral are just a few of the reasons why visitors keep returning.

Lovers of art, nature and history will find more than enough places to visit on the White Isle. These are some of the must-see sights and sites on the White Isle.

Stunning scenery

Stunning views of Es Vedra

The view of Es Vedra from the southeastern tip of the island is one of the most impressive on the island. This magical rocky islet with its particular vertical profile is the star of many an Instagram pic, and watching the sunset there takes your breath away. Es Vedra is said to be enchanted, and local fishermen have reported UFO and ghost sightings there. The legend goes that the island absorbed energy when it split from Ibiza, a circumstance that brought many hippies in the 1970s to their coast looking for spiritual enlightenment. Whatever the reasons, the views of Es Vedra and the smaller Es Vedranell from the coast or aboard a boat are some of the most breathtaking on the White Isle.

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Religious architecture

The imposing Ibiza cathedral

There is no shortage of religious buildings in Ibiza, and almost every village boasts its own traditional whitewashed church dedicated to the local patron. However, it is difficult to top the imposing Ibiza Town's Cathedral of Our Lady of the Snows which dominates the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila. The building was founded on the site of a mosque in the 14th century, although it didn't achieve its cathedral status until 1782. Outside, it still retains much of its original Gothic style with a fortified feel to it while its interior was extensively renovated in Baroque times. Open to visitors from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00, admission is free. There is also a Diocesan Museum showcasing the best religious artefacts belonging to the bishopric.

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Ibizan Markets

Hippy Market of Punta Arabi

The White Isle is well known for its hippy markets and they're a must-visit while you're in Ibiza. The most famous one is Las Dalias Market, every Saturday during the day and on Monday and Tuesday evenings in the summer. There are stalls selling colourful clothes and accessories, as well as a restaurant serving food and drinks, all to the sound of live music. But Las Dalias isn't the only hippy market on the island. On Wednesdays, you can head to Punta Arabí Marketone of the oldest in the White Isle while the resort of Playa d'en Bossa has stalls set up every evening in the summer selling all sorts of colourful trinkets.

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Historical sites

The Phoenician settlement at Sa Caleta

The history of Ibiza is fascinating. It has always been a significant outpost in the Mediterranean from its first settlements in the Bronze Age through to the arrival of Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians who established commercial ports and villages on the island. The ruins of Sa Caleta are a reminder of the importance that Ibiza had in Phoenician culture. This settlement has been dated to 650 BC and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on a rocky headland about 10 kilometres west of the current capital, it had around 300 inhabitants who worked on the manufacture and collection of metal. Nowadays, the area is fenced out to preserve it, but you can see the outline of this ancient village from the outside.

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Natural parks

Turquiose water at Las Salinas Beach

For lovers of the great outdoors, Ibiza really is a slice of heaven. There are secluded beaches, country trails, caves and wildlife reserves. One day trip option is to head to the natural reserve of Ses Salines, which separates the islands of Ibiza and Formentera with a beautiful landscape of sparkling, turquoise waters and white sands. The site, which was traditionally used to produce salt, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Las Salinas Beach is very popular among celebrities, so you might even spot an actor or two sunbathing on its white sands or having a drink at one of the exclusive beach clubs.

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Ibiza is much more than its famous nightlife and beaches. Book your accommodation on this jewel of an island and start exploring the many sights and sites it offers.

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