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Punic Necropolis of Puig des Molins, Old Town, Ibiza

Ancient cemetery dating back to 600BC right in the heart of Ibiza's Old town

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Punic Necropolis of Puig des Molins, Old Town, Ibiza

This is the largest necropolis in the world, housing up to 4,000 tombs from all over the Mediterranean. The ancient cemetery was set up by the Phoenicians at the end of the 7th century.

There is also a large museum which displays treasures discovered in the burial chambers, including jewellery, mirrors and painted ostrich eggs.

At the close of the 7th century BC, the Phoenicians founded a settlement on the bay of Ibiza which constituted the original core of the city. It was in this period that the lower part of the Puig des Molins began to be used as a necropolis and reached an extension of 10,000 m2.

At the Monographic Puig des Molins Museum the exhibition is organized over five salons and covers the entire period of use of the necropolis. From the question of death in the Phoenician period, including funeral rites, burials and cenotaphs, to Punic funeral rites. This culture was extraordinarily dedicated to the concept of the funeral and the associated rites from the preparation of the body and the funerals linked with burial to the after death cults.

There is also a room dedicated to Roman funeral rituals in Ibiza from the early imperial period until the end of late-Antiquity, and another one displaying the Sainz de la Cuesta Collection.

Reviews

Visitor comments

Read our review of a trip to the Necropolis Puig des Molins here.

  • "Just west of the fortress is a small but very well done museum devoted to burial rites as practised historically on Ibiza. I mean when you have over 3000 crypts dug out of the stone that is Ibiza you might as well turn it into a historical/tourist attraction. Very well done museum of relics and artefacts along with recreation of the rites by actors. Free on the day we toured (Sunday)." - Trip Advisor
  • "This is an exceptionally well presented museum with many intriguing artifacts displayed within the three large rooms that represent the three main periods of the ancient history of Ibiza. Be sure not to miss the video upon entering the museum - it's opposite the pay desk in the entrance hall. There is also an audio/visual video within each of the period rooms that is a must if you wish to better understand the artifacts and the history they represent. The grounds are a must visit after absorbing all that the museum has to offer. Be aware that the burial chamber that has it's modern entrance within the burial grounds is very steep and has low roofs throughout. Don't miss the other open tombs behind the museum and the extensive grounds are open for visitors to explore." - Trip Advisor
  • "Interesting museum to walk around to give you a background to the history of the island. The only downside are the strange opening hours." - Trip Advisor

Booking Arrangements

When to come

The museum is open throughout the year, except on Mondays and bank holidays:

  • October to March - Tuesday to Saturday from 09:30 to 15:00 and Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00
  • April to September - Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 to 14:00 and from 18:30 to 21:00, Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00

How to get passes

General tickets cost 2.40€, reduced to 1.20€ for students, and free on Sundays, as well as for under 18, pensioners and over 65, teachers and tourist guides.

Contact

  • Address
  • Calle Via Romana 31
  • 07800