I've been twice in Balearic Island, both of them in Majorca, only quickly passing by Ibiza. In my second visit, I tried to reserve some time to Ibiza, but we ended staying two weeks in different areas of Majorca.
Because I couldn't collect enough arguments to justify the extra costs of a trip between islands:
The beaches didn't seem to be better than in Majorca;
The prices were higher;
The complementary attractions were not better;
The only great difference noticeable in everything that we read was some extra tolerance to "sexual originality", not interesting at all for all of us.
Of course, if it there will be a third visit to Balearic it will probably be to Ibiza or Menorca. Just to see something (maybe) a little different.
This Necropolis (city of the dead in greek) was located just 5’ away from our hotel so we visited the site one morning.
It houses 3000 (!) underground tombs that go back to 7th century BC when the Carthaginians came to Ibiza island and built a small settlement.
Unfortunately it was closed to visitors during our visit, we could only take pictures from the street level (pic 1). There’s also a museum (pic 2) next to the site that houses several items that were found in the tombs (old figurines etc) but it was also closed :(
According to a sign on the door there’s no entrance fee and it’s open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-14.00, 18.00-20.00
Although we spend of our time in Ibiza Town walking around the Old Town one evening we decided to walk a bit into the modern part of the city. Pic 1 is taken up from D’alt Vila and you can see how the modern city spreads from the other side of the port.
Most visitors will bother to walk there as most sites, attractions and clubs are located in the Old Town and the marina area. Some others do walk in new town only if they need to catch a bus from the central bus station which located near Parque de la Pau.
It’s a nice small park where families take their children because there is a small playground (pic 2). We also checked the fountain (pic 3-4) and the walked away.
Just 2 blocks away is Iglesia de Santa Creu (pic 5) but it was closed. It was time to check some stores before we return back to Old Town.
This was the last site we visited before we exit the Old Town. A beautiful baroque church that was built in 1592 (but construction continued until the end of 17th century).
It is the only building that remains from a former monastery (Santo Domingo monastery). It has a single 31 meters long nave and 5 chapels on each side. We noticed many nice frescoes but I’ve read that most of the original frescoes were destroyed after several fires through out history.
We took some extra pictures of the chapels and we were ready to return back to the city life. According to a sign on the front wall the church houses since 1928 the Parroquia de San Pedro Apostol.
Highily on my visit list because I knew it is just opposite the cathedral I got disappointed when I saw that Museu Arqueològic d'Eivissa i Formentera was closed during our visit because the building was under renovation. The museum is housed at the buildings of the Old University and the Ancient Salvador chapel.
According to my guide book it houses items/remains from Ibiza and Formentera islands that date from the ancient era (Phoenicians, romans etc) and goes through the next centuries until the catalan conquest in 13th century after the arab era.
It’s a religious museum located inside the cathedral.
The entrance fee is 1euro so I gave it a try, obviously if you’re not into this theme you may skip it unless you are interested to see items that are related with churches in Ibiza and Formentera.
The museum opened in 2006 (although there was a smaller one since 1964) with many paintings, sculptures, gravestones, jewelry and other items. I checked the rooms in fast way I can say, I took some pictures but I got bored and left.
Santa Maria d’Eivissa catedral was the only place of Dalt Vila that was busy in the morning, an organized group of 40 people were there with their cameras on and made so much noise like they were teenagers! We waited for some minutes until they got into Diocesa museum and then we enjoyed the cathedral. Although it is under renovation we enjoyed looking at several statues and the altar. The cathedral is dedicated to Santa Maria la Mayor.
It was built in 14th century when the Catalonian troops made a promise that if they were managed to conquer the island they will build a church. It was built on the site of an old mosque with different architectural styles used on it, from early gothic catalan style to baroque addition during 18th century. It is located on the top of the hill, that’s why you can see it from many parts of Ibiza town.
It’s open daily (except Sundays) 10.00-14.00, 16.00-19.00
There’s no entrance fee
If you think Ibiza is just nightclubs and beaches you should visit Dalt Vila (upper town ).
It is the old walled town located on the hill over the port. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1999 and we spend there some hours one morning. There are 3 different Gates to get inside, the main gate is Portal de ses Taules that was built in 16th century when the walls were added too by King Felipe II. But the Romans were the first the built the fortress many centuries before.
We had a nice map that we took from the local Info Center so we didn’t get lost among the maze of small alleys. Once inside we saw Placa de la Vila where many stores and restaurants are located. You can just stop here or can go up to Sant Bernat Bastion and enjoy the view over the sea, I also loved the gun turrets, some of them seemed that are ready to shoot all the sinners of the town :) Check also Museu d’Art Contemporani, the Archeological museum (closed during our visit), the cathedral and Dioceca museum), San Domingo church etc But most of all just walk around and enjoy the Old Town, there are some nice old houses, don’t forget people still live here among all these quaint narrow streets, life hasn’t change much here except the expensive boutiques of course.
Most of the area was quiet early in the morning but our second visit in the evening was different, we walked a bit in the alleys (they are lit) and noticed that most of the café, bars and restaurants were packed with people.
San Telmo church(iglesia Sant Elm ) is a church that we passed by many times through out the day going to Old Town but we never managed to get inside! It’s a pity because it’s supposed to be open most of the day.
The church was built in 15th century as a chapel for the sailors community. Otoman invasion brought decadence because the turks sucked everything at the end of 16th century while many centuries later it was destroyed during the Spanish civil war (1936-39). It was rebuilt in 1947, it is has a central nave with 4 side chapels but as I said I only have pictures of the exterior as I couldnt check the interior too.
No surprise most visitors love the area near the port. We started to check the area early in the evening checking the yachts or any other small or big boat departs from there (like the ones for Formentera island), and then we got lost in the maze of small alleys in the area under the castle that is known as Sa Penya. The area is very scenic, check pic 1 to see how it looks from the port.
Of course, this place is full of people, ideal for those who want to see and be seen, there’s a raw of expensive bars at carrer de Barcelona (pic 4), parallel to the port, but the view isn’t great because there’s a parking space between the bar area and the sea itself so we decided to skip this and keep the money for some other bars further inside Sa Penya no matter the people that work there trying hard to push you stop for a drink.
In Sa Penya you’ll see lots of people, some dressed up with weird clothes, no surprise the area is also full of small boutique that sell strange colorful clothes. Usually, packed with people the area has always something for you no matter if it is a posh bar or an upscale restaurant, the truth is that most of the evening we just preferred smaller corners but it was lovely to stroll around day and night, always with nice ambience especially in the evenings.
We checked in at the hotel and walked to the city. The main square/anenue is Paseo vara de Ray (passeig Vara del Rey in catalan).
It’s a place in the very heart of the city surrounded by early 20th century buildings, where you can see a mixing of locals relaxing at the benches while tourists carrying their luggage on their way to their hotel or the port for the next boat.
There are some cafes, bars and restaurants on both sides, but also numerous clothe/shoe stores, some souvenir stores and a place where we bought some local magazines and newspapers and a bookstore with the same name (libreria Vara de Rey).
Not much else to see here except the monumental statue in the middle (pics 2-3-4), actually you cant really find many monuments or statues around Ibiza Town, at the end of the street we just noticed another statue, a monument to the sailors I guess (pic 5)
The Caves of San Marca in Ibiza are located in the town of San Miguel. They are over 100,000 years old and the majority of it is now fossilized. However, tours are constantly being run through the caverns daily. Not a super long tour, but interesting to see. It also gives you access to a BEAUTIFUL view of Puerto de San Miguel when its over. It only costs a few euro to get in.
Time Table of Cave Tours
(Puig des Molins)
Punic Necroplis - Puig des MolinsThis Necropolis (Greek for 'City of the dead') is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1999. The Carthaginians (Punic) first came to Ibiza towards the end of the seventh century BC. One amazing thing about this is that it's all underground with over 3000 tombs. It is located in Ibiza town right next to D'alt Villa. Free entry!
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