"The capital Ibiza is located in the Municipality of Eivissa. Its grounds that are declared as World Heritage Site, are full of narrow streets and monumental buildings as the Cathedral." Its construction was ordered by King Philip II of Spain, this way giving Eivissa a strategic role in the defence policy for the Mediterranean. The aim of the defensive building was to stop the Berber pirates’ invasions. It was the Italian engineer Giovanni Batista Calvi who conducted the ambitious project of erecting these defensive walls. Afterwards, Jacobo Paleazzo Fratín enlarged the initial project and carried it out. The construction started in 1554 and it is believed to have lasted 31 years.
Nowadays, Dalt Vila’s historic centre has been transformed into an outdoor museum. It is a place where the visitor can find traces of all the peoples that have settled in the island: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Muslims, up to the Conquest of Catalonia in the XIII century.
The main gateway to enter this Eivissa’s historical complex Dalt Vila is at the Portal de Ses Taules bridge, as well as the Mercat Vell Old Market, although other beautiful gates can be used, such as the Portal Nou, next to the Reina Sofia Park.
"Once inside the walls, you can find the Cathedral, Santo Domingo’s Church and San Ciriaco’s Chapel." This Chapel is used by City Council as a venue for exhibitions, concerts and cultural events throughout the year. You should also visit the Archaelogical Museum, where you can find an impressive collection of pieces that belonged to the island ancient inhabitants from Prehistoric to the Islamic Middle Ages. A series of signs show visitors where to go throughout the Dalt Vila walls, informing about the history and the magnificent Castle located inside.
"Both the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Puget Museum are located in Dalt Vila, as well as the Madina Yabisa Interpretation Centre, which allows visitors to discover more about the city’s history through the new visual technology."
Dalt Vila’s historic centre is strongly influenced by the charm of a lively cosmopolitan city. Life flows in the Squares Plaza de la Vila, Plaza de Sa Carrosa or in the Calle de la Virgen, where you will find people from all over the world who are keen to enjoy a multicultural and inspiring atmosphere. There are many handicraft shops, art galleries, hotels and restaurants all along this area.
Each year on the second weekend of May, the Institutions’ representatives and the people living in Dalt Vila celebrate the fact that the town has been declared as the World Heritage Site. "The town then turns into a great medieval Fair, full of artists, musicians, artist markets and confectioners. The event is free so that everybody can attend it, and lasts three days, gathering over 100.000 people every year."
Other interesting places outside the Dalt Vila are the necropolis Puig des Molins, which was used as a cemetery for more than one thousand years, nowadays having 3,500 underground tombs, and the ancient irrigation systems, known as Portals de Feixa, declared as a Site of Cultural Interest by the Island Government. "Eivissa City offers a good number of services to travellers and residents, such as hospitals, chemists’, banks, European countries’ consulates and shopping areas."
The Barrio of Marina, the Plaza del Parque, the Paseo de Vara de Rey, the Avenida de España, the Calle Bartolomé Roselló, and the Avenida de Isidoro Macabich are some of the main shopping areas.Several bus stops and taxi ranks can be found in the street of Macabich, from where you can travel to different places of the island. The Barrio de la Marina is a district that has grown around the Harbour, where many boats nd cargo ships depart to Dénia, Valencia or Barcelona. Apart from welcoming the travellers who come to the island by sea, this area is one of the most visited places by those who love going shopping or just wish to enjoy their spare time.
"Many shops and recreation facilities can be found in the city’s marina, located in the Marina Botafoch area." Botafoch’s cruise ship dock extension offers magnificent views over the Dalt Vila, therefore is one of the locals’ favourite places to go for a walk. Scattered along the coast line, there are several beaches such as Talamanca and Platja d’en Bossa, where visitors of Ibiza can enjoy any sort of nautical sports. Another beach, Ses Figueretes, is also closely accessible from the city centre.