If you are planning a holiday to Ibiza Town in Ibiza, the following information may help by giving you an overview on the resort.
The resort of Ibiza Town (also known by its Catalan name of Eivissa) is the capital city of the Spanish Mediterranean island of the same name. Although the resident population is small, numbers are hugely swelled by the influx of visitors and casual workers during the tourist season. For tourism – especially the lively nightlife enjoyed by the young – underpins this Balearic islands economy.
Ibiza Town, above the harbour that has served as an entry point to the island for centuries, has not suffered the same intensive development apparent everywhere else. Approached by the sea, it would still be recognised by a traveller from times past. The cathedral sits proudly on its rocky promontory above a maze of narrow streets, alleys and jumbled white buildings, whilst the massive 16th century walls that protected the city over the ages still stands.
That doesn’t mean Ibiza Town is dull. It tends to be less busy in the mornings, as there isn’t much accommodation and the previous nights revellers retreat to their out-of-town beds to sleep it off. This is a good time to check out the many and varied stalls and shops, or take a leisurely meal near the harbour, overlooking the bay. As evening approaches, the bars fill and the nights action begins to pulse.
The medieval town of Dalt Vila [which simply means high town] sits above Ibiza Town, the walls of which are one of Europe’s finest examples of medieval military architecture, so good that they have been declared a Spanish National Monument. Within them, and in the narrow streets of the town below, you will experience a sense of the history of Ibiza. The walls date from the 16th century, when Carlos [Charles] V decided to reinforce the island’s defences against Turkish pirates and the threat they represented. Around the walls there are seven bastions on which artillery was mounted. Within the walls are the best of Ibiza’s museums, exploring the history of the island.
One of the best ways to explore this area is to take a taxi to the top and walk down. Visit Plaça dEspanya – a pleasant square on the edge of Dalt Vila containing a statue of Guillern de Montgri, a captor of the island in 1235. The large Town Hall here was originally built as a monastery, of which the church still stands.
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