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Visit The Old Town Of Ibiza

March 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

Whilst enjoying your holiday in Ibiza, it is worth visiting “The Old Town” which has three main areas, namely Dalt Vila [High Town], Sa Penya [old gypsy quarter] and La Marina [harbourside quarter].

So, lets head off on a tour of Ibiza’s Old Town.

Puig des Molins: [Hill of the Windmills]

Explore the tombs of this 4000 year old necropolis, located in the heart of Ibiza Town.  This was one of the most impressive Punic burial sites in the Mediterranean and was once chosen by the Phoenicians to bury noblemen [although many had never lived on the island] back in the 7th century BC due to the fact that their burial requirements specified a site void of poisonous creatures.  Today, it appears to be just a rocky park scattered with olive trees.  However, you will find that the hillside contains over 3000 tombs and where excavations have unearthed some interesting finds which can be found in the museum, which is adjacent to the site.

Why not take a look over to the Puig des Molins from Dalt Vila as the view is more impressive here than at ground level. Ibiza holidays photo

Dalt Vila’s City Walls:

The walls encircle the whole historic quarter of Dalt Vila and are the city’s most distinctive feature and still in near-perfect condition running for approximately 2km and 25m high and, in places, up to 5m thick.  The original wall was built around the 5th century close to the castle and parts were replaced in the 16th century.

The Cathedral:

Like many churches on the island of Ibiza, the cathedral was built not only as a house of God, but also to withstand pirates.  Today, it is one of the most imposing buildings on Ibiza and is beautifully illuminated at night. You will be able to benefit from magnificent views over the port area, out to sea and over to the neighbouring island of Formentera.

The Cathedral was formerly a parish church and was granted cathedral status in 1782 and was dedicated to Santa Maria de les Neus [Mary of the Snows].    The cathedral itself is a rectangular structure, topped with a bell-tower and is whitewashed throughout.

Museums and Galleries:

One of the museums to visit on your Ibiza holiday is the Museu Arquelogic which is located opposite the Cathedral and contains objects from the prehistoric era right through to 1235 which marked the beginning of Catalan rule.    Another museum is the Museu Puget which has a collection of paintings by Puget Vinas and Puget Riquer.

Above are just 4 places you can visit whilst on your Ibiza holiday and learn about some of the history of this fascinating island.

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