Dalt Vila is the most ancient neighborhood, made of narrow and stone pavement streets and surrounded by Muslim and Renaissance walls. This and the necropolis Puig des Molins were considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1999.
To have access to the historic centre we can go through the Portal de Ses Taules (the main door); thePortal Nou, surrounded by Gothic style houses; and the Portal de Sant Joan that nowadays shelters the Museu d’Art Contemporani.
From the bastions of the fortress, especially from the Santa Lucía Bastion, you will be able to see the amazing landscape of the whole city.
Other great place to visit is the Plaza de España, where you can find the statue of Guillem Montgrí Conqueror, the Council building (replacing the ancient Dominic convent) and the Santo DomingoChurch.
By the other side, in the Plaza de Dalt Vila you can find the seminary and its tower, one of the few reminders of the Muslim art in Ibiza. In its surroundings you can visit the l’Hospitalet Church dating back to the XV century and sheltering today an exhibition room.
Dalt Vila, the ancient site of the city
But the most important part of the city is its highest side, where you can find the Santa María Cathedral and the Castell or Almudaina, where the king Alfonso III of Aragón dwelled during the 1286. Inside of the square of the Cathedral we find the Museu Arqueològic d’Eivissa i Formentera, where we can learn about the history of this place until its Islamic Medieval period.
Talking about the neighborhood of Sa Penya, this was a fishing place located between the port and the Dalt Vila walls, a very different place from the rest of the city that still preservers it old beauty.
Sa Marina, in the North of Ibiza is where the commercial site of the city is located. Here you can enjoy going to Teatre Pereyra, a bar-restaurant with live music. Here you should visit as well the Port and the Monument to the privateers.
The Example is a great place to go to the Passeig de Vara del Rey due to its cafés and restaurants. It is also remarkable the Mercat des Peix (Fishing Market) and the Mercat de ses Verdures (Vegetables Market), for where you start entering to Dalt Vila.
In the outside of the wall of the city there is the Puig des Molins Site, with more than 4000 family graves. Many of the pieces from the excavations are places in the Museu del Puig des Molins that you can visit as well.
For all these, the traveler must think that this city is much more than sun, beach and parties. Ibiza is also history, culture, and heritage wealth.