Ibiza’s old town, a stroll in Dalt Vila in 10 stops

8 de July de 2016
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The walled enclosure of Dalt Vila, the Ibiza’s old town, marks not only the beautiful profile of Eivissa. An open book about his story starring Punic, Phoenicians, Romans, Muslims and Catalan is also.

Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s old town: discover charming spots of the island

The old town of Ibiza boasts citadel, one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, declared a World Heritage Site. But also a lively summer atmosphere, interesting museums and charming corners that are uncovered only the lazy less travelers.

The best to discover Dalt Vila is wandering without plan or guidance, always towards the top, towards the enclave that gave rise to the city. But if you do not want to miss anything, follow the 10 stops on this route Dalt Vila. Of course, in summer you should begin early in the morning or afternoon to walk. If you choose this second option, you’ll end the tour with a nice dinner at many restaurants located around the Plaza de Vila.

Dalt Vila: Ibiza’s old town in 10 stops

Porta de Ses Taules and bastion of Santa Lucia

  • Pretty Porta de Ses Taules, next to the Old Market, is the first stop on this route through the intramural Ibiza, one that was protected from attacks by pirates with the lifting of the Renaissance walls. One of the iconic images of the city and the island.
  • Just inside the door, you get to the Plaza de Vila. If you are in visiting hours, you can enter the Museum of Contemporary Art, with an outstanding collection of avant-garde art.
  • Plaza de Sa Carrosa is charming. A little further is the bastion of Santa Lucia, with fantastic views over the port of Ibiza and the districts of La Marina and Sa Penya.

Vista general de Dalt Vila y el barrio de La Marina a sus pies
Dalt Vila and La Marina. © Alberto Paredes / Moto Luis

Dalt Vila from Cathedral to Plaça de Vila

  • The former Dominican convent, now Town Hall, is the back road on the way to the top of Dalt Vila along the streets of Pere Tur and Joan Roman. At the end of this is the convent of Sant Cristobal chapel with a nice open view for travelers. You can also buy pies, cakes, orelletes and other sweets that are made by the nuns.
  • On the way back, and already in the carrer Major, the Puget Museum appears. It deserves your visit to see the inside of this Gothic mansion and interesting pictorial collection that preserves and to find out the rural Ibiza of the first half of the twentieth century.
  • On the same street, after passing Sa Portella, the only access of the Arab citadel that has survived, pay attention to the various stately homes found therein. And a few steps from the Cathedral and the Archaeological Museum -even closed reforms-, mereca worth entering the Interpretation Center Madina Yabisa, a walk through the old Muslim Eivissa that is still perceived in the urban layout and towers Dalt Vila.

Santa Maria's cathedral. Ibiza.
Santa Maria’s cathedral. Ibiza. © Moto Luis Rent a Car

  • bastions of Sant Pere, Sant Jaume and Sant Bernard visits. From the latter fantastic views over the beaches of Figueretes, Bossa and even Es Cavallet, and also Formentera. From this bastion, the route continues to follow the outline of the walls.
  • From height to height is reached Plaça del Sol, very pleasant summer evenings thanks to the atmosphere of the restaurants located there.
  • Although you will see the Portal Nou, leading out of Dalt Vila, follow up the street from Santa Creu, with art galleries and Van der Voort World-a classic in the ibicenca- scene, before emptying into the Plaça de Vila.
  • You will find many restaurants, some with history, such as La Torreta, a local always now in the hands of the new generation of the owning family, who have given a creative touch to its Mediterranean recipes.

placa de Vila, Ibiza
Plaça de Vila, the heart of Dalt Vila’s nigtlife. ©Ibiza.travel

Our tips for your stroll through Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s old town

  • Don’t rush; there are many places to discover in Dalt Vila. We recommend that you spend at least an hour and a half walking around, without counting visits to the Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art, the Puget Museum and the Medina Yabisa Interpretation Centre
  • If you want to discover Dalt Vila in an enjoyable way, sign up for the dramatized guided tours.
  • Start the walk by entering through the Portal de Ses Taules, go up to the cathedral and then continue alongside the wall in the direction of the Portal Nou and the Plaza del Sol.
  • Don’t miss the explanations of the points of interest along the route, which are displayed on pyramid-shaped metal supports with texts in Spanish, Catalan and English. Each one offers information on the historical value of Dalt Vila and why this enclave has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you have time during your holidays on the island, we recommend that you take our World Heritage Route in Ibiza.

Parador de Ibiza, restaurants and terraces

  • While waiting for the works on the Parador de Ibiza (heritage hotel) to be completed, please note that you won’t be able to have a coffee or a beer when you arrive at the Cathedral square. There is no café or terrace in the upper part of Dalt Vila.
  • In summer, after dinner, go up to the terrace of the Tira Pallá pub (Santa Lucia road, 8), and have a drink while enjoying the fabulous panoramic views over Dalt Vila.
  • During the winter months, all the restaurants in Dalt Vila are closed. If you want to have lunch or dinner, you will find good options in the surroundings of Dalt Vila, such as Bar San Juan, Es Peixet or Ca n’Alfredo.

rutas guiadas teatralizadas dalt vila
Discover Dalt Vila in a different way with the dramatized routes. © NC / Moto Luis


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