Experiences



Culture in Ibiza

Ibiza’s cultural offering is impressive, from Dalt Vila to the bastions, discover years of history and understand why Ibiza has come to be what it is today. There is no better way to discover the present than to understand the past of this curious, globally unique island.Dalt VilaDalt Vila embraces a multitude of legends, curiosities, century-old buildings, and details that make it one of the most unique places in all the Mediterranean.The experience of feeling the history. The unparalleled surroundings of one of the finest luxury hotels in Ibiza and with most personality is, simply, a magical experience. Cobbled streets, impressive views, bastions and esplanades form part of the marvellous Dalt Vila (high town).Dalt Vila is the impressive old town of Ibiza. Its walls and fortifications are among the best preserved in Europe. The latter were listed as World Heritage sites by the UNESCO in 1999. The bastions, one of the most valued cultural treasures of the island are without doubt one of the most worthwhile places to visit. Here you will find important historic military objects such as swords, guns, ancient cannons, etc.

Castillo de Ibiza

The Castle of Ibiza, with views to the city and port, is strategically located to dominate over the hills of the historic quarter of Dalt Vila. Built in the 16th century under the orders of Felipe II, upon foundations dating back to the 12th century, it was declared as one of the World Heritage sites by the UNESCO due to its cultural value. Commanding impressive views over the island, it is a must visit for all visitors. During the restoration work to convert it to a hotel, many Roman, Phoenician, Carthaginian, and Moorish artefacts have been dug up, and can now be viewed at the museum just a few steps away from La Torre del Canónigo.

Castillo de Ibiza

Portal de ses Taules

The Ses Taules Gateway, built in 1585 is the main entrance to the walled enclosure of the old town of Ibiza and is situated between the bastions of Sant Joan and Santa Llúcia. The gateway forms part of the site of Dalt Vila declared as World Heritage by the UNESCO. It is lined by headless Roman statues on both sides and on top of the gate you’ll see the coat of arms of Felipe II, who had ordered the construction of the city walls.

Portal de ses Taules

Estatua de Isidor Macabich

The statue plays tribute to Ibizan priest and historian, Isidor Macabich (1883 to 1973). It represents him sitting on a bench with a book open to his side. His family were from Croatia but Macabich was born in Ibiza. He was a very active and important character for the history of the city. He founded the Centre for Social Action and the Federación Catolicoagrària of Ibiza. He began to write the history of the island in 1935 and published four volumes on it between 1966 and 1967.

Estatua de Isidor Macabich

Sant Jaume

The bastion of Sant Jaume is another of the great bastions of the old fortified city of Ibiza. It stores military technology from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Sant Jaume

Sant Bernat

The Spanish military strength between the 16th and 18th centuries turned Spain into a world power through the colonization of much of the New World. There are few places where you can find out more about Spain’s military past, but the bastion of Sant Bernat is one of them. It is situated in the historic quarter of Dalt Vila of Ibiza and is one of the oldest military bastions of the Balearic Islands.

Sant Bernat

Sant Pere

The bastion of Sant Pere, also known as Portal Nou is situated on the north-eastern side of the old fortified city and is one of the most complex military defence structures. Through the enormous bunkers and a tunnel, several pieces of artillery were positioned and still remain in the bastion.

Sant Pere

Sant Joan

The bastion of Sant Joan is on the north side of the ancient fortified city. It is one of the seven towers represented on the flag of the city of Ibiza. The gardens are situated along the upper part of the bastion and the structure itself boasts magnificent view of the La Marina area.

Sant Joan

Santa Llúcia

The bastion of Santa Llúcia is the greatest bastion of the old walled city. It was designed in 1575 by engineer Giacomo Palearo and features an unusual asymmetrical shape. The weapons are portrayed on the top and there is a powder keg. This was used to store ammunition and weapons.

Santa Llúcia