Cast aside any preconceptions of Ibiza as the playground of young clubbers and superstar DJ’s; the White Isle has so much more to offer than that on a Mediterranean cruise.
Ibiza attracts thousands of tourists each year with its buzzing nightlife, delicious climate and natural beauty. Delve a little deeper into the picturesque island that forms part of the Balearics, and you’ll find its peaceful side; just off the beaten track and to the north of the coast.
The Old Town, Dalt Vila, overflows with rich heritage, cobbled streets and amazing views. Ancient structures each tell a tale of Ibiza’s past life, transforming the Old Town into an outdoor museum of sorts. The Renaissance defensive walls were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, and are composed of seven bastions that create several gateway entrances to the Old Town. Portal de les Taules is the main gateway; the largest and easiest to access via its ramp. Sant Pere is another gateway entrance, used once upon a time as the standing ground for soldiers who fought their enemies, but today as a showground for outdoor concerts. Dalt Vila stands at the highest point of the town, gifting visitors with a panoramic view of the city and sea, complete with glimpses of secret tunnels, armed overlooks, ancient water sources and the sacred Catedral De Eivissa; an church built on an intriguing mixture of Catalan and Gothic style architecture with Valencian influences.
There are several monuments to explore inside the fortification. The Santa Maria Diocesan Museum of Ibiza and Formentera is an exhibition of the life of the church and of religion in the Old Town. Filled with artefacts, paintings, sculptures, jewel encrusted clothing and more, there is no better place to lose yourself in Ibiza’s fascinating history. Alternatively, visit the Archaeological Museum, where historic artefacts from the 15th century are displayed in all their glory.
Famous for sunset spotting at Café del Mar and a lively night-time vibe, San Antonio is a popular spot with locals and visitors and is a 20 minute drive from Ibiza Town. Whether you opt for the adrenaline-fuelled activities of parasailing and speed boat rides, or prefer a relaxing day on the beaches for which Ibiza is so famous, there really is something for everyone. Sunset Strip attracts an outgoing crowd and is one of the hottest spots in San Antonio, while Port de Sant Miquel is a favourite with families; several bars and restaurants lining the sandy cove and giving you the perfect opportunity to taste the freshest of fish and local cuisine. Just a stone’s throw away is Cova d’en Marçà; a network of underground caves, originally used by smugglers to store their contraband.