Ibiza Town (Eivissa)
We like to take you to the capital of Ibiza that lies in the south of the island. The magnificent and famous view of the Cathedral on top of the mountain, called Santa Maria D’Eivissa, built in the 14th century is characteristic for Ibiza Town. There are more impressive buildings such as the old Court room, the university chamber and the chapel of El Salvador which nowadays houses the Ibiza archeological museum. The Town Hall and the Convent de les monjes Tancades ( Monestary of the Cloistered Nuns) are a must visit if you like fantastic architecture. Ibiza is the Spanish name but its official Catalan name is Eivissa. The locals refer to Eivissa as Vila D’Eivissa or simply Vila. This beautiful city is divided into two parts. The Dalt Vila which is also called the “upper town”, located on top of the mountain, and the modern part that has a lesser known name, Eixample. Dalt vila has a lot of small streets and alleys that you can only access by foot.
The streets weren’t designed for motorized vehicles back in the days. In those picturesque small streets you can stroll for hours discovering romantic places, cozy restaurants and small shops. The sight of the defending walls surrounding the city makes you understand that in the old days Eivissa was very hard to conquer. We’re not going to bother you now with a lot of history, but if you are interested then click here to enter another section on the Ibiza Inside website that will cover the history of the Island.
Outside the city walls you are still in the Dalt Vila and there you can find the old fishermen’s neighbourhood, called Sa Penya, which stretches all the way to Ibiza Port. Underneath the port to the old town you find the Croissant Show lunchroom-restaurant, owned by a Frenchman. In front of the Croissant Show you will see the old market which is the place for a lot of nice activities during summertime and for buying your organic food and vegetables in the morning.
Ibiza Town is the place to hang out during nighttime. You can find bars, little fashion shops and stalls at the outdoor crafts market. The streets are filled with people who start here before going to dance the night away. It’s a fantastic view to see the promoters of the big nightclubs parade with big signs down the small but cozy streets. That is your chance to get a free ticket to one of Ibiza’s hottest clubs. Ibiza is known for its open-mindedness to all. It regards everyone with respect and it does not matter who and what you are. Gay or straight, men or woman, black or white, in Ibiza Town everybody is equal. There are a lot of mixed bars where gay and straight people meet and enjoy the night. You can find these bars in streets such as Calle de la Virgen in Dalt vila and all around the old town.
Cafes and restaurants providing refreshments after a long walk to the top of the old town are scattered all around. There are a lot of great restaurants in Ibiza Town but one we’d particularly like to mention is La Oliva, situated on a picturesque small square in the old town which is buzzing with activity in summertime. Theatro Pereyra is another fine hang out, housed in a century-old historic theatre building. It’s been playing live music every night for 21 years. In the high season you may choose to take a taxi to town because parking could be a problem in the crowded cosmopolitan city.
In one of the main streets, called Vara de Rey, you will find nice bars, shops and restaurants. If you like to contact your loved ones back home, take a seat at La Cava for free Wi-Fi and fantastic appetizers, called pinchos. If you come there very often the kind waiters will recognize you. In the “modern” part you can find the bigger shops and brands.
If you want to visit the island of Formentera or the Spanish mainland, your journey starts in the harbor of Ibiza Town where the ferries take you to your designated destination. One of our favourite places is the Botafoch Marina, right opposite Dalt Vila. Botafoch is the marina where the jet set anchor their boats. Close your eyes and imagine that you are a millionaire…then you would definitely anchor your boat in the marina of Botafoch. Take a seat on the terrace of Café Sidney and enjoy the sun and the fantastic view of all those yachts lined up. Trattoria del Mar is a restaurant with fine Italian cuisine and again, a great view on the harbor.
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