Dalt Vila

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Dalt Vila, Ibiza Town, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, 07800

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Dalt Vila
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Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Romance

Best for Culture - Expert review of Dalt Vila

Ibiza’s famous fortified old town - the island’s cultural, World Heritage listed heart.

Presiding proudly over the kingdom of Ibiza is Dalt Vila, a centuries-old fortified city dating back to the Carthinigans, that has kept out pirates, attackers and wannabe conquerors and now acts as a fully functioning city featuring the island’s cathedral, museums and many amazing lookout points. The old stone walls really do look impenetrable and it’s not hard to imagine battles taking place here. You can see it from miles away as you drive into Ibiza Town, a stark contrast to the rest of the town’s architecture, especially when it’s dramatically lit up at night. And I live in it!

I pinch myself each and every day when I walk up the giant drawbridge, through those huge wooden gates and along the quaint cobbled streets to my apartment to make sure I’m not dreaming. When I first came here on holiday I couldn’t believe people actually lived here, but now I am one of them! It’s every little girl’s princess-in-a-castle fantasy come true.

Expert tips: 
Take your time – walking the fortress walls takes around half an hour but once you start exploring the myriad of little streets within, you could spend an entire day exploring.
Dalt Vila is every bit as beautiful at night when the cathedral lights up so don’t be afraid to explore after dark. It’s quite romantic strolling the cobbled streets.
For a quick history lesson (complete with dramatic demonstrations), check out the exhibit at the top of Portal Nou. It’s quite basic, but explains the history much better than I do!
The annual medieval festival takes place on the second weekend of May each year, celebrating the city’s World Heritage Listed status, and it’s an amazing step back in time with markets, food stalls and performances.
Easter provides yet another spectacle in the fortress, when an amazing procession takes place through the streets with multiple religious effigies carried by pointy-hat-and-flowing-robe clad believers.

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Architectural site, Historic site, Town
Dalt Vila, Ibiza Town, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, 07800
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All year round
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