Eivissa/Ibiza is also the island capital’s name. There are many different spots to visit within the city, museums, parks, shopping areas, the nice and fancy promenade and of course its centre piece, ‘Dalt Vila’, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ‘Old Town’ has become, in the past years, a great spot for different events, from jazz to rock music, from the Medieval era to the 60’s. A great place to wonder around its narrow streets, to enjoy some of its most unique restaurants but above all a great place to experience the local architecture, art and traditions.

The city of Ibiza lays on an area of 11 square kilometres with three beaches: Ses Figueretes, Talamanca and Platja d’en Bossa. The port of Eivissa, situated in a natural bay, where the first settlers left their mark, is the main sea access to the city as well as the main gateway to the island of Formentera.

Near the old town and inside its walls you can experience art in many different ways. Modern art or history museums are a must in order to get to know more about the culture and the city’s rootes.

‘La Marina’ & The Old Market

’La Marina’ & The Old Market

‘La Marina’ & ‘Sa Penya’. Built in the Medieval Era by fishermen and imprisoned between the wall and the port, ‘La Marina’ is a maze of narrow streets with white-wash houses that continue the historical center in which you can encounter monuments and museums.

In summer, the Marina district is home to a number of fashion boutiques, handicrafts shops, bars, restaurants, art galleries and several small hotels, all of which make for an enjoyable stroll along its whitewashed side streets.

‘Sa Penya’, at the foot of Santa Lucía’s Bastion, you can walk along its steep narrow streets and discover wonderful hidden places. One of the most famous streets is ‘Carrer de la Mare de Déu’ (Calle de la Virgen, Virgin’s Street) where you can enjoy it’s great atmosphere and you can find many gay bars.

This is also a great area for accommodation as you are right in the centre. You have a great price range, To Visit Ibiza’s ideas: Ryans La Marina, Hostel Los Caracoles, Apartamentos Mariano.


Old Market (Mercat Vell). Built in 1872 by Jaume Riera at the bottom of Portal de ses Taules (the main gate to the Old Town) and inspired on a greek temple, the Old Market stands where many centuries ago locals would have come to sell their products.

Although its surroundings have been through several transformations, the market is pretty much the same and still used for the same purposes. 

Whether you are looking to buy ecological food or not, flowers, olives or just enjoy a coffe in one of the nearby terraces, ‘Mercat Vell’ is the right spot to gasp a taste of Ibicenco products.

‘Plazas’ & Teatro Pereyra

’Plazas’ & Teatro Pereyra

‘Plaza del Parque’. Since 1946 and after some renovations, it’s one of the most iconic squares in Ibiza. In the past was used as a bollard area for the horses or carriages. Now it’s a great place to meet up, after a shopping day in the nearby shops, for drinks, to relax under its great trees shade or to enjoy the atmosphere of the different terraces.

Here you can find Ibiza’s peculiar ‘Walk of Fame’, a tribute to the city’s most distinguished citizens.

Leading one of the park’s corners we have Hostal el Parque, a high quality hostel in the centre of Ibiza with a nice terrace and opened all year around.

Bars like Madagascar or Vila Café, that stay opened all through the year, are a great place to chill out in winter and even enjoy the rain under it’s heaters with a nice drink or Café Vila’s famous waffles.


‘Teatro Pereyra’. Constructed in 1898 was the first theatre in Ibiza. Declared Well of Cultural Interest in 2001. Keester Bruggen & Eric-Jan Harmsen arrived in Ibiza in 1985, they have three children. In 1987 they discovered Teatro Pereyra and after a long a expensive restoration, Eric and Kees opened the Café Concierto Teatro Pereyra, it was the 8th of August 1988. Still today is one of Ibiza’s most important venues with Live music concerts every day in a unique setting all year round.


‘Vara de Rey’. Like in any other spanish city Ibiza also has a main square, normaly named ‘Plaza España’ or ‘Plaza Mayor’. But, in this case, it’s a tribute to the heroic Ibicenco General Joaquin Vara de Rey y Rubio. He was born in Ibiza’s Castle and died in the battle of’ ‘El Caney’, during Cuba’s Independence War in 1898. The statue, in the centre, was erected in 1904 with the help of  the spanish people and it represents the General on a vantage point.
Surrounding the square you have many restaurants an one of the city’s shopping area, in fact, one that counts with some of the most excluisve shops. You can also enjoy the greatest architecture, as all the houses are from the Colonial era. One of its greatest buildings is Hotel Montesol, it used to be a hotel but it is closed now. Lukely and because beeing a Well of Cultural Interest it can only be a hotel, for what we know its future is certain.
You have other accommodation options nearby with a hight range of prices. Vara de Rey Guest House, facing the square, nearby you have Hostal & Apartments Ripoll Ibiza, Hostal Juanita, Hostal Ibiza.

‘Dalt Vila’

’Dalt Vila'

UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ‘Old Town’ has become, in the past years, a great spot for different events, from jazz to rock music, from the Medieval era to the 60’s. A great place to wonder around its narrow streets, to enjoy some of its most unique restaurants but above all a great place to experience the local architecture, art and traditions.

The main entrance to the city named ‘Portal de ses Taules’, opposite the ‘Old Market’, leads you throught to the ‘Patio de Armas’ (Inner Ward) where the first ever hippy market use to take place, you continue straight on and you reach ‘Plaça de Vila’ (Town’s Square).

Not to be missed are the different bastions, ‘Plaza del Sol’ square where you can find nice restaurants too, but most of all a visit to the different museums. More information in our Museums section.

Every Saturday evening you can discover, through the tour guide’s explanations and the dramatisations, the old Ibiza. Visitors take a trip back in time to gain an insight into what society was like at that time, and what life would have been like in this part of the Mediterranean. More information on our Things to Do section or VisitasTeatralizadas Facebook page.


The Cathedral ‘Saint Mary’: At first it was set up in an already existing building, maybe a Muslim mosque readapted to Christian cult, though this fact has never been proved despite the many archaeological investigations that have been carried out. Available data show that on the east side was added, to a pre-existing building, the whole unit made up of the bell tower of trapezoidal ground plan and the polygonal apse with its five chapels. It is a very solid building, of classic gothic style, built on XVI century. It is considered by the experts as one of the most relevant of its kind. The cathedral keeps many works of art, among which the following are to be pointed out: a gothic monstrance of golden silver, made by Francesc Martí in 1399, two gothic panels of Saint Tecla and Saint Anthony, painted by Francesc Cornes in XIV century and another two, of XV century in this case, from the master Valentí Montoliu, that represent Saint James and Saint Matthew. Mass Schedule all year round: Sunday and festivities: 10.30 am. Visits (01/04/2014 – 31/10/2014): 10 am – 2pm / 5 – 8pm (July and August: 6 – 9pm).


Where to Eat

Plaça de Vila is full with many small shops and great restaurants to enjoy our local food. ‘La Oliva’ a popular inconditional of the ibicenco night, which places an emphasis on seafood dishes.

Or ‘La Mezcaleria’ a fusion of Mexican and Mediterranean gastronomy. Coctails and latino music are also part of this spot.

Plaça del Sol has two restaurants, quite different one from the other but both very special in their own way. ‘S’Escalinata’ a unique set up that opens for breakfast and closes with drinks.

Or the well known renovated ibicenco style home, with the greatest views and cool summer nights at its terrace, restaurante ‘Plaza del Sol’.


Where to Stay

Not far from here, hotel ‘La Torre del Canónigo’, a historic-artistic monument, invites you to discover a new space with swimming pool, garden and restaurant in the privileged environment of Dalt Vila.

Further down you find another great hotel, ‘El Corsario’, an ancient corsair’s palace from the 17th century in the heart of the antique old town.

Oposite Ibiza’s Council you find hotel ‘Mirador de Dalt Vila’. The town house, built in 1904, is located in the heart of the delightful walled quarter of Dalt Vila. For many generations, and until recently, it was the home of the Fajarnés family.
And as we continue to the exterior of the walls we have another delightful small hotel. ‘La Ventana’ is a unique Hotel beautifully located in a garden square just behind the Medieval walls of Dalt Vila.



When visiting ‘Dalt Vila’ you mustn’t forget to visit its museums.

The Contemporary Art Museum which is held in a historical armoury. Was recently renovated and expanded in a very modern way to accommodate a great collection of the best local and island related international artists.

The Archeaological Museum in ‘Dalt Vila’ is the one in charge of the conservation, investigation and exhibition of the historical remains of Ibiza and Formentera, also known as ‘Pitiüsas Islands’ independently from the ‘Balearic Islands’. Located in the Cathedral’s Square and near the Castle or Madina Yabisa-La Cúria, the museum was created in 1907, thanks to a donation by the ‘Ebusitana Archeological Society’ founded in 1903. The museum has been closed to the public for renovations, but latest news confirm that, finally, the rehabilitation project has been granted  the permits.

Necropolis and Puig des Molins Museum, on the outskirts of the ‘Old Town’ is considered one of the most important ones in the occidental Mediterranean, it has been crutial in the interpretation of Ibiza’s history and it’s considered one of the most important investigation centres of fenician-punic culture in the World.

Madina Yabisa-La Cúria, it’s a modern interpretation centre, which functions with audiovisual technology alowing the visitor to get to know the city’s history and more specifically what Madina Yabisa was during the Muslim domination era.

Diocesan Museum, located in the Cathedral, was founded in 1965. Exhibits paintings, sculptures, ornaments and liturgical objects related to ‘the Pitiüsas’ history. You can also appreciate a great collection of traditional ibicenco jewelery.

Puget Museum-Can Lluis, one of the most beautiful palaces in ‘Dalt Vila’ in which you discover the Puget’s pictorial collection, given to the state by the son. Father and son are considered two of the best artists that ibicenco history has had. Also, the visit to the house it’s a great experience on its self.

‘La Casa’-Museum Broner, situated at the bottom of Santa Lucía’s Bastion and built in 1959, it’s a great architectural example of the use of the space. It was rationalistic architect Erwin Broner’s old house but today belongs to the city. Broner landed in Ibiza escaping from the Nazi Germany like many others and played an important roll on Ibiza’s rationalist architecture along with Josep Lluís Sert or Germán Rodríguez Arias.

The Promenade

The Promenade

Begins in Ibiza town at the feet of the old town where you can take your ferry to Formentera. If you continue walking you’ll go past the fishermen’s docks and then we start our luxurious walk.

The two Marinas, ‘Marina Ibiza’ and ‘Marina Botafoch’ are united by the ‘Paseo Marítimo’ or ‘Passeig Joan Carles I’ a fine walk along luxurious condominiums and penthouses, the Casino, luxurious shops, bars, an outdoors gym, children playgrounds, some gourmet restaurants and the most high standard night clubs.

Towards the end of this walk of luxury you find the new Port where some of the greatest cruise boats in the World moor. It is also, where the main ferries to other islands or the mainland arrive and depart from.

There is something you musn’t forget to do before you leave the island, that is the short trip from Marina Botafoch to Paseo Marítimo on the much well known Talamanca boat. A 10 minute journey in wich you get to enjoy a different point of view of the port and of ‘Dalt Vila’. In the busiests summer months it is a great option in order to avoid the busy traffic and the search for a parking space.

Botafoch’s Lighthouse

Botafoch’s Lighthouse

In 1859 they started working on the new Botafoch or Botafoc’s lighthouse, this stands on the small island with the same name. The lighthouse started working in 1861, it has the peculiarity of being one of the fewest buildings with a two story home for the lighthouse keepers. In 1918 was one of the first to work electrically.

It’s been said that the name of Botafoch could be originated on the meaning of the word in catalan, ‘bota-foc’ can be translated to something like ‘bounce-fire’.

Until 1977, there was only one lighthouse keeper, but nowadays there are two technitians due to the increase of traffic in and out the island. Although the men in charge of Botafoch’s lighthouse are also in charche of many others. The building is still in great conditions and keeps its original shape.

In 2013 the new dock was open to the ferries and big cruise ships, they where no longer to moor in front of Ibiza town, which it’s now being used for luxurious yachts of logher lenght. The new dock is where you will embark or disembark when arriving from Mallorca or the mainland by boat.

You can find out more about how to book your trip in our Travel Information section.



Although, most of it, belongs to Santa Eulalia’s municipality, the 900m long sandy beach of Talamanca is the closest one to Ibiza town after Ses Figueretes. It’s a great spot in summer for any water sports or sunbathing and most of the terraces along its wooden promenade, stay opened all year around for you to enjoy nice local food.

A great place to sit by the sea with a nice ‘bocadillo’ or fresh fish is Bar Restaurante Flotant. For accommodation you have the family runned Hotel Ses Figueres.

Our trekking suggestion for this area:

Routes provided by: Consell d’Eivissa and Ibiza Mundo Activo



Ses Figueretes is a suburb in Ibiza town but also a beach that, thanks to its promenade, you can walk from Ibiza town, even access Dalt Vila’s walls, until Playa d’en Bossa, one of Ibiza’s longest beaches and the nearest to Ibiza town (for more information check our Playa d’en Bossa section).

Figueretes, ibicenco name which refers to the fact that until the XX century there were many fig trees in the area, is full of bars, hotels and restaurants and in summer there’s a night hippy market on the part of the promenade, closest to the town

During August you can enjoy Ses Figueretes Festivities, their fireworks are considered one of the best on the island. The fireworks are launched from the small island infront of the promenade, the ‘Rat’s Island’.

For accommodation in this area you have Ryans Ibiza Apartments or Hotel Es Vivé Ibiza.

Playa d’en Bossa

Playa d’en Bossa

2700m long white sandy beach and one of the main turistic areas, Playa d’en Bossa used to be a family resort and because its white sand, when not crouded or stormy days, you can feel transported to any Caribbean beach with turquoise calm waters and palm trees by the sea.

In the past years has suffer a great transformation, from family holiday resort to one of Ibiza’s most exclusive and eccentric locations. Bars, beach clubs, club hotels, restaurants, hotels and apartments compete on giving the tourist the best experience on Ibiza.

The good thing is that, despite all that and this is why Ibiza is so special, you have different possibilities to enjoy the area. Many activities coexist within thes craziness, glamour and party of Playa d’en Bossa and because its lenght and exposure, Playa d’en Bossa is a great place to practise different kind of water sports.

Another of the great activities to do while in Playa d’en Bossa is to visit the tower of ‘Des Carregador’ but most well known as ‘Sa Sal Rossa’, one of the 7 pirate towers protecting Ibiza. Also many trekkings can be started from this point and you must also visit the small rocky beach on the other side, ‘La Xanga’.