Ibiza's landscape - a sight in itself
Holidaymakers appreciate the Balearic island of Ibiza not only for its famous club scene. Above all, the diverse landscape appeals to the visitors. Wild rocky coasts define large parts of the island. There are longer stretches of beach in the southwest of Ibiza; in the north, on the other hand, smaller bays alternate with inviting beaches.
Portinatx - Faro Punta Galera
The hilly interior of the island is forested or overgrown with shrub heather formations.
Ibiza - Inside the island
In between are small towns and agricultural areas. The highest point, the 475 meter high Sa Talaia, is located near Sant Josep de sa Talaia in the southwest of the island.
The rocky island of Es Vedrà and Ibiza's salt flats
One of our preferred landscapes is the rocky island Es Vedrà, which towers steeply out of the sea in the southwest of Ibiza. It grows more than 380 meters out of the water. Legend has it that the 62 hectare uninhabited rock island is the last visible part of the sunken island kingdom of Atlantis. The island can be clearly seen from the Mirador a l'illa d'es vedrà.
The parking lot for the Mirador is on PMV-803-1. From there you walk 500 meters to the lookout point.
The mighty Torre des Savinar rises above the Mirador. The crew of the watchtower warned the population of pirate attacks. Pirates are a thing of the past, what remains is the fantastic view from the tower.
Es Vedrà - Torre des Savinar Pirata
Even the Phoenicians extracted salt from the salt fields of Ses Salines. The tradition has been maintained for two and a half millennia to our time. The area of the salt works is currently estimated at 450 hectares. The amount of salt extracted last amounted to 60.000 to 65.000 tons annually. The poured salt can be seen from afar.
The Ses Salines ecosystem is also a habitat for endemic animals and plants. The environmental zone and water area that extend to the neighboring island of Formentera are under nature protection. The adjacent sea grass meadows have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.
The hamlet of Sant Francesc was built in the 18th century for the workers of the salt pans. In the past, services for the saltworkers were held in the church Iglesia de Sant Francesc.
Beautiful bays and beaches
Endlessly long beaches are in short supply on Ibiza. However, there is no shortage of opportunities to take a bath. Here is a small selection: One of our favorites among Ibiza's beaches is the bay of Sant Miquel in the northwest of the island. In the immediate vicinity there is another bay with Cala Xarraca. The bay of Portinatx in the north or the Cala de Sant Vicent in the northeast of the island also offer good conditions for water sports enthusiasts. South of Ibiza Town, vacationers bathe on the beach at Playa Den Bossa.
Some typical places
In the middle of the island is Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera. The community with a core of 500 inhabitants has undergone a change over the past few years. The place mutated from a farming village to the home of wealthy foreigners. Unmistakable signs of the change that have taken place are chic shops, bars, restaurants, but also galleries and antique shops.
Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera - the church
Off the beaten track is Sant Agusti des Vedrà in the southwest of the island, surrounded by vineyards. At the center is the church, built in 1786 and consecrated 20 years later. A few restaurants, shops and wineries are grouped around them. The church stands on a hill, from which visitors can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Esglesia de Sant Augusti des Vedrà
For a visit to the southwest of Ibiza, we recommend visiting the parish church of Sant Josep de sa Talaia. It has a remarkable altar.
In the northeast of the island is Sant Carles de Peralta. In the 1960s, the small town was the center of the hippie movement. There is a regular hippy market in Sant Carles on Saturdays. The church in Sant Carles is also worth a visit. It has a rectangular floor plan, a pointed roof, barrel vaults and seven chapels. The three outer arches are striking.
Santa Eulària des Rio in the east of the island was originally the location of many mills. The city, which has more than 35.000 inhabitants, has now become a sizable tourist center. Santa Eulària offers visitors everything: hotels, bars and restaurants as well as attractive shops. The sprawling marina attracts wealthy vacationers. The two kilometer long beach promenade is to be commended.
Santa Eulària des Riu
In Santa Eulària, we appreciate the church on the Puig de Missa hill. The church dedicated to St. Eulària dates from the 16th century. It was originally designed as a fortified church.
Ibiza city - and the world cultural heritage
The best comes last. For some, the island's capital is above all a location to celebrate. The others roam Ibiza's lower town and the upper town of Dalt Vila in search of new impressions.
The lower town borders on the port basin of Port d'Eivissa. At the port, the first thing that greets you is the Monumento a la Gente del Mar, dedicated to the town's seafarers.
Ibiza town - Monumento a la Gente del Mar
The Passeig de Vara de Rey is worth seeing. The boulevard was named after General Joaquin Vara de Rey. He gave his life fighting American troops in Cuba.
Passeig de Vara de Rey
The nested lower town is extremely charming. We appreciate the many small shops, the old fish market hall, bars, cafes and restaurants. We especially like the Mediterranean character of the city.
The heavily fortified old town of Ibiza Town, the upper town of Dalt Vila, is a must for every visitor. To protect their location, the Moors built defensive ramparts. After the Reconquista, the expulsion of the Moors from Spain, the fortification of the place was optimized during the first half of the 13th century under Catalan rule. At the behest of the Spanish King Felipe II, Dalt Vila was fortified again from 1556. The city walls, bulwarks and the cathedral towering high above the old town have seen changing times. Dalt Vila has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.
The bastion of Santa Llúcia deserves special attention. It is the largest fortress in the city. From the upper platform of the fortress there are fantastic views of Ibiza Town. Nowadays it seems inconceivable that such bulwarks, up to 16 meters high, were created in the 20th century with insufficient technical equipment.
Baluard de Santa Llúcia
Several museums provide information about the past eras. And the present is not neglected either. The Museum of Modern Art exhibits works of art by famous and lesser-known artists. Essentially, the museum presents works by artists from the Balearic Islands.
Ibiza city - the museum of contemporary art
The windmills of the Puig des Molins are an eye-catcher. On the northern slope of the hill there is a necropolis from the Phoenician-Punic period.
Day guests arriving by cruise ship need several ship calls to get to know Ibiza.
Ibiza Town - Cruise Terminal
Update October 2019