Ibiza’s Dalt Vila quarter

The walled city of Ibiza, traditionally called Dalt Vila, was fortified by Felipe II to protect it from attacks by the Ottoman Empire and pirate raids.

The walled enclosure of Dalt Vila has five entrance gates. The main one, located in front of the Marina quarter, is reached by going up a sloping road that passes by a drawbridge, called Portal de ses Taules, which is flanked by two Roman statues.

Once inside the walled city, we enter the parade ground, which leads to Plaça de Vila, the heart of the quarter and departure point for reaching the ramparts.

The ramparts offer splendid panoramic vistas of the bay, Ses Salines and even the island of Formentera. We recommend climbing to the plaza of the Cathedral, which offers a view of the dome of the sixteenth-century Church of Santo Domingo. It is also the location of the Ibiza Archaeology Museum, which contains a number of artefacts from the time when Carthage ruled the Mediterranean.

Next to the Archaeological Museum is Puig des Molins, with more than 3,000 tombs, is the largest and best-preserved Phoenician-Punic necropolis and finest collection of Punic remains in the world. The walled city of Ibiza was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 by UNESCO. The declaration also included the necropolis at Puig des Molins, the Phoenician town of Sa Caleta and the posidonia fields in Ses Salines Nature Park.

DALT VILA WALLS

The old town walls, begun in the 16th century as a defence against attacks by the alliance of French and Turks, took forty years to build. They enclose an important historical legacy, declared by UNESCO a World heritage Site. The main entrance gateway is the Portal de Ses Taules.