Ibiza Old Town by Fara
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The old town of Ibiza with its many steps leading up to the cathedral at the top.
Ibiza Old Town, Dalt Vila
You’re better off on foot, in sensible shoes, exploring the narrow, winding, steep cobbled streets and magnificent views from the breaks in the high ramparts and the vast terraces at each level (Dalt Vila actually means ‘High Town’). The dramatic main entrance is up a slope, crossing a drawbridge through the Portal de Ses Taules, flanked by mighty statues in roman stone, entering into an ancient cobbled stone courtyard, giving immediately on to the Plaza de Vila or main square.
The other entrance, Portal Nou (reached from behind the Plaza del Parque) has a more gradual ascent. Take your time as there’s so much fascinating detail. Traditionally black clad Ibicencos, untouched by time or change, go about their lives in the ancient, Gothic Catalan buildings overhanging the streets.
Sturdy wooden doors ajar reveal spacious stone courtyards and private chapels. The gift shops and art galleries on the walk up to the cathedral are treasure troves of the unusual and unique works of talented local crafts people.
There are many first class restaurants in Dalt Vila – “Candlelit dinners in a Medieval castle under the Mediterranean stars” – can you imagine anything more romantic?
The Battlements
Looking down from the battlements by the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Snows, their are some wonderful panoramic views. Look down on the red tiled cupolas of the 16th century church of Santo Domingo. From here you can also spot the statue of General Joaquin Vara de Rey, the Ibicenco hero of the Cuban War, standing proudly at the centre of the Main Square which bears his name.
The above image was taken on a holiday to this wonderful little island a couple of years ago. I cannot wait to go back.
December 2012

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  • Dlouise
    Dlouisealmost 2 years ago

    It looks so beautiful there,,and I can see that heels would not be the choice of shoes, LOL,,,might twist an ankle,,,great capture!!!

  • Thank you Dorothy………………it is a place for flat shoes and long white floaty dresses and a big hat……………..lovely boutiques………………………………..xx

    – Fara

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Many thanks Audrey………………………………Joyce

    – Fara

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic sharp capture Joyce, I have walked around the old town on a few occasions, you have caught its essence beautifully …

  • Thanks a million dear Tom…………………..I loved the old town particularly the views from the top………………also the boutiques…………………..haha………………………….x

    – Fara

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful perspective and gosh could We do with a little weather like this , fabulous photography dear Joyce , a stunning place .. xx

  • Thank you so much Paul for your wonderful comment…………………it is very cold here but dry which is not too bad………………..stay warm until we get to the sunshine again…………………..xx

    – Fara

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 2 years ago

    WOW Joyce…you outdid yourself on this one…fabulous!!! fav…

  • Many thanks Lorraine……………………you would like Ibiza…………………..full of personality and charm…………………………..xxx

    – Fara

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely capture Joyce.

  • Many thanks my friend………………………………………..x

    – Fara

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajalmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture Joyce!

  • Thank you so much dear Anna………………………………………….xx

    – Fara

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent Joyce!!….it brought back so many memories of days gone by…wonderful perspective!!….xx

  • I am glad it brought back memories for you Kate………………….it did for me also………………..must go back and soak it all up again………………………thanks a million………………………………….xx

    – Fara

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 2 years ago

    Wonderful work, colours textures (and I can feel the warmth of the sun) in this beautiful capture, Joyce – well done, my lovely friend – hugs from a very cold Wiltshire – lol xx

  • Thank you so much my friend…………………I am very fond of Ibiza………………….it is a very laid back place and the old town is lovely to wander through………………………..hugs back dear Mattie……………………….xxx

    – Fara

  • vette
    vettealmost 2 years ago

    This is superb Joyce, love the oldy worldy feeling it has to it. Nice angle used for the shot, giving the upwards view……..did you manage to walk up the steps O.K. or did you ask for a chair lift on spec???? Just how far do the steps go? Love all the flower boxes also which give excellent colour to the scene. Very nicely presented my friend. Well done. Susan xoxoxo

  • Yes my dear Susan, I did go all the way to the top………………it takes a couple of hours if one stops to admire the views and have a cool drink……………..it is not a place to hurry and this was a very warm day……………….the views from the top make the effort worth while………………….and of course there are the boutiques……………………fabulous…………………actually my photo is hanging in one of the boutiques wearing a dress I purchased…………………………I might upload it for a laugh…………………what do you think!!!!!………………………we could wander around here for ever my friend………………..will be invite Hany……………I think we should………………………thank you Susan……………….I hope you are warm……………………..xxxxxxx

    – Fara

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