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?
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.