High Town of Ibiza
Comfortable clothes, havaianas, loads of sunscreen and off we go to explore the High Town of Ibiza, “Dalt Vila”. Although the Island of Ibiza is well-known for its crazy electro parties and beaches, this part of the town makes you want to sit back and enjoy the island life with the clear view of Harbour on one side and the town on the other.
Dalt Vila is the oldest part of the island perched on top of a mountain facing the sea and is considered as one of the excellent example for fortified acropolis. Built in the 16th century, under Philip II in order to defend communications between Spain and Italy. The defensive wall has seven bastions and these bastions along with the fort structure served as a model for the towns in the Caribbean.
In 1999, UNESCO declared the fort along with the 13th Century Gothic Cathedral a World Heritage Site.
We had started the tour around noon and hence most of the tourist sites were closed for the siesta (an integral part of Spanish lifestyle and we must say it is much needed to beat the afternoon heat) we could not get entry to the buildings.
On deciding to go ahead and check the place out we entered the fort through its second entrance at Portal Nou near the Plaza Del Parque. A steep hill climb up the fort, past the Santa Llucia’s Bastion we got a panoramic view of the Eivissa Harbor and the Mediterranean Sea.
The Cathedral of our Lady of the Snows is to the east of the Bastion of Santa Tecla and is the main cathedral of the city of Ibiza. The narrow street opposite the cathedral has a couple of historic houses some used as museums and others being occupied as souvenir shops and cafes. Wandering around these cobbled streets and houses we were lost in the dreamy world of the life in the Mediterranean’s.
As soon as we climbed down the fort, we treated ourselves with some yummiest Gelatos at Gelato Ibiza (must try), which is located at the main town square.
Getting back to the San Antonio bay we headed towards the famous Café Del Mar to enjoy the sunset. After a fun-filled day of climbing the fort and walking through the historic old town, it was a bliss to sit back and relax watching the sun go down and thus bringing our last day in the Balearic Islands to an end.
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