The island of Ibiza has unusual geography and a long history of occupation that has resulted in a number of interesting attractions for travelers. The most notable are the UNESCO World Heritage listed areas, particularly the walled old town, although the pirate towers and smugglers’ caves should also not be missed. The surrounding sea also offers a variety of sights to see, including the mysterious Es Vedra Island and the diverse ecosystems of the marine parks.
The UNESCO World Heritage walled old port town of Ibiza sits atop a hill and is notable for its well-preserved architecture that dates back to the Phoenician through Spanish times. The walls have five gates, with the statue-flanked Ses Taules being the most impressive. Inside, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, built progressively between the 1300’s and 1500’s, contains several notable pieces of art, including two 15th century panels of saints painted by the master Valentií Montoliu.
Address: Ibiza old town, Dalt Vila, Ibiza
Ses Salinas National Park
Ses Salinas National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprised of 38,000 acres of land and sea, stretching from Southern Ibiza to north of Formentera Island. The land-based section has a variety of interesting terrain like rocky cliffs, salt lakes, beaches, pines, and ghost trees – a type of Juniper that can live for centuries. The area is rich in wildlife, including fishing eagles, peregrine falcons, and migrating flamingos that arrive towards the end of summer.
Address: Ses Salinas National Park, Ibiza
Es Vedra Nature Reserve
The main highlight of this reserve is the rocky island of Es Vedra, situated off the southwest coast of Ibiza. It is often described as the remains of Atlantis, the isle of Sirens from the Homer stories or an alien landing port. Visitors can view the island from Cala d’Hort beach or head out by boat for a closer look. Wild goats, lizards and falcons live there, and it can only be visited by pre-arranging a tour with a guide. The nature reserve also incorporates several other small islands, marine environments, cliffs, beaches, and fields, as well as the sa Talaia, which, at 1598 feet above sea level, is the highest point on the island.
Address: Es Vedra island, off Cala d¬¥Hort, Sant Josep de Satalia region, Ibiza
Archeological Museum of Ibiza
The most notable part of the Archaeological Museum of Ibiza and Formentera is the Puig des Molins ancient cemetery, which houses more than 3,000 Phoenician-Punic tombs. The World Heritage site dates back to the late 7th century and was Ibiza’s first necropolis. Many tombs are small caves that contain sarcophagi, while other burial sites were graves where bodies were buried and baked with mud statues, coins and jewelry. Visitors can access the burial caverns via a winding hill path. The museum collection is housed in the Salvador Chapel and includes items such as tombstones, coins, glass, and ceramics.
Address: Via Romana, 31 07800, Ibiza Town
Can Marca Caves
Smugglers used to use the caves of Can Marca in San Miguel port town to store stolen goods. Today, visitors can follow the old thieve’s paths through a labyrinth to see underground lakes, a 30-foot waterfall and rock formations like stalactites and stalagmites. There is a sound and light show, as well as guided tours that run every half hour between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (usually extended in summer). The area has stunning coastal views.
Address: Cova de Can Mar√ßa, Puerto de San Migual, San Miguel
Torre d’en Valls
Ibiza is dotted with pirate towers, constructed by locals as an early warning for invasions. Pou des Lleó has one of the best examples, the circular Torre d’en Valls tower, which was built in the late 18th century and can be accessed by walking uphill from the beach - an effort that is rewarded with delightful views of the entire west coast, including Tagomago Island.
Address: Torre d’en Valls, Pou des Lle√≥, Ibiza island
Laureà Barrau i Buñol was a Catalan painter who made Ibiza his home from 1912 to 1932. The Barrau Museum (Museo Barrau) is located in a pretty whitewashed, blue shutter building that was the artist’s former residence and studio. It contains examples of his best modernist paintings along with ocean views and a pretty church nearby.
Address: Puig de Misa, Santa Eulària des Riu, Ibiza