Sitting pretty on a hilltop in Ibiza Town (Eivissa), the fortified Dalt Vila (Upper Town) has been occupied since Phoenician times. Behind its chunky defensive walls and 16th-century bastions lies a maze of cobbled streets that slope up to the cathedral at the summit, where views of the glistening coast await.
The tranquil, history-filled streets of Dalt Vila showcase a quieter side of Ibiza—one at odds with its party-hard reputation. Because of its narrow lanes, Dalt Vila is best explored on foot, with many walking tours of Ibiza Town passing through here. Visitors can also join guided scooter tours and zoom by top attractions such as the Ibiza Cathedral, Museu Puget, and Convento de San Cristobal, or rent a scooter and zip around Dalt Vila independently with the aid of a map.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Dalt Vila is a must for history buffs and culture enthusiasts.
- The cobbles can prove challenging for flip-flops, so be sure to wear sturdier shoes.
- Dalt Vila is not wheelchair-friendly, with most routes featuring cobbles, uneven surfaces, or steps.
How to Get There
The main entrance to Dalt Vila is the Portal de Ses Taules, which is accessible via a ramp leading from Ibiza Town’s Mercado Viejo (Old Market). Ibiza Bus runs multiple routes connecting Ibiza Town to other major island destinations, including Sant Antoni de Portmany, Santa Eulària, and Sant Jordi.
When to Get There
Dalt Vila—like the rest of Ibiza—attracts more crowds during the summer months, from June through September. One of the best times to visit is during the second weekend in May, when the family-friendly Medieval Festival takes place in Dalt Vila, with medieval-inspired market stalls and demonstrations of traditional crafts.
Historical Highlights of Ibiza Town
Visitors with an interest in Ibiza Town’s lengthy history may want to visit the Necròpolis del Puig des Molins, an ancient burial site with more than 3,000 tombs, some of which date back as far as the 7th century BC. The sturdy walls that encircle the Dalt Vila, meanwhile, are a good spot for an evening stroll. Circumnavigating the entire 1-mile-long (2-kilometer-long) ramparts on foot usually takes around an hour, and is best done at night, when they are impressively lit.