Ibiza Town has been the home of Phoenicians, Muslims and Romans, and all these cultures have left their mark on the island, this amazing mixture of cultures was part of the reason why UNESCO declared the town as a Heritage of Humanity in 1999.
Ibiza Town is known more than ever a cosmopolitan city were every one feels welcome and at home, which accounts for the amazing increase of foreign residents in the town, making a total population of about 38.000.
The Ibicencos are not just tolerant with people from different countries but also of different religions (there have been no religious disputes in over a 100 years), as well as different ways of dressing (making it a Hippy Oasis in the 60's and there are still a few left)or a different sexual orientation. La Calle de la Virgen is probably the best example of homosexuals feeling at home you will find anywere.
It’s the centre of culture, power , business and activities of the island offering almost every thing you could wish for in a very compact space.
The city’s heart is The Old Town of Ibiza also called D'alt Vila built in 1554 by the king Felipe II and designed by the Italian Giovanni Batista. To protect the citizens from pirates (about 113 pirate ships existed in the water of Ibiza at their high point). In fact the walls were so well built, that now it is one of the two only fortifications that has it’s complete original structure in Europe.
Ibiza was even tolerant with pirates, proof of this is the “Monumento a los Corsarios” (monument to the pirates) what you will find in the harbour.
They had a reputation of being extremely brave and their best weapon was a ceramic vase filled with gun powder with which they managed to sink ships that in theory, were far superior. On the other hand, they hanged them every time they caught one on a island between Ibiza and Formentera called “Los Ahorcados” (the hanged).
The Harbour of Ibiza Town is a quiet and peaceful place in winter and in summer it’s the place to see and be seen, this is the promenade chosen by most drag queens to the delight of every photographer. There you will find endless shopping possibilities, some of the finest restaurants and the best bars to get warmed up for the crazy night life the island of world famous for. It’s also the place to go to get discount flyers for any club.
If you want to stay over night we recommend the Hostal La Marina.
At the other side of the harbour “the Botafoc” side you will find a few of the most famous discos and clubs on the island Pacha and El Divino are the biggest ones.
Here is also were you will find the Casino and excellent accommodation such as the Hotel El Corso or Argos.
Ibiza town has 3 beaches with in walking distance
- Playa D’en Bossa: 2km form the centre, It’s the longest beach of the island, so long that its actually shared with the municipality of San Jose. It’s most famous for having 2 of the best after hours discos in the world : Space and Bora Bora.
Making it the ideal destination for young people who want to party, but as the beach is so long. it also has some area were he families enjoy their holidays.
- Figueretas: is inside the city and its made up of several small beaches, here you can find some of the best priced accommodation, for example Maritimo hotel that offers a excellent price – quality relationship.
There are many restaurants and bars nearby, but the beach is far from top quality.
- Talamanca : Situated 1,2 KM from the center of Ibiza Town and separated only by the light house causeway of Botafoc. Talamanca is close to every thing but at the same time its in its own little world. One would never believe that you could find such a quiet and clean beach so close to the city. It really is a oasis.
Here you also find some amazingly cheap hostels and hotels like Hostal Talamanca Hotel Ses Figueres and Hotel Victoria.
Ibiza town is a proud town and this is reflected in the people, culture, fiestas, restaurants, bars and every thing that makes the island such a great place.