Ibiza is surrounded by historical treasures. Beyond the hustle and bustle of contemporary life, the island is home to silent testimonies to the ancient civilisations that left their mark on this enchanting land. Let’s set off to discover these archaeological gems, which take us on a fascinating journey through time.
Torre des Savinar
Nicknamed the Torre del Pirata (Pirate’s Tower) in reference to a short story by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez entitled « The Dead Command » (1909), this impressive tower stands on a cliff, offering absolutely spectacular panoramic views of the islets of Es Vedrà and Es Vedranell. It was built in 1763 to protect the coast from attacks from Algeria. To reach this historic wonder, park your car on the Cala d’Hort road and take a dirt track up to the cliffs. The walk will take around 30 minutes, but it will be well worth it to enjoy this unique panorama.
The walled old town of Dalt Vila
The walled old town of Dalt Vila is the ideal starting point for our adventure into the history of Ibiza. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this hilltop citadel offers breathtaking views of the sea and the modern town below. Stroll along its cobbled streets, pass through its imposing gates and explore its well-preserved bastions, which tell the stories of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs who have dominated the island over the centuries. Surely one of the most famous historical treasures of Ibiza.
Torre des Carregador de sa Sal
Perched proudly on the south-east coast of Ibiza near Playa d’en Bossa and along the cliffs of Ses Salines, the Torre des Carregador de sa Sal, or Tower of Sa Sal, is an imposing vestige of a glorious defensive past. Built in the 16th century to protect the island from pirate attacks, this stone watchtower offers uninterrupted views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. In days gone by, guards would scan the horizon from the top of the tower, ready to alert the population to any imminent danger.
The archaeological site of Sa Caleta
The bay of Sa Caleta welcomes the ruins of an ancient Phoenician city from the 8th century BC. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this archaeological enclave dives us into the first civilisations to settle here. Explore the remains of houses, cobbled streets and warehouses of this thousand-year-old city, and let yourself be transported back to a time when the Phoenicians sailed the seas in search of new lands and trade.
The Puig des Molins necropolis
Not far from old town lies the Puig des Molins necropolis, one of the largest Phoenician-Punic burial sites in the world. More than 3,000 tombs dug into the rock bear witness to the funerary cult of these ancient civilisations. The precious objects found here, such as jewellry and pottery, offer a glimpse into the culture and rituals.
The Can Marça Caves
In the north, close to Sant Miguel de Balansat, Can Marça Caves offer a breathtaking underground journey through time. Once used by smugglers to hide their wares, these caves now hide a geological and historical treasure trove. Marvel at the impressive rock formations, underground waterfalls and stalactites that have formed over thousands of years. During your visit, delve into the history of the smugglers and discover the intriguing tales of this adventurous period. A unique experience that reveals another captivating facet of Ibiza’s history. It’s also the perfect attraction when the weather is rainy or too hot (caves keep a fresh temperature all year). Enjoy the show !
Santa Maria d’Eivissa Cathedral
Built in the 13th century, Ibiza Cathedral, also known as Santa Maria d’Eivissa, dominates the skyline of the old town. This majestic Gothic cathedral boasts remarkable architectural features and houses precious works of religious art. It is the symbol of the island’s rich Christian past.
The Balàfia archaeological site
For a trip back in time to the first settlements on Ibiza, visit the Balàfia archaeological site. Here, perfectly preserved stone houses from the Bronze Age transport us to a distant past. The site offers a unique insight into the life of these early inhabitants, their traditions and customs. Certainly one of the oldest historical treasures in Ibiza.