Once known for its hedonistic club scene, Ibiza Town has matured into a welcoming destination for every age and style, with a wealth of history to explore on your doorstep. Cuitad d’Eivissa, as it is called locally, is the site of one of Spain's most historic cities, and in 1999 the Dalt Vila, or Old Town, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its excellent example of a fortified acropolis that bears witness back to the Phoenician times. Of course, the town and the island still have a vibrant music and club scene, and hundreds of thousands of tourists come each year to party, but there is now more of a relaxed and lazy holiday feel, which attracts a different kind of visitor who seeks out the once 'hidden' Ibiza Town.
Location: Ibiza's capital and the largest city on the island
The most westerly of the four main Balearic Islands, Ibiza is the closest to mainland Spain. Ibiza Town has the island’s airport located 6 kilometres to the west, and as such offers connecting roads to the rest of Ibiza. With a ferry terminal and harbour, Ibiza Town in the south-east of the island has links to Barcelona, Valencia, and the rest of the island chain on a daily basis in season.
Business: Tourism and hospitality
The economy of Ibiza Town relies almost entirely on tourism and hospitality. Millions of travellers visit this island every year, especially in the summer months. There is a newly opened conference centre in Santa Eulària, nearby to Ibiza Town, and some of the larger hotels offer very luxurious meeting spaces for their business guests.
Culture: Tracing its foundations back over 2,000 years
The town you see today incorporates the street layout from settlements that span the ages from Phoenician, Arab, and Catalan periods of the town’s history. Walking through the narrow streets and climbing up towards the Dalt Vila, you will follow the same path as that of ancient history in a town that was at the centre of Mediterranean Sea trade and navigation. Almost at the top of the hill, you can admire the 13th century Gothic Catedral de Santa María, which was built on the ruins of a Roman temple and provides a spectacular view across the town and into the bay.
Activities: Learn to dive in the Las Salinas National Park
Ibiza is an ideal place for divers of all experiences, with the sea bed in Las Salinas a World Heritage Site rich in ecological and historical importance. Learning to dive in waters that can reach 26 degrees centigrade in summer is a great way to experience the clear waters and stunning wildlife off the coast of this beautiful island. There are many dive schools to choose from in Ibiza Town that can give you a SCUBA taster lesson before moving on to full PADI certification.