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Exploring the rich History of Dalt Vila


Here we are again with a new blog! This time, it's a bit different from the top 10 restaurants and top 10 best beaches. Today, we're taking you on a cultural and historical journey through Ibiza! We will explore the heart of our island: the enchanting old town of Dalt Vila. If you, like us, are fascinated by stories of brave knights, thrilling wars, and the lives of bygone eras, then you are in the right place!

Imagine narrow streets filled with lively markets, the aroma of fresh fish, beautiful handmade pots and pans, and children playing happily on the cobbled squares. The life of people from the 7th century to today has changed significantly, but the historical magic of the oh-so-beautiful Dalt Vila still shines through.

Of course, we don’t want you to wander around without any background knowledge. That's why we've delved into the books and compiled a fascinating timeline of Dalt Vila's history. So next time your friends or family ask about the rich history of Ibiza, you can impress them with your knowledge. Let’s discover this wonderful history together!

7th century BC: The Origins of Dalt Vila

Dalt Vila, originally called Ibosim, was founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC. This ancient civilization recognized the strategic importance of this location and established a major trading city here. The Carthaginians followed and transformed Ibiza into a thriving trading center for salt, silver, and gold. One of the most impressive remnants from this period is the necropolis of Puig des Molins, one of the largest and best-preserved burial sites of the Carthaginian empire.

9th century: The Moorish Golden Age

In the 9th century, the Moorish domination began, marking a period of economic and cultural prosperity for Ibiza. The Moorish influence is still visible today in the architecture and traditions of the island. The Moorish rule ended in the 13th century when the Catalans conquered the island and left their mark on the development of Dalt Vila.

13th century: The Stories of San Ciriaco

One of the fascinating legends of Dalt Vila is that of San Ciriaco, the patron saint of Ibiza. According to tradition, the jealous brother of the Moorish Emir betrayed a secret tunnel system to the Catalans, leading to the fall of the Moorish rule. Every year on August 8, this event is celebrated with a spectacular fireworks display.

16th century: The Construction of the Defensive Walls

In the 16th century, under the leadership of King Philip II and Emperor Charles V, the impressive defensive walls of Dalt Vila were built to protect the island from French and Ottoman attacks. These walls, still intact, offer stunning views over the city and the sea and are an essential part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that Dalt Vila became in 1999.

20th century: The Revival through Tourism

In the 20th century, tourism gradually began to develop, bringing many changes and attracting new residents to the island. The first hotels were opened, artists came to Ibiza, and people from all over the world migrated to the island. Tourism experienced a huge boom, especially after the end of the Franco dictatorship in Spain. In the 1990s, the mighty city walls of Dalt Vila were restored, and in 1999, the old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Walking Tours and Sights

Discovering Dalt Vila is best done on foot. There are three official routes, but you can also just wander around and be surprised by the narrow, winding streets and breathtaking views. Visit the Portal de Ses Taules, the impressive main entrance, and walk across the old stone courtyard to the Plaza de Vila. Here you will find a lively collection of restaurants, art galleries, and craft shops.

Practical Tips for Your Visit

Dalt Vila is easily accessible by bus, car, or even by boat. The streets are paved, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Whether you're wandering through the old town or climbing the city walls, Dalt Vila offers an unforgettable experience full of history and culture.


A visit to Dalt Vila is a journey through time, taking you from the ancient Phoenicians to modern times. Whether you are renting a house in Ibiza or looking for a boat to hire, make sure not to miss this historic treasure. Immerse yourself in the rich history, enjoy the breathtaking views, and discover the hidden gems of Dalt Vila.

Timeline of Dalt Vila's History

  • 7th century BC: Foundation of Dalt Vila by the Phoenicians, originally called Ibosim.
  • 9th century: Beginning of Moorish rule and golden age for Ibiza.
  • 13th century: Conquest by the Catalans, end of Moorish rule.
  • 16th century: Construction of the defensive walls under King Philip II and Emperor Charles V.
  • 20th century: Revival through tourism, restoration of the city walls, and designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.