Ibiza, Spain cruises
Your guide to Ibiza.
This iconic island destination was reputedly founded as early as 654BC by Phoenician settlers, and its rocky peaks combine beautifully with the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Though the city is renowned for its club culture and electronic dance music scene, Ibiza has a wealth of cultural and historic riches to offer. Large portions of the island are protected as World Heritage Sites and the Renaissance walls of the Old Town are among few examples of their type left in the world. You’re sure to feel the intoxicating energy of Ibiza, whether you’re peering over ancient fortifications or sunbathing on internationally esteemed beaches.
Head south from port to find the impressive Ibiza Cathedral, originally built in the Catalan Gothic style, but with multiple additions over the years. Nearby is the Museu Puget, a 15th-century mansion with an impressive art collection for you to view. If the sun is shining – which is likely – make the most of it with a stroll around the Reina Sofia, or a walk around the historic city walls at Baluard de Sant Jaume. Last but not least, a trip to the island wouldn’t be complete without a beach visit, and Platja de ses Figueretes offers the perfect escape from the busyness of town.
Eating and drinking.
A myriad of coffee shops and eateries await your visit close to port. Try Passion Marina for a waterside lunch, or El Local for a coffee in between shopping stops. For something more substantial, there is a wealth of restaurants serving crispy Spanish potatoes, grilled fish and seafood, and fresh Mediterranean salads dressed in local olive oil. Accompanying your meal is a wide range of local wines for you to sample and savour.
From independent boutiques to larger flagship stores, Ibiza’s shopping districts showcase local brands with global reputations. Perhaps the most colourful place is Mercat des Port, the oldest artisan market on the island, which opens daily from April until October and gives the town a dose of extra charm. Stalls sell jewellery, leather goods, arts and crafts, and local artisanal products for you to take home and treasure. If you desire a taste of the Mediterranean, fresh fruits and vegetables are sold at the Mercat Vell Market, in a neoclassical square adorned with flowers from Monday to Saturday.
Venturing further inland, you can find a wealth of new places to explore. The Can’n Marca Caves on the north side of the island offer an underground tour with an ancient feel, with a fantastic music and light show to add some magic to the experience. Or take a tour of the island, including a visit to Ibiza’s famous saltpans: once considered ‘white gold’ and the foundation of the local economy for hundreds of years.