Monumental Ibiza

The walled city of Dalt Vila, with its original layout preserved since the sixteenth century, is one of the reasons why the city is today a World Heritage Site. A journey through history that begins in Ses Taules door, front door to the medieval village dominated by the shield of the Habsburg family. Just a few meters we find the square of Vila for years nerve centre of the walled city. Nowadays the square houses numerous restaurants and craft and souvenirs shops, making this point a place worth visiting, both during day and night. On the way to the Cathedral we bump into the Santo Domigo Church. Inside we find the Cementery of Christ. Historians say that the image could be seen from the port, so when the sailors went fishing, they expressed their devotion with a toot asking for protection on their journey. A fervor that continues now a days. Proof of this are the 166 different colored skirts donated by families devout to Christ.

The museum Puget may be surprising at first glance because of its location in a noble house of singular beauty. Three arched windows, garlands of rosettes and capitals decorated with vegetal welcome us to this museum, a place that serves as an exhibition space for Ibiza artists as Narciso Puyet Viñas, a passionate impressionist artist and his son Narciso Puyet Riquer. Overall we can see more than 130 works of both distributed by themes: rural life, Ibiza Town, island customs, roads and landscapes. Here we also find copies of Velazquez paintings like the "Conde Duque de Olivares" or the "Mariana de Austria" painted by Narcisos father.

Hallmark of Dalt Vila are its 7 defensive bastions. If we pay attention we will see that they all have shaped arrowhead. They were used in Italy, Spain and South America because they allowed crossfire from different angles. In the Saint Pere bastion, there are videos that shows how it was possible to build Dalt Vila walls, a Renaissance fortification designed by Italian engineer Giovanni Battista Calva. Inside we can see a recreation of his working office and a scaffold from the sixteenth century...

Saint Jaume bastion awaits showing cannons from the sixteenth century, mortars, bullets of different calibers, swords and spears, shotguns, helmets and armors whose weight we could feel in our body. Near the Cathedral the Archaeological Museum allow us to do a detailed tour of the different cultures that have passed through the island and whose legacy continues present: from prehistory to the Phoenicians, the medieval era and the Islam.

Of particular luminosity is Ibiza´s Cathedral. In the middle of it, the Virgin de las Nieves (virgin of the snow), to whom Ibizans offered their conquest. Proof of devotion is the large number of women called Nieves or Neus in Catalan, on the island. Here we also find a chapel dedicated to San Antonio. If we look at his face we will see Ibizan painter Narciso Puget Viñas face who decided to paint his self-portrait on the saint.

Other images that identify the island are these ... The blue of its waters thanks to the the Posidonia reserve. Hard to find marine plants in the Mediterranean, which purify water generating oxygen giving the place a bright blue hard to see in other parts of the world...