Ibiza Town (Eivissa)

Our Experiences and tips to visit Ibiza Town.

Ibiza town, also called Eivissa in Catalan, is the capital of Ibiza.

We take a closer look at the different neighborhoods in Ibiza town: Dalt Villa, Sa Penya and La Marina, the Marina Botafoch and the “new” part of the city (around Vara del Rey).

If you go to Ibiza town you will of course also want to go shopping and enjoy a nice bar / restaurant.

In this article we share all our experiences and tips for a fun day in Ibiza town.

1. Dalt villa (old town)

Ibiza stad Eivissa kaart

Entrance old town and the Cathedral

Five Entrances

The old part of the city is a recognized Unesco World Heritage site and therefore a “must see” when visiting Ibiza. Its history goes back 2500 years and is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The architecture has hardly changed since the 16th century, including the old city wall. There are 5 entrances to Dalt Vila. The most famous is this through the large stone gate (Portal de Ses Taules). Behind this gate you enter a cozy street with several restaurants. When you walk on you eventually arrive at Plaça del Sol where you have a beautiful view of the old town. The best time to visit is in the early morning or late evening.

Cathedral de Santa Maria de las Nieves

One of the cultural sights that you cannot pass up is “Cathedral de Santa María de las Nieves”. The cathedral (built in the 13th century) stands on the highest part of the district and has undergone various influences from the Romans and the Moors.
Address: Plaza Dalt Vila 3, free entrance,
Opening hours:
April 1 – October 31:
Monday to Sunday: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
November 1 – March 31:
Monday to Sunday: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Ibiza ingang oude stad

The old harbor “La Marina” and “Sa Penya” district

Sa Penya

Between the old town and the harbor is an area that still completely matches the image of the old town, Sa Penya. This is a slightly poorer neighborhood, bordering the old harbor. Here you will also find many narrow streets, you can enjoy shopping and enjoy nice things on the hippie market. It is wise to pay close attention to your belongings in Sa Penya, there are often pickpockets active here.

Cala de la Virgin

Cala de la Virgin (Carrer de la Mare de Déu) is located on the border between the Sa Penya district and the port. You will be amazed here, because this is the meeting place of extra vagant types and drag queens in the evening. It is quite cozy with its numerous restaurants, bars and small shops. During the day you can enjoy the typical Ibizan architecture.

Old Harbor “La Marina”

In the old harbor “La Marina” you can often spot huge yachts. Yachts of more than 400 million euros are no stranger here.

2. Marina Botafoch

The harbor extends up to Talamanca beach. On the other side of the old harbor, you will find the “Marina Botafoch” in about 10 minutes. A gigantic port terminal was built there, where large cruise ships dock almost every day in summer. The large ferries from Barcelona and Valencia also moor here. The Marina Botafoch is the most expensive area in Ibiza. You will find the casino, the famous restaurant with a fantastic view of the city, the “Lio”, as well as the “Heart” and the world famous club “Pacha”.

Ibiza Marina

3. Plaza del Parque en Vara del Rey

Ibiza Plaza Vara Del Rey

In the new part of Ibiza you will find two cozy squares a few steps from each other that are really worth a visit: Plaza del Parque and Passeig de Vara de Rey.

Plaza del Parque is known for its nice terraces, bars and restaurants and is really super cozy. For the locals definitely the no. 1 location. Our favorites: La Taberna del Parque, Cafe Madagascar Ibiza, Pura Vida and Locals Only Ibiza. Also fun and worth a visit is our favorite interior & decoration shop “Natura”.

Parallel to Plaza del Parque you will find Vara del Rey. The square has recently been nicely redesigned with lots of greenery and you will find many eateries, bars and shops as well as the famous HardRock Café.

In the center of the Vara del Rey stands the statue of General Joaquin Vara de Rey y Rubio, born in the castle of Ibiza Town and died in a defeat in the Spanish-American war for independent Cuba (former colony of Spain).

4. Festivities

The second weekend of May, the 3-day Medieval Festival takes place in Eivissa, a celebration of its World Heritage listing. You can enjoy good food, art and many performances in the city!
Exact date: keep an eye on the calendar of festivities on the official tourism website of Ibiza.

On 16th of July there are festivities in honor of the Virgen del Carmen. The street is then decorated with palms while a statue of the Virgin crosses the narrow alley. Later, the Virgin is transferred to the port and loaded onto a ship.

Medieval festival Ibiza-COLLAGE

5. Picture perfect instagram spots

Two great spots for a nice instagram photo 🙂 :

1) Viewpoint Ibiza town: the secret stairs.
Location: Mirador Ibiza town

2) Impressive grafitti by the Mexican street art artist Spaik. Beautiful eagle and snake in the Soto tunnel.
Location: Carrer de Ramon Muntaner 137, Eivissa
 
Extra tip for Instagram pics: from the harbor you can easily take a day trip to the idyllic Formentera

6. Shopping in Ibiza town

Why not take some time to go shopping.
Plenty of choice in Ibiza town. There are many nice small boutiques as well as the larger well-known shops such as Replay and Mango.

Most of the shops can be found around the Vara de Rey and the Av. de Bartomeu de Roselló.

A little further in the old  Marina, you will find a lot of small boutiques with typical Ibiza style clothes. 

The nice thing is that you can take a break on one of the many terraces and enjoy a drink and a tappa. 

Even if you don’t plan on doing any major shopping, it’s always fun to experience the atmosphere!

Are you looking for some Ibiza products? Shops with typical Ibiza products include: La Casita Ibicenca(tiny souvenir shop with typical Ibiza products), Campos de Ibiza (Ibiza care products).

If you want delicious fresh food, it is certainly worthwhile to pass by the covered fresh market Mercat Nou. You will find a wide range of fresh local products (meat, fish, vegetables, herbs, nuts, etc.).

LocationCarrer de Canàries, 5A, 07800 Eivissa
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Extra tip: Cafe Mercat: have a drink after the fresh market in retro style.

7. Our selection of restaurants and bars in Ibiza town

Dalt villa

La Brasa: lovely, with a cozy courtyard. Against Plaza de Parque.

Locals only: local dishes, good value for money, on the Plaza del Parque square.

Placa del Sol: beautiful location with a beautiful view of Ibiza town.

Maison le Vrai: French kitchen. Near the Plaza del Parque.

La Oliva: a wonderfully intimate restaurant in the cozy streets in the old part of Ibiza Town, Dalt Vila

Sa Cova: on a terrace overlooking the Dalt Vila Sa Cova is serving French Cuisine 

Baker Victoria & co: ideal for a breakfast, next to Plaza del Parque.

Dilo: formerly ‘La Taberna’, drinks, bites, drinks & food.

La Cava: fresh and local. On Vara del Rey.

Vivi’s creamery: refreshing ice creams.

S’Escalinata: cozy bar with bean bags on the stairs next to the old wall. Good to relax with a drink and a tappa

The croissant show: ideal for a tasty breakfast.

Marina botafoch

Passion Cafe: hier kan je terecht voor een gezond ontbijt of een lekkere lunch

Grand Cafe Cappuccino: koffie, bar & resto met fantastisch uitzicht op de oude stad is een echte aanrader.

Calma: Authentic Ibizan cuisine with the best views overlooking Dalt Villa, just next to Cafe Cappuccino

Trattoria del Mar: Trattoria del Mar, serves delicious traditional Italian dishes

Talamanca (next to the marina botafoch)

And finally on the beach of Talamanca (next to the marina Botafoch.

Sa Punta : 3 restaurants op 1 locatie met fine dining fusion keuken: Sa Punta met verfijnde mediterraanse gerechten, Patchwork met Libanese keuken en Ginger met aziatische gerechten.  Zeer leuke inrichting en met zicht op zee 🙂

Fish Shack : als je van lekkere vis houdt ben je hier op het juiste adres.  Het restaurant is moeilijk te vinden en ligt voorbij Sa Punta op een rots.  Schrik niet van het meubilair (plastieken stoelen en parasollen) maar het eten is super.

Zaibiza : voor Italiaans betaalbaar eten op een leuke locatie.

Hostal Talamanca: Overlooking the magnificent Talamanca Beach and the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, enjoy excellent varied dining

Bes Talamanca: Delight in fresh seafood, exquisite wines, and enjoying the beach view

8. Where to park your car in Ibiza Town

You can park for free at Ikea, Es Gorg (900 parking spaces). From here it is about a 15-minute walk to the harbor and Ibiza town.

Es Pratet, paid parking at the port (1100 spaces). Nice and easy, not expensive and close to the port.

FYI: if you park on the street, take the following into account:
white line=free,
blue line=need to pay,
yellow line=forbidden to park

9. Ibiza town pictures