Ibiza city (Eivissa)

Our experiences and tips to visit Ibiza town

Ibiza city, 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.

Ibiza stad Eivissa kaart

Dalt Villa (old town)

Entrance old town and the Cathedral

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.

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

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 (Carrer de la Mare de Déu)

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.

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

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).

Festiviteiten, shoppen, instagram hotspots en nog meer tips


  • 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

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

Shopping in Ibiza stad

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. 

Ook al ben je niet van plan om grote inkopen te doen, even de sfeer proeven is altijd leuk!

Zoek je wat Ibiza producten? Winkeltjes met typische Ibiza producten zijn ondermeer: La Casita Ibicenca (piepklein souvenirwinkeltje met typische Ibiza producten), Campos de Ibiza (Ibiza verzorgingsproducten).

Wil je lekker verse etenswaren dan loont het zeker de moeite om even langs de overdekte versmarkt Mercat Nou te passeren.  Je vindt er een ruim aanbod van verse lokale producten (vlees, vis, groenten, kruiden, noten, etc). 
LocatieCarrer de Canàries, 5A, 07800 Eivissa
Openingstijden: maandag – zaterdag 7u00 – 14u00.  
Extra tip: Cafe Mercat: borrelen na de versmarkt in retro stijl.


Onze favorite restaurants en bars in Ibiza stad

Dalt Villa

La Brasa: heerlijk, met gezellige binnentuin.Tegenaan Plaza de Parque.

Locals only: lokale gerechten, goede prijs-kwaliteit, op het Plaza del Parque pleintje.

Maison le Vrai: Franse keuken. Vlakbij het Plaza del Parque.

Baker Victoria & co: ideaal voor een ontbijt, naast Plaza del Parque.

Sa Brisa: overheerlijke tapa’s op moderne wijze. Op Vara del Rey.

La Cava: vers en lokaal. Op Vara del Rey.

El Zaguan: leuke Spaanse sfeer: Pinxto’s en Tapas.

Vivi’s creamery: verfrissende ijsjes.

El Partalon: lekker gezond en verfijnd.

S’Escalinata: gezellige bar met zitzakken op de trappen naast de oude muur.  Goed om even te verpozen met een drankje en een tappa 

The croissant show: ideaal voor een lekker ontbijt.

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.

En tot slot op het strand van Talamanca (tegenaan de 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.

Tot slot: waar parkeren in Ibiza stad?

Je kan gratis parkeren aan de Ikea, Es Gorg (900 plaatsen). Van hieruit is het ongeveer een 15-tal minuten stappen naar de haven en Ibiza stad.

Es Pratet, betalende parking aan de haven (1100 plaatsen). Lekker makkelijk, niet duur en vlakbij de haven.

Ter info: wanneer je zou parkeren op straat hou dan rekening met onderstaande: 
witte lijn=gratis, blauwe lijn=betalend, gele lijn=verboden te parkeren

Ibiza stad foto's