Enjoy sunbathing on the white sand beaches of the Spanish Balearic Island before wandering through the cobblestone streets surrounding fortified Ibiza Castle for hillside boutiques. Stroll along the mighty centuries-old ramparts while taking in panoramic views of the white stone hillside abodes and the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Admire the leftover canons used to protect the seaside township before descending the stone stairways to dine on succulent seafood and savoury paella at one of the terraces adjacent to Ibiza Castle. While descending the windy streets back into town from your visit to medieval Ibiza Castle, gaze down admiringly upon the hillsides accented with cypress trees, olive groves, and lush green vineyards. Please check out the following guide to Ibiza Castle to experience the 12th-century old fortification with its Renaissance decor, towers, and picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea and Ibiza.
Things to do/Highlights
Enjoy walking through the maze of winding cobblestone streets to check out this centuries-old Arabian constructed fortress. After passing by numerous shops and restaurants situated near the castle gate, enter the gate to explore this ancient stronghold.
Wander through the cavernous corridors to discover ornately decorated wall covers and rugs from the Renaissance period. Admire the intricate handiwork and loom work of the talented artisans who created these beautiful furnishings.
Besides the bars located inside the thick brick walls surrounding the castle which offer live music, the castle courtyard offers visitors entertainment as well. Join others in watching minstrels dressed in colourful Renaissance costumes to play instruments. Watch as castle staff get prepared to participate in jousting matches in the spacious courtyard.
Experience awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Port of Ibiza from the rampart under the Spanish sun. While examining ancient cannons left behind between the watchtowers, admire the sweeping views of white stone buildings dotting the hillsides and distance Balearic islands. Watch as boats cruise into the turquoise marina waters while experiencing the salty sea breeze reach high above the castle walls.
What to eat
To indulge in the most mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine and the freshest seafood, visit one of the many restaurants found within the protective walls near Ibiza Castle. Enjoy dining al fresco while taking in panoramic views of Ibiza’s hillsides, white stone abodes, and the azure waters of the Port of Ibiza.
Restaurante Dalt Vila
Enjoy dining street-side taking in views of the ancient stone walls and fortress while indulging in creamy seafood lasagne. Savour every bite of duck confit alongside refreshing Rucola salad filled with red fruits and goat cheese. Admire the modern artwork on the walls while enjoying Rossini marinated beef medallions with shitake mushrooms.
Enjoy dining in a garden-like setting with free-flowing vines tucked away from the streets of Old Town while enjoying the champagne-infused fish entree, John Dory. While indulging in delicious black Angus beef in red wine sauce and salad accented with succulent shrimp, take in captivating views of Gothic Ibiza Castle.
Things to buy
While visiting the picturesque island of Ibiza, don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs before departing. Enjoy scouring the markets and stores for locally produced crafts, wine, olive oil, and Ibizan salt & herbs besides the usual clothing, fridge magnets, and glossy postcards.
Ibizan salt and herbs
Be certain to pick up some Ibizan salt, oregano, basil, and rosemary from the market for a gift or for your kitchen. Enjoy recreating some of the delicious Ibizan cuisine with native spices found at restaurants throughout the coastal town.
Pick up a bottle of liquid gold produced by local growers to take home. Maintain healthy choices by infusing olive oil into your regular diet more frequently, just as you experienced by sampling the delicious Mediterranean diet featured in Ibiza.
Pick out colourful clothing including trendy tie-dye at various local boutiques. Scout out sandals with decorative gold, beads, or sequins to match the delicate jewellery featured at the markets and shops dotting the hillside of Ibiza.
Scour the market for bargains on vibrant beaded bracelets and necklaces while checking out straw handbags. Pick up a straw beach hat to keep you covered while exploring the sunny destination.
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Be certain to check out the Ibiza tourism board website for interesting historical information on Ibiza Castle. The sought-after sunshine of this beautiful destination can pose challenging for some visitors when choosing to visit Old Town Ibiza so here are a few tips to adhere to.
During the warmer summer months when the sun is blazing and constant, make certain to dress in lighter fabrics. Purchase a sun hat at the market to keep shielded from the ever-present sunshine. Wear sandals or walking shoes with good support for climbing the steep hillside streets leading to the hilltop fortification.
Pack along water or other cool refreshments to keep hydrated in the warm, humid climate. If you forget to pack water beforehand, there are numerous shops along the walk towards the castle. There are shops and many restaurants within the castle walls to enjoy a cold glass of water or purchase bottles before returning to Ibiza.
Good physical condition
Since the cobbled streets are steep and there are numerous staircases, it is ideal to be in good physical health before venturing to explore Ibiza’s historic Old Town district. As well it is common for visitors to get lost in the maze of winding streets at times so it’s best to be in good health prior to visiting Ibiza Castle.
How to get there
Depending where you are staying Ibiza, there are various transportation options to visit the pristine beaches, marina, shops, and Ibiza Castle. Hop aboard the tourist train, bus, or water taxi to drop you at stops within walking distance of the 12th-century fortress.
By tourist train
Hop aboard the Ibiza Express to travel through the lovely coastal town en route to historic Ibiza and its ancient castle. Depart at the Old Town stop and be prepared for some steep, winding streets, and stairways. Check online for routes and fares or ask a driver prior to boarding the mini train.
After an inexpensive and leisurely journey on bus 45 to the start of Old Town, hike the winding hills up to 12th-century stronghold, Ibiza Castle.
If you decide to walk to historic Ibiza to explore the 12th-century old fortress, be prepared to walk through steep, winding hillside streets and numerous flights of stairs. Be prepared during the summer months by wearing a hat, loose-fitting clothing, good walking shoes, and packing water bottles to keep hydrated.
By water taxi
If you are staying on the opposite side of Ibiza, jump on board a water taxi/seabus to travel to the Port of Ibiza. Once there, choose between completing the 8-minute journey either by walking or by local bus.
Information on Ibiza Castle
Address: Carrer Bisbe Torres Mayans, 14, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
Tourism board: Visit Ibiza
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
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