Ibiza city, known as Vila by the locals, is the heart that provides the essence to the rest of the island. Although Ibiza has become famous mainly for its nighlife and its beautiful coves, its old city is one of its most important and most appreciated patrimonial pillars that attract the travellers visiting the island in search of something beyond the music, sun and beach.
Dalt Vila is, strictly speaking, the old quarter of Ibiza. It is placed on a hill from where the city was protected in the past, offering marvellous views of the Mediterranean. Just by the fact of getting closer, the old quarter of Ibiza receives the visitor with majestic walls and Renaissance doors. Inside you will find the main building of the old city –whose construction dates from the XVI century and is considered World Heritage Site together with the rest of the historic ensemble in Dalt Vila.
Other of the outstanding buildings in the area is the Bishop’s Palace, the old Dominican convent -now City Hall- and the big castle overlooking the sea from its battlements.
Walking by this area in Ibiza, allows the visitor to find authentic architectural treasures with a typical Mediterranean style, as well as significant historic sites or one of the most important Mediterranean harbours.
Streets are narrow and devious, studded with bars and chill out pubs honouring the hippy spirit that reigns in the island. The tradition, the craftsmanship and the soul of this city are in small workshops and local shops facing the passing of the years and keeping their doors open, despite the pressure from other more modern and franchisee establishments.
Finding cheap hotels in this area is difficult since the offer, generally, are small boutique hotels with few services and high prices. If you want to stay near to the centre of Ibiza, the best thing is opting for hotels in D’en Bossa Beach, since it is an area perfectly connected with the centre during the whole day by public transport.
Actually, the connections are relatively good from almost every point of the island, even if you book a hotel in Cala Portinatx (one of the most distant areas), you could arrive to the centre of Vila in about 30 minutes.
Another accommodation option is finding hotel in Santa Eularia, looking for an apartment in Es Canar Beach or booking a room in Cala Nova, close to San Carlos. In this case, even though it is not next to the centre, it is a good opportunity to know something else about Ibiza and enjoy holidays at an acceptable budget.