Mediterranean Port-of-Call - Ibiza

Let's Go Ibiza

The vibe of Ibiza is as varied as it's pronunciation. 'E-zee-tha', 'e-bee-thaa' and 'e-vee-tha' are all commonly heard. And it's hard to think of such a cosmopolitan blend of people outside New York or San Francisco. Ibiza plays host to all types of visitors with its vibrant nightlife, long sandy beaches and perfect weather.

Throughout history, the 3 Balearic islands, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, were the subject of invasion by foreign empires. Even in the 5th century B.C. the Punic empire controlled the island . Moorish soldiers arrived during the eight century AD and kept their hold until the disintegration of the Caliphate of Cordoba. James of Aragon won control over the island in in 1229. Just fifty years later he relinquished his claim to the separate kingdom of Mallorca. Later the islands returned to the Aragonese crown.

Nowadays the real Ibiza, Aan attractive land of villagers, and fisherman still exists. But Ibiza is more famous for its laid-back vibe, its dance-music roots, its chilled-out beach-bars, and its energetic summer parties. Thousands of visitors arrive at the island to sample the beaches and nightlife.

Ibiza Port Information
As your ship pulls into the port of Eivissa (aka Ibiza Town), you'll have a great view of the impressive walls of the Dalt Vila, (Old Town). The fortified walls were completed in the late sixteenth century, to protect the town from pirates, and are 25m high and 5m deep. On your right hand sitsthe new town, the home to one of the biggest nightclubs in the world, Pacha.

Most cruise ships will dock at the outer harbor of Botafac. It is about a 5 minute coach ride to Dalt Vila. Smaller ships will dock at the Abrigo Dock, adjacent to the boho Sa Penya area, just a couple of minutes stroll to the Old Town.

To go to the Ibiza port website click http://www.portsdebalears.com/25.php3?puerto=2&idioma=eng.

Don't Miss

La Marina
La Marina, Ibiza Town's harbourside area, often referred to as 'El Puerto', forms the center of Ibiza. A crazy warren of cramped streets, it's shoed-in between the harbour waters and the mighty walls of D'Alt Vila. Its narrow passages and tiny piazzas are crammed with fashionable boutiques, appealing restaurants and trendy bars, plus a souk-like market of overburdened stalls.

Dalt Vila
Stroll (slowly!) through Dalt Villa and appreciate quaint shops, picturesque homes jammed into narrow alleys - all the typical signs of a tranquil port. There are many chances to pause and admire the view over the town and harbor. Finally you'll reach the Placa De Catedral, at the very summit, for all around views of the complete of Ibiza. The island of Formentera is easy to spot on the horizon.

Cathedral of Nuestra Senora de la Nieves
At the very summit of the D'Alt Vila lies the cathedral of Mary of the Snows. The views from the cathedral square are spectacular, encompassing the town, harbor, surrounding sea and nearby hills. The cathedral has a pleasing right-angled structure, supported by buttresses, and finished off by a mighty belltower. Step inside the shaded recesses of the thirteenth century catthedral to admire its restrained Baroque embellishments. Outside the neighboring castle is being restored to an up-market hotel.<br><br>

Museu Puget
The Museu Puget has a permanent collection of canvasses and pictures by the renowed Ibizan artist Narcis Puget Vinas.

Figureretas
A pretty beach resort area located just to the south of Ibiza town. Reached by a 20 minute boat ride from Ibiza harbor.

Ses Salines
The salt extracted at these salt flats provided the location for one of the first industries on Ibiza; boats still dock at Ses Salines to carry salt. Also of note
is a closeby favorite beach area, a favorite with the well-heeled.

Finding a Cruise to Ibiza
To go to a lisiting of cruise lines visiting Eivissa, and schedules, try Cruises To Ibiza

Other Information
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Language: Spanish
Time Zone: GMT +2

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