Ibiza Castle (Dalt Vila)

There is a mountain on top of the city, beside the harbor, which is known as Dalt Vila, a fortified city that has received a UNESCO World Heritage designation in 1999. On the top there is a lookout point with spectacular views of the city and harbor below.

The Cathedral occupies the highest point and was built in the Gothic style in the 14th century, over a mosque. It is dedicated to Santa Maria la Mayor. The facade is very severe and it has strong buttresses. The bell tower and some chapels are also Gothic, but there are some Baroque chapels.

Beside the Cathedral is the Archaeological Museum of Ibiza and Formentera, located in the Chapel of Our Savior. The exhibits are scattered over several floors and covers the Prehistoric Age, the Phoenician Colonization, the Punic Times, the Early Roman Empire, the Late Roman Empire, the Late Antiquity, and the Islamic Medieval Times. There are pottery, coins, and many objects that depict each of those cultures. This collection is very complete and gives the visitor a comprehensive knowledge of the past and Punic art. The museum has steep steps between levels because it is in one of the original structures of the walled city.

Close to the Cathedral square is the Puget Museum, located in the palace that belonged to the Palou de Comasema family. The oldest part of the beautiful building dates back to the 15th century. The museum shows the paintings and photographs of two artists, Narcis Puget Riquer and his father Narcis Puget Viñas. Both the paintings and photographs depict the native Ibicencos in their native dresses and show how they lived in the past. These are valuable historic items that show the past. Many of the paintings are quite beautiful. These were all donated to the state by the artists.

To go down the hill, one has to go down many narrow and very steep streets until one reaches the very impressive and monumental gate, that is called the Portal de ses Taules. The gate is set in a very high and impressive wall, with a ramp leading to the gate. This wall dates from the 16th century and was designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Battista Calvi. Above the gate is a very large shield bearing the coat of arms of Philip II, and the gate is flanked by reproductions of two very large Roman statues. The gate and wall are so impressive that they could be the setting for a historical movie.