Beach, parties and good weather. No one doubts that Ibiza is a destination that has traditionally been associated with a very standardised type of tourism. However, although it is sometimes in the background, there are many other tourist attractions for which Ibiza deserves to be visited. For this reason, below we detail different places to answer the question what to do in Ibiza, mainly in the historical centre. If you are staying in San Antonio, specifically in the Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel, a good option to discover all these places is renting a car or motorbike to make an escape to the centre of the city of Ibiza.
Discover Dalt Vila, the historic centre of Ibiza
Registered since 1999 as a Unesco World Heritage Site under the title Ibiza, biodiversity and culture, the historic centre of Dalt Vila is, without a doubt, one of the most emblematic areas of Ibiza. A required visit, where can you enjoy magnificent views of the island from the Plaza de la Universidad. It is an exceptional place to take a trip to the past, strolling among the old walls of the city, built in the 16th century during the reign of Charles V, which served to protect the island from the attacks of the Turks.
Inaugurated in 1978, the Mercat Nou de Ibiza has become the best place on the island to buy 100% fresh Ibizan produce. All the Mercat Nou merchants strive to offer good value for money, a value that combined with a personal touch, allows them to differentiate themselves from the large food stores that have been recently installed in Ibiza. The Mercat Nou opens from Monday to Saturday, from 7am to 3pm.
Ibiza Cathedral, the emblem of Dalt Vila
Situated in the historical centre of Dalt Vila, the Virgen de las Nieves o de Ibiza cathedral is another of Ibiza’s most interesting places. Built on the former Yebisah mosque, Ibiza Cathedral is a Gothic-Catalan style building (the nave is baroque), dating from the thirteenth century. In 1782, the bishopric of Ibiza was officially created, giving the church its cathedral status. In this cathedral Santa María la Mayor is worshipped, in other words Virgen de las Nieves (Mare de Déu de les Neus, Patron Saint of Ibiza and Formentera).