The flipside of Ibiza: Famous party island also has a quiet side; JEN COLENUTT; THE TORONTO SUN


Spain – Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture

World renowned for its club culture and house music warehouse parties, Ibiza also has a charming side that can be easily overlooked. Here are a few things not to miss on the small island — part of Spain’s Balearic Islands:

UNESCO HERITAGE SITE

Ibiza Town is the island’s capital and largest city (population about 49,000). As the sun rises and the club-goers filter out, the real heart of Ibiza Town is revealed within the winding walls of its oldest neighbourhood Dalt Vila (or Upper Town).

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dalt Vila is surrounded by 16th-century stone walls that are 5 metres thick. These encompass not only architectural treasures such as the hilltop 14th-century Santa Maria d’Eivissa cathedral but also restaurants serving some of Spain’s gastronomical treasures.

As dusk falls, empty streets are transformed into restaurant patios.

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