Ibiza has a date with history the second weekend of may. The city and the old town of Dalt Vila will host the Medieval Fair yet again. This event evokes medieval times to commemorate the city’s declaration as a World Heritage Site. Read more
The defense towers that dot the Pitiusan coast were part of a public works program begun in the18th century, during the reign of Charles III. They were built in an attempt to detect the approach of Saracen pirate ships, which regularly raided coastal villages and settlements, stealing salt, fish and harvested foodstuffs. To warn islanders as soon as a pirate ship was sighted, the watchmen manning the towers would send smoke signals or, alternately, light fires if the sighting had occurred in the dark of night. When the country folk saw these warnings, they quickly gathered their most precious belongings and either hid in the forest or took refuge in a fortified church.
If you ask anyone who visits the island what brings them to Ibiza, they will probably highlight the good weather and the fun atmosphere. But there is also another side of Ibiza awaiting to be discovered in places full of history and natural landscapes which make it a very special and unique place.
Although being a tourist and modern island, Ibiza still has many very characteristic and special establishments, which keep within its walls the taste and craftsmanship of yesteryear. Small grocery stores, village bars, restaurants with art exhibitions and live music… Here’s a mini guide with some of the most authentic establishments on the island.
From Hotel Can Planells’ blog we keep bringing you interesting information about Ibizan folklore and traditions. In past posts we already wrote about the different kinds of Ibicenco folkloric dances (Ball Pagès), traditional Ibicenco wear and costumes and the musical instruments. And today we’re going to tell you about the wonderful traditional Ibicenco ornaments and jewelry.
Today on our post we are going to highlight some of the most important facts and features surrounding the marvelous rural churches found in the Sant Joan de Labritja municipality. Ibiza’s churches always have interesting stories attached to them, stories which lead us far back into the island’s intriguing heritage.
As you know, we like to use our blog to offer readers information on the most popular aspects of traditional Ibiza. In keeping with this aim, today we are going to bring you a topic which strikes us as very interesting: the customary dress worn in days gone bymen and women in Ibiza. We hope you like it.
One of Ibiza’s most authentic and typical traditions that has survived until nowadays, are the traditional dances (“ball pagès”, peasant dance in Ibicenco), a clear sign of Ibicenco popular culture and folklore and everything around it, not only the dance itself, but the musical instruments, the songs and the traditional costumes and dresses. During the celebrations of the different villages of the island is common to see demonstrations of this traditional dance in the front porch of the churches and around old water wells.
Who of those lucky enough to tour the beaches of Ibiza have not stopped to admire those authentic and traditional fishermen’s huts that can be observed in most of Ibiza’s coves and beaches? They are beautiful, aren’t they? Find out a little bit more about them…
Bloop Festival returns to Ibiza after the success of the first edition in 2011. From the 15 th of July to the 31st of August 2012, forty creators and international artists arrive on the island of Ibiza to liven things up with exhibitions, video projections, wall-paintings, performance art and live music experiences.
In summer, Ibiza is considered as the epicentre of dance music, a place where nightlife and the latest musical trends live and breathe. On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July, a new concept in music events will take place on the island, the “Ibiza 123 Rocktronic Festival”.
Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza is an island that is fortunate to have received a very rich cultural heritage. The island has been influenced by the various civilisations that have inhabited it, such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Christians, among many others that have left their mark. Their traditions and customs have influenced Ibizan life and character, including in its cuisine.
Ibiza, due to a historical and multicultural legacy from the different civilizations throughout time that have inhabited the island, has a rich archaeological and ethnographic heritage. Moreover Dalt Vila, the walled enclosure, is considered the most important artistic and cultural enclave of Ibiza town. Inside you can find interesting museums, art galleries and interpretive centres.