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A Closer Look at Some of Ibiza’s Cultural Sites: Sa Caleta

29 October 2012 No Comment

Ibiza in Spain has always been famous as a party destination. However, this beautiful holiday destination has a lot more to offer other than beaches, bars, pubs and parties. Quite often, the beautiful cultural sites are overlooked and overshadowed by the other attractions of the island.

Dalt Vila

This fortified ancient town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of Old Ibiza. This used to be the ancient capital of Ibiza and has seen many different cultures. Phoenicians, Cathaginians, Romans and Moors all called Dalt Vila their home before the Catalans came and took it as their own in the 13th century.

Different cultures have left their traces in this town. There are 5 entrances leading to Dalt Vila and the main one is the Portal de Ses Taules. The entrance is flanked by 2 Roman statues and is more commonly referred to as the Ramp.

One of the attractions here is the 13th century cathedral, which is constructed over a Roman temple site that later on went on to become a mosque.

Dalt Vila is quaint and quiet, and its winding alleyways are worth exploring. There is also the Almudaina Castle, which was nothing but ruins and is now transformed to a 5-star hotel. It has many shops, restaurants and bars where visitors can spend their leisure time.

Puig des Molins Necropolis

This is a cemetery, which was constructed in the 15th century. The cemetery was named after windmills that were present on the hill top. Today, the windmills are no longer in use. The cemetery is just 500 metres from Puig de Vila, which is an ancient Phoenician town established in the 12th century. Archaeologists have unearthed over 3,000 underground tombs; however, people can visit just 340. There are stone stairs that lead to the underground tombs and lighting has been put in place, so that visitors can see sarcophagi and skeletons clearly. For some, these views can be eerie, but being able to enjoy a part of ancient culture is incentive enough for most. This is the perfect place to see the biggest assortment of Punic artefacts in the world.

Sa Caleta

This was an ancient Phoenician settlement. This cultural site is very close to the Es Jondal Beach. Some of the ancient Punic ruins have been reconstructed to give people an idea how the Phoenicians lived here. One thing that strikes visitors about this place are the homes that were constructed based on a system of juxtaposition of rooms. The Phoenicians settlers divided the land among themselves and then constructed their independent homes, leaving just a few metres between each home.

Visitors now have the option of taking a night off from partying in Ibiza and spending the day enjoying the cultural treasures that this island is home to. People will be able to find that perfect holiday to Ibiza by exploring the hidden treasures and attractions here.

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