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The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ibiza

Written on : 07 February 2020
By : Léa Frémiot
The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ibiza

What could be better than a stay in Ibiza to discover the island's cultural richness? Recognised as an island of beauty, Ibiza promises you many exceptional discoveries beyond its nightlife with its gastronomy and its renowned beaches. Indeed, since 1999 Ibiza has had four sites classified as UNESCO World Heritage thanks to the cultural values of the island, as well as its natural qualities. 
 

The acropolis of Dalt Vila

The acropolis of Dalt Vila

Among these, you will discover very close to the capital of the island, Ibiza, the acropolis of Dalt Vila and its fortress, this old city is built on the heights and has many historical and charming alleys. You will then arrive at the Eivissa Cathedral where you can admire the exceptional view of Port de la Marina. In addition, you may be lucky enough to experience the medieval festival that is held every year between 7th and 10th May, which brings a unique atmosphere to the old town during these few days. 
 

The necropolis of Puig des Molins

The necropolis of Puig des Molins

Just a few minutes from Dalt Villa are the famous graves called the necropolis of Puig des Molins. This historically significant and site represents an exceptional proof of the social life of the Phoenician civilizations, whose tombs represent a precious resource. Indeed, used as a burial place by the colonists and preserved as a cemetery, Puig des Molins is a must in Ibiza if you wish to combine history with your stay. 

The remains of Sa Caleta

The remains of Sa Caleta

Heading to the south of the island you will encounter a third UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the Phoenician remains of Sa Caleta. This archaeological site, which also bears witness to the passage of the first settlers, is located in the village of Sant Josep de sa Talaia. Archaeologists have discovered ceramics, kilns and even stone mills. It is easy to get to, and there are some exceptional ruins dating from 650 BC, which have survived intact, making it a very rich site.
 

Unique flora and fauna

Unique flora and fauna

In order to pursue these incredible discoveries across the island, you should not fail to observe Ibiza's natural resources, which play an essential role in the island's ecosystem. Indeed, the UNESCO committee also considered the island as a privileged environment for the diversity of its natural resources and in particular the Posidonia Oceanica for its marine flora and fauna. Among the latter you can count more than 200 different underwater plant species, 3 of which are currently threatened worldwide such as the monk seal responsible for the transparency of the water in the creeks.