1 Sep 2008 - Ibiza (Eivissa Town), Spain
Our final day on our holiday resulted in the cultural part of the trip and we re-visited Eivissa Town to explore the old walled town of D'Alt Vila.
The Romans were the first to fortify the hilltop, but the walls which can be seen now were completed in 1585 to protect against invasion by combined French and Ottoman forces. The fortifications consist of seven artillery bastions joined by thick protective walls up to 22m in height.
Inside the town the narrow streets and historic gateways are evocative of the past and as you climb higher towards the fortifications, markers in several languages explain the significance of various sections of the town and parts of the wall. Being at the highest part of the fort/town also provides an excellent opportunity to capture some spectacular views.
After an overpriced fruit juice near the top of the fort we spent the remaining hours of the afternoon traipsing Sa Penya's streets and hippie stalls but that was just a time filler rather than any desire to see such tat.
Ibiza - Cannons at D'Alt Vila, Eivissa Town
The fortifications consist of seven artillery bastions joined by thick protective walls up to 22m in height. At the time it was built these fortifications were state of the art with angled walls to deflect incoming cannon fire and overlapping arcs of fire to create killing grounds for any enemy attempting an assault.
Ibiza - View from top of the D'Alt Vila, Eivissa Town
From the rear entrance, uphill tunnels and steps will bring you out on top the hill at the highest point of the fortifications.
Ibiza - From the D'Alt Vila, Eivissa Town
Near the top of the fortifications and looking West can be seen an old windmill. Between the windmill and the fortifications used to be a graveyard in Roman times.
Ibiza - The narrow streets of the D'Alt Vila, Eivissa Town
Higher up the old town are the well worn narrow streets that lead to the cathedral, which overlooks all from the top of the hill.
Ibiza - Placa de la Vila, D'Alt Vila, Eivissa Town
Immediately inside the gateway is the Placa de la Vila, with it's upmarket restaurants, galleries and shops. Near here are steps up to the walls which can be walked and great views of the city and coast can be enjoyed.
Ibiza - Portal de ses Taules, D'Alt Vila, Eivissa Town
At the top of the ramp leading up from Placa de sa Font in Sa Penya is the Portal de ses Taules gateway, the main entrance to the old town. Above it hangs a commemorative plaque bearing Felipe II's coat of arms and inscription recording the 1585 completion date of the fortification. Either side of the gateway can be seen two Roman statues.