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Dart Vila

If between the fun and the beaches you want to treat yourself to a slightly different day in Ibiza, anyone can tell you to go and visit the untouched Dart Vila.
If Ibiza is as it is known in the world, Eivissa as the Catalans call it, Vila is the name that the natives gave it, and Dart is the adjective that indicates its highest part.
This pearl, already a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a true open-air museum, full of history and touches of different cultures.

As usual, to visit it, we recommend that you turn off the maps on your mobile phones and be guided by instinct, however, we list the monuments that you certainly won't want to miss.

The entrance to this magical journey starts from the so-called rastrillo, the drawbridge that was used to defend the city.
The main door, flanked by two Roman statues, is called Portal de ses Taules.
From here, passing through a patio, you can reach the Plaza de Vila, the main square.
That intrigue of alleys that surrounds it was designed by the Italian architect Giovan Battista Calvi: it is from there that spectacular views of the bay of Ibiza suddenly open up.
Along the winding and steep streets there are souvenir shops and art galleries.

If you choose to enter the other door instead, the Portal Nou (reachable from behind the Plaza del Parque), you will find a less steep climb that leads up to the world-famous Museum of Contemporary Art; here, two levels below, you will be able to see the remains of an ancient Phoenician dwelling, which first colonized the island, making it the master city-state in the trade of salt, silver and gold bars and delicacies such as dried and salted fish .

However, there are many legends linked to this place, which sometimes resembles a labyrinth and we would like to tell you about the arrival of the Catalans in the city.
Legend has it that during the Arab rule, the brother of the emir who controlled Ibiza, deeply jealous of him, betrayed him, showing the Catalans the secret tunnel to access the most secluded places in the city.

The exit of this tunnel is visible behind the bars on the cobbled Carrer Mayor road leading to the cathedral.
Right there, at the entrance to the tunnel, it was later built in honor of San Ciriaco, who every year, on August 8th, is celebrated with a gigantic fireworks display representing the defeat of the Moors.

For even more exciting stories, ask the locals who will be able to recommend restaurants and a visit to the archaeological museum, as well as an evening in the square to enjoy the outdoor cinema.

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