This was the first church established on the island by the Christian conquerors of 1234. Most likely built on the site of a mosque, the building has been adapted and restructured over the years, with its most extensive works completed in 1782, when the church changed status and became a cathedral. Positioned on top of the hill in Ibiza Town, do make the time to enjoy the view from the cathedral. It is well worth the hike.
Catedral de Santa María, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain, +34 971 39 92 32
On the outskirts of Santa Eularia des Riu is a fortified church on top of a hill (or puig), one of four fortress temples erected on Ibiza to protect against Turkish and North African invasion. Walk or drive, you’ll wind around the hill passing old terraces houses and excellent 360-degree views until the top. The whitewashed walls of the church and the beautiful views of the bay of Santa Eularia are well worth the stop when passing through.
Opposite Ibiza’s port is a new and exclusive residential complex, Boas de Ibiza, a multi-coloured seven-story modernist creation. Using nature as his guide, architect Jean Nouvel wanted to create a building that integrated with its surrounding landscape: pool water merges with that of the Mediterranean, whilst the curve of the building, which takes its shape from Italian theatres, frames the vista out to sea as if it were a backdrop of a stage. It’s not everyone’s idea of heaven but certainly worth an ogle at before hitting the town.
Edificio Las Boas, Carrer Vial 3S-16 3, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain, +34 699 97 69 56
Hotel Es Vivé in Es Figueretas near Ibiza Town adds its own Balearic twist on the art deco design of the 1940s to create this opulent peppermint-coloured hotel unlike anything else in Ibiza. The hotel focuses on bringing elegance, luxury and a sense of other-worldliness, and the fashion and fun crowd come here for a good time. No need to be intimidated – after two of whatever he’s having, you’ll feel right at home.
For an unbeatable view, visit La Torre de Savinar, one of Ibiza’s pirate watch towers that overlooks the islets of Es Vedra and Es Vedranell. It was completed in 1756 with the intention of it becoming an artillery tower; however, its location only ever made it usable as a lookout station. Visitors go through the ramp entrance up to the roof, so make sure to master panoramic photography.