Think of World Heritage and Rome or Greece might immediately spring to mind. You may not realise how many Spanish destinations have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Some of these historical gems are familiar to people all over the globe, such as Granada’s Alhambra, Sevilla’s Alcazar and the pilgrims’ destination of Santiago de Compostela. But you might be surprised to hear about Ibiza’s World Heritage, and its place on this list of recognised cultural and natural properties. Culture can also be found on the westernmost Balearic island, which offers so much more than parties. These are the key sites recognised by the United Nations organisation.
In 1999, UNESCO included Ibiza in its catalogue of Spanish locations recognised as World Heritage Sites because of their cultural value and biodiversity. Long before the island was conquered by hippies, DJs, celebrities, wealthy families and all kinds of tourists, the Phoenicians made their mark on what was, for them, a vital enclave in the Mediterranean. According to UNESCO, its “exceptional universal value” comes from five criteria, which we can summarise in two areas of interest:
These historical and natural wonders can provide particularly impressive vistas in the evening light, so don’t forget your camera to capture the experience. And if you hire a boat from iSea Boats, you’ll get access to more of the island´s historical views, such as the Phoenician stone quarry on our western route. Dive into the Mediterranean and get to know the cultural side of Ibiza.