On the 8th day of our Mediterranean cruise aboard the Crystal Serenity, we docked at the port of Ibiza.
This Spanish Island is the 3rd largest of the Balearic Islands and is rich in history as well as famous for it’s nightlife and party scene, mainly in the summer months. The island of Ibiza itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
On our visit to Ibiza, we decided to explore the “Upper Town”, of Dalt Vila (seen in the photo above).
But first a little breakfast on the outside of Lido Cafe at the rear of the ship as we look over Ibiza.
Having docked directly at the port, we took the walkway to the parking area where we boarded the shuttle bus that ran every half hour.
After a very short air-conditioned bus ride, we arrived at the Station Maritima de Formentera to start our exploration by foot.
We had arrived early in the morning and the streets were fairly empty with only a handful of tourists and the main activity was that of the residents setting up their shops or on their way to work.
After a short stroll, we arrived at the base of Dalt Vila (“Upper Town”) and started our climb up the stairs a through the fort. Dalt Vila has existed since the 7th century to protect the residents from invaders and has gone through many rebuilds over the centuries. Most of the walls currently in place have been standing since the 16th century.
Within the wall of the Dalt Vila, we were mesmerized by the beauty that surrounded us. From the architecture of the buildings, the multi-coloured walls, the amazing floral displays, and the spectacular views… we were often left speechless.
Just beautiful views of Ibiza.
You can see the Crystal Serenity below.
At the top of Dalt Vila, sits the Cathedral of Santa Maria.
After enjoying the view from the top of the town, we started our slow and winding walk back down through a different section of Dalt Vila.
We were in awe every time we turned a corner by the sheer beauty on display.
It truly felt as if we were in a postcard.
Near the bottom of the Dalt Vila, there was a wonderful cafe that overlooked the port and the Station Maritima de Formentera.
Back in the main town, we visited the shops and fell in love with this wonderful area.
After a long, and great day, of exploring by foot, we decided to head back to the ship to relax our tired feet.
As always, our butler showed up just in time with a few snacks to enjoy while we prepared for dinner.
We set sail from Ibiza to Barcelona at 6pm. It was very interesting and entertaining to watch the Pilot Boat lead us out of the harbour.
Dinner tonight was in the main dining room. We were lucky to be seated at a table with a window.
After Ibiza, our next stop would be Barcelona, Spain.
Ibiza Shore Excursions
As mentioned, we did not participate in a shore excursion in Ibiza, but there were plenty to choose from (prices are per person, applicable only to this sailing, and in USD ):
- The Village of Ibiza (walking tour) $119
- Old Town Walk and Tapas $99
- Hidden Ibiza $79
- Can Maymo Wine Tasting $119
- Can Marsa Caves Exploration $99
- 4×4 Adventure & Beach Break $269
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