During the month of May Ibiza is filled with magic and mysticism as it hosts its medieval festival. An event that is supported by all its inhabitants and thousands of tourists who travel year after year to enjoy Medieval Ibiza.
The walled city
Dalt Vila and its historic centre are the meeting point for all tourists and inhabitants who wish to participate in medieval Ibiza. For four days this impressive walled city and its streets are dressed with ribbons, fabrics and bandoliers like those used in the 16th-17th centuries, although it is worth noting that the historical aspect of the place does not require much decoration to transport us to medieval times.
In 1999 Ibiza was named World Heritage City by UNESCO, due to its culture and its natural and cultural heritage. It is a culturally rich island because it was settled there by the Romans, Phoenicians and Arabs. And it is precisely this fact and this declaration that is commemorated in the Medieval Ibiza festival.
The city dresses and feels in the Middle Ages every year on the second weekend in May, and it is such custom and importance of the event that it receives more than 150,000 visitors. They enjoy each of the attractions offered by the festival.
What can we see on medieval Ibiza?
The locals, artisans and hundreds of artists gather in Dalt Vila every year to give life to medieval Ibiza. This is how more than 200 stalls are formed that sell handicrafts and offer workshops for activities typical of the period; all of them clearly decorated in the best style of the Middle Ages.
In the various stalls we can find everything from gastronomic offers typical of the time and typical of Ibiza to medieval costume sewing workshops. However, the most common is to find buffoons, puppets, workshops demonstrating trades, animations and sellers of handicrafts.
During the festival Dart Vila is divided into thematic areas, where various activities are carried out. The most common is to find a site designed for medieval games such as archery, horse fights, musical spaces (preferably with Arabic music) and traditional event of the ringing of bells in the Cathedral.
But regardless of the division by thematic zones it is possible to find in each street some artist who makes his representations. Between the different artistic activities that we will be able to find they are theatrical works, the dances and the music.
A perfect place for children
Just as adults, children have a special participation in the medieval market; what’s more, there are activities that are often dedicated only to them. Some take advantage of the space together with their parents to exhibit their luxurious and curious medieval costumes and others simply wait to arrive at the festival to be able to put on make-up and dress according to the season.
The craft workshops or workshops of medieval trades are an activity highly prized by children, as well as the stalls of puppets and buffoons. But undoubtedly the most exciting activity for the youngest is the camel ride through the city.