Regular readers of our blog know that, among the beaches and wine and tapas and dancing and museums and concerts and plays, we love to go to local festivals. So it was with great joy that we learned Ibiza Town was to hold a 4-day Medieval Festival the second weekend we were in town. We went two of the four nights.
Now, this festival is a big deal. We don’t know the numbers, but attendance was easily in the tens of thousands over those four days. This is doubly impressive considering how small an island Ibiza is and that the festival is not held during the busy season. The result was, for the most part, a very “Ibizan” event, attended mostly by locals and a few lucky tourists like us.
Naturally the festival was held in and around the medieval “Dalt Vila” section of Ibiza Town. A massive medieval fortress is built as a crown to the hill that marks the center of town, jutting out into the sea. Within those walls, marking the center, is the cathedral of Ibiza, surrounded by a warren of tiny pedestrian streets and small plazas. It’s endlessly enjoyable to just explore the Dalt Vila on a normal day, but filled with people in costumes, musicians, and wonderful food, well, it’s one of those things that makes travel so great.
We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
|Carving a Parma Ham|
|Ibicenco Basket Makers|
|An Ibicenco Woman Spinning Woolen Yarn|
|Nuns of the Convent of San Cristobal Serving Up Tasty Handmade Treats|
|A Tourist Enjoying The Nun’s Delicious Goodies|
|Grilled Meats – The Smell Was Amazing!|
|Troll Leading a Parade|