Ibiza, Spain

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Regional secretariat

Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture

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Registration criteria

Criterion (ii): The intact 16th century fortifications of Ibiza bear unique witness to the military architecture and engineering and the aesthetics of the Renaissance. This Italian-Spanish model was very influential, especially in the construction and fortification of towns in the New World.

Criterion (iii): The Phoenician ruins of Sa Caleta and the Phoenician-Punic cemetery of Puig des Molins are exceptional evidence of urbanization and social life in the Phoenician colonies of the western Mediterranean. They constitute a unique resource, in terms of volume and importance, of material from the Phoenician and Carthaginian tombs.

Criterion (iv): The Upper Town of Ibiza is an excellent example of a fortified acropolis which preserves in an exceptional way in its walls and in its urban fabric successive imprints of the earliest Phoenicians settlements and the Arab and Catalan periods through to the Renaissance bastions. The long process of building the defensive walls has not destroyed the earlier phases or the street pattern, but has incorporated them in the ultimate phase.

Historical reference

Ibiza provides an excellent example of the interaction between the marine and coastal ecosystems. The dense prairies of oceanic Posidonia (seagrass), an important endemic species found only in the Mediterranean basin, contain and support a diversity of marine life. Ibiza preserves considerable evidence of its long history. The archaeological sites at Sa Caleta (settlement) and Puig des Molins (necropolis) testify to the important role played by the island in the Mediterranean economy in protohistory, particularly during the Phoenician-Carthaginian period. The fortified Upper Town (Alta Vila) is an outstanding example of Renaissance military architecture; it had a profound influence on the development of fortifications in the Spanish settlements of the New World.



15 January 2019

Meeting of Young Ambassadors of World Heritage

Ibiza, Spain

Southern Europe and Mediterranean


Sr. Rafael Ruiz González

Ayuntamiento de Eivissa / Ibiza

C/ Pere Tur, 1
Ibiza, España


Sra. Milena Herrera García

Jefa de gabinete
Ayuntamiento de Eivissa / Ibiza

C/ Pere Tur, 1
Ibiza, España


Sra. Lourdes Roig Roig

Jefa de Protocolo y Relaciones Institucionales
Ayuntamiento de Ibiza

C/ Pere Tur, 1
Ibiza, España

+34 971.30.35.62

Sra. Rosa Gurrea Barricarte

Técnica de patrimonio
Ayuntamiento de Eivissa / Ibiza

Pl. España, 1
Ibiza, España