It’s that time of year again when Ibiza jumps into the tardis and emerges in medieval times! Beginning at lunchtime on Friday 9th May 2014, this weekend’s annual 3-day medieval festival has to be one of Ibiza Spotlight’s favourite events of the year.
Vibrant Ibiza streets
The streets are alive with the most colourful sights, sounds and smells and the island is veritably buzzing with excitement. The celebration continues all the way through to Sunday night.
Set in the beautiful streets of Dalt Vila (the high part of old Ibiza Town), it’s an explosion of history brought dramatically to life before your very eyes.
Fab for foodies
You’ll discover quite literally hundreds of stalls displaying artisan products from the period: from pools of sausage and oceans of ale to leather headbands and strange looking instruments of medieval torture (eek!)
The traders dress in traditional medieval costumes too which lends a vibrantly authentic ambience to this fabulous festival, originally created to proudly celebrate Ibiza’s World Heritage status.
You’ll find the streets stuffed with street performances, from music and art to dance and period dramas. Expect jugglers, jesters, acrobats and clowns, not to mention assorted kings, queens and princesses wandering nonchalantly around the ancient streets. Dressed in all their finery, it’s quite a sight!
There will be a whole raft of fun activities for the children too, plus a world of traditional food and drink to sample (mmm!). Think wines, traditional liqueurs, delicious cured meats, cheeses and other delectable tit-bits too numerous to mention.
And, dear reader, it’s gloriously FREE!
For an in-depth look at last year’s festival, check our review.
For an in-depth look at the history of the festival check our detailed write up.
In the meantime, here are some tips for making the most of this year’s medieval festival.
Parking: we recommend the big car park behind the port as the streets are packed and the blue bays only allow 2 hours parking. Don’t get caught out with an expired ticket!
Footwear: it may sound like a silly detail, but this is so important! The streets are steep and cobbled and you will be very, very glad you wore flat, comfortable shoes.
Disabled visitors: the most easily accessible part of the medieval festival is the flat area around Plaza del Parque. Map here.
Pit Stops: If you fancy a nice spot to sit down and watch the world go by, check out La Cava and Hard Rock Café in Vara del Rey. For really gorgeous Italian food, we highly recommend the beautiful and elegant Tentazione.
Finally, if you’re thinking of coming over for a cheeky weekend, check out these hotels nearby.
And one last word. Enjoy!
Images by Cat Milton and James Chapman
Source : IbizaSpotlight