Ibiza might be known for its clubs and night-life, but there is another side to the island. Outside of the major party centres, Ibiza has a rich and interesting history. All over Ibiza, there are museums and remnants of the area’s past. It is also home to some of the finest galleries and collections of art. If you’re after something more than just a good night out, Ibiza still has plenty to offer.
Before its rebirth as a tourist hotspot, Ibiza had grown through a community of craftsmen, farmers, and fisherman. The island was largely isolated for a lot of its history. The culture that developed reflects this, alongside its close relationship with the sea and the food that came from the sea. As an influx of bohemians fled to Ibiza in the 1930s, the art style of the island began to flourish. With such a rich history of craftsmanship and art, it is no surprise that there still a lot to do in Ibiza.
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Ibiza
With a great heritage of artists on the island, this museum of contemporary art reflects some of the more groundbreaking and boundary-pushing works that are linked to the area. The museum has been renovated to spread across two buildings, allowing its modern art to blend in with keeping the charm of the old town in which its located. It hosts permanent collections of modern art along with rotating exhibitions, giving visitors something new to see during each visit.
As well as art though, this museum is also home to archaeological finds. Like so many other places in Ibiza, it was found to be home to preserved artifacts. Heading into the basement of the site allows you to get an up-close-and-personal view of the changes that have been made to the building throughout the years. In just one spot, you can see the progression from the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Islamic period, through to the modern-day.
The Old Town Archaeological Museum
Wondering through the old town can feel like waling through a living museum. With so much still wonderfully preserved, there is still more to see. Ibiza is renowned for being home to a lot of ideological finds. The Archaeological Museum lets you see all of this. It is home to artifacts that reflect the diverse 3,000-year history of this town.
The museum itself is something of a museum piece! being founded in 1907. It features permanent exhibitions that date back to the prehistoric and Phoenician times, as well as more recent Roman and Islamic pieces. It is rare to visit an archaeological museum so old that it counts the Roman period as recent. Going even further back than this, the museum has items relating to the very formative materials on the island.
The museum itself stands in the old government building that ran both the Islands of Ibiza and Formentera.
If you’d like to experience all of the culture and history on offer in Ibiza, property for sale allows you to do so. Ibiza property for sale, if bought, would allow you to take in the historic old town as often as you’d like. Of course, you’d also be able to enjoy the nightlife! With such old areas, wonderful Ibizan properties may even be of historical note itself.