Ibiza has got many traditional appointments that take place in different spots and pueblos of the island.
One of this traditions that is in the “event calendar” of the isla bonita is for sure the Feira Medieval.
After that for obvious reasons of restriction due to the pandemic, which by now we all hope is a memory, for which in 2020 it could not be held and in 2021 it was organized in a very small format, finally this year from 12 to 15th of May will return the famous fair that transforms the fortress of Dalt Vila into a real medieval village for four days.
In these days the old city, part of the UNESCO heritage, becomes the hub of a large open-air market with stalls selling food, typical foods cooked in huge pots, artisanal local products but also shows with fakirs, jugglers and falconers; walking up to the little streets of the city that leads to the cathedral you can also meet wizards, witches, jesters and court jesters, sorrounded with background music that refers precisely to the Middle Ages.
This event is a celebration of the declaration of the UNESCO, happened in December 1999, that recongnize four natural and cultural elements of the island like World Heritage Site. The other 3 elements that are part of this heritage are The Phoenician-Punic necropolis of Puig des Molins, which is located just a stone’s throw from the old city; the archaeological site of Sa Caleta and the naturalistic element is constituted by the Posidonia meadows which is located between Ibiza and Formentera.
To ensure that the medieval re-enactment is as original as possible, a special municipal commission proposes to verify that the street vendors present products that mostly have some relationship to the medieval or Renaissance era, as well as the setting up of the stall itself and the clothes worn by the sellers reflect as faithfully as possible the culture of the Christian and Arab time where the fair is set.
We can’t explain the atmosphere with few words, so the only suggestion is to come and don’t miss this event to see Dalt Vila as you’ve never seen it before and making a sensory and temporal journey going back about 1,500 years.
Here you can find the calendar of all the events:
P.S. To avoid getting stuck in traffic or looking for hours for a parking spaces, another little advice, in case you have a car, is to park just a little further out of the center of Ibiza; in this way you will also help the city to have less traffic and therefore less smog and doing some physical activity yourself.