ibizan history and culture
At Easter, Spain’s most religious festival, Semana Santa, is celebrated island-wide, with an especially spectacular procession taking place in Ibiza town. On Good Friday every year, a parade of hundreds of religious figures dressed from head to toe in ornate traditional Catholic outfits and masks wonder the cobbled Medieval streets of the island’s capital carrying platforms adorned with the figures of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, and other religious deities. Without context, this can be a slightly alarming sight, but once clued in on what’s going on, it’s a fantastic way to soak up one of Spain’s ancient customs.
As spring begins to blossom, islanders’ thoughts turn to summer, but first, there’s the historic matter of the annual Medieval Festival to contend with. This event is a nod to the island’s multicultural legacy and a celebration of its UNESCO World Heritage Listing – one that’s celebrated within the majestic walls of Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s famous old town. Over four days, the jam-packed program includes music performances, theatre, jugglers, and even jousting, plus market stalls and enough food to satisfy royalty. Adored by locals, count yourselves lucky if you happy to be on island on time to catch a glimpse.