Festa Medieval Eivissa
XX Feria Eivissa Medieval Dalt Vila & La Marina


Opening Thursday 9 May 2019 - 18.00 hrs @ Reina Sofia Park with welcoming parade
21.30 hrs - Opening Spectacle & Medieval tournament
Friday 10, Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May 2019, from 10am

Every year, in the second weekend of May, Ibiza commemorates its World Heritage status, with a Medieval Fair & Festival within the walls of their fortified old town and declared a World Heritage Site, Dalt Vila. This annual recreational and cultural event is tribute to the multicultural legacy left on the island throughout the centuries by Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Christians.
For this occasion the town is set back to Middle Ages with colored decorations and everyone will dress up to celebrate their history in style.
It is considered a true highlight of the year and many residents contribute effortless to make sure all visitors enjoy an unforgettable experience in the unique surroundings of Dalt Vila.

Dalt Vila’s history in short:

In 654 BC Dalt Vila was founded by the Carthaginians (654BC) as Ebysos, or Town of Bes, today known as EIVISSA. (Bes - Phoenecian God of dance, supposedly chased all poisonous animals of Ibiza)
The fortified walls protected Ibiza effectively from Romans, Greeks and Moors, as Christian armies, and various other intruders for many hundreds of years.
In the 20th century the unique walls needed repairs and reconstruction, which was done meticulously, without destroying the original constructed fortifications.
In 1999 UNESCO rewarded Ibiza with World Heritage status, honouring the islands long and well preserved history, and classifying Dalt Vila as best preserved coastal fortification in the Mediterranean.
Today the beautiful historical walls of Dalt Vila still breath ancient times and show the marks of a turbulent past.

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The walls of Dalt Vila are the perfect scenery for the annual, 3-day Medieval Fair that attracts over 50.000 visitors each year.
Streets are decorated with over 500 flags, awnings, banners and panels plus 40 murals of hand-painted fabric throughout Dalt Vila & La Marina, and you will find 64 colorful market stalls with vendors in medieval costumes, selling traditional medieval fare such as: candied fruits, cheese, exotic spices, honey, jewellery, leather goods, perfume, sausages, soaps, wine etc.
64 Craft markets where you can watch ’medieval’ craftsmen performing their crafts or sell local produce, are set in Antoni Palau and the Vara de Rey.
Enjoy traditional entertainment and performances (80 each day) such as medieval magic shows with: acrobats, artists, belly dancers, choral concerts, clowns, crossbowmen, dragons, falconry, flag bearers, jugglers, maidens, minstrels, musicians, knights, princesses, princes, tradtitonal parades ’cercaviles of dimonis’ and ’capgrossos’, puppeteers, snake charmers, theater,  and ’cavallets’, witches, wizards, incl. re-enactments of historical battles and tournaments with knights and princesses by amateurs and professional actors & musicions.

The fair will also feature various exhibitions : ’ Lutheria ’ of ancient musical instruments; manuscripts XIV -XVI century ; siege ; exhibition of weapons and farming tools . In addition, the Historic Archive d’ Ibiza organizes an exhibition of historical documents of the city

Especially for children
The bastions BALUARD DE SANTA LLÚCIA & SANT PERE will offer games, magic, theatre & performances for children.
At the Plaça Catedral i Baluard de Santa Tecla geese, donkey and camel tours are held and various thematic exhibitions with old and farming tools and objects of torture.

Enjoy 3 unforgettable days where past en present meet in a lively and unique Medieval festival atmosphere in Ibiza’s old town, Dalt Vila.


* extra: Free entry to all galleries & museums in Dalt Vila, during the festival



The mayor of Ibiza, Rafa Ruiz, has highlighted the strong cultural content of this 19th edition of EIVISSA MEDIEVAL in which there will be traveling shows from more than 20 different companies, concerts, exhibitions and plays. The Puget Museum, the MACE and the Center d'Interpretació Madina Yabisa will also be open to the public.
The Councilman of Festivities of the Town Council of Ibiza, Agustín Perea, explained that Eivissa Medieval 2018 will have 150 posts, of which 60 will be of people living in Ibiza. As usual, there will also be exhibitions of local artisans with the traditional trades of the island, which, as always, will be located on Antoni Palau Street.
Dalt Vila, part of the Marina, the Plaza del Parque and, for the first time, the Plaza de Sa Tarongeta will house various gastronomic, recreational, cultural and educational activities. Performances will be carried out by 17 touring animation groups. There will also be demonstrations of 17 craft workshops working on leather, calligraphy, pottery or esparto.
The Ibiza Town Council this year has increased the number of activities for the youngest, which will take place in the Baluart de San Pere, in the Plaza de Sa Tarongeta and in the Plaza del Parque. In addition, the Dracs d'Eivissa association will offer medieval games, softcombat, chroma and painting workshops in the cathedral area for teenagers.

Educational and cultural activities
For the first time, Eivissa Medieval will also have an educational character with the realization of a didactic unit addressed to 1st and 2nd Primary, baptized as 'A Return for the Medieval Eivissa'. Through this initiative the children will know the history of their city in a playful and participatory way, being the last of the activities to walk around Dalt Vila during the first morning of the medieval with some costumes that they themselves will have made.

Throughout the four days all visitors can enjoy children's theater, medieval tournaments, exhibitions and parades such as the Cossiers de l'Escola de Música i Dansa de Mallorca. The music will form an outstanding part of the program with concerts such as the singing of Ensemble Organum, considered one of the best medieval music choirs in the world.
The Arxiu Històric d'Eivissa will organize for the occasion the exhibition 'En tiempos de Felipe II' in the hall of the Refectory of the former Convent of the Dominicans.
Also worth highlighting is the concert of the Ciutat d'Eivissa Symphonic Band, which will take place on Sunday, May 13 at 12 o'clock in the cloister of the Ibiza Town Hall.
On the other hand, the medieval jousting will return to the Reina Sofia park in charge of the Drakonia group, every day at 11.30 and 18.30.

 This year a contest of local stalls will be organized again, in which the best decoration and the best handmade product will be awarded. The prizes are € 300 in each category and the possibility of choosing a location the following year.
To spread the event more widely, from Wednesday until Saturday a photocall will be installed at the airport in Ibiza with two halberdiers that will encourage all the people who come to the island to take pictures and get close to the city. For this reason, 15,000 programs have been made in Catalan / Spanish; 7,000 in English and an offprint from the cultural program.
To facilitate access to the Medieval Eivissa fair, from Thursday 10 May to Sunday 13 will be enabled three free bus lines that will tour the city's car parks to transport visitors to the Paseo de Vara de Rey and Es Soto.
This year's  budget dedicated to Medieval Eivissa were 200,000 euros, of which 15,000 euros correspond to the Balearic Government, which collaborates for the first time.



During the month of May, you can enjoy typical Medieval snacks & tapas & Medieval Menus in Ibiza, every Thursday.

MEDIEVAL TAPAS participating restaurants: BarLovento, Belgium Bay, Bide Bide, Cafetería Cristina, Miquetes I & II, Can Friends, Can Moreta, Cervecería La Torre de Babeer, Corxus, Es Cafetó, Es Cantonet, Gran Vía, L’osteria Il Gatto e la Volpe, La Cava, La Taberna Andaluza, Mar a Vila, Sa Colomina & TragallumIbiza.

MEDIEVAL MENUS participating: Ca n’Alfredo, Can Moreta, Mar a Vila, Mesón el Gallego, Corxus, El Cigarral, Sa Colomina, S’Ametller, Il Vinaino, Ke Kafe, Tipik, Tragallumibiza, La Cava, La Taberna Andaluza

PROGRAM XVIII Festa Eivissa Medieval 2017
PROGRAM XVIII Festa Eivissa Medieval 2017:

program XVII Festa Eivissa Medieval 2016
PROGRAM XVII Festa Eivissa Medieval 2016:

program XVI Festa Eivissa Medieval 2015
program Medieval Festival Ibiza 2014

Photos copyright, Manuel Jiminez Solera
With a big thank you to
Manuel Jiminez Solera, photographer in Ibiza, for contributing these great photos!! All copyrighted!!
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