The 15th Medieval Festival in Ibiza Town was held over the weekend of May 8th-11th, put on to celebrate Ibiza’s World Heritage Site status. The main areas in Dalt Vila and surrounding streets are transformed to evoke a sense of what the area would have been like in medieval times. The streets were dressed up with colourful flags and drapes, lined with market stalls and traders dressed up in contemporary costumes, selling anything and everything from handicrafts, jewellery, artworks and ceramics, to soap and candles. Food and drink stalls were in abundance, selling everything from grilled meats, seafood, paella, kebabs, sweets, dried fruits, olives, cheese and sausages.
An extensive programme of entertainment was put on in the main streets and in various locations around town. New for this year was a jousting tournament, which was very entertaining, and there were numerous performances from dance troupes, musicians parading around the streets and several concerts (in the cathedral and Mercat Vell). Each night at about 11pm the day’s activities started to draw to a close with an impressive sound and light show centred on the cathedral. I was impressed by the diversity and professionalism of the entertainment put on.
There was also an educational slant to the festival, with displays of agricultural implements, shoemaking, food and cooking implements and an exhibition of medieval musical instruments amongst others.
Animals also featured. Camels provided rides for children, there were chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, pigs, and owls and birds of prey. Highlights were seeing two men herding a group of ducks through the streets of Dalt Vila and encountering what I believed to be a huge ox feeding from a hay bale – not your everyday occurrences.
After the deserted streets over the winter months, it was nice to see the streets come alive again, full of colour, people, music and entertainment. If you missed it this year, make a mental note to go along next year – it’s usually held at the beginning of May – and there’s something for everyone there.
Watch the video of the sound and light show on the cathedral:
Medieval Festival Gastro
The medieval festival gastro continues every Thursday evening in May. Twenty-four establishments are participating in ‘Medieval Tapas’ where a pincho (a snack, usually on a piece of bread) and a drink will be on offer at a set price of 2€, or a tapa and a drink for 4€. ‘Medieval Banquets’ are also on offer at fourteen restaurants at special prices. It’s a great way of trying out the food in places you haven’t been to before.
Get the map and full details of the participating establishments and menus on offer from here.
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