From the Middle Ages all the way back to cave dwellers, many civilisations have left so much for us to marvel at
Ibiza's astonishing ancient history
Ibiza may be best known today as a "party island", but its rich history stretches back to centuries BC, leaving a wealth of remnants of varied civilisations all across its length and breadth. A good example is Es Culleram, where the Phoenicians conducted rituals in honour of the goddess Tanit; Ibiza's only prehistoric cave paintings at Sa Cova d'es Vi, near Ses Fontanelles cliff; the Roman settlement of Ses Païsses, founded in the 5th century BC, featuring a necropolis and a four-metre-deep (13-foot) water cistern; and the plain of Ses Feixes, where the Moors constructed an amazing irrigation system to make the arid landscape bloom. An impressive march of history, indeed, for a "party island".