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Ibiza goes medieval this May 2017

Ibiza's Medieval Fair sees the streets go back to the Middle Ages with activities for all.

The winding streets of the fortified old town, Dalt Vila, are transformed into a scene from the Middle Ages between 11-14 May, with the hugely popular Medieval Fair, an annual celebration of the island's rich history.

Locals and visitors descend to enjoy the huge range of stalls that line the ancient lanes leading up to the cathedral. Street theatre and concerts pop up throughout the weekend and there are some great activities for the whole family.

The old town dates back to 654 BC and has protected the island from many marauders over centuries. The event pays tribute to Ibiza's multi-cultural history of invaders and occupiers which include Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and latterly Catalan Christians.

Many feel that this historical mix of cultures paved the way to the international, inclusive and cosmopolitan feeling that the island has become famous for.

Living a Medieval life; some of the many colours and faces of Ibiza's past

Kicking off in Reina Sofia Park on the evening of 11 May, come along to enjoy the opening festivities including a parade and medieval tournament. From 12-14 May, market vendors in medieval costumes sell a tempting selection of fare such as leather goods, jewellery, perfumes, soaps and food stalls with traditional cheeses and sausages.

The streets burst into life with acrobats tumbling, belly dancers wiggling, puppet shows, and musicians delighting the crowds from morning until night. As you walk upwards you will stumble on tiny chapels holding choral concerts and exhibitions. The display of medieval weapons and instruments of torture is always a particular favourite.

Medieval Fair. Ayuntamiento de Ibiza 2016Swords and balloons: kids love the Medieval Fair

The kids will have a great time with the games, magicians and animal shows. They will love the camel and donkey rides and the be delighted by the pens holding geese and rabbits. Knights, wizards and witches will teach them about the myths and legends of the island too.

The streets are fairly steep in places so remember your comfy footwear. Spend the day picking up goodies from the market then rest your legs at one of the bustling bars to enjoy the entertainment and a cold beer.

Arriving at the top of the old fortified town, you will be rewarded with mouth-dropping panoramic views over Ibiza Town, the Mediterranean and the beautiful island of Formentera.

The Medieval Fair really is an unmissable event in Ibiza's spring calendar, so come and join in the fun. Here's our video from last year's event to give you a taste of what to expect.

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