A stroll through the white villages of Ibiza, to get to know their history and architecture

Ibiza is also known as a white island thanks to the color of its churches and traditional architecture. Some are located in a natural environment with beautiful landscapes and unforgettable panoramic views. Their function was religious, but they also served to protect against the pirates. Their watchtowers, the solid walls, and the location of some of these churches are proof.

Marvel at the beauty of churches such as Sant Rafael, Santa Eulària overlooking the sea, Es Cubells, on the edge of the cliffs, the Sant Antoni church, one of the oldest, Sant Miquel de Balanzat, Sant Carles de Peralta, Sant Mateu d'Albarca , Sant Llorenç de Balafia or the Santa Agnès Church; all these and many more, scattered around the island.

Route points

01

Church Sant Llorenç de Balàfia (Sant Joan de Labritja, ibiza)

An example of simple religious architecture of Ibiza

Church built on a hilltop in the 18th century. Its austere architecture is characterised by an appearance of solidity from having no ornamentation and few openings to let in light.


02

Church Sant Carles de Peralta (Santa Eulària des Riu, ibiza)

White and defensive

Religious architecture from the last third of the 18th century. It has an outstanding porch with three access archways and a double archway inside. The church of Sant Carles de Peralta, dedicated to Saint Charles, is in the centre of the town of the same name.


03

Church Sant Miquel de Balansat (Sant Joan de Labritja, ibiza)

A place of worship behind thick defensive walls

Construction for dual religious and defence purposes, with thick walls decorated with mural paintings. Along with the parish priest's house, it forms an orderly ensemble with a courtyard closed off with an arched portico.


04

Church Sant Joan (Sant Joan de Labritja, ibiza)

A small but great church

Built in the 18th century, it keeps true to the austerity of traditional island architecture while adding classical decorative elements such as the gold-leaf moulding around the inside.


05

Church Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera (Santa Eulària des Riu, ibiza)

A stunning religious structure that combines the customary white colour with orange-ochre elements

Religious architecture built between 1786 and 1796, with a noteworthy bell gable from 1899.


06

Church Santa Eulària, Puig de Missa (Santa Eulària des Riu, ibiza)

On the mountain, defensive and in a special location: that is the religious architecture of Puig de Missa

This church was built in the 16th century and received later additions that created sculptural, labyrinthine volumes in combination with the white walls, on the hill, sheltered and with an extraordinary porch.


07

Church Mare de Déu del Carme (Iglesia de Es Cubells) (Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, ibiza)

A modern church made from an old chapel

The chapel of els Cubells, enlarged and remodelled, became a parish church following the Spanish Civil War, although it took a long time to build and was done in various phases.


08

Church Sant Vicenç de Sa Cala (Sant Joan de Labritja, ibiza)

An austere church near one of the main beach coves along the northern coast of Ibiza

A small church built in the early 19th century and consecrated to St Vicente Ferrer.


09

Church San Mateo Apóstol (Sant Antoni de Portmany, ibiza)

In the words of Archduke Luis Salvador, one of the finest churches on the island.

Religious architecture built between 1787 and 1798, an important example of the popular construction tradition of the area.


10

Church Sant Josep (Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, ibiza)

The only church on the island with a sundial

18th-century religious architecture resembling a fortress, with great decorative simplicity, common features in many churches on Ibiza.


11

Church Sant Agustí (Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, ibiza)

The only church on Ibiza not facing south but north, because two influential families fought over getting the church built on their land

Religious architecture that resembles a fortress, a standard feature of many churches on Ibiza, and without a porch. It is located on Puig des Vedrà, on high, looking out over the northwest of the island.


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