Ibiza, World Heritage: the documentary

Last Sunday, RTVE premiered a new documentary from the series “Spanish Cities Heritage of Humanity” and this time, Ibiza is the protagonist.

To make the documentary, a professional team of 15/20 people travelled to the island. They had already worked together in some previous episodes of the series, and to film this project, they used complex equipment to shoot it all in 4K resolution, including trucks, a helicopter, a crane, and a steady cam, among others. They shot submarine sequences of the Posidonia (which is the guiding thread of the documentary), they did time-lapse scenes… Nothing was missing.

The Phoenician settlement at Sa Caleta

“It has been really amazing to see the metamorphosis of the island from February to June, the months in which it was produced”—told us the filmmaker, Juanma Jiménez, for whom it was a great experience—. “The plants, the people, the energy, even the light changes. I fell in love with this side of Ibiza that not everyone knows, and I believe this documentary is important to show the world all the wonderful aspects of Ibiza, beyond the nightlife scene that has been so popular during the last years”.

Strategically located in the Mediterranean Sea, the island has welcomed many civilizations that have left its mark on it for centuries. In 1999, the UNESCO gave it the official title of World Heritage Site and recognized four fundamental elements: the enclosure Walls of Dalt Vila (made in the 16th century), the Phoenician-Punic Necropolis of Puig des Molins (former City of the Dead), the Phoenician settlement of Sa Caleta in Sant Josep, and the prairies of Oceanic Posidonia (endemic seabed).

The “Portal de ses Taules”, in Dalt Vila.

Ibiza has been a refuge for people who wanted to live differently. After World War II, intellectuals and European artists moved to the island and created an important artistic movement: Ibiza ‘59. In the ‘60s, Ibiza became one of the first hotspots of the hippy world. Many projects started after this movement, including the fashion brand AdLib that continues growing and setting trends internationally. The jewelry design has also a long tradition on the island, being a fundamental part of the typical Ibizan dance: “el baile payés”.

The beaches, together with surprising gastronomy, magical sunsets, and the possibility of infinite walks through the alleys, squares, and narrow streets of the old town, make Ibiza an unforgettable place.

This is the 12th documentary of the series, and if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry: you can watch it online, here.

Enjoy the show!

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