We have visited Ibiza a couple of times in the past, usually catching a bus from a nearby resort. This time we took the shuttle bus from the port, which approached from a different direction. Deciding to go to the old town, we walked through the shops and found an entrance. Although we were reasonably confident of our sense of direction, it was quite disorientating to come in from a side street.
In the last two towns we had an idea of places to see, including the art galleries, but here we were content to just wander along the narrow streets. To our surprise the first large building we came across was the art gallery. If nothing else there is always a good restroom and air conditioning, as well as a chance to take in the culture of the area.
As the building was set on three levels, we climbed to the roof first and were impressed with the views, which I had a chance to sketch before my back started to burn!
On entering the gallery, we were struck by the spacious, light and airy feel to the rooms. The paintings were spaced out and as the gallery leaflet says they "reflect the personality and character of the gallery".
Abstraction was the dominant theme and there was a range of work on show. The quiet atmosphere allowed visitors to take their time viewing the work and really appreciate them. Although, not all of them were to our taste, it was a joy to relax and view the work.
The top floor was the work of one artist, and everything was produced in white, from pottery to sculptures. It was a conceptual display and unfortunately didn't resonate with either of us. The only connection that we could make from his colour palette was that Ibiza is known as the 'white island.'
As we proceeded downstairs, we entered the lower gallery that had a partial glass floor and underneath you could see the ruins of the old town. You walked over these to see the artwork and this was quite a surreal experience. As well as seeing the paintings hanging on the walls, they were reflected on the floor, which enhanced the experience, To the side was a room where children could create there own artwork. We love the idea of galleries having space for children to produce their own pieces, in connection to the art that they see around them.
A fascinating building and unexpected find in this town. After a drink, we continued to explore more of the old town. The views from the citadel were impressive as were the narrow alleyways. A lot of climbing but well worth the effort. There didn't seem as many small shops as we remembered but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.