King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain enjoyed a sunny day in Ibiza. They visited the Puig des Molins Monographic Museum / Necropolis and walked through the old town and Paseo de la Mar in the town of Sant Antoni de Portmany.
The Royal couple is spending the summer break at the Balearic Island with their daughters.
Felipe and Letizia received a warm welcome in the streets of Ibiza.
They watched a presentation of the museum in front of a model and through an audiovisual presentation and began the visit outside, in the Phoenician-Punic burial chambers of the hypogeum of La Mula, and from a viewpoint, they observed the necropolis.
King and Queen toured the different rooms, in which important archaeological remains of the funeral, Phoenician, Punic and Roman-era rituals are preserved and exhibited.
Puig des Moulins is the best-preserved necropolis in the Mediterranean and the largest and best-preserved in the world. Home of the goddess Tania, it was the cemetery of the Cities of Ibiza during the entire period of antiquity. It is located about 500 meters west of Puig de Vila, in the same place where the city has been located since its founding by Phoenicians at the end of the 7th century BC Its name derives from the windmills that dominated its summit from at least the fifteenth century, currently in disuse, and of which today only some of them remain.
The poet Rafael Alberti and his wife Mª Teresa León lived in one of these mills for a few days during their stay on the island, in July 1936, just when the Spanish Civil War broke out. The initial cemetery, established at the end of the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians, occupied a specific area in the lower part of the hillside and experienced enormous growth due to the development of the city in Punic and Roman times. Later, the land was used for agricultural use, the slope was divided into terraces where olive, almond, carob and fig trees were planted, together with the windmills.
Currently, the hillside is part of the Archaeological Museum of Eivissa and Formentera. The mountain is covered by a thick layer of bushy vegetation and it is estimated that only counting the tombs of the Punic period, the hypogea, there are about 3,000. Of the entire labyrinth of tombs, only 340 are visible from the outside. Most of them belong to the Punic period and are excavated in the rock, although only the so-called hypogea of the mule are visited, which were found by chance in 1946.
A video of the visit.
After the visit to Puig des Molins, King Felipe and Queen Letizia moved to Sant Antoni de Portmany and were received by their mayor, Marcos Serra, and began a tour of the historic centre of the town.
On the Paseo Marítimo, Felipe and Letizia passed by the monument honouring the discovery of America and the stalls of handicraft items on the Paseo de las Fuentes; they visited the Church of San Antonio and greeted its parish priest, Francesc Xavier Torres, and before the church, there was a performance of local folklore.
They continued their walking tour through the Ancha and del Progreso streets and on the Paseo de la Mar and received the greetings of the members of the Sant Antoni municipal corporation and other of the main municipalities of the island.
In the streets of the town, Felipe and Letizia met with many artists who were hosting stalls for the tourists.
Letizia was mesmerized with their works. She looked at the various hand-crafted shoes, baskets and hats.
The Royal Couple held a meeting on the dock with the heads of the Fishermen’s Guild, thus ending their visit to Ibiza.
For the day, Queen Letizia chose a sunny white look.
Letizia wore Charo Ruiz Ibiza
The $717 white cotton blend Aida lace long dress featured a ruffle trimming, lace panels, a v-neck and a v-back.
Another look at the dress.
Letizia carried her Whittelily Straw Tote Bag.
She wore her white Macarena Alba50 Cotton Crudo Espadrilles
Queen topped her look with her gold huggie hoops
and her Karen Hallam ring.
A look at the lovely and chic ponytail.