The Balàfia Village

The traditional architecture of Ibiza is one of its main hallmarks, since it is unique in the world. In the past, the Ibizans lived in solitary houses in the middle of the countryside, without forming urban centres. One of the most significant exceptions is the Balàfia Village, in Sant Llorenç, of medieval origin. It was created from an old Muslim farmstead that, with the arrival of the Christians, evolved into a total of seven houses grouped together, with two defence towers. There is documentary evidence of them in the 15th century.

This monumental complex offered an important defence to its inhabitants against plundering by Berber pirates, which became more frequent from the 16th century on. The Balàfia peasants, when they sensed the danger, took refuge inside the towers and did not leave until the invaders decided to leave or seek easier targets.