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Puig des Molins Necropolis Museum in Ibiza

Ibiza has a total of 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and in this article we are going to talk about one of them: Puig des Molins. This is one of the must-visits in Ibiza.

It is the largest and best-preserved necropolis in the world. The Puig des Molins Necropolis is not only an archaeological treasure of great value, but also an important tourist attraction on Ibiza.

In addition, the museum and the necropolis play a crucial role in education and the promotion of the conservation of historical heritage, making it an indispensable point of reference for any tourist on the island.

Origins and discovery of the necropolis.

The Puig des Molins Necropolis is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Its history dates back to the 7th century BC, when the Phoenicians founded the city of Ibosim, today’s Ibiza. This cemetery was later used by the Carthaginians and Romans, becoming an extensive burial area that reflects the rich and diverse history of the island.

The discovery of the necropolis took place gradually during the 19th and 20th centuries. Excavations revealed thousands of tombs and a vast quantity of funerary objects, offering invaluable insight into the ancient cultures that inhabited Ibiza. In 1999, the Necropolis Puig des Molins, along with other historical sites on the island, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, underlining its cultural and archaeological importance.

The Puis des Molins Museum

This museum has become one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. Why? Thanks to all the cultural offer it offers in all its halls. It is a journey into the past, while being in the present. 

Extent and structure of the necropolis.

The necropolis extends over the hill known as Puig des Molins, covering more than 50,000 square metres. This vast space is home to some 3,500 hypogeum (340 visible), or underground tombs, carved out of the rock. The structure of the site is a testimony to Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman funerary practices, with burial chambers varying in size and complexity, some decorated with inscriptions and reliefs.

Exhibitions and collections

The permanent exhibition of the Monographic Museum of Puig des Molins offers an immersion into the history of the site through a selection of archaeological collections. Throughout its five rooms, the visit provides an insight into the ancient societies of Ibiza, directly addressing the subject of death.

This museum presents different ways of understanding and dealing with death, displaying selected objects that illustrate ancient beliefs, rites and funerary behaviour. Although these concepts may seem complex, they show that our mindsets are not as far apart as we might think.

  • Room 1: Eternity through Fire. Death in the Phoenician period (625-525 BC)
  • Room 2: The Journey to the Beyond. Punic Funerary Rituals (525-25 B.C.)
  • Room 3: The time of the funeral. Punic burials (525-25 BC)
  • Room 4: Sit tibi terra levis. Death in Roman and Late Antique times (25 B.C.-600 A.D.)
  • Room 5: Collecting and heritage. The Sainz de la Cuesta Collection

Temporary exhibitions

The museum also organises temporary exhibitions that explore specific themes related to the history and archaeology of Ibiza. These exhibitions offer a deeper insight into particular aspects of ancient cultures and often include items on loan from other museums and private collections. Temporary exhibitions vary throughout the year, always providing a reason to revisit the museum.

Your visit to the Necropolis Museum of Ibiza

As we have already said, this is an almost obligatory visit if you decide to go to Ibiza sometime in your life. Here’s a brief summary of the things you need to know before you go.

How to get to the Necropolis of Puig des Molins?

The museum is located in the heart of Ibiza, making it easily accessible from any point on the island.

The exact address is Via Romana, 31, and can be easily reached by car, bus or on foot if you are in the city centre. Adequate signage guides visitors to the site.

Timetables and prices

Currently admission is completely free, although some time ago it cost between €1,20 and €2,40.

The opening hours of this museum are:

  • Tuesday to Thursday from 09:00 to 15:00
  • Friday from 09:00 to 15:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00
  • Saturdays from 09:00 to 14:00
  • Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00
  • Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Services available to visitors

The museum offers a variety of services to enhance the visitor experience. Guides are available for tours in several languages, providing a deeper understanding of the site and its exhibits.

It also has a souvenir shop where you can buy books, replicas of artefacts and other items related to the history and culture of Ibiza.

For those who prefer to explore at their own pace, there are informative brochures and a mobile app with audio guides.

Its cultural and touristic importance on the island

This site offers a unique connection to the island’s past, attracting archaeologists, historians and tourists interested in discovering Ibiza’s rich cultural heritage.

The Puig des Molins Necropolis receives more than 100,000 visitors annually, a large number of whom are international tourists seeking to explore Ibiza’s cultural heritage beyond its famous beaches and nightlife. This flow of tourists contributes significantly to the local economy, generating income through entrance fees, guided tours and sales in the museum shop.

The conservation and continued study of this site not only preserves an invaluable cultural legacy, but also strengthens the cultural identity of the island.

Surely you can include this cultural visit in your itinerary, which will allow you to get to know the oldest part of the island and discover Ibiza’s past. Don’t forget to take home a souvenir of this museum, you can keep a replica of one of its jewels on your fridge in the form of a magnet. You won’t regret this visit!