Travel Guides: Ibiza
Ibiza is an island belonging to Spain. It is located in the western Mediterranean Sea and part of the Balearic Islands. In the native language, the island is called “Eivissa”.
Its area measures 571.04 km². In its fertile land are cultivated olive trees, oranges, figs, lemons, vegetables and grains. It is an island favorite by tourists in the spring time because of its climate, but also for the interesting archaeological sites. Ibiza, Majorca‘s younger sister, named after its architecture also the “White Island” is the third largest island of the Balear archipelago.
Along with its smaller neighbor Formentera, forms the Pitius Islands group or Pine Islands. Those who know Ibiza or have read about it sometimes associate it with some preconceived ideas, but involving only a small part of the island. In terms of climate, the island has warm summer and winter season (October to March); the temperature are on average 6 hours of sun a day and a maximum temperature between 14 and 23 degrees Celsius and the minimum around 7 – 15 ° C.
Its history begins in 654 BC with the Carthaginians, who influenced the culture and traditions of the island. Since then, the 571 km² of the island have absorbed the cultural influences of the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Christians. Recent invaders of the island are current hippie followers and tourists who have left their influences on it.
Pillars underpinning the wealth of Ibiza are: culture, natural beauty and ecology. Ibiza is the island’s capital city, located in the south-east of the island; it has an economy based on tourism and services. It is the principal city of the complex and enjoys the status of the capital island, providing administration services for the rest of the municipalities and Formentera.
The total number of inhabitants amounts to about 40,000, which is a household of 11 km² area, three main beaches: Figueretes, Playa d’en Bossa and Talamanca. The port is a natural bay, where were originally established the first inhabitants of the island. This is the gateway to the city (considering in this category the airport). Municipality of the island provides visitors the possibility to practice various cultural and sports activities – tennis, mountain biking, golf, horseback riding, windsurfing, sailing, diving, quad, karting.
The fortified city of Dalt Vila, the Phoenician settlement was Caleta, Puig des Molins Necropolis and Oceanic Posidonia underwater plains are four exceptional elements that were crucial to the island to be declared “Patrimony of humanity” by UNESCO in 1999. Dalt Vila urban structure was constructed from the original stone, which can be seen today as Almudaina castle. Dalt Vila is surrounded by a wall dating back the XVI century, built by Italian engineers and Renaissance influences with a defense role.
At the top of the city it can be seen the Cathedral, which was built in XIV – XVI centuries in a Gothic-Catalan style, after being renovated with the XVIII century Baroque. The building houses the University Museum of Archaeology and has in the same area. At the end of this area of the city it is done some restoration work at the Castle and Almudaina Palace, built in different styles. Other buildings reference should be: City Hall, the Church of Santo Domingo, Villa plate.
The number of beaches in Ibiza is about 50; they have a unique beauty, with fine sand and crystal blue waters. There are beaches for families, solitary beaches, beaches animated. Ibiza is famous for its spectacular natural scenery and impressive. One of the places where you can admire the landscape is such as Cala d’Hort in front of which is mysterious Es Vedra rock.
Some of the most popular tourist resorts are located close to Ibiza town:
• Playa d’en Bossa has a 3 km long beach of fine sand; here is Aguamar Water Park and discos Space and Bora Bora.
• Figueretes has a smaller beach and can be considered an extension of Ibiza town.
• Talamanca is situated in the north of Ibiza; it is almost 1 km long beach located around a natural bay.
• Santa EULAR is another important tourist center and the second largest city after Ibiza; it is a favorite place for families or for those wanting a quiet holiday – a beautiful promenade stretching along the harbor and along the sea.
• In the western island, a beautiful cove called by the Romans Portus Magnus, Sant Antonio is located – the second resort of the island, which became one of the largest and liveliest of the island’s tourist centers. Sant Antonio is the perfect place to watch the beautiful sunsets and at the same time ideal for water sports.
• Es Cana – this resort has a beautiful sandy beach and a small port for fishing vessels; it is famous for its hippie markets. These markets are open every Wednesday; this finding is an enormous variety of exotic clothes, handmade leather moccasins and silver jewelry.
Another attraction is the salt fields. During summer months, when water evaporates, the surface remains shiny layer of pure salt (exploiting). The sun reflected in it creates unforgettable images. The caves are visited, a world-golden yellow, with a lot of strange shapes.
Here are the most important Mediterranean bio-climate called Posidonia prairies, which is found in water depths of Ibiza and Formentera islands. They produce a large amount of oxygen and are home to hundreds of species of creatures.
Ibiza is the perfect destination for non-conformists and enthusiasts, those who like unusual entertainment. Ibiza has a magnetic hard to explain, to describe in words. Ibiza is a host of clubs, DJs, celebrities, parties outdoors, tanned bodies, sunsets and breathtaking landscapes, history. Ibiza is a charming blend between past, present and future. Ibiza is natural, cosmopolitan and above all it is famous. You can reach the island by plane from the mainland (Madrid, Barcelona) or by ferry from Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.
The island boasts over 50 beaches (one more beautiful than another), among the most famous being: Talamanca (a sandy beach located about 1 km around a natural bay, there are clubs Pacha and El Divino), Figueretas ( primarily a suburb, dotted by cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs), Playa d’en Bossa, known as the “Rolex Beach (3 km of fine sand, here is the water park and a disco Aguamar Space), Santa Eulalia (a quiet resort, perfect for families), Es Cana (a beautiful sandy beach, famous Hippy Markets), San Antonio Bay (one of the most beautiful Mediterranean beaches, water sports and entertainment paradise).
Ibiza Town, located in south-eastern island of the same name, has no beaches, the nearest being Talamanca, just 15 minutes walk from the port of Ibiza. Ibiza is also a paradise for lovers of sports: tennis, golf, horse riding, karting, mountain biking, windsurfing, quad, water sports, diving, boat cruises. Ibiza is primarily a clubbing ultimate dream for any fan of electronic music.
At night the island comes to life, the turn, becomes more bold and more vanguardist. Fun is guaranteed, otherwise Ibiza is home to some of the hottest clubs in the world, who plays at least once in life, most real DJ and where they occur most nonconformist even less inhibited parties. All clubs promote their daily schedule, so it would be before choosing to spend the night club, to be informed of understanding the programmed evening.
And probably it does not surprise anybody that Ibiza is a paradise for the gay community; there are few places: clubs, discos or restaurants dedicated exclusively to it. And because during the summer season (May-October) are over-crowded resorts, reservations must be made at least two months before, deals very quickly becoming prohibitive even for the warmest. And all because of overcrowding, it is good to know that, especially in August, it can happen very hard to find taxis at night, so it would be wise to keep on hand the night busses or specific user.
Especially in the big entertainment center gather the most renowned DJs are out of town, about 10-15 km. Clubs: Amnesia and Privilege – in the middle of the island, near San Rafael; Eden and Es Paradis – on the waterfront in San Antonio; El Divino and Pacha – Ibiza Marina; Space – Playa d’en Bossa, near the beach. 654 year history of the island begins with the Phoenicians, who ruled the island culture and traditions. Since then, the island has absorbed the thirsty, cultural influences by Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Christians and most recently, followers of the hippie and current, clubbers.
Among the most important historical remains are: the churches of San Antonio, Sant Rafael, San Mateu, Santa Agnes underground chapel and cave paintings from Cova des Vi (Ses Fontanelles), and Es Broll of Sa Punta des Moli Buscastell. The Fortified Town Dalt Vila, the Phoenician settlement was Caleta, Puig des Molins Necropolis and Oceanic Posidonia underwater plains are the four outstanding advantages which led UNESCO to declare the island in 1999, Heritage of Humanity.
In Ibiza there is a wide variety of restaurants, many of them of international fame. Among the most famous dishes include: ensalada payesa (potatoes, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes and onions, fried in oil), sofrit pages (a mixture of lamb and chicken, seasoned and served with potatoes) or flao (a traditional food sweet made of cheese and mint). Also, there are famous the local drinks: herbas and frigola, and traditional wines.
Ibiza is bathed by the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine 300 days a year, but invigorated at the same time, a cool and refreshing breeze. Summer is warm (April-September), and mild winter (October to March). The maximum temperature is between 14-23 º C and the minimum around 7-15 ° C, hence an average annual temperature of about 15 ° C. In summer monthly average temperatures are: May – 18.5 ° C, in June – 21.5 º C, in July, August and September 26º C, October 24.5º C.11