The Island of Ibiza Spain
The Isle of IBiza
Ibiza, also known by its latin name Eivissa, is an Island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is seventy-nine km off the coast of the city of Valencia in Spain. Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. One of the most fascinating islands that offers tourists The Best Time of Their Lives.
Ibiza is known worldwide for being the Island of fun times, endless beaches and nightclubs. In fact, Ibiza also has other aspects that often tourists-with all its chaos from the nightclubs-fail to see. Isle Blanca has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco "United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization" for this site's exceptional cultural and natural wealth, such as the remains of the Phoenician sa Caleta , the fortified city of Dalt Villa , ses Salines and Punic necropolis of Puig des Molins. Moreover, in the past, the island was invaded by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, vandals, Byzantines, Visigoths, and Catalans, thereby making it a very interesting place to visit from a cultural as well as historic point of view.
Ibiza's cultures and traditions from different civilizations have been integrated and merged with one another making this island a source of unique cultural wealth. Its transgressive side, of course is not to be overlooked, because every year it attracts millions of tourists ready to attend the most irreverent discotheques in Europe. There are those who prefer to explore Ibiza during the day, immersed into its cosy atmosphere, rummaging through its markets and bathing in its waters. But for those who like to live it at night, around those trendy locals, I suggest 10 things that you absolutely must not miss during a trip to Ibiza in order to explore all the magnificent faces this Isle has to offer.
.Ibiza-Sunset at the Café del Mar- Sant-Antoni
Sant Antoni is a natural bay area, located just 20 minutes from the city of Ibiza, which is very well connected as you can easily swim in crystal clear waters or attend very fashionable nightclubs. Sant Antoni is a village rich with beaches and coves, located in the most unsuspecting place, between rocks and sharp pine woods, where the water is so calm and clear that it almost seems unatural to observe. June and September are the months in which the bay is most visited by couples and families alike, all searching for relaxation and tranquillity. While in August, the rest of Europe joins in these fun times. Italians, Germans, Dutch and British flock to the island for its nightclubs and bars. The most famous of all is Cafè del Mar , which has also inspired Sandy Marton to the title of his song "People from Ibiza" because this is where young people go and wait for an amazing sunset and enjoy a splendid cocktail while the atmosphere is heated with a little chill-out music. As soon as the sun dissapears into the crystal clear waters, a thunderous applause is heard which signifies - see you tomorrow for another night of dance!
How do you want to call it? Ibiza! as the world defines it! It's inhabitants call it Eivissa instead, but whatever name you choose to call it, the city of Ibiza is the economic and administrative capital of the island. Located in the eastern part of the island, the city of Ibiza has three beaches; Ses Figueretes , Talamanca and Platja d'en Bossa , as well as the peculiar and charismatic area of Dalt Villa , declared by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Dalt Villa is the expression of cultural diversity which has been present on this island: the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Muslims have all contributed to its model and structure. To discover the wonders of The Villa won't take you long (a couple of hours will let you explore its entire beauty). I suggest wearing comfortable shoes, then make your way toward the streets that lead to the highest part of the city, from which you will be able to appreciate its dramatic landscape.
.Ibiza-Santa Eularia des Rius
In Santa Eularia des Rius you will find the "only" river of the Balearic Islands. The area has always been considered a great asset to the town because it represents very large portions of agricultural land on the island. The continuous flow of water into the town of Santa Eularia allowed the mills at Puig de Missa a good production of flour which also supported the people of Ibiza until the 18th century. They used it to obtain large quantities of bread in a rather difficult period for the country. This area of the mills was for a long time the economical heart of the island, but then became prey to assaults and robberies. As soon as the millers and farmers heard the alarm horn sound, they took refuge in the church on the hill to escape the enemies attacks. When finally, in the second half of the 17th century, the raids ended and this area of mills came into its splendor and became not only the meeting place for officials, edicts and speeches, but also for lovers struggling with their first affairs of love.
.Ibiza-Town of San Josep de sa Talaia
The town of San Josep de sa Talaia is located south of Ibiza and is full of coves and beaches for all tastes; small and intimate coves caressed by crystal-clear seas, such as the Cala Bassa the Cala Comte and the Cala Vedella, but also enormous quantities of sand surrounded by lush vegetation and rich pine forests. If you have always wanted to go to the beach in complete freedom, then San Josep is the place to go as many bays are fully dedicated to nudists. The interior of this charming village will not disappoint you either. It offers a forest rich in fig trees, pine and carob trees that frame the white features of the island. Don't miss the Phoenician village of Sa Caleta and the Punic-Roman rural settlement of Ses Païses of Cala d'hort. The churches of Sant Josep represent a great attraction of the country for their very original and unique style. I recommend Sant Francesc de s'estany, Sant Jordi de ses Salines, of Sant Agustí des Vedrà, and Sant Josep de sa Talaia. If you don't mind being 25 metres below ground then visiting the cave named "Cova Santa" will enhance your experience of Iziba and will also surprise you, because in the cave, stalactites and stalagmites, that formed from the effect of water over thousands of years, will remain forever engraved in your mind as one of the most beautiful images you will ever experience.
.Ibiza's Village Of Sant Joan De Labritja
The village of Sant Joan de Labritja, in northern Ibiza, is a natural looking environment made up of beaches and cliffs. This area is very well cared for and is particularly loved by tourists as it is also considered the main tourist destination of San Joan, Port de Sant Miquel, Cala Portinatx and Cala de Sant Vicent . If you are a romantic and want to enjoy a relaxing time away from the noisy tourists, you have to visit the coves of Xarraca, Benirrás, den Serra, S'illot and Moltons. The ocean is not all that you will find in Sant Joan, because this small town offers many churches with unique features that were built according to the canon's architecture of the island. Strolling through the streets of this town, you will notice adorable homes that are all surrounded by fields of yellow and green colors overlooking the mountains. Most tourists will only want to enjoy the glittering crystalline water and want nothing more than to place their feet on those beautiful golden beaches. However, anyone who loves adventures will not be disappointed, as the town of Sant Joan is the place for trekking and hiking as well.
.The Beaches of Ibiza
Ibiza offers beaches of all sizes and for any recreational requirements, with its quiet coves for total peace of the senses and miles and miles of golden or white sand. Ibiza gives you exactly what you want and then more! The city of Cala Longa in Ibiza will indeed give you relaxation, peace of mind and love for life. Cala Tarida in Saint Josep is ideal for those who love scuba diving, enjoy music and festivals. All this is organized on the Talamanca beaches in Ibiza; Salinas or Saint Josep. There are many beaches in Saint Joan, Saint Antoni and Saint Eularia where the sea is transparent and the sand is white. Discover them all and you will love every single one of them.
.Where to Stay in Ibiza
The city of golden beaches and fun atmosphere welcomes its tourists with the best hotel accommodations for your unforgettable holidays. Ibiza is full of hotels, apartments, hostels and holiday homes in which to choose from. If you prefer the big chains then you are better off in Sant Antoni, but if you are in search of a more intimate hotel then you should head towards the area of Santa Eulalia. Be aware that July and August are the most difficult periods to find a place to sleep because they are the months in which the island is most popular. I would suggest you do some research and find the most suitable solution for your needs, which could also result in you saving a little expense.
.What to Eat in Ibiza
Ibiza is stylish with its refined and exclusive restaurants and even more popular for its cheap taverns. The most important towns of the island have a wide variety of restaurants, taverns and pubs to suit all tastes and budgets, but what is certain is that wherever you do decide to dine, you will always find delicious fresh fish and delicious seafood. Iberians are well known for their fine cuisine, rare and delicious fish and the famous fried Ibiza, prepared in masterly fashion by the island's best restaurants. As an international destination, Ibiza seeks to satisfy palates and pockets for all tourists; even those who don't want or can't afford to sit in a restaurant to eat fish, tapas, bocadillos, pizza and hot dogs. If you do not have the strength to get up from the beach, the service will come to you with it's famous chiringuitos which are prepared every morning of every day. All the restaurants on the island usually have an outdoor seating/eating area overlooking the sea or along the roads so that tourists who wish to have a quick bite while driving along Ibizas coast may never lose sight of its magnificent crystal clear blue ocean that surrounds this Island.
.What to Buy in Ibiza
Ibiza is not just the city of nightclubs, cocktails, sunsets or ultra equipped beaches, but also the place to find shops and boutiques of every kind . Choosing what to buy in Ibiza will not be at all difficult as every area of the city will offer you different and original gifts. If you love strolling through narrow spaces, between shops and bars and surrounded by cafe terraces that are all occupied by its many tourists, then Sa Penya is the ideal place. If instead you wish to visit the older part of the city, Dalt Villa, you will find many exclusive shops, luxury boutiques, art galleries and exotic restaurants. If you're visiting Ibiza in high season, from June to September, you should visit the streets of porto, only at night. Shops that are located in this area remain open until midnight and it is here that you will find the most bizarre and extravagant fashion, jewelry, music CDs, clothes, shoes and more. In particular, I suggest the Street of the Virgin as colorful, lively and unusual objects can be found there. Piercing salons are sure to attract your attention. You will also find everything from small colorful pillows, baskets, Indian cloths, pottery, musical instruments to the typical Ibiza soled shoes specially made out of braided rope.
.Ibiza Nightclub-Nightlife in Ibiza
Hard not to fall into the cliché of the clubs when it comes to Ibiza's social atmosphere, because in fact it is precisely these great and innovative structures dedicated to music and dance that have made the island capital a fun place for tourists. When you visit Ibiza, your day will probably start at 12:00 in the morning, because obviously you are not going to sleep before 7:00. Then once you awaken and open your eyes, immediately go to the beach, where you can continue dancing and drink cocktails. Some describe the Ibiza's socialite life as stressful but fun. But having fun in Ibiza can also mean observing all the extravagant characters that walk the city streets such as trans, bisexuals, and gay that all dress up according to the theme of the feast that gives Ibiza its unique charm. Even the younger ones will find their fun in the park of games called "ponyandia" where ponies are the main attraction.
In conclusion, I would like to add that Ibiza also offers tourists yoga meditation, horseback riding, sailing and many other adventures.
I hope you have a great time.
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