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Ibiza

About Ibiza

The popular holiday island Ibiza is located in the western part of the Mediterranean Sea at the Gulf of Valencia and belongs to Spain. The island has a coastline of over 20 kilometers which is lined by 50 beautiful sandy beaches. Due to its rank vegetation Ibiza is also called the “green island”. Visitors are attracted by the rich cultural heritage as well as the many party locations that are popular amongst young people. The first hotels were built in 1930, afterwards tourism gained steadily in importance, especially when the first airport opened in 1958 and regular ferry connections were established. Today Ibiza is visited by more than one million tourists every year.

The metropolis Ibiza-Town is surrounded by old defense walls. In the narrow streets 2000 years of history is still alive. Ibiza’s reputation as a party location becomes obvious in the town San Antonio. The lively holiday resort at the west coast has an “egg” as its town symbol. This sculpture is a memory of the discoverer Christoph Columbus who is said to be born in Ibiza. The most stunning sunsets in Ibiza can be seen at the terrace of the Café del Mar. Everyone who is looking for loneliness should go the north part of the island where you can hike through the nature reserve Ses Salinas or visit the pine forests in Sant Joan.

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Ibiza Sights

Eivissa
Eivissa, better known as Ibiza-Town, is the capital of Ibiza and the island Formentera. To be protected from pirates and assaults, the city has been surrounded by a huge town wall. Today the wall is still visible and represents the border to the old town Dalt Vila. Especially during summer the town center is very lively. Mostly young, hip and partly extraordinary people can be seen in the numerous cafés, bars and shops. Shopping is a popular pastime in Eivissa, but also the clubs with their noticeable advertising allure people who want to celebrate. Contrary to some parts of the town San Antoni, tolerance is very important in Eivissa and people celebrate together in peaceful atmosphere. Eivissa is the political, cultural and social center of Ibiza.

Ses Salines
In the south of Ibiza you find the salt fields Ses Salines. Since thousands of years top quality salt has been extracted from the sea at this place. As Ses Salines is home of numerous sea birds like flamingos, as well as many extraordinary plants, the area and its surroundings are declared a nature reserve. Due to that it is not allowed to leave the marked paths. You are allowed to observe the animals and take photos of them, however, for examinations, professional photography or sport diving you require a special allowance. Beside the salt mining fields, Ses Salines is full of wide seaweed fields. This nourishment attracts many sea dwellers. Nestled in the landscape of the salt fields you find one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza, the Platja Ses Salines. This is the perfect place for a cool bath and a relaxing cocktail.

Talamanca
Only fifteen minutes on foot from the bustling town of Eivissa you find the calm holiday village Talamanca. A very pretty promenade along the coast leads directly to Ibiza-City. Everyone who prefers going by boat rather than by foot can take the ferry from Talamanca to Eivissa which runs daily until midnight. A refreshment offers a jump into the cooling water at Playa Talamanca. This is also a good place for watersports or for relaxing in the sun. At the yacht port Marina Botafoch you find luxurious restaurants and shops and lots of pompous boats, of course.

Es Vedra
The 400-meter-high mountain Es Vedra rises mystically out of the sea at Ibiza’s west coast. The area surrounding the mountain is one of the most uninhabited parts of the island. Due to the special atmosphere, the mountain has been used for many mysterious stories and myths. Some people say it is a landing place for Ufos, some assert that Odysseus once smashed at the rock bewitched by the sirens. A very stunning view of Es Vedra can be enjoyed from the pirates’ tower Torre del Pirata located opposite to the rock. You should definitely experience a sunset at Es Vedra.

Santa Eularia del Rio
At the north coast of Ibiza you find the town Santa Eularia del Rio. The town got its name from a dry river that is only filled with water after heavy rain. The river crosses the Mediterranean Sea in Santa Eularia del Rio and is spanned by the viaduct Romano. The port, the promenade and the sandy beach are perfect places to have a walk or relax. The boulevard Rambla leads from the main street to the town square and invites you to have a rest on one of the numerous banks covered by trees. Symbol of the town is the Eglèsia Es Puig de Missa. This fortified church is said to be one of the most beautiful churches of Ibiza. Its cemetery has a tranquil and idyllic atmosphere. In the museum Museu Etnologie you can learn everything about life on the island Ibiza. Santa Eularia del Rio is a relaxing town without excessive partys.

Santa Gertrudis
The town Santa Gertrudis is centrally located in the heart of Ibiza and a popular place amongst tourists and locals due to its beauty and tidiness. White residences are arranged around the white-chalked fortified church. The town center is very modern and only accessible by walking. Elegant boutiques, restaurants, cafés and small shops complete the charming atmosphere in the town. Famous all over Ibiza is the Bar Costa with its huge ham hanging from the ceiling. All these things make Santa Gertrudis a great place to visit.

Sa Caleta
Sa Caleta is a popular sheltered bay that has the original name Es Bol Nou. It is signposted due to the former Phoenician colony Sa Caleta from the 7th century BC which is located close to the bay. Some of the ruins are still visible. In the small fishing bay you find a picturesque bathing beach with crystal clear water and reddish cliffs. Around the bay there are lots of pine forests. After or during a relaxing day at the beach you can have a shower and a snack at the beach bar Sa Caleta.

Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum of Ibiza is located in two different towns, Dalt Vila and Puig des Molins. The collection of historic and archaeological findings tell a lot about former life on the island Ibiza, from its beginnings until modern age. The museum in Dalt Vila exists due to a donation from the archaeological community Ebusitana which handed all its findings to the country. A donation also enables to open the museum in Puig des Molins. The heir of Sainz de la Cuesta handed its archaeological treasury from Punic-Roman times to the community, provided that everything is exhibit in Puig des Molins.

Dalt Vila
The old town of Ibiza-City, Dalt Vila, is marked by its narrow streets and steep gradients. The ground is covered with ancient flagging and on the small balconies the habitants are hanging up their laundry to dry it. The moment you pass the old drawbridge and exit the Portal de Ses Taules, the main gate to the old town, you feel like stepping back in time. In some of the smaller alleys you can still find some Ibizans at work, dressed with traditional clothes. You can find numerous little souvenir shops as well as high-class restaurants that offer culinary specialties. Due to its uniqueness, Dalt Vila is declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sant Miquel
Saint Miquel is not only a contemplative village in the north of Ibiza, but also a local church. Built on the hill Puig de Missa in the 16th century, it offers a picturesque view of the landscape. The beautiful fresco paintings in the Benirràs and Rubió chapel were discovered just one year ago. It is not a typical Ibizan church as it is not cross-shaped. After visiting the church you can stroll through the main street of Sant Miquel and buy some souvenirs.

Sa Talaia
Everyone who wants to enjoy a stunning view of Ibiza’s east and west should set off to the mountain Sa Talaia de Sant Josep. With its 470 meters it is the highest mountain on the island. Although the height does not sound cliffy, the hiking paths up to the top are quite challenging. During summer you should start your tour early in the morning. Good news for everyone who wants to enjoy the view without much effort: The peak is also accessible by car. On your way down you can refresh yourself in one of the bays, south-west from the mountain.

Sant Antoni
The biggest town on Ibiza is Sant Antoni de Portmany at the west coast of the island. Until the 1950s the town was not more than a small fishing village. Extensive capital investments and the construction of huge hotel complexes have changed the appearance of the town. Today Sant Antoni with its numerous clubs is the “Party-Mecca” of Ibiza. International DJs have to play here, otherwise they are not successful. The famous Café des Mar attracts hundreds of guests every night who do not want to miss the most spectacular sunset of the island. Like many other towns on Ibiza, Sant Antoni has an international character. Whereas in the peak season mainly party people come to the town, families and couples spend their holiday in Sant Antoni in the low season to relax at the beach. The west coast with its pretty bays is not far from Sant Antoni and invites you for a day trip.