Published on April 1, 2011 | by Andrea Guerriero1
Welcome To Ibiza
Ibiza is one of the major islands of the Balearics, in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is only 45 km wide and 25 km long, but it’s one of the most popular places to party in the Balearic Islands. Summer in Ibiza seems to never end. It officially runs from the 1st of May till the 31st of October, but also in winter we get bright sunny days most of the time.
Ibiza is really much more than you might expect – offering all you can imagine for an unforgettable, extreme vacation.
No matter where you are, you are never far from one of the many wonderful beaches or sheltered little coves. From Playa d’en Bossa and Figueretas, to all the small beaches along the Bay of San Antonio, all well-equipped and full of bars open until late – Ibiza’s beaches are some of the finest in the Mediterranean, with soft, white sand and crystal clear water.
Sightseeing & Shopping
Large portions of the island are registered as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, such as “God’s Finger” a large rock in the sea, oddly shaped like a finger, or the Phoenician settlement of Sa Caleta and the Punic necropolis Puig des Molins, enclosing the vestiges of the first settlements on the islands. A remarkable landmark in San Antonio is “The Egg” a statue erected in the 90s in honor of Christopher Columbus – this is one of the places claimed to be his birthplace.
You can explore narrow streets, browse local shops or enjoy a lazy lunch on a shady terrace – one of the typical gastronomic products of the island are sweets known as Flaons. A visit to one of the famous Hippy Markets is a must, where you can choose from the most exotic batik clothing to tailor-made leather moccasins and East Asian silver jewelry and trinkets.
Clubbing & nightlife
Ibiza is a perfect place for families with children – for its safe beaches, the historical and cultural attractions and the presence of leisure facilities such as the Aquarium, Go-karts and Aquamar – but the Island remains a destination for young clubbers, especially due to its legendary, vibrant nightlife, centered around Ibiza Town, the capital, on the southern shore and San Antonio to the West. Well-known nightclubs are Es Paradís and Eden in San Antonio; Pacha in Ibiza Town and the legendary Space, in Playa d’en Bossa, awarded “Best Global Club” at the International Dance Music Awards in 2005 and 2006. Famous DJs from all over the World have played here, such as Judge Jules, Alfredo, DJ Giovanni and Reche. The summer program is itemized on the official Ibiza Summer Party Calendar, with day-by-day updated listings of all clubs and DJs.
How to get there & where to stay
You can reach Ibiza either by plane – with regular flights from Barcelona, Valencia, Mallorca and Alicante – or by ship, certainly more dramatic – ships to Ibiza leave from all major Spanish ports. Get to any point of the island by public transport or taxi. However, the best way to see Ibiza is to hire a car and spend the day cruising around the island. Ibiza offers plenty of accommodation opportunities: from resorts suited for families or relaxation, to those perfect for clubbers.
Photo by Ben30