Ibiza is chosen by tourists for the particular nightlife that it can offer, where exclusive summer parties and discos among the most glamorous in the world stretch the fun until the dawn of each new day. The awakening never happens before the late afternoon, we eat something, we sit down in the evening, we go out again before midnight and do not come back before dawn.
Surface area: 569.8 km²
Time zone: UTC + 1
Language: Catalan and Spanish
In 654 BC Phoenician settlers founded a port in the Balearic islands, calling it Ibossim. He became known among the Romans (who called him Ebusus) for his wine, marble and lead. The Greeks, who arrived in Ibiza during the Phoenician times, were the first to call the two islands of Ibiza and Formentera. With the Phoenician decline after the Assyrian invasions, Ibiza passed under the protection of Carthage. The island produced tint, salt, fish sauce (garum) and wool. After 400 a.C. Ibiza became a major center of traffic along the Mediterranean routes. During the Second Punic War the island was attacked by the two Scipioni brothers (Publio, father of the African, and Gneo Cornelio) in 209 BC. but he remained faithful to Carthage. Having completed the Carthaginian military fortune on the Iberian continent, Ibiza was used by the Carthaginian general Mago to gather supplies and men before sailing to Menorca and then to Liguria. Ibiza managed to negotiate a favorable treaty with the Romans that spared her further destruction and allowed her to survive with her Punic-Carthaginian institutions until the days of the Empire, when it officially became a Roman municipality. This survival made Ibiza an excellent place to study the Punic-Carthaginian civilization today, but it turned the island into a sleepy imperial outpost as it became more detached from the important trade routes of the time. The island was conquered by James I of Aragon in 1235.
At the traditional cuisine restaurants, there is no lack of sucking pig, Majorcan fried fish, a fine bullit de peix (Ibiza), lobster soup (Menorca), snails or ali-oli. Rice, stews and fish dishes make for exceptional menus, ideal to give yourself a treat after a relaxing siesta. However, the typical dish that always accompanies the visitor from island to island is pa amb oli (bread with oil). Its simplicity is achieved by combining the traditional brown bread in llesques (slices) with extra virgin olive oil from the islands. Ramallet tomato is spread over the bread and you can add whatever you like, from Mahón cheese to sobrasada (spicy pork sausage), as well as tuna or camaiot.
How to get there
Ibiza Airport is 7 km from the city of Ibiza and has only one terminal. At the airport there are airport services (exchange office). Public transport to / from the airport includes buses (line no. 10), taxis, car rentals, cars with drivers. The island of Ibiza is also connected by ferry lines that depart from the port of Sant Antoni and Ibiza Town to Barcelona, Mallorca, Dénia, and Valencia. There are also ferries to Formentera from the port of Sant Antoni (normally every Wednesday), and every day from the cities of Ibiza, Santa Eulalia, and Figueretes-Platja d’en Bossa. Several public buses also travel between Sant Antoni and Ibiza Town every 15 minutes in summer and every half hour in winter. In addition, there are buses from Sant Antoni to Cala Bassa, Cala Conta and Cala Tarida, and to the airport. From Ibiza there are buses to Platja d’en Bossa, Ses Salines, the airport, and Santa Eulària.
Sport & Nature
Ibiza is a very popular tourist destination especially among young people, especially for nightlife, concentrated mainly in two areas: on one side in the island’s capital and on the other in Sant Antoni de Portmany. There are numerous discos and clubs, among the most famous are the Privilege, Es Paradis (famous for its water parties), Amnesia (famous for its foam-party), the Space, the Pacha (which has 22 other clubs spread out for the world), the DC10. There are also numerous beach bars such as Bora Bora and Ushuaya in Playa d’en Bossa, other places of attraction for those who want to dance. Also in Ibiza to mention the Café del Mar, a charming restaurant in Sant Antoni de Portmany. From June to September producers and DJs come to the island to present new songs and themes of house, trance and techno music.
Among the most beautiful beaches of Ibiza we mention: Cala Conta (or Cala Compte) located near the second city of the island, S. Antonio, Cala Bassa, in the west of the island, shallow and transparent waters where you can enjoy the view of S .Antonio in the distance, with its mountain vaguely reminiscent of the Brazilian Sugar Loaf. Surrounded by a beautiful pine forest, like many of the other beaches, Cala Portinax, north east of the island. Cala Llonga is located in a location of great scenic interest and is ideal for people who like silence and tranquility, also suitable for young sportsmen looking for water fun. It is located in a deep inlet open to the east and is surrounded by high mountains that give rise to very steep coasts.