Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean, located off the East coast of Spain. It is the third-largest of the Balearic Islands and its biggest settlement is Ibiza Town. Both Ibiza and the island of Formentera have been designated a UNESCO site, in part because of the more than 80 beautiful beaches found along its coastline. The wild north of the island also abounds with stunning natural beauty. Thus, despite gaining a reputation for its raucous party atmosphere and nightlife, Ibiza has plenty more to offer holidaymakers than the excitement of the summer club scene. It’s also an ideal destination for families and those who just want to relax and enjoy the local food and the soft golden sands of the beaches.
If you do like to dance the night away and lose yourself in music, you can do so at some of the most popular clubs, including Amnesia, Pacha and the particularly lively DC10. There are also unique beach clubs you can have fun at, including the Blue Marlin and Sunset Ashram Café, whilst staying at affordable hotels or in luxury villas. You can also dine in style, at the 2 Michelin starred Sublimotion in the Hard Rock Hotel. Don’t worry if your budget doesn’t stretch to $2000 per person though, as there are plenty of affordable restaurants serving truly delicious food, particularly in the centre of town.
Ibiza town is also great for those who love medieval history. You can pay a visit to the medieval historical centre, search the charming market for a keepsake, and shop till you drop in the many stores lining the streets.
San Antonio town is worth to mention only in the meaning to avoid it unless you are into bars all night open with chaos of drunk tourist around!
Ibiza has many little islands especially on the west side like the most unique namend Es Vedrà island which is just in front of a spot in the coast named Atlantis plenty of sculpures on the rocks from the hippy culture, difficult to reach by land, Ideally you need to jump on a boat to see all this.
If relaxing on the beach is more to your taste, we can recommend some of the best. Check out Cala Salada, Cala Bassa, Cala Tarida, Sa Caleta and Es Cavallet. If you the rhythm of drums gets your heart racing and feet tapping, be sure to have fun at Benirras for music on the beach. If you’d prefer to go clubbing on the beach, head for Playa d'en Bossa and Cala Jondal. To enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere and to watch the sunset while dining, Cala Comte and Cala d’Hort are where you need to be.
For a quieter, more relaxing experience, head for the small island of Formentera to the south. Be sure to avoid the raucous nightlife of San Antonio too, if you don’t like overly busy places.
In Formentera, you can savour the rich cuisine on offer at the numerous lovely restaurants, enjoy the quieter nightlife at clubs like Beso Beach or Blue Bar. A visit to Formentera isn’t complete without a visit to the markets to find keepsakes including original jewellery, art and clothing. The artisan-packed night market in San Fernando is well worth visiting.
For those who enjoy walking and cycling, there are numerous greenway paths you can make the most of to take in the natural beauty of the island. You can also charter a boat in Ibiza and sail to Formentera as a way to get up close to some hidden beaches and bays and also to navigate below the light houses of La Mola and Cap de Barbaria and get a unique view of the waves and the stunning rural landscape surrounding them. This is also a great way to get to some of the beaches.
Sporty types can get active by windsurfing, paragliding and jet skiing and have fun in the waves. History enthusiasts can choose to visit the Museu Etnològic to find out more about the history of Formentera and how its people used to live.
You can visit Ibiza and Formentera all year round, though if you don’t like crowds, August is best avoided.
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Phoenician settlers founded a port on Ibiza in 654 BC which later came under the control of Carthage, a former Phoenician colony. Ibiza produced, salt, dye, fish sauce and wood. Later still. Ibiza came under the rule of the Moors in 902 until it was conquered by the Aragonese in 1235. It remained self-governing until 1715 when King Philp V of Spain got rid of the local government’s autonomy. In the 1970s the Statute of Autonomy of the Balearic Islands was established and today Ibiza is part of the Balearic Autonomous Community which includes, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera. So don’t wait! Start planning your trip to the gorgeous islands of Ibiza and Formentera today for a holiday you’ll never forget.
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