Ibiza is the third largest island of the Balearic archipelago. Next to Formentera, they form the Pityusic Islands, which translates to "island of pines" in Greek. There are around 80,000 inhabitants and the climate is excellent. The average annual temperature reaches a maximum of 21.5°c and has lows of 14°c.
The ancient Phoenicians had a "Sun Route" and Ibiza is part of this, in the western part of the Mediterranean. Its coastline has an area of 572km2 and length of 210km2. The highest point of 389m is located at Sa Talaia, and the waters around the island are abound with isles. Illa Sa Conillera reaches a height of 729km and is a completely natural structure.
Ibiza is divided into five regions. These are Eivissa, Santa Eularia, Sant Antoni, Sant Josep and Sant Joan. Each one of these towns offer a different setting and island vibe.
In the late 1960s and 1970s, the island of Ibiza enjoyed a large increase in tourism. This has helped economic development to reach a far higher standard than before.
Ibiza has become a point of reference for young people across the world for its lively nightlife. However, the island offers numerous coves and beaches for those seeking peace. Local products are sold, such as “flaón”, "orelletes” and the liquor “Hierbas Ibizencas”. In the textile sector, the “Adlib” fashion trend is world-famous. There are also many well-known local markets such as Es Cana and Las Dalias.
Ibiza was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1999, during the XXIII meeting held in the city of Marrakech. The island's cultural and natural wealth are part of the reason for this. Thanks to their geographical location, the islands were a key point in the Mediterranean east-west shipping routes. They became an important reference for civilizations that have left their mark on the villages. The arrival of the Phoenicians called Ibiza “Ibosim”, in honour of the God Bes.
The fascinating islets west of Ibiza have always attracted visitors' interest. The nature reserves of Es Vedra, Es Vedranell and Illots de Ponent have an area of around 232.7 hectares of land and 564.96 hectares of sea.
These sites are a home for many species of birds. In fact, they have now been declared a “Special Protection Area for Birds of the EU”. The natural beauty of the land is only surpassed by the deep beauty of the underwater world that surrounds the islands. Ibiza and Formentera are ideal locations for scuba divers.
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The golfing tourist can combine his passion for golf with a pleasant stay in the largest of the Pityusic Islands. The Golf Club of Ibiza and Roca Llisa are available to those who want to enjoy this activity, while the enviable Ibizan climate allows the practice of this sport just as much during the summer as in the winter. There are various tournaments throughout the year where fans can test their talents green to green. Ibiza offers visitors natural beauty of great ecological value due to its environmental biodiversity. These qualities are reinforced on the golf course as the field is integrated seamlessly into the natural environment. To keep it in top condition, only treated water is used for irrigation.
The nature of Ibiza is without doubt the most important attraction of the island. With an area of 572 square kilometers, the island offers 210 kilometers of beach that can be enjoyed at any time, thanks to warm temperatures and 2948 hours of sunshine a year. Throughout its 18 miles of natural sand lapped by crystal-clear waters, Ibiza offers many opportunities to enjoy a swim in the sea on beaches with a wide range of services and different environments. There are magical coves such as Cala d'Hort on the Es Vedra islet, and others of equal beauty such as Platges de Comte, remote beaches of Pou des Lleó and larger beaches such as Platja d'en Bossa or Es Figueral, that are perfect for families. The beaches of Ses Salinas and Es Cavallet are protected natural environments, with a system of dunes of great environmental value.
The island's gastronomy comes from fresh, locally-grown produce, as well as from fishing and hunting. Traditionally, meals were prepared with natural resources and simple elaboration. They had low cost and tasted delicious. One can say that the kitchen of Ibiza and Formentera is a rich and varied cuisine, based on the Mediterranean diet.
An important part of the Ibizan night scene is the many and varied musical bars located throughout the island. They are places where you can listen to good music in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying the wonderful sunsets. The simplicity of the scenery, combined with fantastic weather and wonderful relaxing music creates something special every evening prior to entering the night. Examples of these are the famous Café del Mar, Cafe Mambo, Kuhmaras, Blue Marlin, Sa Punta in Talamanca, Nassau Beach Club, Ushuaia and many others that are waiting for us at the seashore.
The island is host to the top DJs in the world, as well as the largest and most innovative clubs. Thousands of people come each year to the island to form part of the worldwide famous parties if the Ibizan nightclubs. To promote them, creative parades are organized along the streets of the port of Ibiza. It is not unusual to see famous people enjoying the atmosphere on the terraces and nightclubs of the island. Internationally renown personalities expose themselves each year in massive parties. The Ibiza nightlife is in constant innovation and is positioned in the leading seat of the world's best nightlife. Pacha, Space, Ushuaia and the famous Lio in Marina Botafoch offers live shows.
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