Spain has a few Islands that are special and have been top destinations for tourism for the last three decades, the Canary Islands 100km of the coast of Africa and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. The Island we have our eye on is Ibiza located on the bearings of N38 54 40.1 E1 26 6.7. Ibiza is a small Island in the Mediterranean which is part of the Balearic Islands and owned by Spain. The Island is 79km from the city of Valencia which is on the mainland Spain. Ibiza is the third largest Island out of all the Balearic Islands, Mallorca being the largest. The southern and sister Island of Formentera and numerous smaller islands and rocks forming group of Islands around Ibiza and Formentera are all part of the Archipelago Islands that make up the Balearic Islands.The Island was named Islas Pitiusas by the Greeks which means Pine Islands which you will soon see why when arriving on the Island, as a good percentage of the Island is covered in dense pine trees.
Small Island with big personality
There are many small islands spread about the oceans and seas around the world and many are larger than Ibiza, yet relatively unknown. Ibiza has become one of the most popular and well known Islands all over the world, famous for its nightlife, tourism and its summer club parties. Ibiza has had shops, records, movies, brands, perfumes, drinks and even the cars named after it. Ibiza means so much, its style, its fashion, its trendy, its hot; it's a place where dreams are made. Even the latest movie Batman the Dark Knight Rises, Ibiza was mentioned... Many actors young an old visit the Island at some stage and seem to always return to the Island for the exotic nightlife and living style. Great actors like Terry Thomas, Lesley Phillips, John Hurt and many more have had or own houses on the Island. Top sports stars have also lived and owned villas on the Island like Niki Lauda, David Beckham, Keke Rosberg to name a few. Ibiza is a real gem of and Island and under 2 hours flight from most cities in Europe makes it an ideal location to holiday or even own a second home, which many expats who live on the Island have done either starting business or retiring.
Coordinates : 38.98°N 1.43°E
Area: 572.6 km2
Coastline: 210.1 km
Highest point: 474 m (the massif of Sa Talaia)
Average annual temperature: 18.6 oC
Average annual hours of sun: 2,883.1
Population: inhabitants 111,482 + 7,131 on Formentera
The Towns and Villages
The Island is made up of five major towns which are Eivissa (Ibiza Town), Sant Antoni de Portmany, Sant Joan de Labritja, Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Santa Eulària des Riu.
There are the other 15 villages which are small towns: Cala de Sant Vicent, Es Cubells,Jesús,Sant Agustí des Vedrà,Sant Carles de Peralta,Sant Joan de Labritja,Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Sant Llorenç de Balàfia, Sant Mateu d'Albarca, Sant Miquel de Balansat, Sant Rafel, Santa Agnès de Corona , Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera
The main tourist resorts which include some of the above towns and villages: Cala de Sant Vicent, Cala LLonga, Dalt Vila Eivissa, Es Canar ,Es Cubells ,Es Figueral ,Platja d'en Bossa, Port de Sant Miquel, Portinatx, Puig de Missa, S'Argamassa, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Sant Antoni's Bay, Santa Eulària des Riu, Ses Figueretes, Talamanca
The Island of Ibiza had a very busy history and over the centuries Ibiza has had many different settlers, leaving behind some kind of monument or markings on the Island. The cultural heritage of Ibiza reflects three civilizations that have settled and built on the Island the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Carthaginians. It was on the 14th of December 1999 that the fortified Upper Town (Dalt Vila), Prairies of Oceanic Posidonia of the Natural Park of Las Salinas, the Phoenician-Punic cemetery of Puig des Molins and the Phoenicia settlement of Sa Caleta that were declared World Heritage by Unesco. Museums around the Island can take you back in time and show you some of the great history of the Island, along with some of the historic architecture around the Island of the churches and especially the old town of Ibiza.
What's Ibiza Today?
Ibiza today is the party island and each year between May and October the Island gets bombarded with tourists from all over the globe in search for sun, sea and sex. The party Island has some of the best clubs in Europe if not the world and all most every day of the week through the summer months there are parties on the dance floor with the latest tunes being spun by the biggest and most famous DJ's in the world. The Island was always the teenager's dreams to get a week in Ibiza away from their parents and for any 20 something to get to the Island to party like a rock star; the Island was totally geared for the 18-30's traveller. But over the last two decades the Island has come of age and become more of a rich man's holiday. Ibiza today is visited by the wealthier youngster who may have a great job in his/her home country and shoot to Ibiza for a quick break. Most of the time heading to Ibiza when their favourite DJ is playing and having 2 or 3 days of party madness and then heading back home to work. Although Ibiza does attract a lot of rich people from all ages who come to the Island in style and usually stay on the Island in style by either renting a large luxury villa or staying in some of the great 4 and 5 star hotels.
The Island has some of the greatest clubs in Europe for the past three decades and an extension from this had been the chill-out cafes which play some great chill out tunes to one of the best sunsets you will ever see. Another popular trend is beach clubs, since the closure of the Space day parties; the Island has developed a lot of beach clubs, which are trendy beach bars with a DJ. One of these and the leader is the Bora Bora beach club in Playa Den Bossa. Ibiza always seems to stay trendy with the young people and one reason for this is that the people who come to Ibiza and do business are attracted to this scene of trendy young clubbing atmosphere along with the traditional Ibiza ways.
Another popular thing that has happened over the last decade is the Island has attracted people to the Island to marry or have a blessing. This also involves being able to have the stag and hen do on the Island with some of the coolest parties.
Whoever you are you will enjoy Ibiza and you have to remember it's not all just about night life and super parties, the Island have some wonderful culture, sights and fabulous beaches. Heavily promoted by the local government and tourism agencies is the fact the Island offers a lot more than clubbing. A number of promotions were done in promoting the Island as a place for adventure and fun along with discovery and exciting history to be learned which the Island of Ibiza does extremely well to offer. Holidaying in Ibiza is very popular, as its one of the top destinations in Europe. The Island has a great range of Hotels, Apartments and Villas, Holidaying in Ibiza check out Ibiza a guide.