This is a guest post by Marina Shakirova
Ibiza is an island located in the Balearic archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. Known for its nightlife and its parties, the island’s nature, with its beaches, coves and small villages, is an attraction for many.
Cities and clubs
The island’s largest cities are Ibiza Town, where many of the clubs are located, Sant Antoni de Portmany, known for its palm tree lined beaches, and Santa Eulària des Riu, where Cala Llenya, a secluded cove, is located. Near the coast visitors will find Benirras Bay, a small beach where ships accompanied by drummers tend to congregate, beating away on their drums during the sunset.
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Ibiza Town is the capital of this island, an ancient fortress city with a grand Cathedral and squares. It is a popular spot for a holiday, with chic bars, clubs with sessions hosted by famed DJ’s and wild beach parties. Many of the island’s most visited clubs, including Pacha, are located here. Gay travellers can visit the Sa Penya district, known for its many gay bars and clubs. In Ibiza’s harbour visitors will be able to see the only existing statue dedicated to the corsairs, the Corsair Obelisk.
Even though Ibiza is known for its beach parties and clubs, there is much more to the island than nightlife. The island has been invaded by the Carthaginians, Phoenicians and Romans, and there are many ancient ruins dating from the Byzantine Empire and the Visigoths. The Phoenician remains of Sa Caleta are located on the south of the island. Another historic site is the fortified ancient city of D’Alt Vila located in Ibiza Town. Visitors will be able to enjoy tours around the necropolis of Puig des Molins, an archaeological site.
Amnesia, Pacha, Privelege and Space are only a few of the many clubs located on this island. For those who do not enjoy wild beach parties and still want to enjoy the island’s party vibe, The Hippodrome is the place to be. This horse track, located in San Rafael, holds races that start around midnight and finish late at night.
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The Platja d’en Bossa is one of the island’s best known party beaches. The Space club is located next to the beach, amongst many other bars and clubs. This beach is one giant party lasting from sunrise until the next sunrise. Ses Salines is a beach known for its chic crowd. D’es Cavallet beach is popular with the LGBT crowd, and is known for its many bars and nudist beaches.
Farther away from Ibiza Town there are many less crowded beaches and secluded coves. Talamanca is a family beach. Cala Mastella, located near Santa Eulària, is a beach where locals and visitors can practice snorkel. A short distance away is Cala Pada, one of the island’s almost untouched beaches, known for its clear waters and sandy beach.
The Isla Es Vedra is a small rock island located in the sea, close to the coast. Boat trips can be organized to the rock.
Sant Joan de Labritja is a scenic region known for its pine forests and mountains. The C’an Marça Cave is located in this region, near Portinatx, a northern town near the Puerto de San Miguel. These caves are several connecting caves which were used as coves by smugglers. There are guided tours, complete with a light show, around these ancient geological formations and the underground waterfall. Cova d’es Culleram is another recently discovered cave located in the region.
Ses Salines are the island’s salt flats which are now a natural reserve used as an avian sanctuary. Its ecosystem makes it a coveted spot for scuba diving, and many flamingos can be seen in the natural reserve.
Culture and tradition
There are many ancient lighthouses and windmills strewn around the island. Some windmills are in ruins, while others, including the Molí d’en Toni Joan, have been restored.
There are many traditional towns in the interior of the island, including San Carlos, Santa Gertrudis and San Jose, which are still built in the typical ibicenco style. These villages have narrow cobbled streets and houses painted in white. It were these houses that gave this White Island its nickname.
Several decades ago the island was known for its hippie culture, and the hippie history still remains on the island. Hand made art pieces and colourful crafts can be purchased in the many markets which are held in several locations, the most visited mercadillo being the one at Playa das Canar in santa Eulària.
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About our guest author:
Marina Shakirova is a marketing geek who is currently exploring Spain and has a passion for travel, except when it involves flight cancellations and delays.