Ibiza is famous the world over for its hard-core party scene centered on its beaches, clubs, cutting edge villas and techno-music. World-renowned D.J.s compete for crowds of partiers. Yet Ibiza also displays another face; one of white sand beaches, rolling hills and quiet relaxation.
The hottest clubs change from season to season, but San Antonio, Ibiza Town, San Rafael and Playa d'en Bossa are the main party centers. The crowd is young but the clubs also attract people in their 30s, 40s and beyond … leaving the kids with the baby sitter for a grown-up night out. Living "la vida loca” in Ibiza is all about raving till dawn, recovering/tanning on the immaculate beaches, shopping, having a bite to eat, and then starting all over again. If that suits, then this is the place to do it.
But for a different take on Ibiza, look beyond the night-time party towns and the club scene. Here, the island is a calm and tranquil place with a stunning landscape of pine-covered, rolling hills, sheer cliff drop-offs, sheltered and spectacular, long, white beaches and a unique display of Mediterranean flora and fauna.
Ibiza is a smallish island (575 sq. km.); one of four larger islands in the Balearic Sea, located just west of Mallorca and 80 km east of Spain's mainland. The 210 km coastline, with its sparkling blue water, is studded with more than 50 white-sand beaches sheltered in beautiful coves and crowned by dramatic cliffs. Near Ibiza Town, and southern Ibiza, the longest stretch of sand on the island is found at Playa d'en Bossa, and trendy Cala Jondal, home of the famous Blue Marlin bar, is surrounded by jagged cliffs and pine trees. Ses Salinas, another beach in vogue, is part of the Natural Park of Ses Salines, a protected area of great ecological value. Along San Antonio Bay are five small beaches within walking distance of each other, and the descent to Cala Vadella provides for breathtaking views. A shallow water beach, good for children, is found at Santa Eulalia and the golden sands to the east at Es CanÃ¡ also lead to shallow waters and family fun. To the north, the beaches at Portinatx boast dramatic rocky shorelines and fine sandy seabeds. Cala Xarraca is especially popular with snorkelers, as well as with photographers. The protected sea beds and ecosystems of Posidonia (a Mediterranean grass-like sea plant) are a highlight. With crystal clear and sheltered waters, Ibiza is also a popular dive destination.
Ibiza enjoys nearly perfect weather- with 300 sunny days a year. Summer begins in May with warm, clear days in the mid-twenties Centigrade. June through September. The island is dry and temperatures are in the 30 degree Centigrade range, with water temperatures between 25 and 27 C.
Ibiza was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 for its natural and historic significance. The island was settled in 653 B.C. by the Phoenecians and its location on major east/west trade routes in the Mediterranean brought successive waves of civilizations over time including the Romans, the Moors, Norwegian King Sigurd I of Norway, and in 1235, Christians under the rule of Jaime I, the king of Aragon. All left an impact on the island. Archaeological remains of an original Phoenician settlement can be found at Sa Caleta and Puigd-es Molins. The walls of Ibiza Town surrounding the old Dalt Villa were built by Phillip II of Spain and date from the 16th century. They remain today much as they were then.
And as for activities, there is much to explore and experience on Ibiza. Charming towns, many centered around picturesque churches, and small fishing villages, current or past, are worth exploring. Ibiza Town with its massive medieval walls and cobbled streets is the capital of the Island. Scenic coastal kayak trips as well as bicycle and quad tours of the interior of the island can be arranged. Boat day-trips to surrounding islands are readily available. There are two golf clubs in Ibiza, Roca Llisa, Golf Club and Ibiza Golf Club. Try the local produce on Ibiza: honey, herb liquor, wines, lamb and organic vegetables.
Lacure Villas offer spectacular cliffside views of the Mediterranean and accessible beaches close by. They can be found in more pastoral regions of the island or close to the action near Ibiza Town. All offer the kind of luxury and service you would expect from a private villa.
Party, relax, explore, tour the island or lie in the sun with a beverage close-by, Ibiza is rich with possibilities.