Ibiza – A Little Peace Of Heaven By The Beach
Ibiza (Eivissa in Catalan) is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean 79 km east of the Iberian Peninsula, and 140 km southeast of the island of Mallorca. You can reach the island either by plane or ship. It has its own international airport and numerous international airlines offer direct flights from all main European airports. Idyllic beaches, endless nights, unlimited fun, an anything-goes atmosphere which is famous all over the world; Ibiza has everything you need to guarantee you have the best holiday ever. It has a mild climate the whole year around, enjoying more than 300 days of sunshine.
A Phoenician-Punic settlement during ancient times, Ibiza contains within its Renaissance walls an interesting legacy from all the different cultures that populated it. This artistic wealth is found in the monumental area of Dalt Vila, in the necropolis of Es Puig des Molins and in the archaeological site of Sa Caleta. The beauty of the island capital is enhanced by the sands and coves at Figueretes, Es Viver and Talamanca, as well as by its the diverse marine ecosystem. The two most noteworthy aspects of Ibiza, its biodiversity and its culture, have made it worthy of being declared a UNESCO World Heritage City.
IBIZA BY DAY – Ibiza offers daytime venues in the form of its Beach clubs which have become quite the vogue. Located along select stretches of coastline, they offer great food, brilliant music and cater to a select clientele. The beaches and coves of Ibiza, such as Figueretes, Es Viver or Talamanca have golden sand and seabeds that will delight scuba-diving fans, as they house a large number of native Mediterranean species and also a wealth of sea life.
In Ibiza, you will find various tourist areas surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. You can visit the Archaeological Museum, a witness to the city’s rich past, thanks to a valuable collection of objects that cover 2000 years of history. The best way to enjoy the popular architecture of Ibiza is to wander around the narrow streets of the historic quarter until you reach the port, having crossed the central Vara de Rey walkway, and walk around the port area to the splendid lighthouse known as Botafoc.
In addition to the fishing neighbourhood in the lower part of town, another worthwhile visit is the necropolis of Es Puig des Molins, also declared World Heritage, along with the Phoenician settlement of Sa Caleta. Over 3500 Punic and Phoenician graves have been found here. The statues of the goddess Tanit and the god Bes are two of its main pieces.
The island of Ibiza can be visited starting out from the capital. Several kilometres to the northeast is the municipality of Santa Eularia des Riu, with the church located on the Puig de Missa. Further on is the Portinatx, a tourist centre with beautiful coves and a seaside feel. There are numerous terraces and restaurants on the seashore where the visitor can discover the best of Ibiza cuisine.