Welcome to Ibiza
Ibiza: Old Spanish for “party ’til you drop.” Perhaps not literally, but this is definitely one of Europe’s favorite nightlife playgrounds. Ibiza boasts more than 100 miles of coastline with some 50 beaches, plus plenty of restaurants, bars, and water sports—and clubs, of course. Fit in a little culture and visit Ibiza’s UNESCO-designated old town.
Without a doubt, Ibizan nature represents the most prominent appeal of the island. It has a surface of 572 m2 and 210 km of beaches that can be enjoyed all year round thanks to its warm temperatures and close to 3,000 hours of sun. Ibiza offers multiple possibilities to enjoy a swim in the sea on beaches that include a large array of services and different atmospheres.
The beaches on the island are known for their singular beauty and turquoise transparent water thanks to the oceanic posidonia on the seabed. It has been UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.
There are magical bays, like Cala d´Hort, overlooked by Es Vedrà islet; other singular beauties, such as Platges de Comte; rarely visited corners, as Es Pou des Lleó; and big and familiar beaches, such as Platja d’en Bossa and Es Figueral. The beaches of Ses Salines and Es Cavallet are within a protected natural environment. They have a dune system of great ecological value.
Ibiza is one of the oldest urban environments in Western Mediterranean, and the first in the Balearic archipelago. Its past is stunning and fundamental to understand its present, its cultural and social reality, through the mosaic of cultures that have steadily occupied it since 2700 AC.
The most important monument in Ibiza is the Renaissance wall of Dalt Vila, in Ibiza city. There is an important historical and cultural patrimony scattered throughout the territory such as the sacred mount of Santa Eulària and Sant Miquel; the church-fortresses on each town, the singular defense towers, and wells and oil mills of Arab origin, declared Place of Cultural Interest. Throughout its history, Ibiza has always interacted with other cultures: Punics, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs. All of them surrendered to its bright light, the purity of its sky, and the transparency of its water. When the Christians settled after the recapture, the island was surrounded by stone defensive towers from which to scan the horizon on the lookout for Berber pirate schooners that disembarked on the coast and ventured inland in search of women and food. Ibizan citizens were warned by sentries; they abandoned their perfectly whitened homes in the field, and ran to take shelter inside the city wall or in the towns’ fortified churches. Safe from invasion, Ibizan citizens still dedicatedly protect their historical inheritance.