Ibiza is a sunny island of pleasure and celebration
Today HELLO.RU discusses what each tourist should visit on Ibiza. Cafe Del Mar, the Valley of Horses, the hippie market and others are among the must-see itinerary points.
The island of Ibiza is an international resort, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is called the “sunny island”, “island of fun”, “island of glamour and partying” and “island of hippies”. It is famous not only for its nature and the numerous clubs, where music lovers are invited to listen to electronic music in different directions, but also the fact that among the vacationers can often be found the most real international celebrities. Kate Hudson, Matthew Bellamy, Poppy Delevingne and her husband, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, to name only a few.
Attentive tourists may have spotted Rafael Nadal and even Sir Paul McCartney there the other day. The island was the setting for the wedding of singer Eve and her fiancé Maximillion Cooper and the magnificent reception of designer Giuseppe Zanotti, who celebrated his 20th anniversary there. We decided to find out what makes Ibiza so appealing to vacationers and why you should go there.
Ibiza is one of the islands that make up the archipelago of the Balearic Islands, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea. Ibiza is an autonomous region of Spain, is located 80 km from the coast and covers an area of 571 square kilometers. The island is famous for a pleasant climate – “velvet” season lasts here from June to October. The air warms up to 30 degrees, and rainy weather is extremely rare. Visitors to Ibiza will be delighted by the gentle sun and warm sea.
As we have already mentioned, every year Ibiza brings together all the most avid partygoers in the world. If you want to be among them, go to the eponymous capital or the city of San Antonio – they are a record for the number of located in their nightclubs and bars. Especially popular among British youth are these cities, it was there at one time could meet Prince Harry. The most famous clubs in Ibiza are Space, Privilege (it hosts the largest dance floor in the world), Pacha, AmneSia.
Separately, we should highlight the very famous and popular Café Del Mar (“Café by the Sea”), which opened in 1980 and has already earned the status of a cult place. Every evening it gathers 2-3 thousand people. Why? Firstly, because the institution offers an amazing view of the sunset – since its opening, the sun has escorted more than 9 million people over the horizon. Secondly because the sunset is accompanied by calming and relaxing music in the genres of ambient and easy listening.
The tracks sounding in Café Del Mar were so popular that the creators of the cafe decided to periodically release a selection of the best on CDs. Fans embraced the idea with gusto – it is estimated that by 2013 over 12 million records had been sold.
Disco and parties are not the only things this resort is famous for. And not even the main thing, as it seems to many people. With a history stretching back some 27 centuries, Ibiza will impress you with its scenery, seaside treasures and ancient sights.
One of the obligatory points on your itinerary should be the Old Town (Dalt Villa), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is worth visiting the picturesque central square, the church of Santo Domingo, built in the 18th century, the adjacent monastery, which now houses the town hall, and the observation deck. The citizens are also proud of the hotel El Palacio de Ibiza, which once housed Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Walt Disney and many others.
At the top of the Old Town is the ancient medieval castle of Ibiza, which is located at the highest point of the island. So if you do not be lazy and get to this place, you will see an impressive panorama of the city and the port.
The first mention of the castle dates back to the XII century. Originally it was a military fortress, at various times in it “paused” in their journey the Spanish kings. Today you will find behind its strong walls of small houses, quiet streets, galleries, souvenir shops, and an archaeological museum, which holds the unique artifacts found on the island. On the advice of the old-timers, take care of comfortable shoes and a bottle of water before you go on your tour. Admission to the castle is free, and a visit to the museum will cost you about 2.5 euros.
Another must-see is the Las Dalias hippie market near the town of San Carlos. The history of its origin is interesting. Ibiza is often called the “island of hippies. And why? Because some time ago, in the 1960s-70s, when this corner of the world was totally undeveloped and unpopular, it attracted many of this subculture. For hippies, Ibiza was practically a place of paradise, where they could feel completely free, enjoy the surrounding rich nature, love and use illegal drugs.
Their paradise on Earth lasted until 1968 – the city began to actively develop, attracting rich tourists, so the hippies began to cause only irritation to those around them. The locals decided to expel them from the island, but they managed to cope with only a small part of them. But a large part of them became complacent and decided to behave quietly and peacefully in exchange for living on the island. Some time later, in 1985, they founded a market where you can meet the real hippies, and buy goods or souvenirs in the style of this vibrant subculture. At the market you can eat at local restaurants and bars, get a massage and even get your fortune told by chiromancers.
Animal lovers are encouraged to visit the Valley of the Horses, which is located in the northern part of the island in Es Murta Nature Park. It is a charity project created at the initiative of the owners of the farm, David and Monica. Most of the animals living in the Valley were rescued by them from harsh treatment, but there are some that were already born directly on the farm. While there, you can enjoy an hour-long walk on these horses through the woods or along the sea.
In addition, you have the chance to spend several days in the Valley and alternate between socializing and riding the ungulates with bike rides, diving lessons, yoga and even spa treatments. This way, you’ll relax and enjoy a true “immersion” in nature, while the farm owners can earn food for their charges and the opportunity to save some more animals.
If you are a fan of everything mysterious and mystical, then include in your itinerary the uninhabited island of Est Vedra. There are a lot of legends and interesting stories connected with it – how much truth and how much fiction is in them no one can tell now. Est-Vedra must be familiar to those who have read Homer’s “Odysseus”. It was there that the treacherous sirens lived, whose beautiful singing ruined the lives of many sailors.
Some say that the island is the tip of the sunken Atlantis. It is probably not even worth mentioning that people have “seen” UFOs over this place several times. And if scientists laugh at all these stories and, of course, do not take them seriously, but they do not deny the geomagnetic power of the island – Est-Vedra ranks third in this indicator after the North Pole and the Bermuda Triangle. The equipment on it is off, and the compass needle is in a restless position.
Because of this challenging and mysterious nature of Est Vedra Island, and because it is a nature reserve, the authorities of Ibiza have closed it to the public. You can only cruise to it and hear a lot of interesting stories, but you can’t disembark. However, they say, some negotiate for a fee with the locals, and they either take the curious tourists on the island, or give the boat for use, asking before that their passports, so as to know the names of those who then have to look for. Scared? Would you dare?
Another island that attracts many tourists is Formentera, which is a satellite of Ibiza, as it is only 6 kilometers from its southern part. On it live 10 thousand people, and travelers are attracted by its quietness, scarcity of people and beautiful nature. Here you can get a tan on the white-white and deserted beaches, including naked – it is officially allowed, and you can go scuba diving and snorkeling – local coastlines and clear water are suited for this as best as possible. The underwater world of the island is famous for a colony of posidonia – sea grass, which provides an azure color of water and serves as a shelter for a variety of exotic fish.
The island is not very well developed infrastructure, but you can still find a few stores, restaurants, hotels and clubs. For transport you will have to use bicycles or bus.
Despite the fact that Ibiza is called the “island of delights” or “holiday”, do not take everything literally. Alcohol prices on the island are very high. Besides, if you get behind the wheel in a state of intoxication and will be stopped by the police, you’ll have to pay a large fine of 300-600 euros, and if you try to pay off and settle the problem “peacefully” – you’ll go to jail. Consumption of illegal drugs is also punishable by law.
Separately, it is worth mentioning and the culinary component of the island. Its territory has as many restaurants and cafes as there are clubs. One popular place is Cafe Sidney, located right on the harbor, with a large terrace offering a magnificent sea view. You will be offered a varied menu of Mediterranean and international cuisine. We also recommend the Cafe Del Mar, Bar Costa, El Madrigal and Macao, already described above.
The menu of almost every restaurant includes dishes from all the major cuisines of the world. But seafood, paella, stingray soup, tapas which includes coarsely chopped fish, meat and vegetables cooked in sauce, flavorful sandwiches – bocadillos and tostados, country-style stew, butifarra (sausages with blood), sobrassada (sausages with spices), salt cod seasoned with onions, garlic and pine nuts are very popular with tourists. Also, don’t miss the snail rice and cauliflower rice.