Official language: Spanish
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Until the middle of the 20th century, Ibiza was a virgin island. All changed in the 1960s and ‘70s when the hippies and artists started coming in. And to this day, the Hippie Market is held in Es Cana.
In the 7th century BC, Ibiza was inhabited by Phoenicians who began arriving in the area during their trade expeditions to the West. Today, there’s an archaeological site in Sa Caleta.
A few hundred meters off the southwest coast of Ibiza lies the islet, called Es Vedrà. According to the predictions of Nostradamus, it will be the only place to survive the end of the world. Today, wild goats are the sole residents here.
Ibiza is an island of contradictions. In high season it turns into the party capital of Europe, bustling with life and music. In October, it transforms into an oasis of calm with sandy beaches, magnificent sceneries, and delicious fruits. There’s something here for everybody.
If dancing is not enough for you, take a trip to one of the caves, e.g., Cueva Can Marca in Puerto San Miguel. Don't be surprised by the sight of red dots on the ceiling – in the past smugglers used them to mark the way out.
Ibiza offers great parties and no less great beaches. They’re usually picturesquely located within charming coves, which gives a sense of privacy. The seawater stays warm, and the sun shines bright over the entire season. However, when you’re sick of sunbathing, you can rent water equipment or take a lesson of scuba diving.
If you spend your holidays in Ibiza during summertime and need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the resort, go to the Natural Park of Las Salinas. The wetlands sited near Sant Josep de Sa Talaia are home to approximately 200 species of birds. They’re wading in shallow bodies of water separated from one another by levees and canals. Also, sea salt is extracted here. And it’s not the only such spot in the area. Thanks to the incredible biodiversity, in 1999 Ibiza was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Where to party? From May to September the island is one big bash, mainly thanks to the DJ’s. Electronic music spills out onto the streets and grips the crowds. The most popular clubs are located around the Old Town and near the port, as well as on the other side of the island, in Sant Antoni de Portmany (18 km away from the city center). During the off-season, the majority of the nightspots are closed, except for Pacha near the port.
Don’t forget to visit Cafe del Mar, the most iconic club in Ibiza, which has been run in San Antonio since 1978. Every evening, an amazing show takes place here – it’s the sunset. The club bursts at the seams, and the chillout music is played.