The Balearic Island of Ibiza
In summer when the world’s biggest DJs are standing at their decks, hardly anyone leaves the dance floor before dawn. For decades Ibiza has been known for its wild parties and exciting nightlife which attracts thousands of young people to this Balearic island every year. It is also home to Privilege, the largest nightclub in the world. However it would be too simple to view Ibiza solely as the party hotspot of the Mediterranean. Whether it is with its secluded coves or imposing cliffs, high quality family resorts or cultural Unesco World Heritage sites – Ibiza impresses its guests with its many different facets. This attracts holidaymakers from the whole of Europe and even from other parts of the world. Ibiza’s 60+ beaches offer the perfect settings to leave your everyday stress behind.
The island is situated about 90 kilometres from the Spanish mainland. Together with its smaller neighbouring island of Formentera, which can be seen a few kilometres to the south, and a couple of uninhabited offshore islands, this group of islands are known as the Pityusic Islands. They are in turn part of the Balearic Islands. With a surface area of roughly 572 square kilometres, Ibiza is the third largest Balearic island after Mallorca and Menorca. In the past the inhabitants of Ibiza earned their income from agriculture and livestock farming. The export of salt from the salt pans in the south-east of the island also brought a certain degree of wealth to Ibiza. Nowadays tourism is by far the most important source of income for the islanders.
The majority of the approximately 135,000 inhabitants of Ibiza are Spanish citizens. The proportion of foreigners of about 20% is also relatively high, with many of them hailing from Europe. In winter the locals have the island almost to themselves and most of the tourist facilities are closed, but in summer Ibiza fills up rapidly. More than 1.5 million tourists, the majority of them from Great Britain, Germany, Italy and France, come to this island every year, mainly in the high season.
As early as the 1930s visitors from Britain discovered the beauty of Ibiza. However, during the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War the development of Ibiza into a tourist paradise came to a standstill. In the 1960s hippies and dropouts tried their luck in Ibiza and this gives this Balearic Island an alternative, free and colourful lifestyle that still characterises the atmosphere in many places today. It was not until the 1970s that the number of tourists started to increase. This pattern continues through to today and ensures that what is on offer for the tourist is growing year by year. In the 1990s Ibiza was transformed into a hotspot for the techno music scene, thus laying the foundation stone for a trend which has grown and means that nowadays a large proportion of tourists come to Ibiza specifically to party in the large clubs, bars and lounges. The strongholds of the party scene include Playa d'en Bossa, the longest and best known beach of Ibiza, and San Antonio, the tourist centre on the west coast of the island, especially popular among the British. It is more peaceful In Santa Eulalia del Rio, where there are many small resorts with a friendly atmosphere next to one another. The most tranquil and original areas of Ibiza are in the north and southwest of the island. Ibiza has something to offer for every taste and every age group.
About the beaches
Ibiza is known far beyond the shores of the Mediterranean as the meeting place for party animals and among the areas which have contributed to this reputation are the party hotspots of Playa d'en Bossa in the south-east and the beaches in the bay of San Antonio on the west coast of the island. Meanwhile, away from all the high life the north of the island presents a very traditional side of Ibiza. Around the cosy resorts of Portinatx and Port de Sant Miquel are many peaceful bays and beaches hidden amidst high rocks and thick pine forests. The beach of Benirras has one of the greatest hippie traditions in Ibiza. Also on the south-west coast of the island there are many small, adjacent bays waiting to be discovered. The east of Ibiza, in particular the area around Santa Eulalia, is known for its tasteful, family-friendly resorts.
Many of Ibiza‘s beaches offer an impressive natural setting with rocks and forests, fine sand and shallow water which glistens in vivid shades of turquoise in the sun. This applies not just to the numerous partly secluded bays, but also to the largest beaches of Ibiza such as Ses Salines, Cala Conta, Cala Bassa, Cala Tarida and Playa Aguas Blancas. Often the tiniest beaches in Ibiza have their own kiosk or beach bar, while at the popular destinations there are usually water-sports facilities as well as restaurants. As well as this, it is worth bringing your snorkel with you to the beach almost everywhere here. Exclusive beach clubs such as those in S'Argamassa, Cala Jondal and Cala Bassa offer everything you will need for a pampering holiday.
"Long town beach for all tastes"
"Fun in the soft sand for the whole family"
"Chill out to the sound of reggae"
"Appearance is everything here"
"A classic on the western tip of Ibiza"
"White villas and soft sand"
"Mass tourism, but nice"
"Exclusive party hotspot of the island"
"Popular sandy beach with a great view of rock islands"
"Oasis of peace in a cliff setting"
"Home of the world famous Café del Mar"
"Swimming fun and rock climbing for families"
"Big adventure playground for children"
"Fun at the beach for young and old"
"Town beach with all the facilites"
"Beach with a cliff worth seeing and relaxed atmosphere"
"Colorful beach with a well-known beach club"
"Tiny bay with a sandy beach to relax on"
"Small town beach with not much charm"