Ibiza, often called the White Island for its typical architecture, became a major center of touristic attraction during the 1960’s, being then famous for its “Hippie-Culture” and nudist beaches. Today Ibiza has an ample offer as well for families and older visitors, anyhow, still there are the young ones who are attracted by the island’s rollicking nightlife, which already starts in the afternoon, at the beaches and in the center of town, to continue until dawn in the numerous discotheques.
If you leave the beaches behind you to explore the island’s interior, you will find a pure and simple Mediterranean culture, and remains of populations which inhabited Ibiza thousands of years ago, as for instance the famous wall-paintings of Ses Fontelles .
Ibiza (often written as Eivissa on the island) is only 30 miles by 12 miles at its widest yet has assumed a huge importance in European culture over the last 40 years.
First it was one of the original hippy retreats, then it became a gay haven, now it is a dance mecca. And the legacy of that is that whoever, and wherever, you are on the island, you’ll find an anything-goes atmosphere.
After years being the poor relation among the Balearics, Ibiza has become one of Europe’s trendiest destinations – thanks to a host of fashionable all-night clubs and hangar-sized discos.
Its fame among the young has meant pop and film stars now take holidays here, the very latest fashions are in the shops and the latest dance-floor grooves can be heard in local clubs such as Amnesia, Space, Pacha, Eden and Privilege.
Away from the clubs, Ibiza’s coast is the most attractive bit, peppered with hidden beaches. The best are difficult to find and difficult to reach but if you do, they’re as empty as any in the Mediterranean.
The main resort beaches aren’t bad, and often have excellent water sports facilities. They do get crowded, but on Ibiza there usually seems to be another quieter beach just round the next rock if you’re determined.
It has some hilly pine forests but nothing to compare with Majorca’s jagged peaks. Inland, Ibiza seems dry and scrubby but has olive groves, fruit orchards and salt lakes. There are some sleepy villages but few major sights.
Ibiza Town is the main focus of the island. It does have a couple of great beaches nearby but most people are here for the night-time excesses. The place is simply crammed with bars, discos, clubs and late-night shops.
The next biggest city, Sant Antoni, in comparison with Ibiza Town is simply an ordinary package holiday resort, but the third biggest town, the whitewashed family resort of Santa Eulalia, has plenty of old charm and is worth a day trip to explore.