This relatively small, scenic and popular island is the most famous of the Balearic Islands. But there's more to this sun-kissed, beach-bejewelled, pine-clad island than meets the eye. Packed with attractions, Ibiza offers something for everyone. From its unparalleled nightlife to plenty of things to do during the day - Ibiza is an island that is well worth a visit. You simply have to experience Ibiza to understand what makes this wonderful Mediterranean island truly magical.
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Previously a quarry, the site has now been totally reclaimed by the sea and at first glance appears to be a whole town completely underwater. It is located opposite the island of Es Vedra and imbued with some of the magic of the area. It is an excellent place to take some photographs as the scenery is breathtaking and quite picturesque.
2.NATURE RESERVE OF ES VEDRA
The small, rocky island has gained quite a reputation as being somewhat of a mystical place, supposedly being the centre of magnetic lines of power and the site of several alleged UFO sightings. Resulting from a geological tumble, the island is largely uninhabited except from some wild goats, the endangered Eleanora falcon and a few subspecies of the Ibizan wall lizard. Trekking and sightseeing are available to those who want to explore the island. The sunsets over the island is quite spectacular.
3.EIVISSA DALT VILA
Commonly refers to as the oldest part of the old town, it was declared as a protected area by the government. Much of the original town has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its examples of local architecture and interconnecting walls and narrow cobbled streets that connect the area. Attractions to see is the imposing 14th century cathedral of Santa Maria dâ€™Eivissa and the Necropolis of Puig des Molins, with over 3,000 burial chambers buried deep underground.
The clear, blue waters are ideal for those eager to try ou the islands many watersports option. Popular watersports include jetskiing, parasailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, kayak and snorkelling is just a few to name. The shallow water is making it safe for children to swim - everyone can join in and have fun, no restrictions!
Boasting a walled fortress as well as cobblestone street overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the town is the largest on the island. The town is divided into sections: a)Dalt Vila, perched above water the historic area is filled with word-class restaurants and a selection of bars.b)Eixample, where all the newer building can be found.Also check out the Cathedral called Our Lady of the Snows, which offers perhaps the best views in the entire town.
6.MUSEU Dâ€™ART CONTEMPORANI
The museum is housed in an 18th century powder store and armoury. The permanent collection of contemporary art, most with Ibizan connections, contains work by Ibizan artists MarĂ Ribas Portmany and Tur Costa, and the abstract art of Ibiza visitors Will Faber and Erwin Broner. Also on display are Japanese prints and photographs. Descend to the archaeological site to map out Ibiza's history through the ages â€“ from the Phoenicians to the Islamic period.
This monument is Ibizaâ€™s most contemporary attraction. Stonehenge is on a rocky coastal shelf, a 10-minute walk south of Cala Codolar. It was created by Australian artist Andrew Rogers and commissioned by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte. A semicircle of 13 20-meter high basalt columns with gilded tops. It's a perfect sunset spot.
The museum occupies a stunning old farmhouse and concentrates on Ibizaâ€™s rural heritage. On display are carpentry tools and musical instruments including drums made from pine and animal skins. Other exhibits include wedding dresses, ceremonial necklaces, and an huge olive oil press. A framed privateerâ€™s license, a legal certificate granted to Ibizan corsairs by the Crown, authorizing them to attack pirate vessels can be seen in Room
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO IN IBIZA
1. Saddle up for a hack through the forests and mountains of northern Ibiza.
2. Bring back some flavoured sea salt. The islandâ€™s salt pans date back to 800BC.
3. Try a local speciality such as guisat de peix, a hearty seafood stew with potato and garlic mayonnaise.
4. Take the Ibiza Tourist Train which offers a variety of coastline routes, visiting some bigger towns and beaches.
5. Have a shot of locally-produced liqueur Hierbas Ibicencas. Made with plants such as thyme and rosemary, it packs a punch at 26 per cent alcohol.
6. Take a ferry or boat to Formentera.
7. Bag a bargain at a hippy market. The biggest, Punta Arabi in Es Cana, is held every Wednesday.
8. Taste local produce such as honey, almonds or fig jam.
9. Take a boat from San Antonio to the aquarium on Cap Blanc.
10. Ibiza boasts fantastic diving sites, including the national park of Las Salinas.
The best way to get around in Ibiza is by car hire, buses, taxis, ferries, scooter or bike.
The Ibiza weather conditions are warm to hot and dry summers to cool and wet winters, occasional thunderstorms over the summer months. Summer months are July and August, the hottest months of the year. Winter months in Ibiza are mid November to mid February. Spring is March, April, May and JuneAutumn is October and November.