Ibiza at a Glance
Before you visit Ibiza, you’ll need to know the basics. Here are some useful facts and tips to help you plan your trip.
More than the Capital of Sound
Yes, it is one of the most famous “party” islands in the World, but the good thing is that there is a lot more to “The White Island”, as we local know it, than you can imagine.
Eivissa (in Catalán) and Formentera were named by the Greeks as the “Islas Pitiusas” (Islands of Pine Trees) and you can still enjoy many of them in its most picturesque areas in the North and East coasts.
White Island because of the typical houses and churches architecture that you’ll find scattered between the woods or in every little village around the entire island.
Ibiza was, once, the nest for hippy culture and thankfully you can still experience some of it in many areas, bars, restaurants and different hippy markets you have all over the island.
Ibiza’s Old Town is also World Heritage, a great setting for different events throughout the year. Don’t forget to check our What’s On section.
A combination of Pine, Carob and Savine trees, rocky or sandy beaches, flat or hilly tracks, small or larger villages, wheat fields or vineyards, the best sunsets you can picture, Roman’s settlements, caves or a magic and mysterious rock such as “Es Vedra” and all of that with the most amazing traditional Ibicenco food, drinks and traditional dance.
From trekking or mountain biking the countryside to visiting Ibiza’s Old town and learning its history with a guided tour. Going up “Puig the Misa” in Santa Eularia, the third biggest town in the island with a great vibrant atmosphere in order to discover one of the nicest churches in the island, a gem that locals and residents choose for their wedding day.
Kayaking around the island, a day excursion to Es Vedra or a full moon night. Horse riding, golfing, balloon flying, snorkeling or diving, speleology, rappel and the now very famous SUP Paddle. A great range of excursions and sightseeing tours. And a must in Ibiza, its markets.
‘Ball Pagès’ is Ibiza’s greatest and enjoyable traditional dance. It’s the best evidence of how much Ibicenco life has changed. This traditional dance shows a ‘submissive’ woman whose delicate moves evolve, in circles and short steps, around the man who with high kicks and jumps tries to demonstrate his strength and masculinity.
The clothing and jewellery play a great roll in this dance as well as the instruments. There are small differences to the dresses and the dances depending on the village the group comes from. We can distinguish 3 different types of clothing, according to purpose and antiquity. The ‘white’ one is the wedding dress, the ‘coulord’ one is believed to be the least antique one while ‘La Gonella’ is the most antique one, some believe it to be from the XVIII century. And the jewellery it’s considered a dowry for the daughter that’s getting married.
Traditional food is a delicacy. From fish casseroles to stir-fry meat & vegetables, great desserts and traditional ‘Salsa de Nadal’ a heavy almond Chrsitmas sauce all accompanied by local wines.
A must, in local food is ‘Flaó’ and the best place to enjoy it with a fine glass of ‘Hierbas Ibicencas’ is at the charming local restaurant of ‘Ca n’Anneta’ in Sant Carlos.
Easy to Drive
Ibiza’s roads have suffered a great transformation in the past 10 years, in some cases much needed in an island that can double the number of cars in summer. A part from trying to enter Ibiza town in July and August the rest of the island it’s pretty easy to navigate. There’s a local saying that uses old quote ‘All Roads Lead To Rome’ but in this case would be Ibiza. It’s kown by locals and many residents that wherever you start your journey you can always end up in Ibiza town or another of its main towns without having to trace your steps!
‘Caminos’ can be and will be challenging, but with the right car and a lot of caution you can discover some of the most beautiful and secluded gems on the island.