IBIZA - ALL ABOUT THE ISLAND
IBIZA ONCE UPON A TIME.....
8 Million years ago, to the end of the Tertiair Era, the Balearic
Islands arose from the sea, as all other European mountains chains
did by then.
At first the Balearic Islands were attached to the Spanish mainland but
caused by rising of the sea level, the islands arose from sea about
12.000 years ago. A 1500 meter deep sea ditch seperates the Balearics
from the Spanish mainland and so Ibiza is located 90 kilometers east of
the Spanish mainland.
with the island lain south, Formentera (7131 inhabitants) and numerous
smaller and uninhabited rock islands, Ibiza forms the islandgroup
named: Pityusen. The Pityusen have, as the Balearics, its own
The official languages are
Catalan and Castilian and Ibiza's inhabitants are called Ibizenco.
Ibiza's official name in Catalan is EIVISSA.
Ibiza belongs to the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands,
which holds alltogether 67 municipalities. Its capital is Palma
Ibiza comprises five municipalities: Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Sant
Antoni de Portmany, Sant Joan de Labritja, Santa EulÓria des Riu, Ibiza
Town (Eivissa Vila).
the most western island of the Balearic Islands, and human habitation dates from at least 5000 BC.
Ibiza - Eivissa - is the third biggest island of the
Balearic Islands and has a surface of 572 km▓, the principal city
is Ibiza City - Eivissa Vila.
On Ibiza live approximately 106.220 inhabitants durably, together with
officially announced foreigners called Residents.
Ibiza history tells us that the
Balearic Islands were on Phoenician trade routes
therefore Ibiza was conquered and inhabited by these
Later on the Carthaginians did the same but more
important they also founded Ibiza City, which became an
important port in those days.
They also used Ibiza as their burrial grounds and constructed The
Salinas for saltmaking, Ibiza's most important trading product
'White Gold' = Salt.
Later in Ibiza History came, in succession
the Romans, Visigoths and Muslims.
The Muslims left an important
and recognizable imprint in the island's typical architecture and
their traditional costumes.
The Muslims however were driven out during the
Christian Reconquista in the 13th century and the islands became Catalan
colonies, and by then they
lost their importance for the region.
Ibiza was under Bourbon control for most of the 18th century.
remains of domination by all these different cultures are still to be
found on Ibiza, mostly restored.
The fortified Upper Town (Dalt Vila), the Phoenicia
settlement of Sa Caleta, the Phoenician-Punic cemetery of Puig
des Molins, and the Prairies of Oceanic Posidonia of the
Natural Park of Las Salinas were declared World Heritage.
While staying on the island make sure you spent time to visit these
impressive reminders of passed
ages of Ibiza History.
To the end of the
fifties many artist came to the island to escape their 'after-war' countries to experience
real freedom on this beautiful and paradisical island. Later
on hippies and other freedom seekers followed and some of them still
live on the island today.
Nowadays many, many people from all over the world, travel to the
island to experience its magic and beauty and ofcourse its
frantic nightlife and party scene.
Most of them, young, come for the decadent, extravagant nightlife and dance all
night to their favourite clubanthems in Ibiza's world famous clubs.
The Ibizenco are extremely tolerant towards these millions of people that
spread over their island every year during the summermonths.
Unfortunately, over the last decades it became more and more obvious to
them that their wonderful island and surrounding seas,
have to be ecoligically protected from all pollution that
comes along with mass tourisme.
The natural waterresources of the island are not ment to cover
all these visitors needs, and something needs to be done about
this big Ibiza issue!
Environmentalists started their enlightenment instrucions in educating
the locals by starting all kinds of ecological projects that are
But more and more people however, discover the beautiful and more the unspoiled
places of the island where it is still possible to enjoy a quiet and
layed back holiday among the friendly local Ibizenco in
wonderfull rural surroundings.
Are you searching for an alternative lifestyle, then Ibiza offers
a marvellous opportunity to enjoy a break amidst the warm sea breezes of
Ibiza! People who are passionate about living a
more natural, positive and inspiring life can enjoy one of the many
Holidays on Ibiza
that are being held throughout the year in a tranquil,
or if you wish a luxurious environment.
available facility and accommodation has been gathered
and catagorized beforehand by IBIZA4ALL in order to help
you plan a perfect holiday for you and your family.
We present Ibiza, All about the Island, everything you need to
know for your perfect holiday - the most complete directory!