Ibiza is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea belonging to the largest group that are the Balearic Islands. Within its 572 km² of extension there is so much to see and enjoy that 5 reasons to travel are just the tip of the iceberg of the possibilities that await to be discovered in this great tourist destination.
The best known is its nightlife, its tradition as a place for music, partying and discos and that is why we will leave this reason aside. We will go further into its ancient Phoenician and Roman history hidden among its white towns and we will dig a little in its natural side. There we go.
1. Dalt Vila
That’s what it’s called the old town of Dalt Vila, that part of the old city that is protected from the passage of time inside walls. Inside you will find squares and good restaurants and bars, which you can go through joining the port and the Cathedral.
The walled enclosure of Dalt Vila can be accessed through one of its five entrance gates. Crossing a drawbridge, crossing the Patio de Armas and Plaça de Vila, nerve center if any, seeing from bastions the incredible view over the bay, knowing this point of Ibiza is essential. Entering the Archaeological Museum and visiting the Puig des Molins, the largest and best preserved necropolis of the Phoenician-Punic culture, with more than 3,000 tombs, are two obligatory steps on any itinerary as well..
2. Its beaches
It’s hard for you to get through Ibiza without wanting to be on one of its beaches. Not only the most popular but also the hidden coves; that with a little searching you find. Sa Caleta is very close at hand and is small and cosy. benírrás is ideal for full moon nights because it is the scene of typical dances and traditional games. If what you are looking for is a party, there is no doubt about it: Las Salinas and Es Cavallet are the most famous.
Nature is one of the strongest points of Ibiza. In the Ses Salines National Park you will find pink flamingos, birds and plants that make the ideal setting for a walk between mountains and cliffs. The main course is the salt pans, which in addition to being a white paradise that amazes locals and others alike, is one of the sources of the Ibizan economy.
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If you are looking for cliffs you can go to the Puertas del Cielo, next to the town of Santa Inés and if you prefer to walk through forests any path you choose through the interior of the island will take you through pine forests, fig trees and be prepared to run into some white lost churches.
4. Hippy markets
In the 60s Ibiza was populated with artisans, painters and designers who chose this natural setting to unleash all their creativity. That creative germ endured and can still be seen today in these hippie markets.
You can get from clothes to jewelry to ceramics in any of the ones you come across throughout the island. Although the most famous are Es Canar (which opens on Wednesdays) and San Carlos (on Saturdays) they are usually somewhat saturated with tourists, so if you prefer a smaller one, it will be just as useful to discover the local creative essence.
The culture and history of the Pitiüses seeps into each flavor of the typical dishes of Ibiza. The modest products of the field, such as the potato, reach a category of excellence in Ibiza.
In sausages, you have to try the sobrasada and butifarrón. Among the most traditional cuisine you should try some of these delicacies: Tomata, Guisat de peix, Bullit de peix, Arroç de matances, Sofrit Pagès.