Famous for its relaxed vibe by day & frenzied pace of life by night, Ibiza is a carnival of color and spiritWords Nikki Beach Global
Enjoy the many facets of the White Isle: watch the famous Ibiza sunset, board a boat, spend time in Dalt Vila, take a long, lazy beach lunch, ride the waves at Surf Lounge, browse the Las Dalias Hippy Market or lounge on a day bed at Nikki Beach.
A multicultural past has turned this tiny island into an authentic cosmopolitan hub, which has retained much of its authentic rural essence. Its reputation as a club-goer’s paradise is a given, attracting millions of music and party-hungry guests for the majority of the summer months, but Ibiza has a magical soul that goes much further than the radiating noise of its world-famous nightclubs.
Breathtaking coastal and countryside landscapes, a rich and varied history, there’s a far quieter side to Ibiza, a beautiful and small island off the coast of mainland Spain.
ABOVE: In 1999 UNESCO recognized Ibiza as a cultural gem and Dalt Vila (Old Town) was declared a World Heritage site
The reality of Ibiza is not one that most imagine. An important trading port in the eighth century BC, the Balearic island – formerly known as Ibosim, the island of the god Bes – has been invaded by Romans, Arabs and Byzantines, among others in its time.
The history of Ibiza and Formentera is a cultural blend. The Pitiuses – habitual residents, as they are commonly referred to – have received visitors from all over the Mediterranean even before our era. It’s this diversity that can still be felt today.
Prehistoric tombs, rock paintings and utensils have been found buried in the island’s soil, and the pine trees that guided the Greeks to the shore in 700 BC still dominate the land today. It was these travelers who named the islands the “Pitiusas,” meaning the pine islands.
However, it was the 1960s that brought the hippies who began to colonize Ibiza and set creative roots. Following the death of General Franco in 1975, Ibiza was returned to a Catalan speaking territory and the popularity of the island continued to grow. It soon became a major European holiday destination and, as a result, development soared. In 1999, UNESCO recognized Ibiza as a cultural gem, and Dalt Vila (Old Town) was declared a world heritage site.
- Season Closed for the winter, Reopening April 2019
- Airport Aeroport d’Eivissa (IBZ)
- Boat Coordinates 38° 59′ 28.00” N 001° 34′ 11.00” E
- Time Zone GMT +1
- Currency Euros
- Language English, Spanish, German, French
- Electrics 220-240 Volts, 50Hz
As one of Turkey’s prime yachting ports, it makes perfect sense to book a day at sea. Cruise around the Bodrum peninsula and include a stop for lunch and a swim, and don’t forget to leave time for some on-shore exploration. Head down to the harbor and chat to some of the local sailors and they will happily point you in the right direction of the best local trips.
If you’d rather stay on dry land there’s no excuse for not getting clued up on all things nautical with a trip to one of the many yacht-building ship works. Fancy a change of pace altogether? Head into the mountains to see the traditional villages of İçmeler. You can even go as far north as Ephesus, with numerous other interesting stops along the way and sunset is a particularly good time to be here.
The ancient Greco-Roman theater (Antik Tiyatro) in Bodrum is set well above the town, typical of ancient theaters, but is just a short walk from the marina. The walk uphill from the Bodrum Marina follows the Davulcu Ali Sokak (road) and takes about 15 minutes. Excavations on the theater were carried out in the 1960s, and restoration in the 1970s and 1980s was stopped due to lack of funds. Luckily, in 2005, with corporate support, work resumed and the impressive theater was fully restored.
You say Ibiza. The correct pronunciation of the island’s name is ‘Evissa’. The settlers who founded the island originally named it ‘Ibozzim’ and dedicated the island to Bes, the god of music and dance.
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Ibiza is teeming with excitement. From enticing day trips, fun adventures and watersports, the options are both wide and varied.
But perhaps it’s life outside of the famous nightclubs and bars of the Sant Antoni (San Antonio) strip that captures the true Ibiza.
If a slower-paced Balearic isle is what you’re after, Ibiza can deliver. Winding country lanes and whitewashed hamlets, secluded crescent coves, pine-covered cliffs, wild orchids, olive groves and almond trees – it’s the Ibiza few take the time to see. Most of the island’s famous beaches and main towns – including the infamous nightlife of Sant Antoni (San Antonio) – are located in the south and west. However, beyond the southern borders – in the east, and sparsely populated north – things slow down.
Take to the roads and drive past the giant banners advertising all-night raves and head for the east coast, home of Nikki Beach Ibiza. Explore sleepy and beautifully picturesque hamlets, quaint villages and pleasing scenery.
One of the island’s most magical sights has to be sunrise over Es Vedra, the iconic 400m-high rock that soars up from the sea, just off the west coast.
For those feeling adventurous, and fit, it is possible to circumnavigate the island’s 200km shoreline by kayak. It takes around a week and many companies offer guided tours. For a shorter trip, many beaches offer the perfect destination for a visit by boat. The rich marine life attracts divers, while the island’s magnificent lakes and shimmering salt flats are popular with both peregrine falcons and beautiful flamingos.
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