Ibiza is the most favorite of the islands. Landscapes are most wanted vacation spots that attract visitors.
The Greeks called Ibiza and Formentera the Islas Pitiusas. The landscape is harsh and stony, and the island receives little rainfall. Aboard the robust pines, the more common crops are olives, figs and almonds. Perhaps amazingly, about half the island (particularly the fairly good northeast) stays covered by thick woods. Indeed, driving around the back roads of the north is to plunge into a rustic idyll – not what one associates with Ibiza entirely.
A sturdy coastline is interspersed with lots of sandy beaches, most used up by intensive tourist developments. A couple of out-of-the-way beaches stay, but in summertime you will not be doing a lot of solitary swimming.
Ibiza’s beaches and laid-back position 1st became a major drawcard in the flower-power heyday of the sixties – while North America’s hippies were ‘California dreaming’, their European counterparts were heading up here to tune in, turn on and drop out. It is delicate to believe that in 1956 the island boasted just twelve cars!
At first for the hip and stylish, Ibiza (a mixed World-Heritage site as of Ibiza city’s architecture and the island’s deep sealife) shortly got onto to the money-spinnerof mass tourism and began shipping in summertime sun-seekers by the thousand. Nowadays the island public of 111, 100 watches on as millions (more than 4 million passengers are registered each year through the airdrome alone) of hippies, fashion victims, nudists, clubbers and package tourists pour through S’Illa Blanca (the White Island) every year..
Birthplace of the rave, Ibiza is home to a few of Spain’s most famed clubs. The extortionate summertime scene is complemented by a diverse collection of bars.
Distant from the bars are the woods, coastwise walking tracks and quiet (if not deserted) beaches that allow you to elude Ministry of Sound-style rage. Places specified as Santa Eulària d’es Riu and the small resorts and coves of the north-east are ideal for family vacations.