Sea, nightlife, but not only. The most chaotic of the Balearic Islands, synonymous with rave party and nightlife, also has another hidden face. Let’s find out
Beware of imitations. There are no places like Ibiza. Perfect for a weekend. Amazing for a holiday. Or maybe even to live there. Between music, sea and nights that end when the sun is already high, it has been voted a paradise of fun. But not only. A simple and chic refuge, it offers an alternative and relaxed way of life. Banning the usual places though. As the city of Eivissa, a crowded homeland of nightlife, the ultra-touristy Playa d’en Bossa, with its chaotic disco-beaches rave party day and night, or San Antonio, famous for the famous local Cafe del Mar, which every evening attracts hundreds of tourists for an aperitif at sunset. Better is the elegant Santa Eulalia, in the east area. Here you can breathe the most authentic air of the island, suitable for those who want to explore its cultural and gastronomic tradition. The old windmills, the Fortress of El Puig, from the 16th century.
But also the two museums, the Barrau, which preserves the collection of the Catalan Impressionist Laureà Barrau, and that of Ethnography, which collects contemporary art, jewelry, historical documents and traditional crafts. San Jose is the alternative, with its many churches to visit, such as Sant Jordi de Ses Salinas and Sant Francesc de S’Estany. There are the remains of the Phoenician village of Sa Caleta and the Punic one of Ses Paises. Going north-east you get to San Juan, a quiet center where you can see natural shows like the cave of Can Marcà, where fossils of 100 thousand years ago were found, now kept in the Naturalistic Museum of the place. Here you can visit the Cova des Cuieram, an ancient sanctuary built for the Carthaginian goddess of love, Tanit. Do not miss the Portinatx area, one of the most enchanting areas of the island, which offers amazing views and one of the most beautiful coasts. But it is not the only one.
Impressionists, rural life and hermitages. The other Ibiza
The hinterland of Ibiza has a special charm, because of its rural and arid landscapes, among stone villas, olive fields and retreats where you can practice meditation and yoga. But the beaches are the true wealth of the island. Starting from Es Jondal, a cove located in the area south of the island, in the wide bay of Porroig, near San Josep de sa Talaia. With a pebble beach and turquoise waters, about half a kilometer long, surrounded by typically Mediterranean vegetation, it is a secluded and silent destination, ideal to appreciate the wild side of the island. For those looking for Caribbean-style paradises, the most popular destination is Ses Salinas. White and fine sand beach as talcum powder, transparent and warm waters, is part of the homonymous protected natural park, for its high ecological value. And then the hidden Cala Salada, famous for its turquoise waters, or the beautiful Cala Conta, Cala Bassa, Cala Llonga, the white Cala Tarida or Talamanca, the longest. But the quieter is Cala Molì. Set in a rocky inlet, it is a little gem, with its scarce one hundred meters. Far from the chaotic Eivissa, it is, thanks to its rich and clean waters, a favorite destination for snorkelers diving, who go as far as the neighboring islet of S’Espertar. Getting there is not easy: the ideal is by sea. But once you reach it, paradise is touched by hand.
But if you say Ibiza, you say also movida. The most famous among the locals is the Pacha, historical club of Eivissa, has an elegant atmosphere and offers evenings with the great stars of the console; Do not miss the terrace overlooking the city. Among the most interesting places there is the DC10, home of Circoloco evenings, it is on the airport road: it is the least scenic club but offers the best electronic performances. Parties until midday also at Amnesia and at Priviledge, the biggest club in Europe. So, the after party: at Space, a party that lasts 24 hours in a row.