Exciting nightlife and traditional hippie markets

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The island belongs to the Balearic Islands and is only a few hours flight time away from Europe. But the popularity of the Spanish island in the Mediterranean is not only based on the short journey. Visitors can expect beautiful beaches with shimmering waters, an exciting nightlife and traditional hippie markets, which are considered a Mecca for all shopping lovers. Since the 1970s the island has been fully developed for tourism and welcomes visitors from all over the world every year.
Ibiza - View from the beautiful beach© Alex Tihonov / Fotolia

Numbers, data, facts
The island is 572 km² in size and thus the third largest island of the Balearic Islands. It is the least distant from the Spanish mainland and has its own airport. Since the Balearic Islands were formerly developed from Catalonia, the official language is Catalan. Furthermore, every inhabitant speaks normal Spanish. The capital Ibiza-City is one of the largest conglomeration with 50,000 inhabitants, the proportion of German inhabitants on Ibiza is almost three percent.

The island is primarily known for its party tourism, which has been cultivated there since the 1970's. Accordingly, the destination is particularly popular with young and party-hungry guests. Well-known DJs from all over the world play in the famous nightclubs here. The popularity of the Balearic Island may also be due to the fact that it is constantly reinventing itself.

Not only hippie markets and dazzling nightclubs, but also first-class restaurants, wellness hotels and interior shops can now be found here. While the neighbouring island of Mallorca is known for Ballermann Feeling and low budget prices, Eivissa (Catalan name for the island) is considered stylish, trendy and the slightly "finer", more expensive alternative.

The notorious nightlife
In the 70s, the legendary Pacha opened its doors as the first nightclub and caused a sensation among party guests. Soon after, the construction of further large-capacity discos followed and the party scene became known throughout Europe. Correspondingly large DJs attracted the island to play on the turntables, including David Guetta, Armin van Buuren and Sven Väth. Even today, discos like Space, Amnesia and Pacha Club are still among the most popular on the island.

However, the entrance fees are raised from around 60 € per evening - cult status costs money. House and techno have always been played, as a welcome contrast to the pop sounds of the neighbouring island. Another trend are party hotels that offer a club in their own pool or indoor area, as for example the Ushuaia Beach Hotel. The latter is almost always fully booked in the summer months. On beaches, open air parties are celebrated in a casual ambience, so that there is the right atmosphere to celebrate for every night owl or fan of house and electro.

Scenic and gastronomic attractions
Ibiza also offers picturesque coves that blend into the island's Mediterranean landscape between rocks and invite you to enjoy a wonderful swim. Some parts of the island are under nature protection. The vegetation corresponds to a typical Mediterranean landscape, with pine forests and citrus fruits.
Ibiza - View of picturesque bay© Alex Reshnya / Fotolia

Also gastronomically there is a lot to enjoy here. Almost every restaurant offers the national food of the Spanish, freshly cooked paella, and a good glass of red wine to go with it. Seafood such as squid and prawns are a must on every menu. Also typical for the island is the famous Alioli cream, which is made of garlic, olive oil and salt and is a delicious accompaniment to bread or appetizers.

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Recommendations & tips

Ses Salines

One of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza

White sandy beach with crystal clear blue water and the beach bars Malibu and Jockeys Club invite you to relax. Ses Salines is located about 10 minutes drive from Playa d'en Bossa (about 6km distance) or Ibiza-City (about 10km distance) in the southwest of Ibiza in the middle of the water nature reserve and is always worth a visit. There is a large parking lot with partly covered parking spaces. The daily fee for a parking ticket is quite reasonable for Ibiza with about 3 Euro. During the summer season a bus runs every 20 mins from Ibiza City or Playa d'en Bossa. The beach was named after the surrounding salt fields.

Tip: A walk along the rocky coast at the left end of the beach to the Priates Tower and then visit the beach bar Jockesy Club on the way back. Be sure to try the green olives, which you get as a side dish to all of them.

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