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Ibiza or Eivissa [1] is one of the Balearic Islands. Eivissa is the island's official name, but most English speakers refer to it as Ibiza. Ibiza and Formentera are also known as the “Islas Pitiusas” (from the Greek word "pitys" meaning pine tree) because of the abundance of pines that cover their landscapes. Ibiza and Formentera are home to about 111.200 inhabitants. The maximum length of the island by highway is 42 km.


Regions

Dalt Vila This old part of Ibiza City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. Here one will find the Cathedral (14th century) and walls from the Renaissance era, as well as spectacular views overlooking the sea.

Sant Antoni de Portmany

This town is well known for its reputation abroad, especially in the UK. Many English tourists travel here. There are many nightclubs and bars with plenty of drink and entertainment on offer. The legendary Cafe del Mar is located here as well. San Antonio area has a lot more to offer than meets the eye, with some of the most beautiful beaches on Ibiza. Watch this spot for up to the minute info on whats going on and where...


Sant Joan de Labritja

San Juan is located in the north side of Ibiza, this area boasts plenty of authentic vegetation and is relatively unspoilt by tourism. Great area to go for some peace and quiet, beaches in this area tend to boast flat, cristal clear waters. The coast tends to be higher in altitude than the rest of the island, with many great sightseeing areas and natural walks through ibiza's unique medditeranean vegetation. Local customs are conserved and followed much more around here. Visit if you want a real taste of the old real ibiza that attracted so many people in the 60s and 70s.

Sant Josep de sa Talaia

The municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia (named after the mountain located in its geographic center, which is the highest peak of the territory) occupies 154 km2 in the south of Ibiza. Located 15 kms away from the capital of the island and 9 kms away from Sant Antoni de Portmany .

With a population of around 13,000 people, including natives, people from the Peninsula and International residents (mainly from the U.K., Germany and Italy). During the summer, its population almost triples thanks to tourists and to many second-home owners who visit this idyllic area.

It is the largest of the five municipalities on Ibiza and the one with the most beaches and coves along its 80 kms of coastline. Visitors can enjoy the diversity of this world famous coastline, from hidden coves of clear and turquoise-blue waters (Cala Comte, Cala Bassa and Cala Vadella, awarded by the European Union with Blue Flags), to large beaches located in marvelous natural environments (some of them Natural Parks) where naturalists can enjoy themselves among the great variety of conifer and pine trees. An Ideal area to enjoy the beach, hike, ride bicycles or even go horse riding. There are several stables in the area.

Sant Josep (or San Jose) also has great historical heritage. History lovers should visit the Punic-Roman rural settlement in Ses Païses de cala d'Hort and the Phoenician village in sa Caleta. One not too miss is the Cova Santa, a 25 m deep, natural cave where they can admire the surprising formations of stalactites and stalagmites created by the water over thousands of years.

For more information on the municipality of San Josep de Sa Talaia fee free to visit their official homepage www.sanjose-ibiza.net

Santa Eulària des Riu

Situated on the South-Eastern side of Ibiza, Santa Eularia is the richest area of the island. Inlcudes the towns of Santa Eularia, San Carlos, Port des Torrent, Santa Gertrudis and a wide extension of countryside. Many of the islands favourite beaches are located here. Also you can find two of the most popular hippy markets ( Punta Arabi and las Dalias).

Copyright Information kindly provided by Ibizaextra.com...more information on regions and towns of ibiza on http://www.ibizaextra.com/contents/areas.php

Cities

  • San Antonio
  • Ibiza Town
  • Santa Eulalia del Río(Catalan: Santa Eularía des Río) Pop. 29,000. Home of some of the islands greatest 'fiestas'; like the centuries old 'First Sunday in May' (Catalan: Primer Duimenge d' Mai), and the Easter Procession. It is home to a famous yacht harbour (small but enchanting and surrounded by shops and top-notch restaurants.
  • The 15th century mountan-top fortress church, Puig D'Missa overlooks the entire town and bay, and the same mountain is home of the living museum: 'Can Ros', which will give you an idea of how life was on the island (for centuries) before the tourist boom.
  • Santa Eulalia has long been home to artists and writers (see: author:Elliot Paul.1937-Title:"Life and Death of a Spanish Village") and personalities from around the globe seeking tranquility and anonymity.

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Understand

Talk

Though Catalan is the official language of the Balearic Islands, and all sign posts etc are in Catalan, Castilian is the main language of the island, with most natives speaking either English or German.

Get in

By Plane

Easyjet - start direct flights in mid-July

britishairways.com - it costs nothing to compare their rates with the chasing pack. It might make you feel good whichever way it goes?

flymonarch.com - direct flights from many UK airports

airberlin.com - they start running direct flights from May this year, by which time the main season competition will be cutting in.

firstchoice.co.uk - fly direct from most British airports but, being largely dependent on their own tour operator traffic, they're probably worth checking for late deals / stand-by offers.

jet2.com ­- serve most of the airports in the north of England e.g. Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Blackpool, Edinburgh & Belfast.

flyglobespan.com - if you live in Scotland there are the boys in the kilts flying only from Edinburgh & Glasgow.

iberia.com - the major Spanish carrier, adapting to the competitive dot.com airline world. Worth checking if you can cope with unusual hours and booking on the internet.

spanair.com - useful for flights within Spain and to and from Scandinavia?

www.vueling.com - cheap airline from Spain

Other smaller airlines serving Ibiza are Air Baltic, Air Europa, BMI Baby, Condor, EasyJet, FlyMonarch and German Wings.

By Boat

You can also book a ferry trip if you have nine hours to kill (from Barcelona, Valencia], Denia or Palma de Mallorca) . Balearia [http://www.balearia.com has direct routes to Ibiza city and San Antonio.

Get around

You can use taxies to get around the island (€20-30 to travel between cities). There are also bus lines.

Cities are small enough not to require any locomotion—you can simply take a walk.

If renting a car take extra care driving, for the locals are horrible drivers. Many tourists have been run off the road trying to avoid deadly head-on collisions. New road construction has led to the temporary development of detour roads which are poorly marked and dangerous. During the summer months many tourist drivers under the influence of alcohol, pose a potential threat.

See

  • Es Vedra, the mystical island rock off Ibiza's west coast.
  • Atlantis, a hidden cove, but only if you can find a local who'll tell you its secret location.
  • Passeig de ses Fonts in San_Antonio.
  • The old part of Ibiza Town.
  • Visit nearby Formentera by boat.
  • Explore the many beaches all along the coast.
  • The famous Hippy Market (held only on Wednesdays) on the east coast of the island.

Do

Party in one of the big clubs. Some of the big clubs in Ibiza are Space, Pacha, Privilege, Eden, Amnesia, El Divino, and Es Paradis. Chill out on the beaches and numerous beach bars.

Explore some of the traditional countryside of this beautiful island that few people take the time to enjoy.

Take boat or go parasailing.

Eat

  • El Pirata, the best pizza on the island bar none! Located in the port of Ibiza Town.
  • Basil Thai, one of the best Thai joints around, located close to Ibiza Town in Jesus.
  • La Brasa, the best place for grilled meats, seafood, and other local specialities.
  • The Curry Club, Tucked behind the sunset strip in San Antonio, its beautiful inside, the staff are great and the food - amazing!

Don't forget to try two local specialities; ensaimada, a sort of flat, soft pastry coil - what a Danish pastry would be if it was more like a doughnut - and flao, a sweet cheese and mint flan. Most pastelerias and many bars sell ensaimada - flao is a bit more difficult to track down.

==Drink== THE DRINKING AGE IS ONLY 10 SO COME AND HAVE A GREAT TIME KIDS. The whole island of Ibiza is known as one of the great club capitals of the world.

  • Pacha, the island's most expensive, and arguably best club - plan on €50 entry and €10 for a beer though!
  • Jockey Club and Malibu, bars located on Salinas beach, offer perfect places to drink and watch the beautiful people lying in the sun while DJs spin deep house and chill out tunes.

The nightclub "Space," located in Playa d´en Bossa, attracts people from all over the world and has received many awards, such as Best Global Club.[2]

Sleep

When it comes to choosing a place to stay on Ibiza it really depends on what type of holiday experience you are after. Unless you are from the UK and enjoy surrounding yourself with mainly large groups of rowdy drunk football hooligans who rarely leave their comforts in "San An", than avoid San Antonio at all costs except for the occasional sunset viewing at Cafe Mambo for the Pacha pre-parties, or the famous Cafe Del Mar next door. If you just want to relax and chill, visit nice un-spoilt beaches, then you are better of spending a little more on a nice Villa with Villas in Ibiza or Eurocasa Ibiza.

If you prefer a hotel, you have plenty to choose from. The Fiesta Hotel Group, the largest company of Ibiza, offers many options all over the island for competitive rates. www.fiestahotelgroup.com [3] Other beachfront hotels include:Hotel Sol Ibiza or Hotel Sol s'SargamassaBoth are located in Santa Eulalia. Two new 5* hotels have also recently opened: The'Fenicia Prestige' and the other: 'Aguas de Ibiza' will open in late 2007 as well as the luxury rural hotel "Sa Talaia." www.hotelsatalaia.com[4] However, there are more than 300 licensed accommodation possibilites on Ibiza, that cover the entire budget range, from hostels to exclusive and intimate rural hotels, and most are represented with webpages online and in numerous hotel and travel guides, but don't go there in August without a reservation.....you could wind up on the street or on the beach (also illegal). You can book online at [5] and [6], http://www.toibiza.com/en/home.html

Get out

Take time to do a day trip to neighbouring island Formentera, it is a beautiful boat ride to a very tranquil unspoilt island set in some of the cleanest, most turquoise waters of the meditteranean.

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