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Ibiza’s nature and climate boast a constant attraction to sports enthusiasts the. The coves of fine sand and clear blue waters and scenic countryside can create an irresistible urge to be at one with nature. The gently rolling hillsides, cliffs and pine forests provide the ideal terrain for rambling both in summer and winter. In fact, outdoor sports and activities of every kind, including: mountain biking, horse riding and hiking are popular ways of seeing the scenery of Ibiza at close range. There are several predetermined routes available to cater for the beginner or challenge the more experienced, and, being predominantly group outings, they add a social aspect to the appreciation of the countryside. Water-sports are available from all the major beaches on the island, including jet skis, kayaking and para gliding. Snorkelling or diving in the crystal clear waters of Ibiza’s beaches offers a host of new experiences unavailable on dry land, whilst sailing and fishing are two of the major sports that attract people to the island. It is possible to take a deep sea fishing excursion or even sailing lessons from the harbour front of most of the resorts. A deeply spiritual island, Ibiza attracts many Yoga enthusiasts and numerous specialist holiday companies and local retreats organise tours to restore your equilibrium in the most tranquil of settings.
With an area of just 572 square kilometres, Ibiza offers 210 km of beach and the kind of climate that allows year-round enjoyment. There are magical natural coves such as Cala d’Hort, overlooked by the mystical island of Es Vedra and the beach of Benhirras featuring sunset celebrations. On the west coast is the stunning Cala Bassa a sweeping expanse of fine sand lapped by crystal clear waters, luxuriously furnished with daybeds and chill-out areas. A little further down the same coastline is Cala Conta (Platges de Comte) which boasts two separate natural bays of singular beauty. In the south of the island is the exclusive bay of Talamanca with its dramatic backdrop of Ibiza’s ancient city and to the other side of the capital are the party beaches of Playa d’en Bossa and Ses Salinas, the latter of which joins the beach of Es Cavallet in being a protected natural heritage site. On the east coast lies the pine-flanked resort of Cala Llonga with a small, horseshoe shaped cove this resort boasts the most stunning coloured water which varies in places from turquoise to deep navy blue. The bay is calm and gently shelving, making it safe for children and nervous bathers. The beach in the sleepy resort of Siesta on the east coast stretches continuously through the busy resort and town of Santa Eulalia with its decorative promenade lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. The firm family favourite beach of Es Cana enjoys tranquil waters and fine golden sand. At the very northernmost point of the island is another popular beach for families. The bay of Portinatx looks like a white jewel surrounded by lush greenery and lapped by rich blue waters. In fact, the beaches in the north of the island are some of the most scenic and Playa San Miguel is certainly no exception. Moving back to the west coast where the beaches are famed for the stunning sunsets that illuminate and highlight their beauty. Cala Gracio and its tiny neighbour Cala Gracioneta, favoured for wedding ceremonies: the ‘sunset strip’ area of Calo dés Moro where chill-out bars such as Mambo and Café Del Mar serenade the nightly event and the long expanse of beach which forms San Antonio Bay. At the very end of the bay, is the picturesque resort of Port d’es Torrent another favourite with families for both its facilities and for its sheltered calm waters. Probably the best news is that the entire stretch of Ibiza´s beautiful and colourful coastline is dotted with tiny secluded coves to discover and enjoy as your own.
Providing a unique shopping experience, Ibiza town is probably best known for designer clothing and specialist boutiques However, in recent years many of the more affordable High Street stores have claimed their place in the modern part of the capital. The old town is still fundamentally dedicated to crafts and artefacts whilst the delightful harbour front market stalls display a colourful selection of individually crafted jewellery. More local craft work can be found at the two weekly Hippy Markets in Es Cana and San Carlos. Other shopping centres on the island include the towns of Santa Eulalia and San Antonio town, with the beach resorts concentrating largely on holiday souvenirs, branded clothing and cosmetics. Furniture and household stores are largely situated on the outskirts of the major towns along with larger supermarkets such as Hypercentro and Mercadona.
In Ibiza the calm clear sea and ever clement weather conditions make boating a deeply aesthetic pleasure. Luxury yachts, elegant sailing craft, speedboats and canoes, every kind of vessel can be commandeered to tour the majestic coastline. A leisurely cruise around the bay of San Antonio is the best way to admire the breathtakingly colourful sunsets of the west coast, and throughout the island, traditional water taxis regularly ferry tourists between beaches and towns: during the day and into the night.
Dubbed the party capital of Europe, Ibiza has a longstanding reputation as the best destination for nightlife. The superclubs of Privelege and Amnesia in San Rafael, between Ibiza and San Antonio, still attract the crowds, whilst newer concepts such as Ibiza Rocks, the live music venues in and around San Antonio and Ushuaia, the ultimate magnet for top DJ’s and clubbers in Playa D’en Bossa, have certainly made their mark over recent years. In fact Playa D’en Bossa has become the new destination for the young and trendy, with monster club, Space bringing in the cream of the world’s DJs. The sophistication of clubs like Pacha in Ibiza town´s swanky Botafoch Marina continues to attract celebrities from all over the world whilst younger developments such as Ocean Beach Club in San Antonio and Playa dèn Bossa’s Bora Bora Beach bring the upmarket night parties into daylight. San Antonio’s infamous West End has undergone somewhat of a facelift but still reverberates with life until the not-so-early hours of the morning, partygoers can then make the short stagger to local clubs Es Paradis and Gatecrasher (formerly Eden). Evenings are an important part of celebrating in San Antonio as the sunset bars in Calo des Moro, such as: Mambo and Cafe del Mar serenade the nightly event with chill-out sounds as a preview to the appearance of international DJs, club pre-parties and uniquely topical entertainment.
Ibiza is an ideal destination for family enjoyment. The safety and beauty of its beaches are made for relaxation. More than this, attractions such as the aquarium. mini-train, go carting and waterparks will amuse all ages. Many of the resort bars feature electronic games and rides, soft play areas, mini-golf and even pony riding. At Vince’s BBQ in the Bay of San Antonio the adults can enjoy a drink whilst the children make the most of the trampolines and bouncy castles.
There is a wide range of accommodation on the tiny island of Ibiza to cater for the vast diversity of visitors, ranging from clubbers to families and couples. The high quality accommodation category has seen the largest increase in popularity, along with agrotourism and rural hotels. These are places that combine traditional architecture with agriculture and exceptional environmental beauty. Hotels like Ibiza Rocks still thrive in the party resort of San Antonio, as do the small and intimate central hostels, and family hotels with great facilities. Playa D’en Bossa is the latest resort to capture the high-end youth market with the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel, rivalled, on the west coast by San Antonio’s Ocean Beach Club. Villas and private apartments are in ever greater demand on the island, and rural locations are becoming more popular due to Ibiza’s dimensions, improved transport infrastructure and the natural beauty to be found at its heart.
Ibiza offers ideal facilities for holding conferences, conventions and business incentive trips. The accessibility of the island and its development in luxury accommodation has made it highly suitable for group travel. In recent years the Palacio de Congresos in Santa Eulalia has proved popular with a diversity of key international companies. The luxury hotel Aguas de Ibiza is opposite the Conference Centre and has multi-use function meeting rooms equipped with microphones, projectors and press facilities. Many hotels in a variety of resorts are well-equipped to host company events, with experience and expertise in professional hospitality.
Health and beauty treatments as well as relaxation techniques are widely available on the island of Ibiza. Even if you are not a resident you can enjoy the facilities in some of the hotels such as the quirky, art-deco style Hotel Es Vive, in Figueretas, near Ibiza town. If you prefer a rural setting the lovely Atzaró Spa celebrated 10 years of treatments in 2014 and aims to promote physical, mental and spiritual balance. The ultimate in relaxation, this Spa centre is set deep in the countryside and is open all year round. Ibiza Spa La Posidonia is part of the Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, and boasts a circuit of eight salt water pools set on the cliff face to give spectacular Mediterranean views. The hotel Aguas de Ibiza in Santa Eulalia and the 4 Star Bellamar hotel also offer Spa and therapy centres. Being a very spiritual island there are numerous specialist yoga retreats on Ibiza, which promise to balance body and mind. Alternatively private, home treatments are available or if you really want to be at one with nature, massage is available on several of the beaches throughout the island.
Ibiza has a wide range of restaurants offering superb quality and, almost literally, a world of choice. In the heart of Ibiza old town, Restaurant La Oliva offers some of the finest French and international cuisine. Nestling within the walls of the ancient city the reataurant offers selection includes chef’s own succulent lamb in garlic cream which is simply superb. In the hills behind San Antonio stands, Sa Capella, a converted 350 year-old unconsecrated church offering a truly magical and historic setting for speciality dishes of the house, like the creamy scrambled egg and prawn starter, tabletop salt baked ox and light cheesecake dessert. For a truly local experience try Es Pujols, a modest beachfront restaurant between San Antonio Bay and Port des Torrent where the freshest of fish and seafood has the locals flocking there every Sunday. The resort of Santa Eulalia has a whole central street dedicated to dining, but several top rated eateries overlook the bay and countryside, such as Sa Finca, housed in a beautiful 400 year-old farm building. In short, Ibiza is an island dedicated to the pleasurable past time of fine dining, with, even the simplest tapas bar offering a host of delectable treats. The cuisine of Ibiza uses fresh and natural products such as fish, meat and seafood, in traditional dishes such as: ‘bullit de peix’, ‘frit porc’ and ‘sofrit pages’, all recipes that are passed down from ancient kitchens. Homes in Ibiza also produce some elaborate pastries. For example the popular dessert of ‘flaó’ – cheesecake infused with mint, and ‘greixonera’ a pudding made with milk and eggs.