ALL ABOUT IBIZA
All Ibiza facts at a glance
The genesis of the island of Ibiza - Morphological:
Ibiza arose at the end of the Tertiary era,
the period at the beginning of the third era of life between the
Cretaceous and Quaternary, which lasted from 65 to 1.8 million years
ago, and which is divided into five periods: Paleocene (65 to 55 million
years ago), Eocene (55 to 34 million years ago), Oligocene (38 to 25
million years ago), Miocene (25 to 5 million years ago) and Pliocene (5
to 1.8 million years ago).
The Tertiary was mainly characterized by the rapid movement of
continents, which entailed clashes, resulting in the formation of
It is in this period that the Atlantic
was still widened and Africa moved slowly in a north-easterly direction, so that southern Europe was crushed and the Alps and Pyrenees were formed. In the south and east of the Iberian Peninsula the
Baetic Cordillera (Sistema Betico) arose, one of the main systems of mountain ranges in Spain
of which the Balearic archipelago is considered an offshoot.
Initially, the Balearic Islands were still 'connected' to the Spanish mainland, but by re-rising sea levels, the Balearic archipelago originated about 12,000 years ago.
This westernmost archipelago of the Balearic Islands, the Pityusic Islands, shares with a continental shelf, as well as the Balearic Islands themselves.
The island of Ibiza - Geographical
The Balearic archipelago covers more than 50, mostly uninhabited islands, situated in the Balearic Sea, which is part from the Mediterranean Sea, and consists of two groups of islands.
Together with the southern island of Formentera and numerous
smaller uninhabited rocky islands, Ibiza forms the island group named:
Pityusic Islands or Pityuses (Illes Pitiüses in catalan:
- Islas Pitiusas in Spanish) or pine islands, once named
after the many pine trees growing yonder.
Between Ibiza and Formentera there is the Es Freus strait, where the following islands are situated (clockwise): Portes, Caragolé, Penjats (Ahorcados), Negres, Punta Rama, Illa d’en Poros, Torretes, Gastaví, Illa de S’Alga, Espalmador, Espardell & Espardelló.
Ibiza, the westernmost island of the Balearic Islands, situated at 38° 59′ N, 1° 26′ E, 90 kilometres east of Spain, is separated from the Spanish mainland, together with the Balearic archipelago, by a 1,500 meters deep strait, the Canal de Ibiza.
Ibiza is a
rocky island, mainly consisting of limestone, covering an area of 572.56
square kilometres, it measures 41 km in length N>Z, and is 20 km wide O>
W (approximately 6 x smaller than Mallorca) with a total coastline of
about 215.2 kilometres length.
The official name of Ibiza, in Catalan,
Ibiza - Demographic
Ibiza belongs to the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands (Catalan: Illes Balears - Spanish: Islas Baleares) composed of the larger islands Mallorca (approximately 1,144,396 inhabitants), Menorca (declining number in 2016, approximately 91.601 inhabitants), and Formentera (growing number in 2016, approximately 12,124 inhabitants), the smaller islands Cabrera, Dragonera and S'Espalmador and numerous small uninhabited rocky islets, with a total number of 67 municipalities under the supervision of the joint capital of Palma, in Mallorca.
The island council, or "Consell d'Eivissa ', directs the island of Ibiza, under the final responsibility of Palma, the capital of the Balearic Islands.
Municipality of Eivissa - Ibiza Town 'Ciutat d'Eivissa or Vila(d'Eivissa),
with an area of just 4,301 m˛, both city and community, is divided into
two parts, the old upper town Dalt Vila, built on a low hill at
the seaside, was later extended by the district called Eixample.
With 49.549 inhabitants, this is the most populated area of the island.
The Municipality of
Sant Antoni de Portmany (San Antonio) covers an area of 127 km˛, and includes the villages of Sant Antoni de Portmany, San Rafael de Sa Creu, Sant Mateu d'Albarca, Buscatell and Santa Agnes de Corona, with a joint population of 21.852.
The Municipality of Sant Joan de Labritja
San Juan Bautista (San Juan) covers an area of 121 km˛, is situated in the northern part of the island and includes the villages Cala de Portinatx Cala de Sant Vicent, Sant Miquel de Balansat and Port de Sant Miquel, Sant Joan de Labritja, Sant Llorenç de Balŕfia and Sant Vicent de sa Cala, with a joint population of 5.500.
The largest Municipality Sant Josep de sa Talaia (San Jose) covers an area of 154 km˛, is located in the south-eastern part of the island and includes the villages of Es Cubells, Sant Agustí d'es Vedrŕ, Sant Francesc de s'Estany, Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Sant Josep de sa Talaia and Cala de Bou, with a joint population of 25.849.
The Municipality of Santa Eularia des Riu
(Santa Eulalia) covers an area of 153.58 km˛, is situated in the eastern part of the island and includes the villages of Es Canar, (Nostra Senyora de) Jesús, Puig d'en Valls, Sant Carles de Peralta, Santa Eulalia del Rio and Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, with a joint population of 31.314.
Ibiza island - Historical
Ibiza, how it all began
were Phoenicians in 654 BC, who founded a port in the Balearic Islands,
by the name of 'Ibossim' (dedicated to Bes, one ancient Egyptian
deity, first worshiped as protector of households, mothers, children and
birth and later as defender of all that is good and enemy of all bad),
later known to the Romans as "Ebusus" and to the Ethiopians as "Yebisah"
and now widely known as Ibiza.
The cave of Es Cuieram contains a sanctuary where in those days sacrifices were offered to Tanit, a Punic and Phoenician goddess, and main deity of Roman Carthage, beside her husband supreme god Ba`al Hammon.
The Phoenicians build cemeteries on the island for their dead and at Ses
Salinas, the salt production was realized, Ibiza's former main
commercial product, the white gold, or salt, together with the
production of garum (fish sauce), wool and an important dye for those
days, Ibiza quickly grew into an important trading post for ships on the
In 1110 Ibiza was invaded by the Norwegians, on crusade to Jerusalem, in an attempt to undermine the Islam, and in 1235 the then king of Aragon ended the Moorish domination, deported the last Muslims, and brought the island back under Christian rule.
In the 16th century, Ibiza was frequently attacked by pirates and because Spain did not act against that at the time, the islanders in return took control by scouring the waters themselves as pirates to protect the islanders against attacks by other pirates in this way.
Until 1715 Ibiza had its own administrative law, which
was terminated by King Philip V of Spain's abolition of the autonomy of
It was only in 1976, with the death of Franco when the Franco dictatorship in Spain turned back in a parliamentary democracy, the Statute of Autonomy of the Balearic Islands was established.
Find out all about the repression and the violent past of Ibiza:
Throughout the island of Ibiza you can find, the
mostly, well-preserved archaeological remains of various civilizations
that inhabited the island.
Ibiza has the most balanced climate of the
Balearic Islands. During the long, warm and dry summers daytime
temperatures are around 30 ° C.
In summer, for decades already, this small Mediterranean island
is flooded by huge numbers of travellers from all over the world, looking for the holiday of a lifetime.
Ibiza, the island - Flora & Fauna
Ibiza, situated in the Mediterranean sea, has incomparable natural beauty with an impressive, jagged coastline of rocky coves and bays interspersed with attractive beaches.
There are no "dangerous" animals on the island, such as poisonous snakes, lizards and spiders.
All about Ibiza
In 30s and 40s, the first large vessels from the then
jet set moored for a stay on the still quiet and undiscovered island: Ibiza.
But Ibiza not only meets the
perfect conditions for party-goers to enjoy an unforgettable holiday,
also peace-seekers and nature lovers can fully enjoy this Mediterranean
Of course it's no problem to enjoy water sports
here, such as diving, wakeboarding, water-skiing, sea kayaking, paragliding, high-speed water bike or
rubber rafting behind speedboats, and nowadays paddle
boarding, wake surfing (NEW!) and cliff diving. Ibiza offers countless opportunities to enjoy the Mediterranean
in the most ideal conditions, both in, on and underwater. See Water Sports and Diving.
Ibiza is an island with influences from many cultures
where, inter alia introduced by the hippie culture, a variety of
alternative wellness festivals, retreats, therapies and workshops are
offered, contributing to a more spiritual approach of mind, body and
soul, for the overall feeling of wellness and beauty.
Of course you will also find a wide range of suitable holiday accommodation such as holiday homes, apartments, villas, beach bungalows and hotels. Check the eponymous headings.
All practical information needed for a pleasant and safe, shorter or longer stay in this beautiful Mediterranean island is gathered here, by IBIZA 4 ALL, and placed in sections for you, to find a solution for any situation that may arise! From reconstruction problems and transportation issues to beauty treatments and massages.
so long ago more than 100 beaches were counted around Ibiza, and new
beaches are still found regularly.
is at its most beautiful in winter, when plants and flowers
come into bloom and the island is adorned with many shades
of green and flowers in all colors of the rainbow. It is
peacefully quiet while temperatures are still pleasant and
the sun shines most of the time. In winter it is wonderful
to stroll through the flowering fields enjoying hill after
hill, or to walk along the glorious deserted beaches and
breathe in the healthy, fresh sea air.
January and February the air is filled of the scent of blossom of orange
and almond trees in old orchards. It is an nature event that attracts
many Spanish visitors who regard it as the announcement of the spring,
but also many visitors from other countries are attracted by the display
Meet the MARKETS of IBIZA
The Markets of Ibiza
All MUSEUMS of IBIZA
before tourists discovered the island of Ibiza this Balearic island was
occupied by different nations, for many centuries.
the inhabitants of Ibiza island, in the old days, in order to survive,
were dependent on fishing, the island is surrounded by tiny, natural
The controversial, always innovative,
nightlife of Ibiza is known
worldwide for its extravagant parties with world famous DJ's and party
brands, large dance parties that mainly play in the mega-clubs,
but also trendy beach clubs are the scene of exuberance and thumping
beats, where everyone would like to be seen.
- every 2nd weekend of May -
perfect moment to experience the ancient Ibiza closely is during the
annual MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL that is held each 2nd weekend of May.